2018 Ford Expedition Review

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2018 Ford Expedition Overview

The Ford Expedition has always played second fiddle to the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and GMC’s Yukon/Yukon XL in the full-size SUV class. But for 2018, Ford is hoping to take the lead with a fully redesigned Expedition.

The 2018 Expedition is both bigger and lighter than its predecessor, with a softer overall look. Like the current F-150 pickup, the new Expedition is built with aluminum body panels, making it almost 300 pounds lighter than the previous model. The standard Expedition gains 4 inches in overall length, while the long-wheelbase Expedition Max is 1 inch longer than the equivalent outgoing EL trim. In terms of exterior design, Ford has softened the Expedition’s shape, giving it more rounded corners and smoother lines. The front end borrows inspiration from the Explorer crossover with a reshaped grille, larger headlights, a chrome bar running across the tailgate, and uniquely styled taillights.

The new Expedition has a similar dashboard design to the refreshed 2018 F-150, with a simple center-stack layout and dual glove boxes. No one will be complaining about not being able to charge their devices, as the cabin offers a 110-volt outlet, 4 12-volt outlets, and 6 USB chargers throughout. Ford has increased the number of technology features available for the 2018 model, including the Sync 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging, and a Wi-Fi hotspot that supports up to 10 devices. Also available are a rear-seat entertainment system with headrest-mounted screens, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, and FordPass, which allows owners to start, lock, unlock, or locate their vehicle remotely via a smartphone app.

The Expedition offers seating for 7 or 8 passengers. The second-row seats now tip and slide for easier access to the third row (even with a child seat in place), and the third-row seats are reclinable for extra comfort. Ford will be offering its Advanced Cargo-Manager system, which can convert from a gate that keeps cargo items in place to a parcel shelf capable of holding 50 pounds and is stored under the cargo floor when not in use.

Most of the 2018 Expedition’s competitors are powered by V8 engines, but the Expedition bucks the trend with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Official power figures are being kept under wraps for the time being, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they match the F-150’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost with 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. A new 10-speed automatic transmission jointly developed by Ford and General Motors comes standard, and the Expedition can be equipped with either rear-wheel (RWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD). 4WD models receive a Terrain Management System with drive modes that adjust the powertrain settings depending on road conditions, such as for driving in snow or mud. Available options include a continuously controlled damping system with special shocks designed to keep body motion in check and the F-150’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which adds a steering knob to the center stack and a reversing camera.

A number of active safety features are available for the 2018 Expedition, such as a 360-degree camera system, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane-keeping assist, collision mitigation, and enhanced active park assist.

The 2018 Expedition is expected to arrive at dealers this fall in XLT, Limited, and Platinum trims, with an additional XL trim available for fleets.

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Ask William Maley how he started as an automotive writer and he would say he just fell into it. Based in Michigan, William has driven vehicles of all sizes and shapes. His work has appeared on Autobytel, CARFAX, Cheers & Gears, and U.S. News Best Cars.

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