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Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.2
Safety:
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2018 Ford Expedition Review

The 2018 Ford Expedition is spacious and classy on the inside, it's powerful, and it boasts an excellent predicted reliability rating. That's why this Ford sits near the top of our large SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent predicted reliability rating
  • Roomy and classy cabin
  • Tons of cargo space with Expedition Max
  • Straightforward upgraded infotainment system
  • Brawny V6 engine
  • More expensive to buy than rivals

Is the 2018 Ford Expedition a Good Used SUV?

The 2018 Ford Expedition is an excellent large SUV. Because of its ample space in all three rows, generous list of standard features, and positive reviews from automotive critics, we named it our 2018 Best Large SUV for Families.

The Expedition has many strengths:

  • Excellent predicted reliability rating
  • Well-built cabin with elegant, high-end materials
  • V6 engine delivers swift acceleration and plenty of pep
  • Easy to access, adult-friendly third row
  • Upgraded SYNC 3 infotainment system is responsive and easy to use
  • Below-average ownership costs

It has only one major drawback:

  • A higher average price than most rivals
Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Ford Expedition review. It combines concrete data (like predicted reliability ratings, crash test results, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 12 automotive sources. This Ford Expedition review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for the 2018 model year.

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Is the 2018 Ford Expedition?

There are about 950 listings for the 2018 Ford Expedition on our site, with an average list price of $50,700. Prices range from $42,700 to $64,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Ford Expedition Cost to Own?

The 2018 Expedition’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $27,100, or $5,420 per year. That’s below average for the large SUV class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Expedition?

Ford made no major changes to the 2019 Expedition. That means you can likely save money while getting a virtually identical vehicle by going with a used 2018 Expedition instead.

Read about the new Expedition »

Ford redesigned the Expedition for the 2018 model year. You can save money by shopping for an older model, but you’d miss out on the significant updates that came with the redesign. These include a new 10-speed automatic transmission, a bump in horsepower and fuel economy, an updated exterior design, improved interior materials, and available safety features like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a 360-degree camera.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Expedition?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Expedition a great predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five.

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2018 Ford Expedition Recalls

At the time of writing, six safety recalls have been issued for the 2018 Ford Expedition.

  • Certain models may have improperly secured second-row seats
  • Some vehicles may have missing second-row seat brackets
  • Second-row windows may not reverse automatically if an obstruction is detected
  • The gear shift may incorrectly claim the vehicle is parked
  • A missing role pin may cause the vehicle to roll away even in Park
  • A fuel leak may increase the risk of a fire

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Ford Expedition Trim Is Right for Me?

Ford offers the Expedition in three trim levels: XLT, Limited, and Platinum. Each trim is also offered in a long-wheelbase style called the Expedition Max. All three trims feature a twin-turbocharged V6 engine. It makes 375 horsepower in the two lower trims and 400 horsepower in the top-of-the-line Platinum.

Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and four-wheel drive is available in every trim. A dual-headrest rear-seat entertainment system can be had in all but the XLT trim.

The base trim is a good choice for many shoppers. It's available with an abundance of options, so it’s possible to get more tech and safety features – including blind spot monitoring, a hands-free liftgate, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system – without buying a more expensive trim.

  • Ford Expedition XLT: The base XLT comes with the SYNC infotainment system, a 4.2-inch screen, four USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a nine-speaker stereo, cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, push-button start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and Ford MyKey, which is a safety system for teen drivers.
  • Ford Expedition Limited: The Limited adds the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, HD Radio, a 12-speaker premium sound system, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, front parking sensors, proximity keyless entry, and remote start.
  • Ford Expedition Platinum: The Platinum trim is equipped with just about everything you can get in this full-size SUV, including an adaptive suspension, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a panoramic sunroof. It also gains several safety features that were extra-cost options in earlier trims, including parallel and perpendicular park assist, a pre-collision warning and braking system, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, a surround-view parking camera, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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What Does Ford’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sales date. For its certified pre- owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Ford has a fairly typical CPO program among nonluxury manufacturers. Hyundai and Chevrolet have more comprehensive programs.

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How Safe Is the Expedition?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave this SUV a five-star overall rating, with five out of five stars in front and side crash tests and three stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not evaluated the 2018 Expedition.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • rear parking sensors
  • Ford MyKey (which lets you set speed and volume limits for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking
  • blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert
  • 360-degree camera system
  • pedestrian detection
  • automatic high beams
  • front parking sensors
  • parallel and perpendicular park assist
  • lane keep assist and lane departure warning
  • adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability

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2018 Ford Expedition Versus the Competition

Which is Better: 2018 Ford Expedition or 2018 Lincoln Navigator?

