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2020 Ford Expedition Review

The 2020 Ford Expedition sits near the top of our large SUV rankings. It has a powerful turbocharged engine, a composed ride, and a spacious, elegant interior, but its massive size can make it difficult to maneuver.

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular turbocharged engine
  • Excellent towing capacity and fuel economy
  • Upscale interior
  • Ample room for passengers and cargo
  • High base price for class
  • Difficult to maneuver in tight spaces

New for 2020

  • Co-Pilot360 now standard
  • King Ranch trim introduced
  • Black Accent package now optional for XLT trim

Rankings & Awards

The 2020 Ford Expedition's #1 ranking is based on its score within the Large SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2020 Best Large SUV for Families award. Currently the Ford Expedition has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 18 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Is the Ford Expedition a Good SUV?

Yes, the Ford Expedition is a great large SUV. It’s pretty much the entire package. Under the hood is a muscular turbocharged V6 engine that rivals the horsepower of competitors’ V8s, and well-rounded performance includes balanced handling and a pleasing ride. Inside, the Expedition has one of the most spacious cargo holds in the class, as well as three rows of roomy, comfortable seating. Infotainment features are user-friendly, and the cabin is full of quality materials. Because it 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 the Expedition our 2020 Best Large SUV for Families.

2020 Ford Expedition Dimensions

  • Length: 17 feet, 6 inches to 18 feet, 5.9 inches
  • Height: 6 feet, 4.2 inches to 6 feet, 4.6 inches
  • Curb weight: 5,368 to 5,794 pounds

Should I Buy the Ford Expedition?

Anyone shopping for a full-size SUV will want to take a look at the Expedition. It’s one of the most spacious and modern vehicles in the class, but with a starting price of almost $53,000, it’s also one of the most expensive. Ford also offers the Expedition Max, an extended-wheelbase model that boasts a larger cargo hold.

If you’re looking to spend a little less money but want similar passenger and cargo space, consider any one of four related SUVs from General Motors. The Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon compete with the standard Expedition, while the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL are more in line with the Expedition Max.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Expedition?

The 2020 Expedition is part of a generation that began with a full redesign for the 2018 model. After making no major changes for 2019, Ford makes the Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assistance technology standard for 2020. This package includes blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, and forward automatic emergency braking. Also for 2020, Ford debuts the King Ranch trim. This model boasts swanky interior design elements and unique body trimmings.

If these changes aren’t important to you, consider shopping for an otherwise similar 2018 or 2019 Expedition, which may have many of the added safety features and will likely cost thousands of dollars less than a new model. We recommend staying in the current generation, which is vastly improved compared to older Expeditions.

If you are considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Expedition and 2019 Expedition reviews to help make your decision. You can also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 18 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 18 Ford Expedition reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 Expedition is the right new car for you. This 2020 Ford Expedition review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which includes the 2018 through 2020 model years.

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How Much Does the Ford Expedition Cost?

The 2020 Ford Expedition is the most expensive vehicle in the large SUV class. It starts at $52,810, and three higher trim levels have prices that range from around $63,300 to almost $74,000. You can add four-wheel drive for roughly $3,000. These prices are for the standard-length body style.

A long-wheelbase Expedition Max configuration is available with any trim and drivetrain, adding around $3,000 to your purchase price. An Expedition Platinum Max with four-wheel drive starts at more than $80,000, which is a price more suitable for the luxury large SUV class.

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Ford Expedition Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Ford Expedition or Chevrolet Tahoe?

The Chevrolet Tahoe earns its relatively high ranking in the large SUV class because of an above-average predicted reliability rating. Aside from that, the Expedition is a much better vehicle. It boasts faster acceleration and better handling than the Tahoe, as well as more cargo space and a roomier third row. The Tahoe has one notable advantage: a base price thousands of dollars less than the Expedition. If you’re on a tight budget, go for the Tahoe. Otherwise, stick with the Expedition.

Which Is Better: Ford Expedition or Chevrolet Suburban?

The Chevrolet Suburban is basically a stretched-out Tahoe. This larger Chevy has comparable cargo space to the extended Expedition Max, but the Ford’s third row is a little more hospitable. Both SUVs have a nice interior, a solid list of standard and available features, and well-rounded performance. The Suburban was a finalist for our 2020 Best Large SUV for Families award, while the Expedition won it. Buy the Suburban if you covet a long-wheelbase SUV and want to save several thousand dollars compared to the cost of an Expedition Max.

Which Is Better: Ford Expedition or GMC Yukon?

The GMC Yukon is available in two body styles, the Yukon and Yukon XL, which compete with the Expedition and Expedition Max. Aside from a cheaper starting price, the Yukon doesn’t offer many advantages over the Expedition. The Ford has the edge in cargo and passenger space, ride quality, and towing capacity. The Yukon has an upscale cabin and user-friendly technology, but both are surpassed by the Expedition. This GMC sits near the bottom of the large SUV class because it just doesn’t stack up well against the rest of the competition, especially the Yukon.

