2019 Ford Expedition Review
- Spacious interior with ample cargo space and passenger space
- Quick acceleration and impressive speed from a powerful V6 engine
- Comfortable front seats and passenger seats
- Impressive towing capabilities and fuel economy versus similar-sized SUVs
- Soft brake pedal responsiveness detracts from driver confidence
- Large size and numb steering make for a cumbersome driving experience
- Relatively loud on the highway versus competing SUVs
- Maximum power output on Platinum models requires premium unleaded fuel
The 2019 Ford Expedition is a full-size SUV with an extensive list of features and positive characteristics. Though the Expedition does not boast the sales numbers of rival best-sellers like the Chevrolet Suburban and Chevrolet Tahoe, it equals these full-size SUVs in many categories and outstrips them in others. All-new just for 2018, the 2019 Ford Expedition features an expansive array of new technology, design innovations and a potent turbocharged V6 engine that goes toe-to-toe with some of the best V8s on the market today. Those in search of a powerful, comfortable, spacious, and feature-loaded full-size SUV will find an excellent solution in the 2019 Ford Expedition.
Three trim levels — XLT, Limited and Platinum — are available for the 2019 Ford Expedition. Also available is an extended-wheelbase version Expedition, called the Max, which also features a more expansive cargo area. All Expedition models feature a 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive is standard on all models, and four-wheel-drive with Ford's Terrain Select system is available on all versions. The Expedition also features respectable fuel economy for its size, getting around 24 mpg on the highway.
Though 2019 Ford Expedition remains mostly unchanged from 2018, it does have a few new updates, including a brand-new Stealth Edition package with distinctive features and styling, plus several new special-edition model options for the Limited trim level.
The exterior of the 2019 Ford Expedition bears a stronger resemblance to the appearance of Ford's line of SUVs than Ford trucks like the F-150. The Expedition's general profile, as well as its headlights, taillights, and trim all resemble Ford's SUVs such as the smaller Explorer. Chrome abounds on Platinum models, which may not be to everyone's taste, but other trims offer more restrained detailing.
Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard on base XLT models, 20-inch wheels are standard on Limited models and 22-inch wheels are standard on Platinum models – and also available on Limited with the Stealth Edition package.
At 210 inches (17.5 feet) in length, 84 inches in width and 76 inches in height, the 2019 Ford Expedition is imposing on the road.
Expedition Max models add about another 12 inches to that overall length. A panoramic sunroof is standard on Platinum models and Limited models with the 301A or 302A packages. Running boards are standard on all Expedition models, and retractable running boards are standard on Expedition Limited and Platinum models.
Interior Quality and Comfort
The 2019 Ford Expedition sports a well-made interior that gives full-size SUV leaders such as the GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL Denali and Cadillac Escalade a run for their money. Cloth upholstery standard for the base XLT, though this can be upgraded to simulated leather in either the 201A or 202A package. First-row heated and ventilated leather front seats are standard in Limited models, while Platinum models get front perforated, leather-trimmed, heated and ventilated bucket seats, plus heated rear seats.
A power-adjustable driver's seat, plus a reclining and sliding 40/20/40-split second-row seat and a 60/40-split flat-fold third-row seat are standard on the Expedition XLT. Driver-position memory settings are available on the 202A package and standard on the Limited and Platinum trims.
Upfront, the dashboard and center console layout on the 2019 Ford Expedition features a familiar Ford configuration, with a few twists. These include a knurled surface on the drive-mode selector, temperature-control, and volume-control knobs that adds a luxury look and a premium feel. Cup holders abound, and there's ample cargo space for storage. Stowing seats for cargo is made more convenient with standard power-folding second-row seats and power-folding third-row seats, though some reviewers report that the folding interface is somewhat difficult to use.
Utility and Practicality
Spacious and built sturdy, the 2019 Ford Expedition is designed to handle passengers and cargo with ease. Seating 8 with enough leg room for everyone, the standard 2019 Expedition features 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats upright, 63.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the third row of seats down, and 104.6 cubic feet with the second and third seating rows both down.
This cargo space is expanded even further in the Expedition Max, which has 36 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats upright, 79.6 cubic feet of cargo space with the third row of seats down, and 121.5 cubic feet with the second and third seating rows both down. Cargo numbers for the Expedition Max are nearly identical to those of the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL.
Roof rails are available as standalone options on the 2019 Expedition for additional cargo-carrying capabilities. Drivers needing to tow a trailer will find the Expedition's 6,000-pound towing capacity to be enough to handle most trailers. A hands-free liftgate is standard on XLT models with the 202A package, as well as both Limited and Premium models.
Technology and Infotainment
A modern vehicle through and through, the 2019 Ford Expedition features state-of-the-art technology and many infotainment innovations that top its class. Notable standard features include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Ford's Sync 3 interface (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-enabled), Bluetooth, audio, and USB ports (2 up front and 2 in the second row), a 9-speaker audio system with AM/FM, MP3, CD, SiriusXM capabilities, and three-zone air conditioning with controls for second-row passengers. Hands-free infotainment commands are also standard on all 2019 Expedition models. The 201A package for the XLT model adds a power-adjustable front passenger seat, while the 202A package for the Expedition XLT adds remote engine start, keyless entry, a hands-free liftgate, a power-adjustable heated steering wheel, driver-position memory settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, a 110-volt household style outlet, and ambient cabin lighting.
