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8.7

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Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.8
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2019 Ford Expedition Review

The 2019 Ford Expedition excels across the board. Its strong engines, classy cabin, tons of features, great predicted reliability rating, and ample cargo space help make it one of our top-ranking large SUVs.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong engine
  • Spacious cabin
  • Tremendous cargo space
  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • More expensive than rivals

Is the Ford Expedition a Good SUV?

The Ford Expedition is an excellent large SUV. It has a handsome cabin with plenty of room for adults in all three rows. It also boasts a high towing capacity and decent fuel economy estimates. There's a cavernous cargo hold too, especially in the long-wheelbase Expedition Max. Additionally, this Ford has an above-average predicted reliability rating. Because the Expedition has the best combination of cargo and passenger space, safety and reliability ratings, positive reviews from automotive journalists, and available family-friendly features in its class, we named it our 2019 Best Large SUV for Families.

Should I Buy the Ford Expedition?

The Ford Expedition offers plenty to satisfy most large SUV shoppers. However, it has one of the highest starting prices in the class, and a fully loaded Expedition costs more than some luxury-brand counterparts. Before buying this vehicle, it’s worth looking at its top competitors. The Chevrolet Tahoe and its long-wheelbase sibling, the Chevrolet Suburban, are both a little more affordable than the Ford. Both vehicles offer a comfortable ride, a handsome cabin, and a user-friendly infotainment system.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Expedition?

Ford did not make any major changes to the Expedition for the 2019 model year. However, Ford fully redesigned the Expedition for the 2018. As part of the redesign, it gained more horsepower, a 10-speed automatic transmission, better fuel economy estimates, and a revamped interior. While you could save even more money with an older model, you’d miss out on the benefits of the redesign. We recommend 2018 and 2019 models.

To research used Expedition models, read our 2016, 2017, and 2018 Ford Expedition reviews. If you decide that an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page for savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 14 Reviews Analyzed

To make our car rankings and reviews as consumer-oriented as possible, we do not rely on our personal opinions. Instead, we analyze hard data such as crash test results and reliability ratings, as well as the opinions of the automotive press. This Ford Expedition review draws on 14 reviews and incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation.

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How Much Does the Ford Expedition Cost?

The base Ford Expedition XLT has a window sticker price of $52,130. That’s fairly expensive, even among other large SUVs. Prices continue rising with the Ford Expedition Limited ($63,015) and Platinum ($73,365). A fully loaded Expedition can cost close to $85,000, which is more than the starting prices of some luxury rivals.

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Ford Expedition Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Ford Expedition or Lincoln Navigator?

The Lincoln Navigator is the luxury version of the Ford Expedition. Both SUVs were redesigned for the 2018 model year, and each offers a long-wheelbase variant. However, there are some key differences. The Navigator gets a little more horsepower from its twin-turbo V6, and it has a smoother ride, a slightly more upscale cabin, and more standard features than the Expedition. On the other hand, the Expedition has slightly better fuel economy estimates, a higher towing capacity, and a lower price. The 2019 Navigator has a starting price of $73,205, which means you could save about $21,000 with the Ford. However, a base Expedition won't be as well-equipped as a base Navigator. Both SUVs are great vehicles, so choosing between them is a matter of personal preference and how much you want to spend.

Which Is Better: Ford Expedition or GMC Yukon?

The GMC Yukon is not a bad choice in the large SUV class, but the Expedition is a much better one. It has more cargo space than the Yukon, a roomy cabin with an adult-friendly third row, and a higher maximum towing capacity by around 800 pounds, as well as a higher predicted reliability rating. However, the GMC Yukon is not without its merits. It has has two V8 engine choices, as well as more standard features and a lower price than the Expedition. With the Ford's MSRP of $52,130, you'll save roughly $2,600 with the base Yukon. At the end of the day, if you have a little more room in your budget, the Expedition is the better choice.

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Expedition Interior

How Many People Does the Expedition Seat?

