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2018 Ford Expedition Performance Review

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Performance: 8.7

The 2018 Ford Expedition is slightly more powerful than the previous generation, and the twin-turbocharged V6 engine moves the big SUV easily even when towing. A smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission pairs well with the engine. The ride is generally smooth, and while this is hardly an agile vehicle, it moves well for its size.

  • "Despite significant mass, the Expedition's turbo V6 and independent suspension make it quicker and smoother than most of its V8, solid-axle-equipped competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "The highest praise we can give the Expedition is that it drives smaller than it is. Which is amazing, because it's immense. And large, body-on-frame SUVs have a tendency to wallow like a boat bobbing on ocean rollers enough to make a merchant mariner green." -- Autoblog
  • "Composed and effortless is the order of the day for the Expedition on paved roads as well, regardless of the quality of said pavement." -- Automobile Magazine

Acceleration and Power

The Expedition comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 375 horsepower (400 horsepower in Platinum models). It’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain is excellent. The engine delivers plenty of power, even managing to tow more than 3 tons with ease. It also provides better acceleration than you’ll get in many competitors, and the 10-speed transmission always finds the right gear at the right time.

The Ford Expedition earns an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The Expedition Max’s ratings are nearly identical. Technically, this Ford gets better gas mileage than many of its competitors – though not by much. In reality, most other large SUVs are within 1 mpg of the Expedition’s ratings.

When properly equipped, the Expedition can tow up to 9,300 pounds. Trailer sway control comes standard, and trailer backup assist and a trailer brake controller are available, making it easier to pull and maneuver a trailer.

  • "It's no surprise that Ford's twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 provides potent acceleration. Drive one of these back to back with a Tahoe, and it's no contest. The Ford has more thrust. And that 10-speed gearbox, combined with the drive modes, allows the Expedition to be in the right gear for every situation. … The Platinum model makes 25 more hp if you fill it with premium fuel. But honestly, it didn't feel strong enough for us to want that model solely for the extra oomph. Want a real muscle truck? Go for the Lincoln Navigator 450-hp EcoBoost." -- Autoweek
  • "The Expedition's more powerful turbocharged V6 engine this year … also gives the SUV impressive gusto and makes it one of the quickest in the class." -- Edmunds
  • "The only engine available in the 2018 Ford Expedition is the 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine that we've come to love in other Ford products … and thanks to the 10-speed automatic the Expedition makes good use of it all." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

Rear-wheel drive comes standard in the Expedition, and four-wheel drive is available. As is the case with many large SUVs, the Expedition can feel heavy and truck-like while you’re driving, but it still moves well and is relatively agile by class standards. It also does a pretty good job absorbing bumps in the road. Maneuverability in tight areas is limited, and features like the available 360-degree camera are tremendously useful.

The Platinum trim is available with a terrain management system that lets you choose from seven settings to improve off-road performance. If you really want to go off-roading, however, you want the FX4 package. It’s new as part of this year’s redesign, and it includes several features to let you enjoy time away from the pavement, such as off-road shocks, skid plates, and a limited-slip differential.

  • "On the road, the Expedition feels heavy but carries its weight well with good straight-line acceleration and a planted feel around bends. There's a truckish nature to the ride that's unavoidable, but the SUV soaked up bumps better than expected and was less upset when those bumps happened mid-corner." -- CNET
  • "The steering and suspension likewise feel sharper than you might expect in a vehicle this big. It's by no means a sporty drive, but there's more of a spring in its step than you may imagine. For parking-lot maneuvering, we highly recommend the around-view camera, since sightlines aren't exactly a strong suit of big vehicles like this, and even though the rearview camera is standard, you'll want all the help you can get." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although the FX4 struggled a bit, it climbed right on up. Didn't even have to use 4-low. Impressive. Are there going to be many FX4 takers? No, Ford doesn't think so. But the ability to do some medium-grade off-roading is there if you want it." -- Motor Trend

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