2021 Ford Expedition

MSRP range: $49,025 - $78,825
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MSRP$51,800
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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 SUVs
  • Disappointing real-world fuel economy
  • Large size and slow steering make it cumbersome to drive
  • 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 one of the best large SUVs. Want to know more? Check out our Expert Rating for our in-depth analysis on the 2021 Expedition's comfort, utility and more.

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The Expedition is a great pick for a large three-row SUV. It has a spacious interior, comfortable seating, a powerful turbocharged V6 engine and an easy-to-drive nature. Disappointing real-world fuel economy is our only major complaint.
We're impressed with the V6 engine's muscle. Any SUV this large that can't really be this quick, can it? We tested an Expedition Platinum with 4WD, and it accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. That's almost a second quicker than a comparable Chevy Tahoe. The Expedition is responsive and easy to drive when you aren't burying the accelerator into the ground too.

The brake pedal is slightly squishy when you first press on it, but ultimately it's pretty easy to come to smooth stops, which is the important part. The steering has a light effort and helps to make this Expedition feel a little less humongous.

While you won't likely be driving your Expedition with Secret Service-like urgency, there are some pretty admirable qualities here for such a large SUV. It's no Mercedes GLS, but this does not feel clumsy.
The Expedition's front seats are comfy and cushy. They have multiple zones of lumbar support and even have a massage function in the higher trims. The second-row seats are also decently plush. The third-row seating is firm but still adequate for adult use. The Expedition's ride quality is pretty smooth too.

We were less impressed by the Expedition's climate control. The air flow from the vents is noisy and not particularly strong. The seat heaters also might disappoint if you really like them to get hot. On the upside, the Expedition is impressively quiet on the highway and around town.
The Expedition makes full use of its interior space. It's roomier than the Chevy Tahoe and gives every passenger ample room and comfort. 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.

The center console is a bit button-heavy. It's not immediately user-friendly, but it doesn't require too much time to master. It's a simpler layout than the Tahoe's too. Visibility out of the front is hampered by the massive windshield pillars. But even though the rear window looks to be a mile away, a clear backup camera and available 360-degree camera system take the edge off backing up.
Ford's Sync infotainment system has come a long way over the years, and the newest iteration is pretty user-friendly. 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. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration systems come standard but lack the wireless connectivity that's becoming increasingly common in other vehicles. The Expedition's advanced driver aids, such as adaptive cruise control, work fine but aren't quite as full-featured as those in some rival SUVs.
The Expedition has a listed cargo capacity of 20.9 cubic feet behind the third row, 57.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 104.6 cubes max. That's less space than its direct rival, the Chevy Tahoe. But the Expedition's extra spaces for all your knickknacks, plus its flexible seating arrangement, more than compensate.

The Expedition is also a good vehicle for hauling little kids around. It has easy-to-access anchors for safety seats plus lots of room to fit rear-facing seats. Towing capacity is great with a maximum capacity of 9,300 pounds when properly equipped.
The Expedition gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in combined city/highway driving. That's similar to what the EPA posts for other large SUVs. But we had difficulty matching the EPA's numbers in our real-world testing. Something else to consider is that premium fuel is 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.
The Expedition is priced comparable to other large SUVs such as the Chevy Tahoe. Warranty coverage is also typical for a non-luxury automaker. Interior build quality and materials choices slightly exceed those available from its crosstown rivals.
The Expedition isn't fun to drive in the classic sense, but it is rewarding to summon its muscle car-like torque and use this big SUV for its intended purposes. Road trips, daily commuting and heading out to the great outdoors are all right up the Expedition's alley.

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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Average user rating: 5.0 stars
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5/5 stars, Switched from GMC to Ford
Mike,
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)
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.
5/5 stars, Love it but needs front camera
Connie D.,
XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)
I love my new Expedition XLT. The only complaint is there are no cameras or sensors in the front for parking.

