With allowance for up to eight cartage additional their burden and a stout towing capacity, the 2021 Ford Expedition is a crammer for alive families. It’s accessible in both standard-length and long-wheelbase Expedition Max anatomy styles and is powered by a twin-turbocharged V-6 agent with a 10-speed automated transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but buyers who charge four-wheel activity can accept it on any trim akin for a price. No Expedition offers an agitative active experience, but at atomic the ride is smooth. Given all its autogenous space, the Expedition is analytic comfortable, but it fails to bear a affluence acquaintance that abounding buyers would apprehend from an SUV with such a aerial starting price; it’s added chic cousin, the Lincoln Navigator, may be account a attending for those who acknowledge the bigger things.
Ford’s Co-Pilot360 Assist—a array of avant-garde driver-assistance features—is now accessible as an advantage on the XLT archetypal for 2021. And the Expedition receives new caster designs on all of its trims.
We’d exercise abstemiousness aback arcade for an Expedition, as the added you spend, the added the Expedition disappoints. The XLT archetypal with the 202A amalgamation offers luxuries such as a motion-activated liftgate, alien start, acrimonious and aerial advanced seats, and a acrimonious council wheel. We would accomplish one advancement in the name of vanity: Swap the accepted 18-inch auto for a set of the adorable (and proportionally appropriate) 20-inch rollers to accumulate the Expedition XLT from attractive too bargain-basement.
Motivating the Expedition is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 and acknowledging 10-speed automated chiral that brace with rear- or all-wheel drive. The XLT and Bound models accept a 375-hp adaptation of the V-6, but on the top-tier Platinum, it’ll accomplish 400 horsepower. While we haven’t activated the abject engine, it won’t be any quicker than the 400-hp adaptation we sampled on the short- and long-wheelbase models. All Expeditions apply an absolute rear abeyance that provides bigger ride and administration than the live-axle setups on Chevrolet and GMC alternatives. While cartage are comforted by its bendable ride, the disciplinarian is penalized by ungainly administration and estimated council feel. Those who can allow the top-of-the-line Expedition owe it to themselves to analysis out luxury-branded rivals such as the BMW X7 or the Mercedes-Benz GLS-class. The Expedition can tow up to 9300 pounds, while the best Expedition Max’s appraisement is capped at 9000 pounds.
This chic of ample haulers absolutely doesn’t advice bottle deposit fuels. Ford claims its EcoBoost agent (a twin-turbocharged V-6) is added able than a V-8, but the Expedition doesn’t bear on that promise. The rear-driver is rated by the EPA at 17 mpg burghal and 24 mpg highway; the all-wheel-drive adaptation drops to 22 mpg highway. Both the regular-length Expedition and the best Expedition Max delivered 20 mpg on our 200-mile artery fuel-economy route. While the 420-hp Yukon Denali fell abbreviate of its EPA estimate, too, it akin the Ford’s real-world results.
The Expedition’s autogenous has a aboveboard dashboard antic ample air vents and abstracts that advance with the trim level. Every Expedition boasts 15 cupholders and a power-folding third-row seat. Our Platinum analysis agent featured niceties not accessible on bottom trims, including the multicontour advanced seats with a assault function, covering door-trim accents, absolute copse on the centermost console, and a council caster captivated in exceptional leather. While it is contrarily baroque inside, the cabin’s cheap-looking plastics are arrant fouls and unacceptable for a agent that costs this much. Both models accept ample interiors and—unlike best rivals—a third row that won’t ache adults. A three-seat bank is accepted for the additional row, but you can blueprint a brace of captain’s chairs if you want. The Max offers angry autogenous accommodation storage. Every archetypal has a power-folding third row that can be controlled from the burden breadth or aback seats. Both additional and third rows bend absolutely collapsed for a akin floor, authoritative it easier to amount things.
The Expedition is an infotainment sanctuary, with abundant connectivity options and lots of accessible features. An 8.0-inch Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment arrangement with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto affinity and a 4G LTE adaptable hotspot comes standard. Navigation additional real-time cartage and acclimate abstracts costs extra. A rear-seat ball arrangement is accessible but alone on the Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum trims.
The Expedition becoming a best crash-test appraisement from the National Artery Cartage Assurance Administration, but it hasn’t been evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Artery Safety. It has all the latest driver-assistance tech, including accepted automated emergency braking. Key assurance appearance include:
Ford provides a solid assurance on the Expedition, assault alike Mercedes-Benz in the powertrain department. However, no adulatory appointed aliment is offered.