More agile, more fuel efficient, AND bigger? Yup, the secret ingredient in the full-size 2018 Ford Expedition is aluminum.
2019 Ford Expedition
Why Buy the 2019 Ford Expedition?
The Ford Expedition was revamped in 2018 and is hitting its stride in 2019. What does the future look like? Surprisingly enough? Aluminum. As they did for the entire F-series, Ford replaced a lot of sheet metal in the Expedition with lighter military-grade aluminum, giving the full-size SUV better fuel economy without compromising on cabin space or raw power.
Some critics are already calling the Expedition the best full-size sport utility vehicle on the market. The aluminum makes it feel less massive, even agile--surprising because of its size, of course. Because of the Expedition's girth, though, you'll still want to use the rearview or 360-degree cameras in the parking lot. Out on the road? You won't feel like you're driving a full-size.
Which Ford Expedition Should I Buy?
The Expedition comes in three trims, with the number of technology and safety features being the main difference between them. The base model, called the XLT, is a decently equipped SUV already. You'll get air conditioning with rear controls, SiriusXM radio and nine speakers, Bluetooth and USB, three rows of seats, push-button start, and keyless entry. In terms of safety features, the Expedition offers a rearview camera, multiple airbags, post-crash alert system for emergency help, and trailer-sway control. Remember: all of these features come standard on the base trim.
Moving into the premium trims, consider the Limited and Platinum. The Limited trim throws in these goodies: leather seating, multi-zone automatic climate control, dual-headrest rear-seat entertainment, heated and ventilated seats, power driver's seat with memory, Ford's Sync 3 system including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Bang & Olufsen audio system, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, automatic high beams, lane-keeping assist and alert, and collision warning and mitigation. Platinum models boast even nicer leather, panoramic sunroof, retractable running boards, and active noise cancellation. The model you choose should match your needs and budget.
How Much Can the Ford Expedition Tow?
The Expedition can tow a whopping 9,600 pounds, good for most camping trailers, large boats, or two-horse trailers. If you need more than that, you're definitely wandering into truck territory and may want to consider a Ford pickup, such as one of the F-series trucks.
Is the Ford Expedition AWD?
The Expedition comes standard with rear-wheel drive. Instead of an all-wheel drive option, the Ford Expedition offers four-wheel drive. Ideal for off-roading, 4WD makes all four tires spin at the same speed. For the best off-roading experience, pick up the FX4 trim. Then you can veer left where the pavement turns right.