2021 Ford Expedition video

CARLOS LAGO: Hey, Carlos Lago with Edmunds, here. That's the 2021 Ford Expedition, and that's the new 2021 Ford Expedition. These are the biggest, baddest, and most capable family/toy haulers you can get. Inside you would expect them to have enough room and comfort for the family, enough cargo storage and solutions for all the family stuff, on-road performance and refinement so that they drive satisfyingly, and enough towing capabilities so they can carry the toys with them, too. Now in this video, we're going to cover their respective features, their pros and cons, and at the end, explain why you might choose one over the other. If you like videos like this one, give us a like and also tell us in the comments below. We really appreciate it. Check out some of the links in the description to learn more about these vehicles, and also visit Edmunds.com/SellMyCar to get an instant cash offer on your car, truck, or SUV. Now each of these SUVs start at really attractive base prices in the mid $50,000 range, although the average transaction price-- or what people pay at the dealership on average-- is closer to $65,000. These two, as we have them, though, are top-of-the-line, fully-loaded trim levels with four wheel drive and all kinds of other goodies, so their as-tested prices are roughly 80 grand each. Now beyond similarities in pricing, these two also line up with all the other configurations in terms of seating, power, capability, interior experience, and so on. So let's start out by talking about the differences that you'll find inside of each one. Hopping into the Expedition for the first time, you're greeted with a large, generally highly-functional interior that has a ton of space and storage options. The appearance-- you might debate back and forth about whether this is worth 80 grand or not on the face of it, just in terms of aesthetics. But in terms of functionality, I think you have a lot of things to like, here. You have options to control everything through physical buttons, voice controls, or the touch screen, as well. That's nice. Now one thing the Expedition has going for it is available nine-passenger seating, and you get that on the base LS trim level. And that's the only way you can get a front bench. So if your family requirements are to replicate a clown car experience, that's the trim level that you got to go with. The rest have captain's chairs set up like this. In terms of technology features, this generation of Expedition is newer than that generation of Expedition, so it benefits from having more advanced stuff, essentially. This screen for example is 10.2 inches. It's a big screen, and that's standard on all Expeditions. And in it you have wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, wireless charging, you've got USB hookups, USB-C hookups-- plenty of places to connect all your gear. A lot of storage options in this from the door pocket to the center console, but there are a few weird things that stick out with functionality. This shifter, for example, is fussy and needlessly complicated, to put it bluntly. It's a mixture of buttons and levers in order to change gear. And while you can learn it and figure out how to use it fluidly, it does make a three-point turn on a really busy street needlessly stressful. And while there are lots of storage solutions, one that kind of sticks out weirdly is this guy right here. It's a large, deep pocket that we couldn't really figure out a use for. And so we put a bag of Skittles in there, so that's our de facto Skittles holder now. And lastly, the center console is fairly deep in terms of storage, but it's very big, so you might be wondering what's going on here. Well, it actually slides back, like so. And that's good if you want to put a handbag right here, because you can still slide this part forward and use that as your arm rest. This position also gives the second row access those cup holders, and you get more storage down here. This is a complicated, large solution, though, to interior storage, and you can't help but wonder if there was a way to design this without a motorized section-- if there was a way to maintain the storage abilities that you have here. Overall, though, this is a generally pleasing and really functional interior that should satisfy the needs of most families. The front row of this Expedition makes a really nice first appearance, although there are some trade-offs versus the Expedition. For example, the layout appears to be a little dated, mostly because this screen is smaller than what you get in the Expedition. But in my view, the appearance of the materials are a bit nicer, specifically the leather and the wood material in the center console. These are massive SUVs, so both of them have a ton of space in the front row. That's not really a big concern, here. But you'll notice that, again, this screen is just older in appearance versus what you get in the Expedition. It's still supports Apple CarPlay, it still supports Android Auto, but both have to be wired. But you do get wireless charging underneath this area here, and modern USB hookups like USB, the traditional kind, and USB-C, as well. Storage is straightforward and very, very generous. You have a similar front console setup with a storage area here, cup holders here, and a big, deep storage area here. But there are fewer, which you might call gimmicks, inside this front row. For example, the shifter-- it's funny to say this is not a gimmick, because it seemed like it was when it first came out. But it's a wheel instead of the Expedition's button-toggle setup. And although this is still not preferable versus a shifter to my use in the way I like to use SUVs, this is certainly easier than the Expedition's shifter design. The console for storage is just the console. It doesn't move around. It doesn't slide. So there's less configurations, but the space is generous. Overall, this is a more simple interior, less stuff and a little bit dated, but that might be more functional to some shoppers. Hopping into the second row of the Expedition, you're going to find-- guess what? Generous interior space. That's going to be a recurring theme for both of these SUVs. The Expedition, like the Expedition, is available with the second row bench seat. This one has the captain's chairs. And in terms of interior roominess, there's plenty of shoulder room and leg room for people of all sizes. Headroom in the Expedition is a little bit less than the Expedition, especially with this sunroof. So if you're taller than me at 5' 10", or have people who are sitting in the second row who are taller than 5' 10", that might be an issue. With regard to seat adjustments, I can slide the second row forward or back to change the leg room I have. And I can also recline the seat to make things a little bit more comfortable for me, too. That's all nice, well, and good. There is no center console here, but I do have a split-level door with additional storage there and a map pocket up front, of