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.
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.
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!
My last 3 vehicles owned were 2017 Land Cruiser, 2015 Suburban and a 2014 Escalade. We now have 4 kids and the Land Cruiser was getting too cramped. I looked at another Escalade and it just did not have the features and comfort of the 2018 Expedtion Max. The space in the front, second Row and third row with the tip forward seating is awesome. The EcoBoost pulls like a jet engine with great gas mileage for such a big truck. There?s plenty of USB ports for the kids devices. The fit and finish is very good, however it?s not quite on par with the Land Cruiser. My wife likes the light feeling the steering gives vs the tighter feel of the LC. We like the Ford Pass app that connects with the Sync 3 system. Some of the bells and whistles are gimmicky in my book like the auto parking and trailer backup assist, but hey....it?s one heck of a fun toy! Overall, Ford did a good job on the truck and has raised the barn in the full size SUV category.
I was fortunate enough to have my husband surprise me and order a 2018 Ford Expedition Limited Max. Every option that was available was equipped on my Expedition. I didn't make any of the decisions on options or color BUT I have to say it is amazing! We used to have a 2014 Ford Explorer Sport. This was a perfect vehicle until my kids out grew the Explorer and some CO2 issues. So jumping up in size to the Expedition and add the Max- you would think it drives like a tank but it doesn't. It's reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, as you stand outside the vehicle and think the size is massive then you step inside and it doesn't feel or handle like a tank at all. The ride is superior as it glides down the road, no hesitation just pure excitement. The Expedition feels luxurious and yet comfortable without being gaudy. Our kids have plenty of room and no one complains on lacking leg room!! Our teenager and pre-teen have so much room that I have caught them napping more often than not. On 3 road trips and 3k miles I am averaging 22 mpg and as high as 26 (mostly downhill). I love being able to choose the mode whether Sport shifting, Eco (economy) or Normal. We have used Mad Max in the snow and she handled like a champ. We have had no issues with the Expedition at all!!