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.
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2019 Ford Expedition Overview
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.
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:
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.
2019 Ford Expedition Review
The 2019 Ford Expedition is the modern big-bodied SUV we love. It comes with a vast interior, offers swift acceleration, and supplies very good ride and handling for its size. Its size means it's difficult to park and its sticker price rivals that of some pricey European models.
Ford offers a choice of standard and extended wheelbase models, the latter marketed as the Expedition MAX and with nearly a foot more space between the axles. This SUV comes with standard rear-wheel drive and available four-wheel drive. Ford offers both versions of the 2019 Expedition in XLT, Limited, and Platinum trims.
Our pick begins with the MAX, simply because the extra 15 cubic feet of cargo space comes in handy. We like the Limited edition as it builds on the standard trim with its fog lights, cloth seats, base infotainment package, and basic safety and security package. The Limited edition includes an enhanced security package, 20-inch dark-painted wheels, a hands-free foot-activated liftgate, leather seats, heated and ventilated front row seats, heated second-row outboard seats, dual-zone climate control, SYNC3 infotainment, and wireless charging.
- Model:2019 Ford Expedition Limited MAX
- Engine:3.5-liter turbocharged V6
- Output:375 hp / 470 lb-ft
- Transmission:10-speed automatic
- Drivetrain: Four-wheel drive
- Fuel Economy:16 City / 21 Hwy
- Options:Four-wheel drive ($3,120), 301A Equipment Group ($3,030, panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, 22-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, continuous controlled damping, surround-view camera system, cargo package, heavy-duty trailer package, LED headlights and fog lights, enhanced parking assist)
- Base Price:$67,100 (including the $1,395 destination charge)
- Best Value Price:$72,660
You get one powertrain choice with the 2019 Expedition and it's a superior one. Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine with 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Platinum models benefit from special tweaking to deliver 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Regardless, this SUV delivers ample performance and works with a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford’s enhanced V6 offers more power than most V8s and is marketed under the company’s EcoBoost umbrella. Power delivery is immediate, thanks to the twin-turbo arrangement, which quickly moves this big SUV up to highway speeds. The ride is very comfortable and steering is light to the touch. The expected body roll is very much present, but we’ve seen more in some competing rides.
The Ford Expedition was redesigned in 2018 and shares its platform with the widely popular F-150 pickup truck. There are some similarities between the two, including an aluminum-intensive body. Still, there are enough differences between the two, including a slab body on the Expedition that combines retro and cutting-edge elements all the same. The C-shaped headlights are unique to this model and are its softer grille.
Inside, the cabin mirrors that of the F-150 in some respects, but with a better fitting dashboard. The center console design is unique to the Expedition and is dominated by a rotary shifter as well as shift-on-the-fly controls for four-wheel-drive models. The most striking separation is on the Platinum models, which seem to steal a bit more from its Lincoln stablemate with its fine woods, beautiful leather, and brushed aluminum trim.
The Best and Worst Things
There are a number of very positive elements of the Ford Expedition, but we’ll stress its maximum 9,300-pound towing capacity as one of its top features. It doesn’t match the level of most pickup trucks, but it delivers more than the amount of trailering assistance some competing models offer. If there's a downside to the Expedition it'd have everything to do with pricing. Just like that, you may find yourself paying more than $80,000 for one, if you’re not careful.
Right For? Wrong For?
Expedition fans and anyone interested in a full-bodied SUV will be attracted to this model. Its bigly design remains true to the product line and its available tech features will have you coming back for more. On the other hand, this SUV may be too big for some buyers who expect something more manageable. Fortunately, the Ford Explorer may be more to some shopper’s liking, as it's a three-row model with room for seven.
The Bottom Line
The 2019 Ford Expedition targets a narrow segment and does so with class and distinction. With its twin-turbocharged V6 engine, it sets a new benchmark for the segment, despite easily being outsold by the Chevrolet Suburban.
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