2021 Ford Expedition

MSRP range: $49,025 - $78,825
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2021 Ford Expedition Review

  • Cavernous interior with plenty of passenger and cargo space
  • Quick acceleration from strong V6 engine
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Tows more than similarly sized crossover SUVs
  • Soft brake pedal feel diminishes driver confidence
  • Large size and slow steering make it cumbersome to drive
  • Not as quiet on the highway as other SUVs
  • Maximum power output depends on premium unleaded
  • New XL base trim, available only with a five-seat configuration and in non-Max form
  • Co-Pilot360 Assist suite of safety features now optional on XLT trim
  • Part of the fourth Expedition generation introduced in 2018

The Ford Expedition is a large three-row SUV in the classic sense of the term. It has rugged body-on-frame construction, plenty of ground clearance, and a four-wheel-drive system to get you where you're going even if the path ahead is a little rocky. It's the largest SUV in Ford's lineup, slotting above the recently redesigned Ford Explorer. When this Expedition generation launched in 2018, it represented a significant upgrade over its predecessor. It's comfortable and spacious, especially if you opt for the longer Expedition Max. Changes for 2021 include a new base trim and more optional features.

While the Ford Expedition has been our runaway favorite in its class, two redesigned competitors threaten its dominance. The Chevrolet Tahoe, along with its longer sibling, the Suburban, are all-new for 2021. The new Tahoe and Suburban fix many of the outgoing model's flaws, though we think many aspects — especially inside — don't quite measure up to the Ford. Other alternatives include the Nissan Armada and the ancient Toyota Sequoia. Even with all that competition, we still think the Expedition is the best overall full-size SUV. Want to know more? Check out our Expert Rating for more in-depth analysis on the 2021 Expedition.

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Not that long ago, a full-size SUV capable of towing 9,000 pounds would be a scarcely disguised work truck, if one even existed at all. But the new Expedition delivers the goods as well as limousine-size space, modern technology and impressive drivability. But all that capability and luxury come at a price, both on the window sticker and at the gas station.
Anything this large that can tow this much can't really be this quick, can it? The twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 is quite the powerhouse. But that speed isn't shaved off with much confidence from the brakes due to a soft pedal and low-grip tires. Handling was never going to be a strong suit, but the Expedition Max is fairly easy to drive in the city thanks to its ample and easily accessible power.

Even when equipped with a two-speed locking differential, selectable terrain management traction system and nearly 10 inches of ground clearance, the Expedition's long wheelbase and big wheels will likely limit the off-road exploits to gravel trails or mild overlanding.
While there's no complaining about the comfort and space the Expedition Max affords its passengers, the 22-inch wheel and tire package tends to spoil the party with a choppy ride on rougher roads. Thankfully, plenty of packages and configurations that keep 22-inch wheels off the table are available.

The Expedition has big windows that unfortunately let in a lot of noise at higher speeds. Still, at lower speeds, passengers in all three rows will be able to hold conversations with one another. All passengers will also appreciate the power and efficiency of the Expedition's climate control system. We only wish it didn't have so many small buttons on the center console.
Just because it can tow like a tractor doesn't mean it feels like one. The Expedition Max makes full use of its massive wheelbase, giving every passenger ample room and comfort to spare. The third row's accessibility is particularly impressive, allowing even adults to get in and out without much more effort than it takes to sit in the second row.

It's not all perfect, though. The center console is a bit button-heavy, and it can require a second glance to locate most controls. And visibility suffers in turns because of the massive windshield pillars. And even though the rear window looks to be a mile away, a clear backup camera and the addition of a 360-degree camera take the edge off backing up.
The Sync system has come a long way over the years, and the newest iteration is definitely the best. The navigation system does look a bit dated but offers pinch-to-zoom functionality, helping to make it quick and easy to use. Our test vehicle's 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system made good use of the Expedition's large cabin, providing both power and clarity.

The voice controls are basic and can help with simple functions. With Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, drivers have plenty of options. And thanks to trailer backup assist and a trick 360-degree camera, the Expedition is easier to live with. Multi-surface traction control brings peace of mind over loose surfaces.
Big towing numbers are all well and good, but it's the highly adaptable cargo space that will win people over day to day. With the Max version, there's 34 cubic feet behind the third row and a cavernous 79.6 cubic feet behind the second row. In total, there's 121.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Available power-folding seats across all rows, a separately opening glass hatch in the tailgate, and the reconfigurable cargo package are very user-friendly.