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Expedition Interior

How Many People Does the Expedition Seat?

The Ford Expedition seats eight people, though if you spring for second-row captain’s chairs seating drops to seven. Passengers should have ample room in the first two rows and adequate space in the third row. The front seats provide a commanding view of the road ahead. In contrast to large SUVs like the Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevy Suburban, or the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, you won’t get any extra room in the third row by upgrading to the long-wheelbase Expedition Max.

Expedition and Child Car Seats

The Expedition has a full set of LATCH car-seat connectors for each second-row seat, whether you stick with the bench or go with captain’s chairs. The third-row outboard seats also have a full set, with an additional tether anchor for the middle seat. All of the anchors are easily exposed for quick access. The Expedition’s cavernous cabin makes it easy to load most types of car seats.

Expedition Interior Quality

The Expedition boasts a high-end, modern cabin with plenty of premium materials. Its relation to the Ford F-150, a full-size pickup truck, is felt in some utilitarian touches, like hard plastics, but overall the cabin atmosphere is nice.

Upper trims like the King Ranch and Platinum have upgraded leather upholstery, aluminum and wood trim pieces, and lots of other leather-wrapped surfaces. These models give some luxury SUVs a run for their money.

Expedition Cargo Space

The Expedition boasts an enormous amount of cargo space. In its standard body length, the Expedition has 20.9 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 63.6 cubic feet with the third row folded, and a whopping 104.6 cubes with both rear rows folded. Those values trounce the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon, which both offer 15.3, 51.7, and 94.7 cubic feet.

As we noted above, all the extra space in the long-wheelbase Expedition Max goes to the cargo hold. This model has 36 cubic feet behind the third row, 79.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and a maximum of 121.5 cubic feet. The larger Expedition is closer in cargo space to General Motors’ extended SUVs, the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, which each have 39.3, 76.7, and 121.7 cubic feet, respectively.

Expedition Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Every Expedition comes standard with the user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system, which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. SYNC 3 doesn’t have the flashiest graphics or displays, but its 8-inch touch screen is easy to use thanks to large virtual buttons and simple menus. There are also large, clearly marked knobs on the center stack for climate control and audio adjustments.

Additional standard features include satellite radio, voice recognition, four USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Optional infotainment features include two third-row USB ports, wireless device charging, a household-style power outlet, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, HD Radio, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

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Expedition Performance

Expedition Engine: Get Your Kicks With This V6

The Ford Expedition defies the belief that you need to power a big, bulky SUV with an equally big and powerful V8 engine. Behind the blue oval is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost (turbocharged) V6 engine that puts out 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. In the top Platinum trim, output is tuned to 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.

With either engine, the Expedition has lots of muscle on tap. Acceleration is quick from a stop, with strong throttle response as you hit the gas. A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard throughout the lineup. This gearbox shifts at the right time, nicely complementing the engine’s power.

Expedition Gas Mileage: Good, Relatively Speaking

The 2020 Expedition gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which are among the best figures in the large SUV class. Fuel economy drops to as low as 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway with the four-wheel drive, long-wheelbase Expedition Max.

Expedition Ride and Handling: Bulky but Not Bad

Driving the Expedition generally feels like you’re in a smaller vehicle. It’s mostly agile around corners, and the steering is responsive and well-weighted. Maneuvering in tight spaces is difficult, but you don’t buy an SUV of this size because you want a deft city car. Ride quality is smooth over most surfaces, though it feels a little harsher when traversing bumpy roads. If you opt for larger wheels, you’ll also experience a choppier ride.

Expedition Off-Roading

The Expedition may not be as capable off road as some dedicated, smaller trail-crawler trucks or SUVs, but it can hold its own. Optional four-wheel drive is a good start, and you can add the FX4 Off-Road package with all-terrain tires, a limited-slip differential, off-road shocks, and skid plates, among other upgrades.

This Ford boasts 9.8 inches of ride height, which helps it stack up fairly well industry-wide against other SUVs with the most ground clearance.

Expedition Towing

When properly equipped, the Expedition can tow up to 9,300 pounds. That’s the best capability in the class. You’ll get that power with a rear-wheel-drive standard-body-style Expedition outfitted with the Heavy Duty Trailer Tow package. Upgrades in that bundle include a heavy-duty radiator, a trailer brake controller, trailer backup assist, and a 3.73 electronic limited-slip differential.

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Expedition Reliability

Is the Ford Expedition Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2020 Ford Expedition a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

Ford Expedition Warranty

Ford covers the Expedition with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Expedition Safety

Expedition Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Expedition an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The Expedition earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests. Rear-wheel-drive models received three stars in the rollover test, while four-wheel-drive Expeditions earned four stars in the rollover evaluation.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2020 Ford Expedition.

Expedition Safety Features

New for 2020, all Expedition models come standard with the Ford Co-Pilot360 bundle of active safety features. Co-Pilot360 includes automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and forward automatic emergency braking. Despite its name, Co-Pilot360 is not a semi- or fully autonomous driving mode. The driver is always fully responsible for safe operation of the vehicle.

