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Ford Expedition: 2019 Motor Trend SUV of the Year Finalist

A tough three-row SUV designed for 21st century sensibilities

A tough three-row SUV designed for 21st century sensibilities

WE LIKE Roomy, capable, and powerful

WE DON’T LIKE Rough 10-speed automatic

Full-size SUVs like the 2018 Ford Expedition typically don’t get any respect. Automakers treat them like a Jurassic Park stegosaurus—big, inefficient beasts that hearken a bygone era.

Then Ford introduced this third-generation Expedition. Gone are the hallmarks of yesteryear—V-8s, five- and six-speed automatics, and steel construction. With what’s left—a platform donated by the F-150—Ford built a tough three-row SUV designed for 21st century sensibilities.

Under its sleek aluminum skin sits a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 making 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque or, as is the case in our foot-longer and loaded Expedition Max Platinum, 400 hp and 480 lb-ft. It’s paired with a 10-speed automatic and offers rear-, all-, or four-wheel drive. Despite lacking a pair of cylinders compared to its Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban rival, those cylinders aren’t missed. “The turbo V-6 delivers a broad swath of power and torque, with better response than the entry-level eight-cylinder engines in GM’s Tahoe and Yukon,” Angus MacKenzie said.

The inside is better still. Although some thought the dash looked as if it had been ripped clean from Ford’s Super Duty trucks, the interior packaging is phenomenal. It’s the only vehicle this side of a Transit van that can comfortably hold seven fully grown adults plus their luggage. The easily accessible third row isn’t the cheap seats, either. Not only is there plenty of space, but occupants can also recline, and they get their own USB and HVAC controls—just like their comrades in the second row.

There are a couple drawbacks, however. Small issues with rough downshifts and heavy-handed steering mar an otherwise excellent package.



2018 Ford Expedition Max Platinum 4×4
Base Price/As tested $80,495/$84,840
Power (SAE net) 400 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque (SAE net) 480 lb-ft @ 3,250 rpm
Accel, 0-60 mph 6.9 sec
Quarter-mile 15.3 sec @ 88.2 mph
Braking, 60-0 mph 130 ft
Lateral Acceleration 0.77 g (avg)
MT Figure Eight 28.0 sec @ 0.61 g (avg)
EPA City/Hwy/Comb 16/21/18 mpg
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, 4WD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV
ENGINE/TRANSMISSION 3.5L turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6 /10-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 6,029 lb (50/50%)
WHEELBASE 131.6 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 221.9 x 81.6 x 76.2 in
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 211/160 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.08 lb/mile