2018 Ford Expedition SUV

2018 Ford Expedition
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2018 Ford Expedition
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What’s new

  • The 2018 Expedition is fully redesigned
  • More powerful V6 engine and new 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Updated interior with new features
  • The first year of the fourth-generation Expedition

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Large size and slow steering make it cumbersome to drive
  • Soft brake pedal feel diminishes driver confidence


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

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

More rugged than a typical three-row crossover, the 2018 Ford Expedition, a traditional truck-based SUV, is a top pick if you need a vehicle that can haul families, toys or both. It seats up to eight people, has a powerful turbocharged V6 engine and can tow more than 9,000 pounds.

Available in three trim levels, each with multiple options, the Expedition can be seasoned to taste and made as modern as any family sedan. Its expansive interior gets a welcome update this year with more modern-looking vents, dials and faceplates, addressing our earlier complaint about inferior trim elements in an otherwise sharp setting. The cabin matches the relative serenity of the Expedition's ride as well, which delivers a surprising amount of comfort and stability.

The Expedition's more powerful turbocharged V6 engine this year (375 horsepower, or 400 hp for the Platinum trim) also gives the SUV impressive gusto and makes it one of the quickest in the class. We tested an earlier Expedition — a four-wheel-drive, long-wheelbase model, no less — and clocked it from zero to 60 mph in 7 seconds. And that was before this year's power increase. Fuel economy estimates haven't been released yet, but last year's Expedition returned between 16 and 18 mpg combined. The new 10-speed automatic transmission should help elevate both fuel economy and acceleration.

There aren't many traditional body-on-frame, full-size SUVs that compete with the Expedition. The Chevrolet Suburban and its GMC Yukon mechanical twin are the most obvious rivals. Both have lower towing capacity and less cargo space, but they can seat nine passengers.

The Toyota Sequoia is another strong candidate with similar fundamental capabilities, but we've found the Sequoia simply isn't as well-equipped or modern as the Ford and Chevy. The Nissan Armada is a dark horse, recently updated with a new V8 engine and an impressive suite of safety features.

In the end, if you need seven- or eight-passenger seating, a lot of towing capacity and a lot of room, the 2018 Ford Expedition is a great choice.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Ford Expedition is available in three trim levels: XLT, Limited and Platinum. The XLT offers a balanced mix of comfort and utility, and plenty of available options, while Limited models introduce premium elements such as leather upholstery, driver safety aids and a Wi-Fi hotspot as standard equipment. The top-trim Platinum loads on the luxury with features including 22-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and a group of driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control and a self-parking system.

An extended-wheelbase Expedition, which has a bigger cargo area, is called the Max. It's available for the XLT and Limited.

The XLT starts with a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine (375 horsepower, 470 pound-feet of torque) paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission and a choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

Standard equipment includes seating for eight passengers, 18-inch alloy wheels, running boards, roof rack rails, rear parking sensors, push-button ignition, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, heated side mirrors, air-conditioning, a six-way power driver seat (with manual recline), power-adjustable pedals, a sliding and reclining 40/20/40-split second-row seat, and a "one-touch" 60/40-split fold-flat third-row seat.

There's also a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Ford's Sync voice-control system, a 4.2-inch central display, second-row USB charging ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and a nine-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio, USB interface, auxiliary jack and rear audio controls.

The XLT offers two optional packages: 201A and 202A. The 201A package adds first- and second-row leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats (with two-way power lumbar), and a power-folding third-row seat.

The 202A package builds on those items with a hands-free power liftgate, chrome running boards, keyless entry, remote engine start, power-folding mirrors (with a driver-side auto-dimming mirror), heated and ventilated front seats, driver-position memory settings, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient cabin lighting, the Sync 3 tech interface with an 8-inch touchscreen, Sync Connect (which includes a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless phone charging), a 110-volt household style outlet, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Stand-alone options include 20-inch wheels, roof rail crossbars, a panoramic sunroof, a navigation system, a heavy-duty trailer tow package, and a suite of driver assistance features (adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, auto high beams and automatic wipers).

