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Anthony Sophinos
Automotive Editor - February 22, 2018

2018 Ford Expedition OVERVIEW

Fans of the Blue Oval may having been ringing their hands the last few years as the current-generation Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban dominated a large slice of the lucrative full-size SUV pie. Well, the Ford cognoscenti can finally rest easy; after fifteen years, the 2018 Expedition, Ford's biggest SUV, is all-new in every way.

What's New for 2018

Everything. From the high-strength aluminium body to the redesigned steel frame underneath it, the Expedition is new in every sense of the word.

Choosing Your Ford Expedition

A twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 does the dirty work for the 2018 Expedition, and is paired with a new ten-speed automatic. Don't be quick to dismiss the fresh-on-the-block workhorse, though: with 400 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, this new engine has enough muscle to tow up to 9,300 pounds.

When unladen, it's also a (relative) fuel miser, with a claimed best-in-class fuel economy of 17 miles per gallon city, 24 highway and 20 combined for a two-wheel-drive model (four-wheel-drive versions suffer a one mpg drop in combined and highway driving). These numbers edge out that perpetual arch-rival, the Chevy Tahoe, by a single mpg across the board.

In a nod to the demands and expectations of modern drivers and passengers, the new Expedition offers a host of new connectivity features. The available in-car wi-fi hotspot, for instance, allows a total of ten devices to connect to the internet from up to fifty feet away - just make sure your neighbor doesn't start doing his googling suspiciously close to your driveway. Once passengers use up their phone battery surfing the web, they can take advantage of the available wireless charging and the standard smart-charging USB ports - the latter of which can be found in pairs of two in each row. There is also an available dual-headrest, rear-seat entertainment system that allows passengers to watch live TV via the Sling streaming service.

For buyers who need even more space than a standard Expedition can provide, a longer Expedition Max trim is available. The Maxedition sees the wheelbase grow from 122.5 to 131.6 inches, and overall length is stretched to 221.9 inches long, making it about a foot longer than the standard-length Expedition.

10 exterior colors and three interior shades give buyers ample choice when trying to color-match their new SUV to the boat or RV they'll be towing. Buyers can also pick from a few different option packages, including the FX4 Off-Road Package. The $1,650 FX4 beefs up the Expedition with improved hardware that includes upgraded shocks, heavy-duty radiator, aluminum wheels, skid plates and a limited-slip differential. A $1,570 Heavy Duty Trailer Tow Package is similar, but instead of coming with the tougher shocks and underbody protection, it includes trailer backup assist and an integrated trailer brake controller.

If towing or off-roading isn't in the cards, look to the Cargo Package and Driver Assistance Package. The former offers a roof-rail crossbar and cargo net, while the latter ups the Expedition's safety quotient via lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist, auto high-beams and rain-sensing wipers.

XLT

At $52,890 (including destination), the cheapest Expedition is still no bargain; it is, however, well-equipped for the price. Inside, there are standard amenities such as four 12-volt outlets, 15 cup holders, a second-row 40/20/40 bench seat where the center section slides forward 11 inches, a power-folding rear 60/40 bench seat, cloth upholstery, six-way power driver's seat, Ford's Sync infotainment unit, power adjustable pedals, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel and push-button start. Outside, there are halogen headlights and foglamps, power heated mirrors with integrated blind-spot mirror, running boards and roof rails, and 18-inch wheels.

Four-wheel-drive costs an additional $3,010, and the elongated Max adds $2,700 to the bottom line.

Limited

The $63,780 Limited represents the mid-grade trim of the Expedition. Additional standard features include in-car wi-fi, 20-inch wheels, a foot-activated tailgate, power-folding memory mirrors, leather seats, power-folding second-row seats, dual-zone climate control, 10-way power driver and front passenger seats, Sync 3 infotainment, a heated steering wheel, remote starting, a 12-speaker sound system, and blind-spot monitor.

Package 301A, which costs $3,030, ups the ante with a panoramic sunroof, navigation, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and a lane-keeping system. Package 302A, with a price tag of $6,440, adds 22-inch wheels, LED highlights and fog lamps, active park assist, a surround-view camera, and all the gear from the 301A Package. Second-row bucket seats are a $740 option, as is navigation for the Sync 3 infotainment system.

It's an upcharge of $2,620 for four-wheel-drive and $2,185 for a Max.

Platinum

Coming close to Lincoln Navigator territory is the $73,905 Platinum. This top-of-the-line Expedition comes with a cavalcade of niceties, such as rear outboard heated seats, a forward sensing system, power tilt/telescoping wheel, real wood trim, a class IV hitch, satin aluminum mirror caps, and body-colored power running boards with satin accents. On top of all that, the contents of package 302A and the Cargo Package are standard fare as well.

Like the Limited, second-row buckets demand $740, and aside from the trailering package, there are no other optional extras.

Buyers will have to pony up another $2,445 for four-wheel-drive and $2,190 for the Max.

CarsDirect Tip

When you're spending this much on an SUV, it isn't worth getting the base XLT, as its list of standard features pales in comparison to the higher-tier trucks. At the same time, the top-spec Platinum is breathing down the neck of the mechanically and dimensionally similar Lincoln Navigator, especially with a couple options added on. The best value here is the Limited with the 301A Package, which comes with the doodads expected of a modern full-size SUV and yet avoids the Platinum's pitfall of costing as much as one of the rigs peddled by the luxury marques.

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