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2019 Ford Expedition Review

The 2019 Ford Expedition earns a high ranking in the large SUV class, thanks to its brawny engine, pleasant ride, exceptionally roomy cabin, and good predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Three rows of roomy seating
  • Enormous cargo capacity
  • Capable engine
  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Priced higher than competitors

Rankings & Awards

The 2019 Ford Expedition's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2019 Affordable Large SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2019 Best Large SUV for Families award. Currently the Ford Expedition has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 15 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.5
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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2019 Ford Expedition Overview

Is the 2019 Ford Expedition a Good Used SUV?

The 2019 Ford Expedition is an outstanding used large SUV. A muscular engine helps this large vehicle deliver quick acceleration, and it has plenty of power for towing and hauling. The Expedition also boasts a comfortable ride, a good predicted reliability rating, and one of the largest cargo capacities in the class. It also has a roomy cabin – even the third row is spacious, which is rare in this class.

With those merits comes one of the highest average prices in the segment. That said, its estimated ongoing ownership costs over five years are the lowest in the class.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Ford Expedition review includes more than just one person's opinion. We’ve collected professional evaluations from 15 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much is the 2019 Ford Expedition?

Based on listings for the 2019 Ford Expedition, the average list price is $39,897. Prices range from $47,865 to $72,720 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Ford Expedition Cost to Own?

The 2019 Expedition’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $30,200, or $6,040 per year. That’s below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Ford Expedition: What's the Difference?

Ford redesigned the Expedition for the 2018 model year, and there were no major changes for 2019.

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Here are the key changes for the Ford Expedition over the last few years:

  • 2016: SYNC 3 infotainment system became available
  • 2017: no major changes
  • 2018: fully redesigned with upgraded cabin materials and newly available safety features (adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a surround-view parking camera system); gained a 10-speed automatic transmission
  • 2019: no major changes

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Expedition, 2017 Expedition, and 2018 Expedition reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Ford Expedition?

The 2019 Ford Expedition has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five.

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2019 Ford Expedition Recalls

There have been 3 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:GEAR POSITION INDICATION (PRNDL) Recall Date: 05/07/2020
  • Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Expedition and 2019-2020 Mustang vehicles. The "Transmission Not In Park" warning message and associated chime duration are shorter than intended.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 10460
  • Consequence: If the driver exits the vehicle without the transmission being shifted into park, unintended vehicle movement may result, increasing the risk of injury or crash.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the instrument cluster, free of charge. The recall began May 26, 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 20S21.
  • Dates of Manufacture: OCT 15, 2018 to OCT 02, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 20S21
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V263000
SUSPENSION:REAR Recall Date: 10/27/2019
  • Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles. The rear suspension toe link fasteners may not have been properly tightened to the frame, possibly allowing separation from the frame.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 18
  • Consequence: A disconnected toe link can cause a sudden change to vehicle handling, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Ford has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the rear toe link fasteners, check and adjust the rear toe alignment, and inspect the rear tires for abnormal tire wear, replacing them if necessary. Repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began November 14, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S36.
  • Dates of Manufacture: SEP 04, 2019 to SEP 05, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 19S36
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V773000
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:RECLINER Recall Date: 08/27/2019
  • Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2018-2020 F-150 and 2019-2020 F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty pickup trucks, and 2018-2019 Ford Explorer, 2019-2020 Expedition, and 2020 Escape vehicles equipped with driver and/or passenger's manual front seat back recliner mechanisms. Also included are certain 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator vehicles equipped with rear outboard seats and manual seat back recliner mechanisms. The recliner mechanisms may be missing the third pawl required for seat back strength, resulting in a loose seat back. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) numbers 202, "Head Restraints" and 207, "Seating Systems."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 639137
  • Consequence: A seat back with an improperly assembled recliner mechanism may have reduced strength and may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and Ford and Lincoln dealers will inspect the seat structure and replace them, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began October 21, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19C07.
  • Dates of Manufacture: OCT 15, 2018 to JUL 23, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 19C07
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V633000

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Which Used Ford Expedition Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Ford Expedition comes in three trims: XLT, Limited, and Platinum. No matter which trim you get it in, the Expedition is available in regular-wheelbase or extended-wheelbase (Expedition Max) versions. The longer wheelbase provides much more cargo space.

Since the base Ford Expedition XLT comes with only a handful of infotainment and safety features, we recommend starting with the midlevel Ford Expedition Limited trim. It has an abundance of seating amenities to keep you comfortable for hours, as well as an upgraded infotainment system with smartphone integration and a Wi-Fi hot spot. It also has a couple of safety features you don't get with the XLT.

The Expedition Platinum comes with just about every feature this SUV offers, in addition to a 25-horsepower bump in engine output (when using premium fuel).