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator is basically the luxury version of the Expedition. Its engine produces at least 50 more horsepower than the Expedition's engines, and it has an even nicer cabin with more luxurious materials. It has a longer features list too. On the other hand, the Expedition has a higher max towing capacity, higher gas mileage ratings, and a better predicted reliability rating. It’s also likely to cost you a lot less to buy; its average list price is about $18,500 less than the Navigator's. Both are good vehicles though. Choose the Lincoln if you’re after luxury. Otherwise the Ford is a fine pick.

Which is Better: 2018 Ford Expedition or 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe is the only other large SUV to match the Expedition’s predicted reliability rating. However, it can’t match the Expedition’s third-row space or cargo room. Both vehicles have an upscale cabin and an intuitive infotainment system, but the Ford has a higher max towing capacity and superior fuel economy estimates. On the other hand, the Chevy has more standard features, can seat up to nine people, and has an available V8 engine. The Tahoe is also around $5,000 cheaper than the Expedition on average. Both are good vehicles, and choosing between them is a matter of personal preference. For a vehicle that competes more directly with the Expedition’s third-row space and cargo room, consider the Chevrolet Suburban.

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2018 Expedition Performance

How Does the 2018 Expedition Drive?

The Expedition's twin-turbocharged V6 engine produces plenty of power. This vehicle launches energetically, and acceleration comes quicker than in many rivals. The automatic transmission makes smooth, timely shifts.

The Expedition is not sporty, but it has sharper handling than other full-size vehicles, and it feels comfortable and composed on the road. That’s not always the case for a body-on-frame SUV like this Ford. The available FX4 package adds some off-road enhancements, such as skid plates and a limited-slip differential.

  • Base engine: 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engines: 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive.
  • Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Expedition Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Expedition gets slightly better gas mileage estimates than other vehicles in its class, but not by much. Most large SUVs get similar estimates.

  • 3.5-liter, RWD: 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway
  • 3.5-liter, 4WD: 17/22 mpg
  • Expedition Max, 3.5-liter, RWD: 17/23 mpg
  • Expedition Max, 3.5-liter, 4WD: 16/21 mpg
2018 Ford Expedition Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Expedition can tow up to a best-in-class 9,300 pounds.

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2018 Expedition Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Expedition Seat?

This Ford seats eight people in three rows, though models with second-row bucket seats hold only seven. All three rows have plenty of room for most passengers. The large door openings make it easy to enter and exit, and accessing the third-row seats is simple as well. Inside, the cabin looks handsome and is built well. The Platinum trim looks and feels especially luxurious.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth seats
  • six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • leather seats
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • massaging front seats
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • heated rear seats
  • second-row power-folding seats
  • second-row bucket seats
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Ford Expedition?

This vehicle has five full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. If you get the second-row bucket seats, there are four full sets instead.

2018 Ford Expedition Features

The base SYNC system works fine, but the upgraded SYNC 3 system receives high praise for its ease of use. The available touch screen is responsive, and there are plenty of physical controls, as well as available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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

  • Standard infotainment features: SYNC interface with a 4.2-inch display, satellite radio, four USB ports, Bluetooth, and a nine-speaker stereo
  • Available infotainment features: SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a voice-activated navigation system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless phone charging, HD Radio, a 12-speaker premium stereo, and a rear-seat entertainment system
  • Additional standard features: push-button start, a rearview camera, and MyKey, which lets you set speed and volume limits for secondary drivers
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, remote start, and proximity-keyless entry

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2018 Ford Expedition Dimensions

Ford Expedition Cargo Space

The standard Expedition has 20.9 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 57.5 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total of 104.6 cubic feet behind the front row seats. The Expedition Max has even more room: 36 cubic feet behind the third row, 73.3 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total of 121.5 cubic feet with both rows folded.

The standard Expedition has a larger cargo area than the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Nissan Armada, while the Expedition Max has a cavernous cargo hold for the class. A hands-free, foot-activated liftgate is available.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Ford Expedition Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 6 inches to 18 feet, 6 inches
  • Curb weight: 5,433 to 5,793 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Ford Expedition Built?

Ford built the 2018 Expedition in Kentucky.

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