2019 Ford Expedition

Performance


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$52,130
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2019 Ford Expedition Performance Review

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Performance: 8.2

The 2019 Expedition comes with a turbocharged V6 engine, and despite not offering a V8 like many rivals do, this SUV has plenty of power for passing on the highway or towing a heavy load. It’s also comfortable out on the road, offering occupants a cushioned ride. The Expedition is not very agile, however, though it does feel more composed than some other large SUVs.

  • Due to its numb steering and brakes and copious amounts of body movement, it's best to drive this full-size SUV conservatively. Its slow steering ratio will keep your hands busy on twisty roads, too. But if you can tolerate the body motions, the Expedition can be hustled faster than you think." -- 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 (2018)
  • "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 (2018)

Acceleration and Power

The Expedition has a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 375 horsepower (400 in the Platinum trim). The engine has plenty of power, both around town and on the highway. It also provides better acceleration than many other large SUVs, and the standard 10-speed automatic transmission maximizes the engine’s efficiency and power. When properly equipped, the Expedition can tow up to 9,300 pounds.

The 2019 Expedition has fuel economy estimates of 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Models with four-wheel drive lose 2 mpg on the highway. Large SUVs tend to get similar estimates, and while the Expedition’s numbers are a hair better than average, they don’t really stand out.

  • "The Expedition's powerful turbocharged V6 engine … also gives the SUV impressive gusto and makes it one of the quickest in the class. The 10-speed automatic transmission helps to make the most of this engine's power and aids fuel economy." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- Autoweek (2018)
  • "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 (2018)

Handling and Braking

The Expedition is comfortable, and its suspension absorbs most road blemishes well. As you’d expect from a vehicle of this size, the Expedition isn’t particularly nimble. However, it is fairly composed by class standards, though the steering feels a little numb. Getting a model with the surround-view parking camera helps with navigating tighter areas. Between the available all-terrain management system and the FX4 off-road package, the Expedition can comfortably handle dirt roads and light trails. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available.

  • "The steering response is slow, and feedback is numb. Although it tracks straight, the Expedition also has a lazy on-center feel. The steering wheel feels overly big and trucklike in your hands." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
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