An FX4 4x4 Off-Road package adds trail-ready components such as all-terrain tires, off-road shocks, a 3.73 limited-slip rear axle and skid plates.

The Limited trim bundles the features from the 202A package and adds 20-inch wheels, front parking sensors, roof rack rails, retractable running boards, heated second-row seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a premium Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker audio system with HD radio.

Like the XLT, the Limited offers two optional packages, 301A and 302A. The former includes the panoramic sunroof, navigation and the driver assistance features listed above, while the latter tacks on 22-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, LED headlights and foglights, a 360-degree view parking camera, and an automated parking system.

Many of these features are available as stand-alone options, as are second-row leather captain's chairs (reduces seating capacity to seven) and a rear-seat entertainment system (with dual headrest-mounted displays). The new-for-2018 Special Edition package bundles the heavy-duty tow package, the self-parking system, and the LED headlights and foglights.

Finally, the Platinum trim builds on the Limited and 302A features with interior wood accents, enhanced front seats with massage function, upgraded leather for the steering wheel, leather door trim and active noise cancellation. Options mirror those of the Limited. Notably, the Platinum also offers increased horsepower (400 hp) and torque (480 lb-ft).

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full tests of the Ford Expedition and Expedition Max (turbo 3.5L V6 | 10-speed automatic | 4WD).

Driving

3
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.

Acceleration

44
This full-size SUV has no right to be this fast, but it is. It's also fun to widen the eyes of passengers who aren't expecting this small building of a vehicle to cover 0-60 mph in just 6.9 seconds.

Braking

2.5
Pedal travel is longer than we'd like, even under normal use. In full-panic braking, the brake pedal returns little reassurance that you'll stop. But consistency and stability are good. In our testing, the Expedition needed 133 feet to stop from 60 mph, an average result for this type of vehicle.

Steering

2.5
The steering response is slow, and feedback is numb. Although it tracks straight, the Expedition also has a lazy on-center feel. The steering wheel feels overly big and trucklike in your hands.

Handling

3
Due to its numb steering and brakes and copious amounts of body movement, it's best to drive this full-size SUV conservatively. Its slow steering ratio will keep your hands busy on twisty roads, too. But if you can tolerate the body motions, the Expedition can be hustled faster than you think.

Drivability

3
The gas pedal's responsiveness is abrupt when you first get on the gas. Using the slower and smoother Eco driving mode is a decent workaround, though. Otherwise the powertrain keeps itself in the powerband all the time. The Expedition's turning circle is tight.

Off-road

3
Shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, low-range gearing, a lockable rear differential and nearly 10 inches of ground clearance give the Expedition old-school off-road potential. But it's very large, and so-so articulation makes careful wheel placement key to negotiating your way over ruts.

Comfort

4
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.

Seat comfort

5
Our test vehicle came in the eight-seat configuration. The front- and second-row seats are plush and have enough support for long-distance driving. The third row is adequate for adult use. All seats recline, and the second row can slide.

Ride comfort

3
An unloaded Expedition can feel a little unsettled and busy when driving over rough pavement. The optional 22-inch wheels are a contributing factor, too. Avoid getting them if you can. However, the Expedition's ride does settle down a little when loaded up.

Noise & vibration

3
Engine noise is minimal unless you're aggressively mashing the gas. Wind noise can be heard while driving on the highway, but it's never excessive. With the 22-inch wheels and tires, road noise is constant on coarse pavement.

Climate control

4
The tri-zone climate system works well. The adjustable auto fan setting allows you to reduce the temperature a few degrees without causing the fan speed to ramp up too high. Front seats get heat and ventilation; second-row outboard seats get heat only. Airflow has good adjustability and reach.

Interior

4
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.

Ease of use

3.5
Even with Sync 3, the Expedition's dash is festooned with buttons and knobs. In a way, this is welcome since you can operate just about any control using them rather than having to go through menus on the touchscreen.

Getting in/getting out

5
Gigantic door openings, well-placed grab handles and broad running boards make it easy to get in and out. The second-row seats tilt and fold forward. Combined with the tall cabin, they allow easy walk-in access to the third row. But keep in mind those big doors require space to swing out.

