2018 Ford Expedition

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2018 Ford Expedition Interior Review

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Interior: 8.7

The redesigned 2018 Ford Expedition looks like a truck inside, but that’s not a complaint. It’s handsome and well-built, and the materials quality is better than in most competitors. All three rows of seats are spacious, and there’s plenty of cargo space – especially in the Expedition Max. But this is more than just a big SUV; it also has a nice smattering of standard and available features, including a user-friendly infotainment system and several driver assistance options.

  • "Although the outside might look like a mimeographed Suburban, the inside of the Expedition embarrasses the Chevy. The two are night and day, if Ford is day and night is cheap and looks dated. The luxury – specifically in the Platinum trimmed models – continues in the middle row, where the elegant leatherwork is still present, both in terms of the seats and the door trims." -- Motor Trend
  • Inside, as is traditional for the Expedition, its cabin borrows heavily from the F-150 parts bin, which suits the SUV's trucky personality. The use of two rotary knobs close together on the center console – one for the gear selector, the other for the drive modes – isn't an ideal setup, but there's nothing to complain about visually or functionally. … It may not offer the sumptuous luxury and craftsmanship of the Navigator Black Label, but overall materials quality is on par with the base level Navigators to our eyes." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Expedition's cabin is classy and roomy, and especially well-trimmed and attractive at the Limited and Platinum levels." -- Edmunds

Seating

The Ford Expedition seats eight, but that drops to seven with the optional second-row bucket seats. Cloth upholstery, tilt-and-slide second-row seats, and power-reclining third-row seats come standard. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, power-folding second-row seats, heated second-row seats, power-folding second- and third-row headrests, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Whether you stick with the standard Expedition or opt for the Max, you’ll climb in and find three rows of seats that have ample room for adult passengers. The second and third rows provide some nice adjustability features that help you get comfortable or keep the kids within arm’s reach, and the second row tilts forward to provide easy third-row access. All four doors are large, making it easy to climb into and out of the vehicle.

There are five full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the standard seating configuration. If you get second-row bucket seats, you have four full sets of connectors.

  • "In either standard or extended length, there's plenty of room to stretch out in the Expedition's three rows. The second-row seat slides and reclines and includes a center section that scoots forward to put small kids within the driver's reach. Optional second-row captain's chairs are a nice luxury." -- Edmunds
  • "Trail capability is likely of less importance to Expedition buyers than interior comfort. And the big Ford provides room for adults and kids in all three rows. When compared to a Tahoe, there's 2.5 inches more legroom in the rear seat of an Expedition – and it's noticeable. The Expedition's longer wheelbase also allows for longer doors which make it easier to get into and out of those seats. Ford engineered the second row to flip and fold forward to access the third row without having to remove a child's seat. And once in that third row, it's totally comfortable for a 6-foot-tall adult. The Tahoe's higher floor (to clear that solid rear axle) means a third-row passenger's knees are positioned a little too high for comfort on long trips." -- Autoweek
  • "The middle seats feature what's called Tip-and-Slide. Essentially, when you're trying to access the rear seats, the middle ones both slide and tip forward at the seat track. You can leave car seats in place and still get bodies into the back. The rearmost seat (or the way back, as my family called the third row in our station wagons growing up) is sizeable, even in the regular-wheelbase Expedition …" -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

Standard features in the Expedition include push-button start, a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, four USB ports, MyKey, and the SYNC connectivity system with a 4.2-inch display screen, Bluetooth, and voice recognition.

Available features include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, two additional USB ports, a 12-speaker premium audio system, HD Radio, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, SYNC Connect with FordPass, a rear-seat entertainment system, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an 8-inch touch screen.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, active park assist, and forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking.

The redesigned Expedition offers more features than the previous generation. The SYNC 3 infotainment system, which is user-friendly and has a responsive touch screen, still isn’t standard, but it’s worth the upgrade. You can also add SYNC Connect with FordPass, which lets you use your smartphone to lock and unlock your doors, check your fuel level, and more.

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  • "The Sync 3 infotainment system is optional on XLT and standard on Limited and Platinum. The graphics are a little plain but the system is quick to respond, has big virtual buttons and the ability to swipe through menus. For 2018, new Sync Connect adds a Wi-Fi hotspot and wireless device charging." -- Edmunds
  • "The rest of the tech looks familiar to the dashboard of the modern Ford Explorer. There's the excellent Sync 3 infotainment system with its Sync Apps and standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. For 2018, the Expedition gains Sync Connect telematics with a built-in 4G LTE cellular modem providing Wifi connectivity for passengers on board and monitoring of the vehicle by the owner when away." -- CNET

Cargo

The Expedition has above-average cargo space, even by the standards of the behemoths in its class. With all seats in use, you get 20.9 cubic feet of space. That jumps to 63.6 cubic feet with the third row folded and 104.6 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded.

If you need even more cargo space, consider the long-wheelbase body style (fittingly named the Expedition Max). It provides 36 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 79.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and 121.4 cubic feet behind the first row. These totals rank among the best in the class.

In either model, the rear two rows of seats fold flat to provide you with an even cargo floor. You can add features to increase the convenience of the cargo hold, such as a hands-free power liftgate and power-folding second- and third-row seats. There’s also plenty of small-item storage throughout the cabin.

  • "Passenger room is ample in all three rows, even for a six foot, four inch adult, so you can easily fit the starting five of your local hockey team inside. But if you're hauling the entire first line and their gear you'll want to swing for the long-wheelbase Expedition Max, which offers 36.0 cu-ft behind the third row instead of a mere 20.9 cu-ft. Especially if you, the driver, are also the goalie." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Folding down both rows of rear seats yields a flat load floor and a massive 108.3 cubic feet of space, more than a Suburban or Sequoia. The Expedition Max (extended length) yields 130.8 cubic feet. The third-row seat folds into floor well for increased cargo capacity." -- Edmunds
  • "There's good cargo room, and if you need more, power-folding 3rd-row seatbacks are available, albeit with a slightly confusing interface." -- Kelley Blue Book
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