If you’re hauling a large family and towing a heavy trailer at the same time, there are few options outside of an Expedition that are as capable. Offered in standard and long-wheelbase Max body styles, the 2020 Ford Expedition offers three wide rows of seats, plenty of cargo space and up to 9,300-pound towing capacity (when properly equipped). Under the hood is a dual-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 that powers the rear or all-wheel drive through a 10-speed automatic transmission. If you’re so inclined, Ford will happily sell you a luxury outfitted model that does its best to mimic the mechanically similar Lincoln Navigator traps. The price tag for such an Expedition, however, makes its value questionable compared to legitimately premium rivals. Driving dynamics is boring, too, and the 2020 Ford Expedition always feels as massive as it is, which can cause some anxiety when navigating tight spaces or changing lanes in heavy traffic.
Ford has added the King Ranch trim to the Expedition for 2020, which comes loaded with luxury items like retractable running boards, 22-inch wheels, Premium Del Rio leather upholstery, and real wood trim. All Expedition models now come standard with Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system and the company’s Co-Pilot360 driver assistance feature set, including automated emergency braking, lane keeping assistance and blind spot monitoring. . High-end Platinum models receive a new 22-inch wheel design and leather upholstery that covers more of the cabin.
> XLT: $ 54,205
> Limited: $ 64,740
> King Ranch: $ 74,290
> Platinum: $ 75,330
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
The Expedition’s interior has a square dashboard with large vents and materials that improve with the level of equipment. Each Expedition also has 15 cup holders and a third row seat that doubles power. Our Platinum test vehicle featured accessories not available on lower-level front seats, such as the multi-contour front seats with massage function, leather trim on the door, real wood on the center console, and a premium leather-wrapped steering wheel. While splendid on the inside, the cheap-looking plastics in the cabin are blatant failures and unacceptable for the price. Both Expedition models have spacious interiors and, unlike most rivals, a third row that won’t torture adults. While a three-seat bench is standard for the second row, a pair of captain’s chairs is optional. With three rows of seats and two long body styles, the Expedition and the Max Expedition were made to carry people and property, many people and property. Although we only tested the extended version, it had competitive carrying capacity and unbeatable interior storage. Each model has a folding third row that can be controlled from the cargo area or rear seats. Both the second and third rows fold completely flat for a level floor, making it easy to load cargo.
Infotainment and connectivity
The Expedition is an infotainment sanctuary, with numerous connectivity options and plenty of features available. An infotainment system with an 8.0-inch Sync 3 touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 4G LTE mobile hotspot is standard; Navigation plus real-time traffic and weather cost extra. A rear-seat entertainment system is available, but only in the Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum finishes.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
Expediting the Expedition is a dual-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 with a 10-speed automatic transmission that pairs with all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. XLT and Limited models have a 375 HP version of the V-6, but at the top level Platinum is tuned for 400 horsepower. While we haven’t tested the base engine, it won’t be faster than the 400 hp version we tested on the short and long wheelbase models. All expeditions employ an independent rear suspension that provides better handling and handling than live axle configurations in Chevrolet and GMC alternatives. While passengers are comforted by its smooth ride, the driver is penalized for rude driving and an imprecise steering feel. Those who can afford the frontline expedition owe it to themselves to take a look at the Mercedes-Benz GLS 10 Best Class for the best overall driving experience.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
This class of large carriers certainly does not help preserve fossil fuels. Ford claims that its EcoBoost engine (a dual-turbocharged V-6) is more efficient than V-8s, but the Expedition does not deliver on that promise. The rear-wheel drive expedition is EPA-rated 17 mpg city and 24 highway; the all-wheel drive version drops to Highway 22. Both the Regular-Length Expedition and the Longest Max Expedition delivered 20 mpg on our 200-mile highway fuel economy route. While the 420 hp Yukon Denali also fell short, it matched Ford’s results in the real world.
Driver Assistance and Safety Features
The Expedition earned a five-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but has not been evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, it has all the latest driver assistance technology, including automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assistance as standard. Key safety features include: Adaptive cruise control available. Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Standard lane keeping assistance with lane departure warning.
Warranty and maintenance coverage
Ford offers the Expedition a solid warranty that even surpasses Mercedes-Benz with longer powertrain protection. However, the Expedition is not available with free scheduled maintenance. The limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles. The powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles. There is no courtesy scheduled maintenance.