Driving position

4
Thanks to the Expedition's tall ride height and seating position, drivers get a commanding view of the road. The wide range of adjustability for the driver's seat and steering wheel ensures most drivers will find an ideal position.

Roominess

5
A vehicle this big should have acres of room, and the Expedition does not disappoint. Every row can seat adults with plenty of room. Even the third row, which is usually a penalty box in most SUVs, is decent enough to seat two adults for long distances.

Visibility

3
The view straight ahead and directly to the sides is excellent. But the front corner view is limited by thick windshield pillars and a wide hood, and the rear corners are obscured by huge roof pillars. The rear window seems like it's a mile away. The rearview camera is helpful but not enough.

Quality

4
It may not be a luxury sedan, but the Expedition does a fair impression of one. Interior panels and parts were squeak-free on our test vehicle and exhibited excellent fit and finish. Leather quality erred on the side of durable versus supple. But given the application, we think it's the right move.

Utility

4
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.

Small-item storage

4
It seems like there's a storage spot for anything you can think of. The door pockets are cavernous, as is the center console. There are small nooks along the sides of the center tunnel, too. Rear passengers also have storage space. Only the somewhat small front cupholders detract.

Cargo space

4
With all the seats in the up position, the standard-wheelbase Expedition has 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space, similar to the smaller Explorer. With the third row down, there's 57.5 cubic feet and a gaping 104.6 cubic feet with all rear seats down. You get even more with the Expedition Max.

Child safety seat accommodation

4
There are LATCH anchors for all six rear seat positions. Rear and side LATCH points are easy to see and access. The sliding second-row seats, power-actuated running boards and plenty of space make the process of installing car seats easy.

Towing

4.5
Equipped with the Heavy Duty Trailer Tow package — which includes a larger radiator, 3.73 gears, trailer backup assist and an integrated trailer brake controller — the Expedition can tow up to 9,300 pounds. The Expedition Max is rated for 9,000 pounds.

Hauling

4
With its power liftgate, power-folding third-row seat, and flat load floor, the Expedition can be used like a covered pickup truck. Its side-mounted tie-down points mean you can load up boxes and equipment from wall to wall and still have them secured from movement.

Technology

4
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.

Audio & navigation

4
The standard audio system is punchy, but it gets muddy at higher volume levels. Inputs include multiple USB, auxiliary-in and Bluetooth. The optional navigation system features pinch-to-zoom and voice recognition, but the graphics look dated.

Smartphone integration

5
Pairing your phone to the vehicle with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is easy. In fact, you can use multiple devices at the same time. For example, have Android Auto handle navigation through the infotainment system, while Spotify streams through your iPhone.

Driver aids

3
The Expedition offers a bevy of driver assistance features including a helpful 360-degree camera, blind-spot monitoring, active park assist, and forward and reverse side sensing systems. Multi-surface traction control profiles are also available for off-road driving.

Voice control

3
Sync 3 with navigation recognizes basic commands. Following its syntax ensures maximum accuracy. Although for navigation, we found whichever smartphone map system we tethered to was generally more accurate. Voice commands can be used for navigation, audio and phone systems.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Ford Expedition.

2018 Platinum Expedition Review
Bryan C,12/25/2017
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.
Ford Got it Right!
John,02/06/2018
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!
Joy to Total Disappointment
TBF,08/01/2018
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
Almost everything hoped for
Mike,01/06/2018
This vehicle is awesome. My only real complaint is that the Lane Assist doesn't automatically keep the vehicle centered between the lines. This is my 3rd vehicle with lane assist. It is time for them to take the next step forward, like Honda has done on some of their vehicles. I just can't find anything else to fault this vehicle on. Well, a little better gas mileage would have been nice. Getting 18 to 18.5 average. That's good by 5 years ago standards for a vehicle this large but I would gladly have exchanged some of the power for another 2 MPG. Then I could have complained about "sluggishness". Aside from these comments, this vehicle is extraordinarily satisfying. I'm 67, this is my wife and my 30th new vehicle. We have owned GM, Ford, Nissan, and Toyota.
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2018 Ford Expedition videos