The Expedition seats eight people, though replacing the split-bench seat with second-row bucket seats lowers seating capacity to seven. Cloth upholstery comes standard. Upgrades include massaging front seats, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated and power-folding second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The seats are a good place to spend time, with ample head- and legroom for most adults to sit comfortably in each of the three rows. The huge door openings make entry and exit easy, and unlike some three-row rivals, accessing the third row is a breeze.

Expedition and Car Seats

The Expedition’s second row of seats has three complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors, or two in models equipped with captain’s chairs. In the third row, there are two complete sets of car-seat connectors.

Expedition Interior Quality

The Ford Expedition has a well-designed cabin, blending high-quality materials with the trucklike sturdiness of its pickup truck sibling, the F-150. The opulence of the higher-level trims is similar to what you’ll find in Lincoln vehicles.

Expedition Cargo Space

The Expedition has 20.9 cubic feet of space when all three rows are fully upright. That space expands to as much as 63.6 cubic feet with the third row folded down and 104.6 cubic feet with the second and third rows down. That’s impressive even among other full-size SUVs.

The long-wheelbase variant, called the Expedition Max, has even more room for your stuff. It offers 36 cubic feet of space behind the third row and as much as 121.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Those totals rank among the best in the class. The long-wheelbase body style of the GMC Yukon is one of the few that rivals it, offering 121.7 cubic feet of space with both back rows folded down.

Expedition Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Ford’s standard SYNC connectivity system features four USB ports, Bluetooth, a six-speaker sound system, satellite radio, and a 4.2-inch display.

Optional equipment includes the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, a Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless device charging, HD Radio, and two more smart-charging USB ports.

The SYNC 3 infotainment system earns almost universal praise. The on-screen buttons are large, and the display responds quickly to inputs. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow users to display their smartphone’s functions on screen.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Expedition Performance

Expedition Engine: No V8, No Problem

Ford offers a single engine in the Expedition. Most rivals offer V8 engines, but the Expedition instead features a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that makes 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. In the top-of-the-line Platinum trim, the same engine with premium fuel produces 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission is the only one offered.

Despite its lack of a V8 engine option, the Expedition is more than suited for most driving needs. Its turbo V6 makes ample power for towing or effortless passing on the highway. It also provides quicker acceleration than many rivals.

Expedition Gas Mileage: No Complaints Here

The 2019 Expedition earns an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, or 17/22 mpg city/highway with four-wheel drive. Large SUVs tend to earn similar fuel economy estimates. However, the Expedition will still save you about $250 per year over the Chevrolet Suburban and $700 per year over the Toyota Sequoia in fuel costs.

Expedition Ride and Handling: In a Word, Decent

The Expedition is generally comfortable, and its suspension does a decent job absorbing bumps and dips in the roads so that occupants enjoy a cushioned ride. While hardly sporty, this vehicle is fairly composed around turns compared to class rivals. That said, the steering can feel somewhat numb. The off-road package and the Platinum trim’s available all-terrain management system give this vehicle some off-road capabilities. It won’t handle trails as well as the F-150 Raptor, but it can handle dirt paths just fine. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while four-wheel drive is available.

Expedition Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the full-size 2019 Ford Expedition can tow up to 9,300 pounds.

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Expedition Reliability

Is the Ford Expedition Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Expedition an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five.

Ford Expedition Warranty

Ford backs the Expedition with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Many other large SUVs have similar warranty terms.

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Expedition Safety

Expedition Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Expedition five out of five stars overall, with five stars in front and side tests and four stars in rollover tests.

Expedition Safety Features

A rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and Ford’s MyKey – which lets you set speed and audio limits for secondary drivers – come standard in every Expedition. Several other safety features are available, including blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front parking sensors, parallel park assist, and adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go function.

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Which Ford Expedition Model Is Right for Me?

Ford offers the Expedition in regular- and extended-wheelbase body types, and each comes in three trim levels: XLT, Limited, and Platinum. The long-wheelbase variant, called the Expedition Max, has about 15 more cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. However, the passenger space is the same in both models. Opting for the Max adds about $2,700 to the price of each trim (the exact amount varies). You can also add four-wheel drive for a little more than $3,000.