The Expedition Max's impressive towing number of 9,000 pounds is achieved with the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow package, which includes additional cooling, trailer backup assist, an integrated trailer brake controller and a 3.73 gear ratio.
Fuel economy might not be terribly important for people shopping for an SUV this size, but the EPA rates the Expedition Max 4WD at 18 mpg in combined driving (16 city/21 highway). During our time with the big Ford, we struggled to hit 16 mpg over a tank of fuel and noted a marked difference in performance when we did not use premium fuel, which is not required. Towing will easily put those numbers into the low teens, similar to where competitors stand but still worth noting.
When optioned up, the Expedition is definitely expensive and can reach more than $85,000. Then again, packing a mammoth SUV with luxury, technology and capability comes at a price. Rivals from Chevrolet and GMC are similarly priced, and the Ford offers a level of build quality and materials choices that exceed those available from the GM twins.

While the Expedition's warranties are solid, EPA-estimated fuel economy numbers look rather unrealistic, and fuel costs could be an unexpected luxury tax. Something else to consider is the premium fuel required to get the quoted power numbers. During our time with the Expedition, we could notice a difference in performance between regular and premium fuel.
That such a vehicle exists and is so well mannered is a testament to Ford's truck engineers. It's imbued with power, capability and manners that would have beggared belief just 10 years ago. It's not a jack-of-all-trades, but its ability to carry six adults in comfort over hundreds of miles, or tow 9,000 pounds, is pretty impressive. The Ford Expedition is a strong and silent road-trip companion.

Which Expedition does Edmunds recommend?

The top-level Platinum trim has tons of great features, but we suggest saving some money and going with the Limited trim. It has a nice mix of features including an upgraded audio system and heated rear seats.

Ford Expedition models

The 2021 Ford Expedition is available in five trim levels: XL, XLT, Limited, King Ranch and Platinum. The extended-length Expedition Max is available on all but the base XL, offering more cargo space than the standard model. All Expeditions are powered by a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine. For most trims it makes 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. The Platinum trim gets a slight bump to 400 hp and 480 lb-ft. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is optional across the board.

XL
The new XL trim is light on features compared to other trims, but it comes standard with:

  • Seating for five passengers
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Foglights
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • 4.2-inch infotainment screen
  • Ford Co-Pilot360
    • Automatic high beams
    • Blind-spot monitor with cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
    • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
    • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)

XLT
The XLT used to be the Expedition's base trim, but we wouldn't call it spartan. The XLT includes all of the XL's features, adding:

  • Seating for eight passengers
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Ford Sync 3 infotainment system
    • Voice commands
    • 8-inch touchscreen display
    • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Limited
The midtier Limited trim is the one we suggest going with. In addition to the XLT's features and options, the Expedition Limited comes with:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Power-deployable running boards
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Available second-row captain's chairs (seating for seven passengers)
  • Front parking sensors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Power-folding mirrors
  • 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system
  • Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist
    • Full-speed adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
    • Navigation system

King Ranch
The Expedition King Ranch is loaded with features, many specific to this trim. The King Ranch includes:

  • King Ranch badges and emblems
  • Stone Gray exterior trim
  • 22-inch wheels
  • Special leather upholstery
  • Power-folding captain's chairs
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • LED headlights and foglights
  • Surround-view parking camera system (gives you a top-down view of the Expedition and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
  • Park assist (steers into a parking spot with little or no driver intervention)

Platinum
The Platinum trim has the same feature upgrades as the King Ranch but without the special styling details. On top of that, you get:

  • A more powerful twin-turbo V6
  • Satin aluminum exterior trim
  • Upgraded leather
  • Wood and leather interior trim
  • Massaging and ventilated front seats
  • Roof rails with crossbars
  • Power-folding second- and third-row seats
  • Active noise cancellation (can help reduce road and wind noise in the cabin)

Many features found on the upper trim levels can be added to the lower trims through optional packages. Other significant options for the Expedition include:

  • Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow package
    • Upgraded radiator
    • Trailer backup assist
    • 3.73 rear-axle gearing
    • Trailer brake controller (allows adjustment of a trailer's brakes from the cab)
  • FX4 Off-Road package
    • All-terrain tires
    • Surround-view camera system
    • Electronic limited-slip differential for improved traction
    • Off-road-tuned suspension
    • Upgraded radiator
    • Skid plates and fuel tank protection
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    The Expedition Limited is equipped similarly to the Tahoe Premier, with a lower price point. Tons of interior room, and it handles very well for such a large SUV. The twin turbo V6 paired with the 10 speed transmission feels much quicker than the GM 5.3L V8.

