2019 Ford Expedition Introduction

The Ford Expedition full-size SUV, redesigned in 2018, is in some ways a Ford F-150 pickup truck with three rows of seats instead of a bed in the back. Like the F-150, it uses aluminum body panels to save weight, not that that makes it light. It also borrows the truck’s face and chiseled-in-stone styling, and brings its own excellent performance to kill the class it’s in. It all works.

Acceleration, ride and handling are all commendable. Maybe even fuel mileage at 20 miles per gallon combined, consider this is a 5,400-pound vehicle that than can hold its own in the quarter-mile and tow 9,300 pounds.

Up to seven passengers can share up to 172 cubic feet of space; or two people can ride with 121.5 cubic feet behind them, for stuff. If that’s not enough, there’s the long-wheelbase Expedition Max.

Every Expedition uses a 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 coupled to a smart-shifting 10-speed automatic, with rear- or four-wheel drive. Most models take that engine in a state of tune that makes 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, but the engine in the Platinum is boosted to 400 hp and 480 lb-ft. The engine throbs with a performance-car heartbeat.

The EPA rates a rear-wheel-drive Expedition with the base engine at 17 mpg city, 24 highway, 20 mpg combined; with four-wheel drive it’s 17/22/19 mpg.

The long-wheelbase Expedition Max gets 17/23/19 mpg with rear-wheel drive, and 16/21/18 mpg with four-wheel drive.

The four-wheel-drive Expedition earns a five-star overall safety score from the NHTSA, with four stars for calculated rollover resistance. The IIHS hasn’t crash-tested it.

Ford makes some of its latest safety features an option on the Expedition. Blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, forward-collision warnings and automatic emergency braking will add more than $6,000 to the price of an XLT, because you have to buy other features to get the safety equipment. These features come on the top model Platinum, which costs about $21,000 more than the XLT.

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