In 2018, Ford introduced the 4th generation of its critically-acclaimed full-size SUV. With it, the model received a significant amount of positive changes. So, it’s logical that Ford Expedition 2019 has only some minor changes on the inside and on the outside. There’s a new package called Stealth Edition – that’s pretty much the most notable difference.
Expedition has always been Ford’s flagship full-sizer, and it boasts a very spacious and comfortable interior.
The amount of head-/leg- and cargo space is on par with the best offers on the market. The seats are very cozy, even for hours of driving on the open road. Add a mighty V6 that goes from zero to 60mph in less than 7 seconds and impressive towing capabilities, and you’ll get yourself a winner.
And here’s a list of its cons: first of all, because of the big size, it’s not that fun to drive this car (partially also due to slow steering). Second, even for a full-size SUV, this car makes more noise than it should. Now let us go ahead and talk more about Ford Expedition 2019 and see whether it’s worth your money or not.
How Many Trims Are There? Pricing.
To an inexperienced driver, it might seem that there are 6 trims available. However, there are only 3 trims; the other 3 are just the MAX editions, meaning they have longer wheelbases.
XLT, the entry-level trim, costs 52.1K US dollars. It is a great balance between utility and riding comfort. Plus, there are more than enough additional elements that you can purchase for extra cash.
Limited, the next tier, can be yours for 63K (XLT is 11K cheaper). For that kind of money, you can expect a wide range of premium features to come as standard.
And finally, Platinum, the ultimate trim, is the most expensive Ford Expedition 2019. The current price-tag is 73.3K. For example, you can buy 3 entry-level Mustang’s for that! This trim is all about luxury.
Test-Driving Ford’s Heavy-Lifter
This full-size SUV looks like a tiny house on wheels, but, for some reason, it can go 0-60 in 6.9 seconds!
I’m not really sure why that’s necessary for it, but you can definitely impress the passengers with its impressive take-off capabilities. On a serious note, braking is one of the biggest issues with this vehicle. The so-called pedal travel is longer than average. On the other hand, the brakes are stable, which is critical.
Numerous tests show that to reach a full stop from 60mph, Ford Expedition 2019 needs 130+ feet – that’s a good result for this segment. Steering is slow, the feedback takes forever; the on-central feel is also far from being perfect. If you’ve ever been behind the wheel of an F-750, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
For the rest of the potential owners of this car, here’s my advice: get ready to do a lot of steering and don’t lose focus. The car’s body is large, and steering isn’t particularly flexible, so, don’t try to push that mighty engine to the limit. There’s a positive side to this as well: once you learn your way around the car, driving it will become a lot more enjoyable.
Taking A Quick Peek Into The Interior
I already gave the inside of Ford Explorer 2019 the praise it deserves, but let me elaborate a bit. Thanks to the large size (I’m not even talking about the longer wheelbase – the MAX edition), there’s plenty of room for the passengers. The door openings and the wide running board make it easy for folks to get into the car. Just remember that you won’t be able to open those massive doors if you’re parked in a tight spot.
The 2nd-row seats can be tilted forward, making it easier to reach the third row. Speaking of the seats, Explorer is one of the best picks for driving around with 7 passengers. Usually, the 3rd-row is just for the kids, but in this car, you can seat two adults there. With the seats up, you get 21 cubic feet of space for cargo; 57.5 feet with the 3rd-row seats down, and 104.6 with the 2nd-row down as well. That’s quite a lot of space!
The dashboard is filled with all kinds of knobs and controls, which can be a bit confusing if you’re used to more touchscreen-oriented cars. However, just like with the car’s attitude on the road, you need to give this some time. Personally, I think that the abundance of physical controls gives the driver more freedom and ease of use.
Ford’s own Sync (the infotainment system) is a sight for sore eyes. It supports Smartphone integration and all the latest techy features. Input-wise, there are several USBs and Bluetooth. The entry-level sound system is decent, but it gets a bit noisy at higher levels. Navigation is an optional feature: you can use your voice to control it or use your fingers for pinch-zooming.
The Engine And The Towing Capabilities
All three trims are equipped with the same V6. This is a turbocharged engine, capable of 375HP and 470 lb-ft of torque. You can go with either FWD or RWD and pair the engine to a 10-speed automatic transmission. All three trims are available with a heavy-duty towing package. With it, Ford Explorer 2019 can tow as much as 9.3K pounds, which is more than any trailer or boat weighs.
Chief Programme Engineer, Todd Hoevener:
“During development, we drive to get stuck so that we know the limits of the vehicle. We then calibrate our engine management and Terrain Management System settings so that the next time we – or, ultimately, the customer – gets into that situation, the vehicle doesn’t get stuck again.”
The MAX editions (with a longer wheelbase) are also quite impressive and can tow up to 9K pounds. In many ways, this SUV is like a high-quality pick-up truck. It has a power liftgate and a flat load floor.
What does that mean in real life?
Well, it means that the owner of Ford Expedition 2019 can load the vehicle with boxes and never worry about them falling down (thanks to the side-mounted tie-down points, of course).
Check out the following video to learn more about Ford’s new model: