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2018 Ford Expedition Introduction

Fully redesigned for the 2018 model year, in accord with the more luxurious Lincoln Navigator, Ford’s biggest SUV gets a fresh look and aluminum-intensive construction. Blending the appearance of Ford’s crossovers, SUVs and pickup trucks, the 2018 Ford Expedition could be considered as essentially an F-150 pickup that happens to have three rows of seats.

We’ve found the all-new 2018 Expedition to be smooth and sophisticated both in ride quality and power delivery, with comfortable accommodations. It’s a good choice as a vehicle that can tow trailers and haul passengers, enjoyable for long trips.

The 2018 Expedition offers three trim levels: XLT, Limited, and Platinum, built on either a short or long wheelbase. Dubbed Max, the long-wheelbase versions measure an additional 9.1 inches, between front and rear axles.

Familiar to Ford fans, the latest rendition of the popular EcoBoost twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V6 generates 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. In Platinum trim, the V6 reaches 400 hp and 480 pound-feet.

A new 10-speed automatic transmission was developed in a joint venture between Ford and General Motors. Rear-drive is standard, but each version can be fitted with four-wheel drive. Stop/Start technology is standard, as it is on most vehicles now, to improve EPA scores.

As always, the Expedition is one mammoth vehicle, boasting a cavernous cabin. Sharp steering and a fully independent suspension help make it feel smaller on the road. The improvement is especially noticeable when parking. Towing capacity of up to 9,300 pounds rivals that of some full-size pickup trucks.

An abundance of standard and optional equipment makes the Expedition’s price range broad.

Quite a few active-safety features are available, from blind-spot monitoring to full-speed automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Most safety items are optional, offered in groups, though some are standard in upper trim levels.

More than one hefty-priced package might be needed to equip an Expedition with adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, and lane-departure warning.

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