The all-new 2018 Ford Expedition is a big three-row SUV that will be available sometime this fall with a 3.5-liter ecoboost V6. More engine choices will likely follow later.
MARK TAKAHASHI: Hey, everybody. We're at the Chicago Auto Show taking a look at the all new 2018 Ford Expedition. This thing's big. I mean it's really big. This is the regular wheel base. There's an even longer wheelbase. And compared to the outgoing one, the long wheelbase is an inch longer. The regular wheelbase is four inches longer. And like the F150 that it's based on, it's got an aluminum body. So that should help with performance as well as fuel economy. In the end, it shaves off 300 pounds. The engine slated so far is 3.5 liter EcoBoost. We do expect more powertrains to come online later in the production cycle. There are some cool features as well including all the typical advanced safety features as well as a WiFi connection that you can use within 50 feet of the vehicle. Check back with Edmunds as we get close to the fall release date and let us know what you think.
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.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.