Building on the 202A package, Expedition Limited models add heated second-row seats, front parking sensors, and a 12-speaker premium Bang and Olufsen Play sound system standard. The Limited 301A package adds a panoramic sunroof and onboard navigation. The Limited 302A expands this list of features with an automated parking system and a 360-degree view parking camera. Dual-headrest rear-seat entertainment systems are available as standalone add-ons for Limited models. Finally, Expedition Platinum models add enhanced front seats with massage function and active noise cancellation.
Safety and Driving Assistance
The 2019 Ford Expedition is among the safest large SUVs on the road today. It earned an overall score of 5 out of 5 stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In the NHTSA's individual crash tests, the Expedition earned 5 out of 5 stars in front crash safety, 5 out of 5 stars in side crash safety, and 4 out of 5 stars in rollover safety. The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested the Expedition as of yet.
The 2019 Ford Expedition owes much of its excellent safety performance to its expansive suite on onboard safety features. Standard safety equipment on the Expedition includes dual-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags, three-point safety belts for all seats, and Ford's Safety Canopy System for all rows. Other standard safety features include rear-door child-safety locks, LATCH anchors, 4-wheel disc brakes with antilock braking, an individual tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), and Ford's SOS Post-Crash Alert System. Adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, can be added on as options for the XLT. They're standard on higher trim levels. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are added with 202A package for the XLT. They're also standard on higher trim levels.
Limited models feature front parking sensors standard, while the Limited 302A package adds a 360-degree view parking camera, and an automated park assist system, and LED headlights and foglights. Trailer sway control is standard on all Expedition models to assist in keeping a trailer stable at highway speeds for additional safety.
The 2019 Ford Expedition delivers a powerful and surprisingly agile driving experience. This combination is due to the Expedition's lightweight aluminum materials and its capable 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 engine paired with a smooth 10-speed transmission. On XLT and Limited models with regular fuel, this engine produces 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. On Platinum models, this engine is rated at 400 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque, but when using 93 octane gasoline. While all other full-size SUV rivals come with a selection of V8 engine choices, the Expedition's V6 produces similar power figures, towing capacities and gets slightly better fuel economy ratings.
The 2019 Ford Expedition is not without its driving shortcomings, however. Its sheer size and rather vague steering make driving cumbersome even among large SUVs. Likewise, the Expedition features soft brake pedals, which necessitate more forceful braking. Some reviewers felt less confident driving the Expedition due to this lessened brake sensitivity. Reviewers also reported that the 2019 Expedition is not as quiet on the road when compared to the competing Chevy Suburban and the GMC Yukon.
Unlike Chevy's Tahoe, Sequoia, and Suburban, which each feature a solid axle, the Expedition features an independent rear suspension system. It improves handling and ride comfort while creating a space for the Expedition's flush-folding third-row seats. Four-wheel-drive Expedition models come equipped with Ford's terrain-select system to optimize traction control and power delivery on many different on-road and off-road surfaces. Most reviewers consider rear, front, and side visibility to be adequate in the 2019 Ford Expedition, but its size also contributes to typical blind spots when backing up, making the available 360-degree camera system and parking sensors worthwhile features to consider.
For its size, the 2019 Ford Expedition does reasonably well in terms of fuel economy. Two-wheel-drive models get an EPA-estimated 17 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg combined. Two-wheel-drive Max models are rated at 17 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined. These fuel economy numbers best those of the Chevy Suburban and those of the GMC Yukon, albeit only slightly.
Four-wheel-drive drops those estimates by about 1-2 mpg in all categories.
Trim Levels and Pricing
The base two-wheel-drive XLT model is priced at $52,130 with destination fee included. The base two-wheel-drive XLT Max model is priced at $54,815. Prices for other trim levels are listed below.
- XLT 4x4: $55,140
- XLT 4x4 Max: $57,825
- Limited 4x2: $63,015
- Limited 4x2 Max: $65,705
- Limited 4x4: $66,140
- Limited 4x4 Max: $68,825
- Platinum 4x2: $73,365
- Platinum 4x2 Max: $76,060
- Platinum 4x4: $76,515
- Platinum 4x4 Max: $79,200
The 2019 Ford Expedition is considered an excellent value for its performance and comprehensive list of features. The base price for the 2019 Expedition exceeds the base prices for the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban and the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe, as well as the base prices for the GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL. The top-level Platinum models are more expensive than the most lavish models from Chevrolet. However, they do undercut top-of-the-line Yukon models from GMC. For a fully-featured Expedition that doesn't break the bank, the XLT with the optional 202A package offers everything drivers need for modern comfort and hauling performance on the road (and off of it).
Though Ford Expeditions traditionally do not hold their value as well as comparable GM vehicles, many buyers consider the 2019 Ford Expedition to be the better investment versus both Chevy and GM large SUVs thanks to its long list of features, robust powertrain and superior ride and interior space. Those used to V8 characteristics may not be used to the turbocharged V6 that is the Expedition's only engine option, but buyers used to large luxury SUVs may be impressed by the levels of options and materials offered by the Ford.
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