course. The center console has a couple of different hookups for different devices. You've got HDMI-in, USB-C, as well, and a 120 volt outlet. That's great, because it all ties in with this optional rear-seat entertainment display, which can receive the sources that you plug in through those inputs and it goes from different-- you can plug in different sources to left and right, or driver and passenger side monitors. That's great if you want to bring along a Nintendo Switch and have the second row enjoy using that while on the road trip. You can also use this screen to suggest navigation prompts to the front. That's a pretty cool idea. So for the second row in the Expedition, there's generally really good comfort, pretty good space, and a lot of neat technology things to go for it here, too. Getting in the second row of the Expedition-- guess what? A lot of space in here. These are big SUVs with plenty of room for front and second row occupants. This Expedition obviously has the captain's chair set up, which gives you a nice, cozy armrest to get comfy. I can adjust the seat fore-aft for additional or less leg room, depending on how much I like the people in the third row. I can also recline the seat just like the Expedition, as well, to make things a little bit more comfortable. This Expedition was not equipped with the optional rear headrest entertainment system that is available on this that is also available on the Expedition, but we'll skip over that now because we don't have it in front of us to talk about. In terms of entertainment options, though, you do have USB. You have USB-C hookups, you have a 120 volt outlet, and you've got a 12 volt port, as well, for power and device connectivity. From back here, rear passengers, just like the Expedition, can adjust the climate settings. But you also have the ability, here, to play with the audio settings for the front row, much to the likely annoyance of the people in the first row. But overall, this is a comfortable, spacious place to be that should get very few complaints from the passengers. Now I'm going to show you what it takes to get in the third row of the Expedition by dropping the seat and climbing in myself. So pull this lever twice, it flips up out of the way, and you climb in. And then John is going to shut the door and move the seat back to a position that people would actually sit at. And as you can see, space is OK back here. My knees are touching the seat back, but third rows are generally designed and used for kids. So I'm an average size adult and I fit in here. That's fine for me, but that means it's going to plenty of room for normal-sized kids. Also a USB-C port and a cup holder back here, as well. To get out, there's a button on the side that I'm going to press to drop the seat to that position, and then I'll pull this to flip it up, and then I'm free to get out as soon as mom opens the door. Now I'm going to get in the third row of the Expedition. Instead of the seat flipping down flat and lifting up, instead the seat actually moves forward and slides up like that. Just kind of a difference in process. Once I get it back in place, I don't need help from our lovely assistant because the seat goes back to its normal position. I have a pretty decent amount of space back here, similar to that of the Expedition. Again, third rows are primarily used by kids, so not too big of an issue. But if you do have to fit a larger person back here, they're going to appreciate that the third row reclines. Now they might hit their head on the back here, but it's going to make things a little bit more comfortable for them. In terms of power outputs, you have the older kind of USB hookups back here, as well as a 12 volt power outlet over my right shoulder. Looking at the Expedition's cargo area, per row, on paper, when it comes to specs, you have more storage space than you do in the Exhibition by anywhere between 5 to 15 cubic feet, approximately speaking. When you look at the space, it actually doesn't look that significant, but there is more here. Underneath this floor you have kind of a shallow area to hide additional equipment. And then you have a 120 volt outlet underneath this flap, here. Let's drop all the seat rows so you can see what that looks like. The third row, you can only drop one seat at a time, but they do fall pretty quickly. The second row drops very quickly, as well, and you end up with a large, generally flat area for whatever you want to haul. With the Expedition, you have less cargo volume on paper versus the Expedition, but there are some nifty tricks in here that we'll talk about later. Underneath this area, you have a storage well that is slightly deeper than the Expedition, but half as wide. So the space-- whether you get any more or not is kind of debatable. Dropping the seats-- one button press to drop. They are motorized, but they do take longer than the Expedition. There's also no 120 volt outlet back here, but there is a 12 volt. Those drop down very quick. The really nifty thing is back related to this thing. This flips in a couple of different ways to do some neat tricks. Those drop down, that rests in here, and you have a cargo shelf that's great when the third row is up, because let's say you have a lot of short items that need to be stored and you have a lot of people that you want to carry. You've doubled the amount of space that you have to offer. The other neat thing this does is act as a barrier. So if you have a bunch of stuff in here that's going to roll around, when you've parked, open this up, this is going to prevent it from falling out. So less cargo space on paper, but a really neat tray system that almost balances that out. Let's talk about towing. Now, as always, max tow ratings vary depending on the configuration and options of your vehicle. In the case of these SUVs, each one offers a tow package that obviously improves their capabilities, and it does so with an integrated trailer brake controller, an upgraded radiator, a couple other things, as well as driver aids specifically for towing. Now with that tow package equipped, the Expedition has a higher max tow rating than any Expedition with its tow package equipped-- somewhere between 800 to 1,000 pounds. So long story short, with a tow package, Expedition has more bragging rights when it comes to max towing. Let's talk engines. With the Expedition, your only choice is a twin-turbo 3 and 1/2 liter V6, but it comes with two different power outputs. At the highest trim level-- the platinum, like we have here-- it's 400 horsepower. But all of their Expeditions have 375 horsepower. The Expedition has more engine options available-- two V8s and 3-liter turbo diesel 6 cylinder. But there are limitations on which trim level you can get which engine with. For example, the 6.2-liter V8, which is the bigger, more powerful V8 of the two, is only available in the High Country trim that we have here. Also, you can't get the turbo diesel with the Z71 off-road trim, because the engine hangs too