Willis Kuelthau
Automotive Editor - December 28, 2018

2019 Ford Expedition OVERVIEW

After a full redesign last year, the Ford Expedition stormed onto the scene to battle the likes of Chevrolet’s Suburban and Tahoe. Thanks to a competent powertrain and an elegant cabin, it won widespread acclaim. The 2019 Ford Expedition is back with minimal changes, and it’s still a class leader among the biggest of the big.

What's New for 2019

Aside from a new appearance package and a few feature-set tweaks, the Expedition sees no major changes for 2019.

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Choosing Your Ford Expedition

At the heart of the Expedition is Ford’s new 3.5-liter V6 engine paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. With 375 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, the combination will tow an impressive 9,300 pounds. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available on all models.

The EPA estimates fuel economy at 17 miles per gallon city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 combined for RWD models. Opting for AWD drops those numbers to 17/22/19 mpg (city/highway/combined). That’s not exceptional by most standards, but it’s fairly good among large SUVs.

The Expedition is also available in long-wheelbase form, which Ford calls the Expedition MAX. The MAX extends the Expedition by a foot or so and expands cargo space behind the third row from 20.9 cubic feet to 36.0. With all the seats down, the Expedition MAX can hold an airy 121.5 cubic feet of luggage. Fuel economy goes in the other direction: the MAX gets 17/23/19 mpg with RWD and just 16/21/18 mpg with AWD.

All models are outfitted with seating for eight, along with a strong set of technology features. An eight-inch infotainment touchscreen runs Ford’s Sync 3 interface and is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The first two rows get two USB ports each, and an in-car WiFi hotspot is available.

The rest of the Expedition’s features are distributed among three trims:


Starting at $53,525 (all prices include the $1,395 destination charge), the Expedition XLT is the cheapest way into the lineup. Upgrading to a MAX will add $2,685, and all-wheel drive is an extra $3,010. Standard features start with 18-inch alloy wheels, roof racks, a rear parking sensor, and heated and powered side mirrors. The interior sees a power-adjustable driver’s seat, three-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a power-folding third row.

Ford offers several packages on the XLT trim. The 201A bundle ($1,485) adds faux-leather seats and a power-adjustable front passenger seat. The 202A ($5,605) adds a 4G LTE hotspot, third-row USB ports, wireless charging, a hands-free liftgate, blind-spot and trailer-tow monitors, power-folding side mirrors, keyless entry, remote start, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

A Driver Assistance Package ($715) requires that group 202A be selected but includes adaptive cruise control, collision assist with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic high beams. The Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package ($1,570) prepares the Expedition for hitch duty, and the FX4 Off-road Package ($1,650) beefs up the wheels, shocks, body, and differential for better adventure capability. With group 201A selected, a panoramic sunroof is available for $1,475. With 202A, in-screen navigation is an option for $740.


Occupying the Goldilocks position is the Expedition Limited, with a starting price of $64,410. The MAX adds $2,690 and all-wheel drive $3,125. All the features from the XLT’s 202A bundle are standard here, along with leather upholstery, a heated second row, heated and ventilated front seats, and a premium 12-speaker sound system. The exterior gets 20-inch wheels, front parking sensors, and retractable running boards.

The Limited trim unlocks quite a few new packages, which can get a little confusing. First up are the equipment groups, starting with 301A ($3,030), which includes the panoramic sunroof and adaptive cruise control. Group 301A also unlocks a Special Edition Package ($3,955), which adds 22-inch wheels, a surround-view camera, cargo organization, the trailer-tow pack, parking assist, and full LED headlights. The 302A group ($6,440) includes all the features of the Special Edition Package minus the cargo and trailer packages. Finally, group 303A ($7,540) includes all the features of 301A and the Special Edition Package, plus all the safety features in the Driver Assistance Package.

The Driver Assistance Package (along with the Trailer Tow Package) is still available on its own. Joining it are two new packages. The Texas Edition Package ($3,955) is essentially the Special Edition Package with extra Texas badging, and the Convenience Package ($2,070) requires group 303A but adds a cargo manager, the Trailer Tow Package, inflatable rear seat belts, and black roof crossbars.

LED headlights are available as a standalone option for $740 along with the panoramic sunroof ($1,475). Second-row bucket seats and navigation are both another $740, and Ford will bolt in a headrest-mounted rear entertainment system for $1,995.


Approaching the luxury status of its sibling Lincoln Navigator, the Expedition Platinum starts at $74,760. A Platinum MAX is another $2,675, and all-wheel drive is $3,150. Many features are standard here, including the panoramic sunroof, the LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, and all features from the Special Edition and Driver Assistance Packages. The front seats are heated, ventilated, and massage-capable, and the outboard second-row seats are also heated. Wood interior accents join leather door trim and active noise cancellation. As a final bonus, the engine gets tuned up to produce an extra 25 horsepower. At this trim, everything is standard except the Trailer Tow Package and the second-row bucket seats, which remain $1,570 and $740, respectively.

CarsDirect Tip

For buyers tempted by the 2019 Ford Expedition Platinum trim, we recommend just bumping up to the Lincoln Navigator instead. Otherwise, stick to the Limited trim – it’s well equipped from the get-go and offers extensive customization.

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