MARK TAKAHASHI: So what we have here is the all new fully redesigned 2018 Ford Expedition. [MUSIC PLAYING] MARK TAKAHASHI: Now, this is their big SUV. Like the Lincoln Navigator, which shares a lot of its internals, it's really quite good. Unlike the Navigator, though, I think I like the grill and the whole front of this a little bit better. It's a little more tapered, it's not quite as imposing and flat. Under the hood, a 3.5 liter twin turbo V6 that puts out 375 horsepower. Unless you get this, the Platinum Trim, which has 400, and that's made into a 10 speed automatic transmission. So you get a combination of good acceleration off the line, as well as good fuel economy up high. Right here, 22 inch wheels. Normally, we're not a fan of wheels that big because they tend to stiffen up the ride a bit, but not so much with this because we have a decent amount of sidewall. Further down the line, we have some nice chrome accents on the mirror caps, as well as this bottom of the greenhouse. Otherwise, it's fairly plain on the side, and I'm actually OK with that. One thing that I do really like, though, power deployable running boards. With a car this big, it's pretty much a requirement, especially if you have smaller passengers. With a top trim SUV like this, you would expect it to have a hands-free power liftgate, as this does. Now, there's not a whole lot of space back here, just over 19 cubic feet. One thing back here that's also cool, once we fold this up, is this split level cargo organizer. So you drop these tabs here and here, and now you have this nice little barrier so that stuff you have here, whether it's grocery bags or sports equipment, won't come rolling out if you're parked on an incline. It also transforms to a shelf like so, and this glass window here actually flips up so you have added access. The problem is, well, it's a little bit tall. So taller people would not have so much of a problem getting into this area, but shorter people probably not so much. Also, back here we have power folding seats. So now you have the flexibility of cargo and passengers. Another thing that's nice is this negative angle here at the lip of the cargo area. So if you have fruits and cans or something rolling around back here and you're parked on an incline, again, probably won't go rolling down, you won't have to chase them going down the street. There's a lot of elements that remind me of F-150, and that's not entirely a bad thing. It's a nice angular, almost utilitarian approach to an interior. Materials quality is about what you'd expect from a nicer version of the F-150. Storage, we have some decently sized cup holders here, a slide bin here that has a wireless charging pad as well as two USB ports. We have here the SYNC 3 Infotainment System, which is their latest, greatest, and I actually quite like it. Add in standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and it's one of the easier systems to use for sure. Audio quality from the BMO System is really quite good as well. Maybe not super high end audio file quality, but certainly enough to get some good bass and some nice clear highs as well. On the steering wheel, plenty of useful buttons for cruise control on the left and audio on the right, as well as some voice command buttons as well. The instrument cluster has two analog gauges that are flanking a central color display for all your trip computer fuel economy as well as a bunch of other information that come in handy as you're driving and even off roading. The seats themselves are really well-shaped and generously padded. In this top trim we also have ventilation, and a hot day like today, it really proves its worth. After, let's say, several hours of driving this, I can't see a whole lot of fatigue coming from seat comfort. It's one of the better seats that you can get and, in this class, that's saying something. Under my elbow is a massive bin with a sliding tray as well that's removable. You're going to fit a ton of stuff down there. Here in the second row seat, there's plenty of support, they do recline somewhat. That's quite a bit of travel right there. Mitchell's quality, like the front, is also quite nice. I do like this kind of organic stitching they have here, and all of your elbow touch points are really nicely padded. In this trim we also have a tri-zone climate control back here, a house of power outlet, as well as two more USB ports. Optionally, they do have some rear entertainment headrests that will either play DVD or even stream from mobile devices. So one good smart feature that they built into this is when you need to access a third row, just hit the button here and unlocks it. And that means that this whole thing slides forward and tilts forward. So if you have a child seat in here, you don't necessarily have to take it out. Of course, you need to take the kid out, but that's a pretty decent pass-through to get to the third row. And it doesn't take that much effort to push it back, so maybe a kid could actually do it on their own. As you'd expect with something this size, the third row space is quite generous. I'm 5' 10", and I fit back here just fine. And, in general, you're not going to be putting, let's say, adults