Other standard safety features include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and Ford’s MyKey. This system includes additional seat belt reminders, and it encourages safe driving by letting you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers.

Optional active safety features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, front parking sensors, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera system, and automatic parking assist.

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Where Is the 2020 Ford Expedition Built?

Ford builds the 2020 Expedition in Kentucky.

Which Ford Expedition Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Ford Expedition comes in four trim levels: XLT, Limited, the new-for-2020 King Ranch, and Platinum. All models come standard with a turbocharged V6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard in every model, while four-wheel drive is optional for around $3,000. Each Expedition trim is also available as an extended-wheelbase Expedition Max model for around $3,000 more than the regular body style.

The base model comes with a good number of standard features, including a touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as a healthy dose of driver assistance features. The standard Expedition XLT also offers plenty of optional features, including synthetic leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, proximity keyless entry, remote start, wireless device charging, and navigation.

Step up to the Expedition Limited to get full leather upholstery, heated second-row seats, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. In this model, you can also opt for adaptive cruise control

a surround-view parking camera system, and automatic parking assist.

Choosing between the high-end King Ranch and Platinum editions will depend on which style and unique interior design and trim pieces you prefer. They differ in price by about $1,000.

Ford Expedition Appearance Packages:

  • Black Accent package: 20-inch black-painted aluminum wheels and black-painted front and rear bumper skid plates
  • Stealth Edition package: 22-inch black-painted aluminum wheels; a continuous controlled damping suspension; black grille, outside mirror caps, roof-rack rails, and power-deployable running boards; black headlight, taillight, and fog light housings; red interior stitching

Ford Expedition Performance Packages/Options:

  • Heavy Duty Trailer Tow package (available in all models): a heavy-duty radiator, a trailer brake controller, trailer backup assist, and a 3.73 electronic limited-slip differential
  • FX4 Off-Road package (available in XLT and Limited): 18-inch metallic-painted aluminum wheels, all-terrain tires, a 3.73 electronic limited-slip differential, off-road shocks, a heavy-duty radiator, skid plates, running boards, and step bars
Ford Expedition XLT

The 2020 Ford Expedition XLT starts at $52,810 and comes standard with cloth upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a universal garage door opener.

The standard SYNC 3 infotainment system includes an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, voice recognition, four USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker stereo, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Standard driver assistance features include automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and Ford’s MyKey system.

Two other packages are available with this trim. One adds synthetic leather upholstery and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. The other builds on that with heated and ventilated front seats, power-folding second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster display, proximity keyless entry, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, remote start, two third-row USB ports, wireless device charging, a household-style power outlet, a hands-free power liftgate, and power-folding outside mirrors.

Navigation, a panoramic roof, and a rear-seat entertainment system are also available.

Ford Expedition Limited

Retailing for $63,345, the Ford Expedition Limited includes all of the optional features from the base model, along with wireless device charging, rain-sensing windshield wipers, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, heated second-row seats, front parking sensors, HD Radio, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Two packages are available. One adds stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, navigation, and a panoramic roof. The other includes all of those features plus a 360-degree split-view parking camera, automatic parking assist, and LED headlights and fog lights.

Ford Expedition King Ranch

The Ford Expedition King Ranch costs $72,895. It comes with most of the optional features found in the Limited model, along with unique exterior badging; 22-inch painted wheels; gray body accents, roof rails, and running boards; and upgraded Del Rio leather seats and steering wheel and door panel coverings.

Ford Expedition Platinum

The range-topping Expedition Platinum starts at $73,935. Features include multicontour front seats, quilted genuine leather upholstery, enhanced noise control, and upgraded interior and exterior trim elements.

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

With a comfortable, classy cabin and versatile performance, the 2020 Ford Expedition delivers nearly all of what you would want from a large SUV. Excellent overall appeal keeps the Expedition a step ahead of its rivals.

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

  • "This Ford is the segment's strongest entry. Beyond its interior space advantage, its turbocharged V6 is the right engine for the job, whether you choose front- or four-wheel drive configuration. The Expedition is actually not bad to drive — good, even, for the segment — and it won’t punish your passengers, either." -- Autoblog
  • "As traditional SUVs go, the Expedition is the best of the bunch. It's more refined than the Chevrolet Suburban and the Toyota Sequoia and more versatile than the Nissan Armada." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The Expedition represents state-of-the-art technology and design, with extensive use of aluminum throughout, a sophisticated independent rear suspension and a potent turbocharged V6 engine that puts most V8s to shame." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: July 24, 2020

Falling Demand: The Ford Expedition is currently the second best selling large SUV, behind only the Chevy Tahoe. The two are racing neck and neck for the top spot, though Ford dealerships have sold 25.8 percent fewer Expedition SUVs this year compared to the same period in 2019, whereas Tahoe sales have remained steady.

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