Built on an all-new, aluminum intensive structure, the Ford Expedition and even longer MAX version have interior accommodations to match their footprints.
By Isaac Bouchard
The interior accommodations differ from their competitors, which are less commodious inside than modern, large crossovers. Even in its “short” length, the Ford has massive amounts of room for people and gear; a split, power-fold third row is actually comfortable for adults, too.
The Ford’s new, lighter structure combines a low step-in height with the loftiest seating in the class. Up front the Expedition is chock full of the latest Ford tech, including the fast n’ friendly Sync 3 infotainment interface with Alexa and Waze, superbly rendered adaptive cruise, lane-keeping assist and blind spot monitors that can be set to include a trailer, enhancing the Expedition’s 9,300lb. (best-in-class) hauling abilities.
Alas, Ford’s tendency to cost-cut means lovely matte-finished wood and soft leather mixes with shiny, hard plastic throughout.
All Expeditions are powered by the latest EcoBoost 3.5L twin turbo; Platinum models get served an extra dollop of horsey sauce for a total of 400 ponies and 480lb-ft of torque. Funneled through the superb 10-speed automatic, the Ford really scoots, running to 60mph in under six seconds, and more importantly, maintaining that shove even over high mountain passes. The Expedition handles well too, with adaptive dampers and the independent rear suspension giving it precision belying its size and heft.
Although the ride suffers atop the gorgeous 22-inch rims of the top models, it hasn’t been enough to slow Expedition sales, which have necessitated the expansion of the factory where it is built. It certainly deserves to succeed, as the Ford brings many new attributes to a class that had grown increasingly complacent.
0-60mph: 5.7sec (independent test)
Price as tested: $81,815
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