    2021 Ford Expedition video

    [MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER: Whether you call it an SUV, a crossover, a lifted a hatchback, or whatever, the modern SUV has to fill an extraordinary wide range of jobs from an inexpensive and fuel-efficient city commuter to a lumbering rig that can haul the family and a boat. There's a ton of diversity among SUVs which can make finding the right one for you a challenge. So in this video, we've broken down the major size and price categories for SUVs and we'll give you the recommendation for the best in each class for most buyers. Now, we're basing these recommendations on everything we've evaluated up to the point of the production of this video. Every vehicle listed here has gone through our extensive rating process where we perform a standardized road loop evaluation and performance testing, our rating process is one of the most thorough and regimented in the business. You can find more by clicking the links below to visit Edmunds.com. And you can also get a cash offer on your car by visiting Edmunds.com/sellmycar. Again, that's Edmunds.com/sellmycar. Extra small or subcompact SUVs are the smallest and least expensive crossovers-- as they're often called-- that you can buy. You get the benefits of an elevated driving position with the small exterior size for the feel of added maneuverability. Now, cost cutting is sometimes apparent. But top trim levels can feel surprisingly upscale. Our team's favorite is the Mazda CX-30. It looks sharp and has an abundance of standard technology and safety features that help offset its slightly higher starting price. On the downside, its fuel economy is a little behind the curve, but by such a small margin that it doesn't really matter. Also, total storage space trails others in this group. So why is it our pick? Well, for starters, our team really liked how it drives, from the feel of the steering to the comfortable ride. Then there's those features, from useful and standard advanced driver aids like adaptive cruise control to good phone integration all around. Lastly, the experience inside and out feels richer than the price would suggest, making it seem like you're getting a lot more for your money. Another option worth looking at is the Hyundai Kona. I point this out because on Edmunds it's nearly tied with the Mazda for first place. The Kona costs a bit less and that difference is attributable to the interior that doesn't look and feel as nice as the Mazda and a slightly more clunky drive train, in particular the shift from the optional turbo engine and transmission combo are particularly unrefined. Otherwise, it's similarly sized inside and the tech and features are also strong so it's worth a look. Extra small luxury SUV get you a prestigious badge at an affordable price. You always get luxury-grade comfort and performance-- remember that price thing-- but a few gems really stand out. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLB. We think the boxy shape looks kind of cool. And it makes for a spacious interior for people and cargo. Better yet, it comes with our team's favorite entertainment system among luxury cars, if not all cars out there for sale right now. The NBUX entertainment system is really powerful so it can feel a little overwhelming at first. But its broad capabilities and voice recognition are unmatched outside of anything you'd find other than your phone. But hey, you can use that too. As far as other features go, well, it's a Mercedes, so there are a ton of options to choose from. I mean, you can even get massaging seats. But that also means the price can jump considerably as you tack those options on. So keep that in mind. Topping off the Benz is an above average fuel economy for the class, making the GLP a worthy pick for a subcompact luxury SUV. Small or compact SUV these are among the most popular out there because they balance an exterior and interior size really well. You get a lot of space without taking up much yourself. Now, these are essentially the new compact family sedans and it's easy to see why. The Honda CRV has long been our favorite in this group. We even bought one for our own long-term test and had about 50,000 miles on it before we sold it. The CRVs best attribute is not just its interior size but the cleverness of that space. It's massive. But it also has a number of useful configurations like an adjustable load floor in the rear and a really trick center armrest. It's the kind of stuff that a family can really find usable. All that being said, there are a few annoyances like the entertainment system and particularly aggressive warning alerts from some of the safety features. But the overall driving experience price and fuel economy make the CRV a really easy recommendation. We should also point out the Mazda CX5 because it's actually tied for first place in our rankings. It's not as usable as the CRV in terms of interior space. But it's a bit nicer to drive and it feels far more premium inside. So if you don't need the space and don't mind paying a touch more for a bit more luxury, the CX5 is definitely worth considering. Now let's talk about three-row SUV cars in this size category. They may seem like a good idea at first. But we have to warn you that the existence of a third row in a compact SUV can make for a really cramped experience. It takes up cargo volume itself, that third row. And the seat is usually pretty small. If it's all you can afford, well, here's what you should consider. We like the Kia Sorento because it straddles the exterior size and price between compact and midsize SUV. And it finds a sweet spot in the process. Our evaluators gave the Sorento high marks for ride quality, interior comfort, and an intuitive, though far from fancy, entertainment system. You also get decent storage, a third row row, obviously, and a lengthy warranty. It all makes a great pick for a three-row compact SUV. Here's where luxury SUVs come into their stride. There are a lot of options here with wide ranges and capability. Most anything you find here will have a comfortable ride, nice interior materials, and good performance too. Our favorite is the Mercedes Benz GLC, which delivers a luxury experience you'd expect regardless of the style you choose it in and what styles there are. There are four cylinder and hybrid versions if you care about fuel economy. And there are 500 horsepower turbo V8s if you simply want to go fast. And there's a bunch of stuff in between too. The available MBUX