Each trim features the same twin-turbocharged V6 engine, though it makes 25 more horsepower in the top-of-the-line Expedition Platinum when using premium fuel. Most shoppers will want the midlevel Ford Expedition Limited – or the base XLT with a package – to get the SYNC 3 infotainment system. Higher level trims have more features, but they can get pricey. There are a lot of options and packages available, so you can save by money by outfitting a lower-level trim with the add-ons you want.

Ford Expedition XLT

The base Ford Expedition XLT has a window sticker price of $52,130. Standard features include the SYNC connectivity system with a 4.2-inch display, a six-speaker stereo, four USB ports, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. The XLT also features a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Ford’s MyKey, push-button start, cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a windshield wiper de-icer, and fog lights.

The 201A package ($1,485) adds leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, and a power-folding third row of seats. For $5,605, the 202A package gives you the contents of the 201A package plus a hands-free liftgate, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, heated and ventilated front row seats, a heated steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt outlet, and the upgraded SYNC 3 infotainment system with a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless device charging, and an 8-inch touch screen.

There’s also a Driver Assistance package with lane keep assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality. This package costs $715 and also requires the purchase of the 202A. Drivers interested in adventuring might want the FX4 Off-Road package, which costs $1,650. It adds off-road shocks, skid plates, and an electronic limited-slip differential, among other off-road upgrades.

Ford Expedition Limited

The Ford Expedition Limited has an MSRP of $63,015. It adds the 202A package’s contents, as well as heated second-row seats and a 12-speaker premium audio system.

The 301A package adds $3,030 to the Limited’s base price. It includes a panoramic moonroof, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. You could also get just those safety features in the Driver Assistance package, for a little over $700. The 302A package ($6,440) gives you the contents of the 301A package plus parallel park assist, front parking sensors, a surround-view camera, LED headlights, and 22-inch alloy wheels.

Ford Expedition Platinum

At the top of the Expedition lineup is the Ford Expedition Platinum (MSRP: $73,365). It builds on the Limited trim with the 302A package, adding wood accents, massaging front seats, and active noise cancellation. The twin-turbo V6 engine also produces 25 more horsepower in this trim (when using premium fuel), bringing it up to 400 horsepower. Loaded with just about every feature you can get in an Expedition, there are no notable packages available with this trim. However, there is a rear-seat dual-screen entertainment system available as a standalone option for around $2,000, and second-row leather bucket seats cost $740.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Ford Expedition is an excellent large SUV. It has a strong engine, spacious seats, a comfortable ride, a good predicted reliability rating, and more cargo space than most competitors, especially in the long-wheelbase Expedition Max. A class leader in both performance and interior quality, the Expedition is definitely worth considering. It is one of the more expensive SUVs in its class, though, so shoppers on a budget may want to look at some of the competition.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Compared to the typical three-row crossover SUV, the 2019 Ford Expedition looks like a superhero. It's able to carry eight passengers and tow nearly as much as a full-size truck. And while it's certainly a large vehicle, there's very little else that can match the Expedition for outright capability." -- Edmunds
  • "Sharing virtually nothing with its predecessor, the new Expedition advances the state of the art in full-size SUVs in the same way its cousin, the Ford F-150, did for pickup trucks: extensive use of aluminum. The benefits are tangible. The new Expedition offers excellent towing and hauling capabilities with its 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine, yet manages to return fuel economy more commonly associated with smaller, car-based midsize SUVs. It does all this while still offering what we've come to expect from the full-size Expedition: tons of interior space, great cargo room, and the kind of smooth ride you can only get from an independent rear suspension." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The Expedition? Wow, man, it blew the Chevy away. Acceleration was better, braking was way better, ride was superior, the engine note under full load was much deeper, much less harsh, and perhaps most important, the Expedition could easily maintain 50 mph up a good grade. Truth be told, it could do 20 mph faster. The transmission seemed to actually enjoy towing. Most shocking to me, however, was how much more elegant and comfortable the Ford was.” -- Motor Trend (2018)
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