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.

Best Value

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

Performance

Ford Expedition

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.

Style

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

Ford ExpeditionThere 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.