back here if you don't have to. In a pinch, it is totally fine, and even for, let's say, a longer trip, I'd be totally fine back here, too. Now, look, the materials quality isn't quite as nice as the first two rows. This is a pretty hard elbow touch point here that would get on my nerves after a little while, but these have a power recline, which is unusual, as well as another USB port here and on the other side as well. So you are really well covered. So from behind the wheel of the Expedition, I'm not going to say that it drives like a smaller SUV but it doesn't drive bad at all. It doesn't feel like it's out of sorts on this winding mountain road. The suspension is doing a really good job of soaking up all the bumps, and you do have the option for adaptive suspension to stiffen things up or soften them up as you see fit. And even right now in the sustained long corner we're in, there's not a whole lot of body roll. It's really well-managed. Now, we are riding quite high. You'll feel some undulations, especially with the left to right stuff because you are riding so high, so it's like being at the end of a whip. Now, we get to demonstrate its turning circle. Is it going to need-- no. Actually, that's a really small turning circle. So that bodes really well for maneuverability if you're in a tight parking spot. And also if you need to do a bunch of U-turns on residential roads. So probably a lot fewer three-point turns than you'd expect. It's always a good idea to instead of ride the brakes all the way down is to shift into a lower gear, let the engine slow you down. So to do that, you hit the M button here in a manual mode, downshift, and there you go. I certainly would prefer to have the buttons on the steering wheel, either on the wheel itself or a paddle behind it, but as seldom as most people will use that, it's fine where they put it. And we have a rotary selector here for the gears. It's all right. I mean, it takes a little getting used to, but it is better than the push button transmission that you'll find in some other cars. As far as road and wind noise, while I'm hearing some of both, but they're really not that bad. The stereo is off so if I were to just turn it up a little bit, it would drown it right out. There's obviously a lot more noise coming through than the Navigator, but this is a good 200 or 300 pounds lighter than the Navigator, so you're going to make up those small inconveniences with fuel economy and driveability. In terms of visibility, while this A-Pillar is pretty thick, in a left turn these windows are so wide and that A-Pillar is positioned at least well far away so that I'm not having to bob back and forth to see what's on the other side. This B-Pillar over my shoulder is pretty thick. So I'm making a lane change, looking over my shoulder, I'm not going to see much. At least the mirrors are wide enough to give you a better idea. Combine that with a blind spot monitor, takes a lot of that guesswork and stress out of it. And when it comes to towing, the Expedition does it really well. Just over 9,000 pound towing capacity, I believe. And, yeah, that's what we like to call best in class. You do have the reverse trailer assists. I don't know about you, but for me, when I'm backing up a trailer into a spot, I break out into a cold sweat. That essentially eliminates all the stress out of it because you're steering with this little dial rather than the steering wheel. It uses cameras and a bunch of other sensors to make sure that you're backing up right into where you want. It's a smart feature, not particularly new, but I really love it nonetheless. So I've spent quite a bit of time in this, the 2018 Ford Expedition, and I have to say I quite like it. There aren't a lot of SUVs that compete with this at this scale. The most notable being the Chevy Suburban. And I would take this over the Suburban pretty much in an instant. There are far less things you have to worry about as far as cargo space. The Suburban has kind of a three inch lift that you have to get over, and the ride quality isn't nearly as nice as this, either. There are also quite a bit more features that you can get with the Expedition. Well, that's obviously a case of this coming out now versus three years ago when the Suburban did. But, all in all, I really quite like it. It drives great, the pricing is pretty reasonable considering the size of the car, starting around $50,000 for the base model all the way up to about $80,000 for the top trim like this. Compared to the Lincoln Navigator on which they share a mutual platform, there's not a whole lot difference as far as engine transmission, all that stuff. But the Lincoln Navigator certainly has more style and bling. This is a lot more utilitarian and useful, but it's also $20,000 less when you're talking about trim levels from bottom to top. Now, if you are considering either of them, honestly, it's going to come down to your budget. How much bling do you really want? For more information on the Expedition, as well as the competition, head over to edmunds.com. And if you want to see more videos like this, hit subscribe. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2018 Ford Expedition Test Drive