  • Ford Expedition XLT: The base Ford Expedition XLT comes standard with the SYNC connectivity system and a 4-inch display, a nine-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, a power-folding third row, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a windshield wiper de-icer, and fog lights.
  • Ford Expedition Limited: Building on the XLT trim's features, the Ford Expedition Limited adds leather upholstery for the first- and second-row seats, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Limited also features an upgraded SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless device charging, and a 12-speaker premium stereo. Proximity keyless entry, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, a hands-free liftgate, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert are also standard.
  • Ford Expedition Platinum: The top-of-the-line Ford Expedition Platinum trim comes equipped with a 400-horsepower V6 engine, massaging front seats, interior wood accents, and active noise cancellation. Some models may come with a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system or second-row leather seats.

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

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. According to our analysis, Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Expedition?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Expedition an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests. Models with rear-wheel drive received three stars in rollover testing, and four-wheel-drive models earned four stars.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2019 Expedition.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Ford MyKey (enables settings and restrictions for secondary drivers on things like speed and audio volume)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Front parking sensors
  • Parallel park assist
  • Stop-and-go adaptive cruise control

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2019 Ford Expedition Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Ford Expedition or 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe comes close to the Expedition in our large SUV rankings. The Tahoe offers some things the Expedition doesn’t, like seating for up to nine and an available V8 engine. The Chevy touts a longer list of standard features and a lower average price, making it a better value, but the Ford has a roomier third row and a higher maximum cargo capacity. It also gets better fuel economy estimates and has a higher towing limit than the Chevy by about 700 pounds. These are two of the best picks in the class, so choose the one that best meets your personal needs.

Which Is Better: 2019 Ford Expedition or 2019 Lincoln Navigator?

Also made by the Ford Motor Company, the 2019 Lincoln Navigator shares some traits with the Expedition, like a comfortable ride, a roomy interior, and a large cargo capacity. Both are available in long-wheelbase body styles. As a luxury large SUV, the Lincoln costs a good bit more than the Expedition, but you get more standard features, like the SYNC 3 infotainment system, a 10-inch touch screen, navigation, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. All of those are optional in the Expedition. The Navigator has a stronger engine, and it's a better pick for long-haul comfort. That said, the Ford can seat one more person, and it has a better predicted reliability rating and a higher maximum towing capacity. Drive both to see which one suits your needs.

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2019 Expedition Performance

How Does the 2019 Ford Expedition Drive?

With its twin-turbocharged V6 engine, the Expedition delivers an abundance of power and has no trouble accelerating onto the highway, even while carrying the whole family and their cargo. As with many vehicles its size, the Expedition is far from nimble. That said, it feels relatively secure around turns, though it has somewhat numb steering. This SUV has a comfortable ride on most road surfaces. A terrain management system and FX4 off-road package are available for those who choose to go off the beaten path.

  • Base engine: twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with 375 horsepower (400 in the Platinum trim)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Ford Expedition Get Good Gas Mileage?

With standard RWD, the 2019 Expedition returns 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Models with 4WD get 17/22 mpg city/highway. These estimates are a bit below average for the segment.

2019 Ford Expedition Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Expedition can tow up to 9,300 pounds.

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2019 Expedition Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Expedition Seat?

The three-row Expedition seats eight people in its standard configuration or seven people with its available second-row captain’s chairs. There are also regular- and extended-wheelbase versions, and both have wide doors, plenty of seating space, and tilting and sliding second-row seats. The third row is easy to access and comfortably accommodates adults. The cabin is solidly built and attractively designed, and the upper trims feature luxurious interior finishes similar to what you'll find in Lincoln vehicles.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Tilting and sliding second-row seats
  • Power-folding third-row seats

Available seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated first- and second-row seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Massaging front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power-folding second-row seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Ford Expedition?

The 2019 Expedition has five complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors and an upper tether for the third-row middle seat. Models with second-row captain’s chairs have four complete sets.

2019 Ford Expedition Features

The available SYNC 3 infotainment system responds quickly, is easy to see, and features user-friendly on-screen menus. SYNC 3 showcases useful technology like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and available FordPass Connect, which gives you the ability to do things like lock and unlock your doors and check your gas level from your smartphone.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 4-inch display, four USB ports, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker stereo, and satellite radio
  • Available infotainment features: the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a navigation system, wireless device charging, and a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system
  • Additional standard features: push-button start
  • Other available features: remote start, proximity keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, and dual- or tri-zone automatic climate control

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2019 Ford Expedition Dimensions

Ford Expedition Cargo Space

In its standard configuration, the Expedition has 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 63.6 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded down, and a total of 104.6 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded down. These are among the largest cargo capacities for a large SUV. The long-wheelbase Expedition Max offers even more space: 36 cubic feet behind the third row, 79.6 behind the second row, and a maximum cargo capacity of 121.5 cubic feet.

A hands-free power liftgate and power-folding second- and third-row seats are available. The cabin also features plenty of small-item storage compartments.

2019 Ford Expedition Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 6 inches to 18 feet, 6 inches
  • Curb weight: 5,368 to 5,794 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Ford Expedition Built?

Ford built the 2019 Expedition in Kentucky.

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