WHY IS THIS INFORMATION IMPORTANT?
This page will tell you everything that you need to know about this SUV. Buying a vehicle is a huge accomplishment and a large financial outlay. We want you to have as much information as possible, so that you can make the best decision for you.
The Ford Expedition is a full-size three-row SUV, manufactured by Ford. Introduced for the 1997 model year as the successor of the Ford Bronco, the Expedition was the first full-size Ford SUV sold with a four-door body. For its entire production life, the Ford Expedition has been derived from the corresponding generation of the Ford F-150 in production, sharing some body and mechanical components. The fourth-generation Ford Expedition began production for the 2018 model year. Similar to the configuration of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, the Ford Expedition is sold in regular and extended lengths (the Ford Expedition EL/Max); sold since 2007, the latter functionally serves as the replacement for the Ford Excursion.
Since 1997, the Lincoln division has marketed the Ford Expedition as the Lincoln Navigator, the first full-size SUV sold by a luxury auto brand in North America (the Expedition was never sold as a Mercury). The third Ford vehicle to use the Expedition nameplate, the full-size SUV follows a 1992 F-150 Eddie Bauer concept vehicle and a 1995 trim level package on the two-door Ford Explorer Sport.
Prior to 2009, the Ford Expedition was assembled at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan (previously home to the Ford Bronco). After 2009, the Ford Expedition was moved to the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky.
— Source Wikipedia
- Official Page – Ford Expedition
- Price: Starts at $60,110 CAD
- Comparable to: GMC Suburban, Hyundai Palisade, GMC Yukon
- Maintenance costs: Approximately $9,443 over 10 years.
REVIEWS AND IMPRESSIONS
We have put together as many reviews and impressions as we could find. Each finds a way to touch upon something that the others missed. If you are serious about this vehicle then these videos are worth watching. If you have review or first impressions that helped you and that aren’t listed here, please contact us!
You can view the overall Mid-Size SUV Rankings here and the Luxury Mid-Size SUV Rankings here.
Our Score is determined by entering as many data points as we can find into our scoring algorithm to come up the most unbiased vehicle score on the planet.
SCORES BY PUBLICATION:
We have put together as many reviews and impressions as we could find. Each finds a way to touch upon something that the others missed. If you are serious about this vehicle then these videos are worth the time.
- Kelley Blue Book Review — 4.8 / 5
- Car and Driver Review — 7 / 10
- Edmunds Review — 7.5 / 10
- USNews Review — 8.5 / 10
- JD Power Review — 78 / 100
- Motortrend Review — 8 / 10
What the critics have to say…
We enjoy the Expedition’s smooth, quiet ride and its steering has good feel on-center as well as confidence-inspiring accuracy. Unlike most competitors, no V-8 is offered, but the twin-turbo V-6 has sharp responses and enables strong towing capability. However, the 10-speed automatic can feel clunky.
HOW DOES IT DRIVE?
We’re impressed with the V6 engine’s muscle. Any SUV this large that can’t really be this quick, can it? We tested an Expedition Platinum with 4WD, and it accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds. That’s almost a second quicker than a comparable Chevy Tahoe. The Expedition is responsive and easy to drive when you aren’t burying the accelerator into the ground too.
IS IT RELIABLE AND HIGH QUALITY?
Is the Ford Expedition Reliable?
The 2021 Ford Expedition has a predicted reliability score of 75 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.
Ford Expedition Warranty
Ford backs the Expedition with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
HOW COMFORTABLE IS IT?
The Expedition’s front seats are comfy and cushy. They have multiple zones of lumbar support and even have a massage function in the higher trims. The second-row seats are also decently plush. The third-row seating is firm but still adequate for adult use. The Expedition’s ride quality is pretty smooth too.
WHAT IS THE INTERIOR LIKE?
Inside, the Expedition has a chunky dashboard that includes traditional knobs and buttons for the climate controls and stereo. The cabin materials and trim pieces get fancier from model to model, topping out on the Platinum trim, which is appointed with rich leather upholstery and massaging front seats. Both the regular Expedition and long-wheelbase Expedition Max have spacious interiors and—unlike most rivals—its third row won’t torture adults. A three-seat bench is standard for the second row, but you can spec a pair of captain’s chairs if you want.
Car and Driver
WHAT IS THE TECHNOLOGY LIKE?
Ford’s Sync infotainment system has come a long way over the years, and the newest iteration is pretty user-friendly. The navigation system does look a bit dated but offers pinch-to-zoom functionality, helping to make it quick and easy to use. Our test vehicle’s 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system made good use of the Expedition’s large cabin, providing both power and clarity.
WHAT IS THE CARGO SPACE LIKE?
This Expedition’s cargo volume depends on its body style. The standard-wheelbase Expedition has between 19.3 and 20.9 cubic feet of space behind the third row, depending on how the seats are positioned. That expands to between 57.5 and 63.6 cubic feet behind the second row and up to 104.6 cubic feet behind the front row.
IS THIS VEHICLE A GOOD VALUE?
The Expedition is priced comparable to other large SUVs such as the Chevy Tahoe. Warranty coverage is also typical for a non-luxury automaker. Interior build quality and materials choices slightly exceed those available from its crosstown rivals.
IS THE Ford Expedition A GOOD SUV?
Yes, the Ford Expedition is a very good large SUV, and its performance score is among the best in the class. This Ford’s twin-turbo V6 engine has ample muscle and more than holds its own against rivals’ V8 engines. The Expedition also has composed handling for a vehicle of its size. Available as a two- or three-row SUV, this Ford offers spacious seating and a roomy cargo hold.
SHOULD I BUY THE Ford Expedition?
With lots of features, plenty of room for passengers and cargo, a powerful engine, and a well-mannered ride, the Expedition ticks off most of the boxes shoppers look for in a large SUV. Still, it never hurts to shop around. If you want even more cargo or passenger space, look to the Chevrolet Suburban. The GMC Yukon is more luxurious than the Ford, and it has a more modern infotainment system.
THE FINAL WORD
The Ford Expedition should be on your “to drive” list if you are looking at a large people or gear hauler.