entertainment system is, again, among our team's favorites for its capability voice recognition and phone integration. And the right is comfortable and the interior is, of course, luxurious. Now, cargo capacity isn't as strong as some others so if you need more space, you can look elsewhere. But as for everything else, it's hard to beat what the GLC delivers. Now, you can make an argument that the Tesla Model Y falls into this category. We're making broad recommendations here, so for the Tesla, I'll say this. If your local infrastructure supports your charging needs and you are interested in EVs, the Model Y is worth strong consideration. For more info, read our ownership report on the one we bought to see if it's right for you. As SUVs get larger, you get more interior m more capability, more m and also more options, we decided to split midsize SUVs into two categories, one for SUVs that have a third row standard and the other for SUVs that don't, or SUVs that have an optional third row. We do this because there are shoppers out there who don't want a third row even though they want an SUV of around this size. Now, for three-row SUVs, the gold standard of this group is the KIA Telluride. It really is the stand out. I mean, no buts about it. It has all the features space and capability but it also has a design and approach to materials that make it seem like a luxury vehicle. There are also some really thoughtful touches inside like the location of the USB ports on the seat-back sides for the rear passengers to access. And there are some really helpful technology items in there, too, like an extensive exterior camera system. As for the downsides, well, it can't tow as much as others like the Ford Explorer, for example. And as in the time of this recording, they're actually really hard to find on dealer lots. But on balance and for the money, there are few more appealing ways to move seven or eight people than the Kia Telluride. Now, if you only want two rows in your midsize SUV consider the Honda Passport. Our testing team found it to be highly versatile and with some athleticism, too, from its V6, but also a comfortable driving SUV with tons of passenger and cargo space, not to mention a welcome assortment of standard features too. We also ran one in our long term fleet for a year so check the links below to see more about what it was like to actually own one of these vehicles. If you want something more specialized like for towing or off-road, there are better options, of course. But the Passport is a solid all-a-rounder that like the smaller Honda CRV, makes for an easy recommendation to most shoppers. Midsize luxury SUVs generally take the qualities of a standard midsize SUV like towing space and room for cargo and passengers, but add to it the latest in technology, power, and, of course, high-end premium furnishings inside and out. You'll also see some of these SUVs available as coupes. Now, these generally are the same as the standard versions or the non-coupe versions. But they have more stylized roof lines that sacrifice some practicality for style. Of the two row SUVs, well, are you tired of Mercedes dominating the recommendations? Too bad. Our top pick in this category is the Mercedes GLE which was redesigned for 2020. Like this smaller GLC, the GLE comes in a wide variety of styles, and trim levels, and engines, frankly, too many to list here. But our highlights across all the versions are an extremely powerful entertainment system and an interior that's comfortable, spacious, functional, and quiet. Now, the GLS price can jump considerably when you start playing around the options. But, hey, these are luxury SUVs. And in the case of the Benz, our team truly believes that you get what you pay for. Now, if you want the standard, third-row, no options required, check out the Audi Q7. Obviously, it's going to come up a little bit short in terms of cargo space because of the existence of that third row. But the overall package is strong. Our team said the Audi's mix of performance, comfort, and technology, and value is hard to beat. And we also gave it high marks to the interior and the way the Q7 drives. Here we get the classic utility vehicle, the family trucksters, the Canyonero. These rigs have super-size capability and space. They can haul a big family, that family stuff, you know, the family's boat or the horse too. I don't know. If you need maximum versatility, this is what these big rigs deliver. Our current top pick is the Ford Expedition, which marries excellent design with a capable truck-based platform. It can seat up to eight and tow more than 9,000 pounds depending on the configuration, and inside, the Expedition can be outfitted with all the features and toys you'd expect from a luxury vehicle. If you need more space, the Expedition Max takes the standard expeditions strengths and adds to it nine inches of length. If you absolutely need the most space possible, here's your answer. Before finishing this recommendation, though, I have to point out that Chevy's just put out a new Suburban and Tahoe. We haven't performed a full evaluation on those vehicles yet. But keep up to date with our recommendations at Edmunds.com to see if the results here change. Now here's where things start to get a little silly when it comes to opulence. These SUVs have tremendous road presence due to a combination of size, design, and power. These behemoths are as functional as they are impressive. Not many vehicles out there offer quilted leather upholstery and massaging seats along with 7,000 pound tow ratings, and upwards of 600 horsepower, and seating for seven. But the Mercedes Benz GLS does. What can we say? This is a fancy people and gear hauler that takes all the luxury elements our team likes from Mercedes and adds to them a cushy ride, and remarkable performance, and a cavernous interior. It looks great too. You're paying a lot for this kind of SUV so your expectations should be mighty high. A good thing, our team says the GLS might just be one of the most well-rounded vehicles on sale today. That wraps up our SUV recommendations for 2020 and 2021. Be sure to click on the links below for more information and be sure to like, comment, and subscribe, and, of course, thank you for watching. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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    NOTE: This video is about the 2020 Ford Expedition, but since the 2021 Ford Expedition is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