The Ford Expedition is all-new for 2018 and Edmunds Senior Writer Mark Takahashi had the opportunity to review the car from grille to tailgate. The 2018 Ford Expedition received a ground-up redesign that maintains the strengths of previous models while addressing their drawbacks. Despite its full-size SUV status, it's far easier to drive than you'd expect. Combined with a spacious interior, loads of features and best-in-class towing capacities, it's easy to see why we consider it a top pick.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$65,800
MPG
17 city / 22 hwy
Seats 8
10-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
375 hp @ 5000 rpm
MSRP
$51,790
MPG
17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 8
10-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
375 hp @ 5000 rpm
MSRP
$62,675
MPG
17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 8
10-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
375 hp @ 5000 rpm
MSRP
$54,800
MPG
17 city / 22 hwy
Seats 8
10-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
375 hp @ 5000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Expedition safety features:

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.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover20.8%

Ford Expedition vs. the competition

2018 Ford Expedition

2018 Ford Expedition

2018 Chevrolet Suburban

2018 Chevrolet Suburban

Ford Expedition vs. Chevrolet Suburban

The Expedition and Suburban have always been close competitors. For 2018, though, the Suburban finds itself a bit outgunned. The tried and true 5.3-liter V8 is still a solid choice, but it lacks the outright power and capability of the Ford's twin-turbo V6. The Suburban's older chassis and design also put it at a disadvantage.

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Ford Expedition vs. Toyota Sequoia

Having gone 10 years without any substantial upgrades, the Sequoia is nearly obsolete thanks to the new Expedition. The Toyota is still a rugged SUV capable of seating eight and towing a fair amount, but its dated interior and subpar fuel economy are more obvious now than ever before.

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Ford Expedition vs. Nissan Armada

The Armada does a good job of flying under the radar, but it also does a good job of being a user-friendly, easy-to-drive SUV that can still tow its fair share — 8,500 pounds to be exact. The knocks against the Nissan are the small-ish third row in such a big SUV, the rapidly aging infotainment system, and the lack of a long-wheelbase version.

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2018 Ford Expedition SUV for Sale

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MSRP$57,480
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18 Machined-Face Aluminum Wheels, 3rd Row Vinyl Seat, Equipment Group 201A, Heated Body-Color Power Mirrors, Leather-Trimmed 1st & 2nd Row Seats. Magnetic 2018 Ford Expedition XLT 4WD 10-Speed Automatic EcoBoost 3.5L V6 GTDi DOHC 24V Twin Turbocharged Awards: * JD Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) $2,000 -
Ford Expedition 2018 XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)
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XLT
MSRP$56,550
Est.Loan: $989/mo
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2018 Ford Expedition XLT 4X4 White Platinum Tri-coat w/ Ebony Black... Call Koons Sterling Ford at 1-800-796-2075... NOT AVAILABLE FOR TRANSFER... Call us about Additional Rebates that may be available to reduce your price even further! Some examples of Additional rebates that you may qualify for include Active Military, Recent College Grad Competitive Lease Conquest Rebates... WOW prices include some available rebates and incentives that may not be compatible with special rate programs and may require Ford Financing on select models! Financing is subject to approved credit. All prices are special internet prices only and do exclude freight, tax, tags, and processing. WOW prices are valid based on manufacturer incentive program time periods and may vary based on zip code. Please let us verify all rebates that you qualify for... We are a full-service Ford Dealership. We have an Excellent Finance Department and secure financing for the majority of our customers. WE WANT YOUR CAR and are offering top dollar on nice trades. Be sure to call for availability. With our Best Deal WOW Price up front on all In Stock vehicles, our vehicles have been selling very quickly. If you are not local, no worries. We have been selling vehicles throughout the U.S. for many years. We will gladly handle everything for you to ensure that this is an exceptional car buying experience. Give us a Call and let us WOW you with our Great Prices, Excellent Service and Top Quality vehicles!
Ford Expedition 2018 XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)
New 2018
Ford Expedition
XLT
MSRP$57,725
Est.Loan: $1,011/mo
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You'll find plenty of roomy three-row crossover SUVs on today's market, but there are some jobs they just can't do: Few of them can seat eight, and none can tow a 9,000-plus-pound trailer. That's when full-size body-on-frame SUVs such as the 2018 Ford Expedition come in handy — but unlike some of its competitors, the Expedition has brains as well as brawn.

