2018 Ford Expedition Review
Pros & Cons
- Huge 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
List Price Range
$37,990 - $65,622
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Which Expedition does Edmunds recommend?
Unless 22-inch rims or wood-grain interior trim are priorities, we recommend an Expedition XLT or Limited. An XLT with the optional 202A package offers nearly everything necessary for daily driving and long-haul comfort. Moving up to the Limited adds nice touches such as heated second-row seats and an upgraded sound system. The Platinum takes SUV motoring to lavish heights, but we think the XLT and Limited offer the best blend of features and cost.
Edmunds' Expert Review
Anything this large and that can tow this much can't really be this quick, can it? But that speed isn't matched by the brakes, which suffer from a soft pedal and low-grip tires. Overall handling capability is respectable.
The plush seats counteract the often jittery ride. The Expedition is one of the few vehicles that doesn't have a bad seat in the house. Even the third row is livable for adults.
The Expedition makes full use of its massive wheelbase and gives every passenger ample room and comfort to spare. It's not all perfect, though. The center console is a bit button-heavy, and thick roof pillars hamper outward visibility.
The Expedition's cargo volume, plethora of storage nooks and flexible seating arrangements win the day. The stowable cargo shelf is handy, too. Towing power is icing on the cake for this big SUV.
The Sync system has come a long way over the years, and the newest iteration is definitely the best. And with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, drivers have plenty of current technology at their fingertips. The available trailer backup assist and a 360-degree parking camera are great, too.
|Overall||7.7 / 10|
Most helpful consumer reviews
Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)
After picking up our 2018 Expedition in January both my wife and were totally excited about what Ford had produced.We havedriven full size SUV ‘S for 25 year.We enjoyed the handling, engine performance and technology feature in our new Expedition. But unfortunately that didn’t last long. After bring the truck to the car wash it would start flashing warnings on the dash repeatedly :Forward Collision Warning Blind Spot Detect System Trailer Harness Warning. 2 Trips to the dealer they couldn’t duplicate it despite the fact I had 40 warning sent to my Ford Pass. On the 3 visit they found a defective harness , but Ford had that part on Backorder . The part arrives in 20 days but after installed a secondary problem with the Air Bag System requires another part not available. Bottom line we have been without our Expedition since 6/26/18 today is 8/1/18. We have made every effort to contacts Ford Motor Company and to date can’t get anyone to talk to or address our issues. Wonderful product but Ford forgot about Customer Satisfaction Buyer Beware. A one time loyal Ford Customer Feeling Betrayed
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)
I have driven Fords most of my life. I moved to Toyotas (Sequoia, very good vehicle) about 10 years ago and now I am back with the Expedition and love it. Ford's redesign hit a home run. Rides great, handles great and has the room I need for sons sports teams. Electronics are great also. My wife has driven Lexus (Great), BMW (never again) and now a Range Rover (fantastic vehicle). So far the 2018 Platinum Expedition is right there with the Lexus and Range Rover!
Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)
The redesign team did a fantastic job with high attention to detail. Virtually no problems. I agree with another reviewer a conventional auto transmission shifter would be preferable to the round dial selector knob which can easily be moved into wrong position. I also question whether the lane keeping assist could cause an accident if in a slide and trying to steer out of it. It will cause sudden and erratic steering on rare occasions, and not sure if it would jerk the steering wheel if trying to quickly avoid a close call. Otherwise, the vehicle is amazing and I've never owned a vehicle that is so well designed for comfort and driving enjoyment. 3 Yr. Update: This vehicle has not held its value very well (38% decline in 3 yrs. per Edmunds appraisal in spite of it being in outstanding condition and driven less than 22,000 miles). I ran into a problem a few days ago by happenstance when trying a lug nut socket on my lug nuts, and finding it didn't fit. The dealer confirmed the 2-piece lug nut Ford uses will swell and cannot be removed with the supplied lug wrench. She showed me 8 different defective lug nuts she keeps at her work station to demonstrate what is happening. Only one wheel was removed by a non-Ford dealer while the other three wheels have only been removed by a Ford dealer (all lug nuts are swollen to some extent). I asked if Ford covers them under warranty. At first, the answer was no but then it changed to possibly. However, she advised it would happen again since Ford still uses the same exact defective lug nuts. I was told to go elsewhere to buy replacement solid, 1 piece lug nuts. If you Google search, you'll find a class action lawsuit that was dismissed a few years ago but will explain the problem more fully. My beef with Ford is they never warned me of this problem which could create a serious or deadly incident for a person if stranded in an isolated or unsafe area. Moreover, the vehicle will likely need to be towed since any responding roadside help may not have the tools to break these defective lugs nut off. To me, this is unconscionable when corporate executives (or it's law dept. if not disclosing to executive management) don't give a damn about the safety of its customers and makes no attempt to alert them or correct this problem. The position staked out by Ford is a bonehead decision, and I hope someone brings another lawsuit against Ford if an owner or family are severely harmed or killed by being stranded in an unsafe, deserted location. Once I sell this vehicle, I will not buy another Ford vehicle since I no longer trust Ford's executive decision making.
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)
My family of four values large SUVs, and until now Ford hasn't played well in this space. The last five full size SUVs we have owned have carried the Chevrolet/GM badge for obvious reasons. The most recent was a 2016 Chevrolet Suburban so I am well equipped to give a comparison review of the American brands. For starters, it's fairly obvious that the profile of the new Expedition strongly resemble the Tahoe/Suburban. But fortunately that is where the resemblances end. In every other way, function and form, the Expedition is unique and better. Arguably it should be, however, as the Suburban is almost three years older with the current gen dropping in March of 2015 (I had mine then anyway). When I say better I mean technology, ride, power, fuel economy, reliability, quality, functionality for families with small children etc. So far the only thing I can see that GM does better relates to child locks in which Ford requires you to engage from the inside of the rear doors where GM has a convenient switch located in the front for the driver to easily engage and disengage. Otherwise, the Expedition combines what I liked about the GM competitors while fixing the things I hated. For me the Expedition is the perfect full size SUV.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Expedition models:
- Adaptive Cruise with Stop and Go
- Sets and maintains safe following distance from the car ahead and can bring the SUV to a complete stop when necessary.
- Pre-Collision Assist With Pedestrian Detection
- Provides pedestrian collision warning to the driver and can automatically apply brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
- BLIS (Blind Spot Information System)
- Alerts driver to vehicles lurking in the SUV's blind spots to prevent a possible collision during a lane change.