low. Most Expeditions will have a 5.3-liter V8 that makes 355 horsepower, and on paper, that's certainly less than what you get with any engine in the Expedition. Now as for fuel economy, the Expedition is rated at 19 MPG combined, regardless of configuration. For comparison, the Expedition with the 5.3-liter V8, the more comparable engine, it's rated at 18 MPG combined, also regardless of configuration. In our experience, it is harder to achieve that EPA figure in the Ford Expedition than it is to achieve that figure in a Expedition, so that one MPG difference really doesn't matter. If you want the most fuel economy you can get, though, you want the turbo diesel in the Expedition because that's rated at either 22 or 24 MPG combined, depending on if you get four-wheel-drive or two-wheel-drive. When it comes to driving the Expedition, the biggest, most clearest advantage this has over the Expedition is the engine. Listen to this. Actually, maybe not listen. But if you can sense that acceleration, it's very strong and it feels very good. That is, of course, when you've matted the gas pedal. When you're driving around normally, this engine feels like it has more power at lower engine speeds, and the shifts feel-- with that added power, they feel a bit more smooth. So this thing, at lower speeds, is both more smooth and feels more powerful, too, and that's a nice advantage to have. Of course, you're lacking a V8 sound track, but when it comes to that sensation of acceleration, this smoothness and this power I'd happily take versus the Expedition. The other thing that I like about driving this Expedition is the visibility, at least the forward visibility, seems to be a bit better, as well. Whether it actually is or not is up for debate. But from what I perceive from the driver's seat, this dash appears to be lower and shorter in length, so that gives me a better command over the road in front of me. One thing I like that the Expedition does, as well, is that I can't lower the third row from the driver's seat but I can drop the headrest, and that's going to clear up my rear view mirror from the obstructions that the headrest normally have. The visibility seems stronger from the driver's seat of the Expedition. And that's important, because the exterior camera system in this isn't as robust or as high resolution as what you get in the Expedition. It's functional, sure. It still tells you everything you need to know, but it's just not as nice as the Expedition's. That gets back to this screen, and I'm looking forward to the day that Ford adds the larger screen that we've seen in the new F-150 to the Expedition. Overall, though, this is a very easy, large SUV to drive, easy to maintain in your lane, and the power from that turbo V6 is really nice to explore. Granted I'm driving the high-end Expedition with the most powerful V6 you can get, of course it's going to feel good. But it is a nicer offering than what you get in the Expedition with regard to power delivery and how that power feels. That seems to be the biggest strength of this SUV on the road. The Expedition has the nicer feeling power train around town, but you've got to love the sound of a 6.2-liter V8. That's just satisfying. The Expedition's advantage over the Expedition is definitely ride handling and comfort. This is a smoother, softer ride overall versus the Expedition, with less vibration, less ride frequency coming in and shaking things around. One of the key differences between these two is how they option their suspension. While both these SUVs are available with adaptive dampers on most versions, the Expedition goes a step further by offering air springs on both the Z71 and High-Country trim levels. These air springs further improve ride quality and have benefits like being able to lower the Expedition for better aerodynamics or easier access, or lift it up for improved ground clearance. In total, though, this makes for a more comfortable ride in the Expedition. And that also relates to seat comfort. When you hop in the Expedition, you find that the seats are very soft. When you hop in the Expedition, you find the seats are very firm. That would make you think that the Expedition seats are more comfortable, but the longer you ride in the Expedition, you realize that that softness helps balance the additional bumps from the ride, whereas the firmness in this Expedition feels less comfortable at first, but you realize it works over time. How that will show up to you, you really need to sit in the seats to determine for yourself. But that's been my experience. I like that the Expedition I can raise and lower the third rows when I'm stopped with these buttons up here. I can't drop the headrests individually, though. Another thing you notice driving the two back-to-back is that the Expedition has a seemingly harder front view to look out of. Part of that has to do with the height of the dash, or what you perceive to be the height of the dash, and also the length of the dash. The front view doesn't seem to be as spacious or as forgiving as it does in the Expedition. On the contrary, you have a more sophisticated exterior camera system available in the Expedition-- higher resolution, more angles, and that gives you plenty of clearance when you're navigating tight parking lots. On top of that, to me, the ride and handling of the Expedition also makes this an easier vehicle to maintain in its lane when you're driving on normal city streets or on the freeway. And that's an important attribute to have when you're talking about SUVs this large. So it might be a push between the two when it comes visibility and overall driving experience. Expedition has a nicer engine, Expedition has a nicer ride, steering, and handling, and comfort really depends on what you seek out of your seats. I'll just say I also like the fact that this Expedition has a head-up display. I'm a big fan of those. I wish more cards had them. So which one of these SUVs should you get? Well, in our rankings, these are the two best in the full-size SUV segment, but the Expedition has a slight edge. It's so close, though, that in reality, there are plenty of reasons why you might choose one over the other. Let's start with the Chevy Expedition. It has more engines available-- two V8s and a turbo diesel. It rides and handles better, and the interior has more space in terms of cubic feet. You also get newer and more modern technology appointments because it's a newer generation vehicle. The Expedition is a bit more simple, and that can be more appealing to some people. There's fewer power trains available, and what is there is actually really good-- stronger than most of the V8 offerings in the Expedition. You have a more functional interior with less-- let's say, gimmickry-- and ultimately, a higher tow rating. Hey, tell us your favorite in the comments below. Also click Like and Subscribe. We really appreciate it. Also visit Edmunds.com/SellMyCar to get an instant cash offer on the car, truck, or SUV you'd like to sell.