    SUVs are the most popular vehicles on the road today, and they come in all shapes and sizes. In this video, Carlos Lago breaks down the best SUVs for 2020 and 2021. With so many models to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming trying to find the perfect SUV for you and your lifestyle.

    Features & Specs

    XL 4dr SUV3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A
    MSRP$49,025
    MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower375 hp @ 5000 rpm
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    XLT 4dr SUV3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A
    MSRP$52,810
    MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
    SeatingSeats 8
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower375 hp @ 5000 rpm
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    Platinum 4dr SUV3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A
    MSRP$73,775
    MPG 17 city / 24 hwy
    SeatingSeats 8
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower400 hp @ 5000 rpm
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    Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A
    MSRP$76,825
    MPG 17 city / 22 hwy
    SeatingSeats 8
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower400 hp @ 5000 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Expedition safety features:

    Adaptive Cruise with Stop-and-Go
    Sets and maintains a safe following distance from the car ahead and can bring the SUV to a stop when necessary.
    Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection
    Warns the driver of a possible collision with a pedestrian and can automatically apply the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
    BLIS (Blind-Spot Information System)
    Alerts the driver to vehicles lurking in the SUV's blind spots to prevent a possible collision during a lane change.

    Ford Expedition vs. the competition

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    Ford Expedition vs. Chevrolet Tahoe

    The Chevrolet Tahoe and mechanically identical GMC Yukon are both redesigned for 2021. The new Tahoe is more refined than the last model and has more passenger and cargo space. It also offers an optional new diesel engine, a class exclusive. These two big SUVs are now more closely matched.

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    Ford Expedition vs. Nissan Armada

    Like the Expedition, the Nissan Armada is a truck-based SUV. That means strong tow ratings and standard V8 power on the Armada, though the fuel economy is particularly poor, especially compared to the Expedition's turbo V6. We found the Armada's interior to be surprisingly premium, but it's not as spacious as the Ford. The Armada's in-car tech feels behind the time and lacks features found in SUVs half its price.

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    Ford Expedition vs. Ford Explorer

    The Ford Explorer is the Expedition's smaller sibling. While it's not as large as the Expedition, the Explorer offers an impressive amount of cargo and passenger space. The Explorer's engine lineup is newer and more fuel-efficient than the Expedition's, but it can't quite match the latter's tow rating. We do think the Explorer is a bit on the pricey side, especially with options. Still, you can get a well-equipped Explorer for what you'll pay for a base Expedition.