What sets the Expedition apart from its full-size competitors is the way it embraces technology. Take the engine: Instead of a traditional V8, the Expedition uses a 3.5-liter V6 with twin turbochargers. Output is a V8-like 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Ford also makes a long-wheelbase version called the Expedition Max. Compared to the competition (and to other vehicles in general), the Expedition is very quick: In Edmunds testing, an Expedition EL (former name for the current Max) 4WD sprinted to 60 mph in a quick 7 seconds.

The Expedition's chassis is equally modern. Most full-size SUVs share their platforms with pickup trucks, and many use the same solid rear axle as a pickup truck. Ford fits the Expedition with a fully independent rear suspension, which not only makes for a smoother ride compared to its competitors' — especially when fitted with the optional three-way adjustable dampers — but also makes the Expedition more predictable in emergency maneuvers.

As you'd expect, the Expedition's interior is both roomy and classy, especially in top-of-the-line Platinum trim. Ford has deep-sixed the much-maligned MyFord Touch infotainment system, and we find the new Sync 3 touchscreen stereo and navigation system much easier to use. The Expedition offers three rows of seating with plenty of stretch-out space. The second row offers a choice of a 40/20/40-split folding bench or twin captain's chairs, the latter option offering better access to the third row. While the regular-length Expedition doesn't offer much luggage space behind the third row (18.6 cubic feet), the extended-length Max offers a whopping 42.6 cubic feet. When not in use, the third-row seat folds flat into the floor, creating even more cargo room.

Ford offers the Expedition in three trim levels. The XLT has the basic comfort and convenience features we expect in a midlevel vehicle, with plenty of creature comforts on the options list. The Limited adds more power features, while the Platinum trim turns the Expedition into a true luxury yacht. There are a lot of choices in the Expedition lineup, and Edmunds can help find the perfect 2018 Ford Expedition for you.

2018 Ford Expedition SUV Overview

The 2018 Ford Expedition SUV is offered in the following styles: Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), XL Fleet 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), MAX XL Fleet 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), XL Fleet 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), and MAX XL Fleet 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A).

What do people think of the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Expedition SUV 4.5 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 2018 Expedition SUV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Expedition SUV featuring deep dives into trim levels including Limited, XLT, MAX Limited, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV here.
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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 2018 Ford Expedition SUV?
2018 Ford Expedition SUV Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2018 Ford Expedition SUV Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $77,370. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Expedition SUV Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $7,548 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,548 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$69,822.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is9.8% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $69,685. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $8,881 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,881 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$60,804.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is12.7% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Expedition SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2018 Ford Expedition SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $55,995. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Expedition SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $10,148 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $10,148 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$45,847.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is18.1% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $58,680. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $9,284 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $9,284 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$49,396.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is15.8% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Expedition SUV Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2018 Ford Expedition SUV Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $66,995. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Expedition SUV Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $8,132 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,132 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$58,863.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is12.1% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $80,060. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $7,892 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $7,892 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$72,168.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is9.9% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $55,670. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $4,250 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,250 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$51,420.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is7.6% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Expedition SUV XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2018 Ford Expedition SUV XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $52,985. The average price paid for a new 2018 Ford Expedition SUV XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $8,344 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $8,344 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$44,641.

The average savings for the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is15.7% below the MSRP.

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2018 Ford Expedition SUV Listings and Inventory

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Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV and all available trim types: MAX Platinum, MAX XLT, Platinum, etc. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2018 Ford Expedition SUV include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2018 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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