The 2019 Ford Expedition is all about new as new vehicles can get. Sharing almost nothing with its predecessor, the Expedition push the state of the art in a full-size SUV in the same way as its cousin, the F-150: extensive use of aluminum. The benefits are real. The new Expedition offers greater towing and hauling capabilities with its 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine, yet returns a more commonly fuel economy associated with small, car-based midsize SUV. All this while still offering what you expect from a full-size SUV: spacious interior space, large cargo area, and a smooth ride that you can only get from an independent rear suspension. And with the availability of the “Max” long-wheelbase version, the 2019 Ford Expedition is looking to shift the GM twins from the top, and we think that might work.
The 2019 Ford Expedition is available in three trim levels: XLT, Limited and Platinum. There an extended-wheelbase version called the Max, which has a bigger cargo area. It’s only available for the XLT and Limited.
The base Expedition XLT comes standard with keyless entry, push-button start, three-zone air conditioning with rear controls, power-folding 3rd-row seatbacks, USB inputs, Bluetooth, an audio system with AM/FM, MP3, CD, SiriusXM and nine speakers. For safety, the 2019 Ford Expedition comes with multiple airbags, a rearview camera with backup grid lines and a washer, trailer-sway control and a post-crash alert system for emergency help.
The sole engine for the 2019 Ford Expedition is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. It produces 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, or in Platinum models, 400 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque when 93 octane fuel is used. That’s a lot of grunts for a full-size SUV, and the 10-speed automatic makes good use of it all. Buyers have a choice of rear-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD) with a terrain-select system to maximize traction on different surfaces.
In testing, the 2019 Ford Expedition 4WD hit 60 mph from zero in quick 6.2 seconds. Not bad for a vehicle weighing more than 5,700 pounds. Fuel economy is pretty good, averaging up to 24 mpg on the highway. The 2019 Expedition can tow up to 9300 pounds, 700 pounds more than the Chevy Tahoe. The Expedition Max is capped at 9000 pounds, which still more than most competitor.
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 10-speed automatic
375 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
470 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 17/24 mpg (2WD) and 17/22 mpg (4WD), 17/23 mpg (Max 2WD) and 16/21 mpg (Max 4WD)
The 2019 Ford Expedition is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The 2WD XLT model has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at under $50,000 mark or about $53,500 for the XLT Max. The standard-length Limited starts at $64,300, while the Max is about $67,000. At the top of the range, prices reach $74,700 for the Expedition Platinum or $77,350 for the Max variant. Four-wheel drive cost another $3,000 to the total.