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Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$49,025
MPG & Fuel
17 City / 24 Hwy / 20 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 25.0 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 10-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
V6 cylinder
Horsepower: 375 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 470 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 210.0 in. / Height: 76.6 in. / Width: 79.9 in.
Curb Weight: 5368 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 57.5 cu.ft.
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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

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Ford Expedition

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

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 7.5 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 7.5 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 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $76,825
  • Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $73,775
  • MAX Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $78,825
  • MAX Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $75,775
  • MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $54,810
  • XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $55,860
  • 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
  • Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $64,625
  • MAX Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $66,625
  • Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $61,575
  • MAX King Ranch 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $77,785
  • MAX Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $63,575
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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 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), and Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A). For a full list of Expedition models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Ford Expedition

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 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Platinum 4dr SUV (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), MAX King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), XL 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX King Ranch 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), and MAX Limited 4dr SUV (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 $51,800. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Expedition XL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $4,849 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,849 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $46,951.

The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition XL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 9.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 5 2021 Ford Expedition XL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the 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 $5,097 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,097 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $56,263.

The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 8.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 34 2021 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the 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 $63,360. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Expedition MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $5,298 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,298 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $58,062.

The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 8.4% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 12 2021 Ford Expedition MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the 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 $68,010. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Expedition Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $5,642 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,642 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $62,368.

The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 8.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 16 2021 Ford Expedition Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the 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 $70,210. The average price paid for a new 2021 Ford Expedition MAX Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $5,663 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,663 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $64,547.

The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition MAX Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 8.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 7 2021 Ford Expedition MAX Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the 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 $6,268 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,268 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $69,012.

The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 8.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2021 Ford Expedition King Ranch 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the 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 $5,337 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,337 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $70,133.

The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 7.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 10 2021 Ford Expedition Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the 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 $5,868 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,868 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $71,602.

The average savings for the 2021 Ford Expedition MAX Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 7.6% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 16 2021 Ford Expedition MAX Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the 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 $6,152 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,152 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $71,798.

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 in the Ashburn area.

Which 2021 Ford Expeditions are available in my area?

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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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