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    FAQ

    Is the Ford Expedition a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Expedition both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.6 out of 10. You probably care about Ford Expedition fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Expedition gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg to 20 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Expedition ranges from 19.3 to 57.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ford Expedition. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 Ford Expedition?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Ford Expedition:

    • New XL base trim, available only with a five-seat configuration and in non-Max form
    • Co-Pilot360 Assist suite of safety features now optional on XLT trim
    • Part of the fourth Expedition generation introduced in 2018
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    Is the Ford Expedition reliable?

    To determine whether the Ford Expedition is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Expedition. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Expedition's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Ford Expedition a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Ford Expedition is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Expedition and gave it a 7.6 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Expedition is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Ford Expedition?

    The least-expensive 2021 Ford Expedition is the 2021 Ford Expedition XL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $49,025.

    Other versions include:

    • XL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $49,025
    • XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $52,810
    • Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $73,775
    • Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $76,825
    • MAX Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $75,775
    • MAX Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $78,825
    • XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $55,860
    • MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $54,810
    • MAX XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $57,860
    • King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $72,735
    • King Ranch 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $75,785
    • XL 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $52,075
    • MAX King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $74,735
    • MAX King Ranch 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $77,785
    • Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $61,575
    • Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $64,625
    • MAX Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $63,575
    • MAX Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $66,625
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    What are the different models of Ford Expedition?

    If you're interested in the Ford Expedition, the next question is, which Expedition model is right for you? Expedition variants include XL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), and Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A). For a full list of Expedition models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2021 Ford Expedition Overview

    The 2021 Ford Expedition is offered in the following submodels: Expedition SUV. Available styles include XL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), King Ranch 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), XL 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX King Ranch 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), and MAX Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A).

    What do people think of the 2021 Ford Expedition?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Ford Expedition and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Expedition 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Expedition.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Ford Expedition and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Expedition featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2021 Ford Expedition?

    2021 Ford Expedition XL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

    The 2021 Ford Expedition XL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $50,720. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Expedition XL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $5,042 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $5,042 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $45,678.

    The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition XL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 9.9% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 8 2021 Ford Expedition XL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

    The 2021 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $61,360. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $5,574 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $5,574 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $55,786.

    The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 9.1% below the MSRP.

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    We are showing 59 2021 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Ford Expedition MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

    The 2021 Ford Expedition MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $63,560. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Expedition MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $5,680 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $5,680 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $57,880.

    The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 8.9% below the MSRP.

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    We are showing 40 2021 Ford Expedition MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Ford Expedition Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

    The 2021 Ford Expedition Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $68,210. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Expedition Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $5,995 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $5,995 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $62,215.

    The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 8.8% below the MSRP.

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    We are showing 31 2021 Ford Expedition Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Ford Expedition MAX Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

    The 2021 Ford Expedition MAX Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $70,435. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Expedition MAX Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $6,200 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $6,200 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $64,235.

    The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition MAX Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 8.8% below the MSRP.

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    We are showing 16 2021 Ford Expedition MAX Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Ford Expedition King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

    The 2021 Ford Expedition King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $75,280. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Expedition King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $6,362 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $6,362 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $68,918.

    The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 8.5% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 3 2021 Ford Expedition King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Ford Expedition Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

    The 2021 Ford Expedition Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $75,470. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Expedition Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $5,872 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $5,872 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $69,598.

    The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 7.8% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 14 2021 Ford Expedition Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Ford Expedition MAX Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

    The 2021 Ford Expedition MAX Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $77,470. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Expedition MAX Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $6,052 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $6,052 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $71,418.

    The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition MAX Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 7.8% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 22 2021 Ford Expedition MAX Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    2021 Ford Expedition MAX King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

    The 2021 Ford Expedition MAX King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $77,950. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Expedition MAX King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $6,197 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $6,197 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $71,753.

    The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition MAX King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 7.9% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 2 2021 Ford Expedition MAX King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

    Which 2021 Ford Expeditions are available in my area?

    Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2021 Ford Expedition for sale near. There are currently 195 new 2021 Expeditions listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $54,740 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2021 Ford Expedition. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $10,076 on a used or CPO 2021 Expedition available from a dealership near you.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2021 Ford Expedition?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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