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2021 Ford Expedition
Select a Different Model (18 Available): King Ranch 2WD
Fuel Economy $ 17 / 23 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 19/105 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 7/7
Horsepower 375@5,000
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2021 Ford Expedition MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Responsive, torque-rich V-6
  • Comfortable in every row
  • Good road manners

Cons

  • Truck-like dashboard
  • Some rough shifts from 10-speed auto
  • Downsized engine still thirsty

Decades after it originally debuted in 1996, the Ford Expedition remains a strong contender in the full-size three-row SUV segment. Most recently redesigned in 2019, the Expedition now features fully independent suspension and a V-6 engine—a far cry from its pickup truck roots. Nonetheless, it's a competent, comfortable, and capable vehicle for carrying up to eight passengers or lots of cargo. The Expedition Max adds length and capacity.

What's New

  • Adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist standard on Limited trim
  • Two second-row USB ports included on XL trim
  • Updated paint and wheel choices

What We Think

Full-size three-row SUVs are stereotyped as clumsy beasts, but the Ford Expedition doesn't fit that mold. The Expedition drives with refinement uncommon in this segment, which helped it earn a win in a comparison test against its closest competitors back in 2018.

We enjoy the Expedition's smooth, quiet ride and its steering has good feel on-center as well as confidence-inspiring accuracy. Unlike most competitors, no V-8 is offered, but the twin-turbo V-6 has sharp responses and enables strong towing capability. However, the 10-speed automatic can feel clunky.

Inside, the dashboard looks copied from an F-250, but function precedes form; the cabin is spacious and comfortable. Average-size adults won't feel cramped in the third row, and accessing it doesn't require gymnastics. Cupholders, USB ports, and air vents in every row help keep passengers pleased. Ford's Sync 3 infotainment works well, even if its touchscreen looks tiny in that sprawling dashboard.

Whether in standard or extended Max length (approximately 12 inches longer with a nine-inch longer wheelbase), the Expedition offers massive cargo capacity. Its excellent packaging and overall refinement make it a top consideration for big families with diverse needs.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Expedition is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 producing 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. That engine is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. RWD is standard, and 4WD is optional. MotorTrend clocked a standard-length 4WD Expedition's acceleration from 0-60 mph at 6.2 seconds and a Max model's at 6.9 seconds. EPA-rated fuel economy on the 2020 model is 17/23 mpg city/highway for RWD models. Standard-length 4WD models get 17/22 mpg, while extended-length versions get 17/21 mpg.

Safety

From the NHTSA, the Expedition earns a five-star overall safety rating, the highest possible score. That factors five-star front- and side-crash scores with a four-star rollover score.

Standard active-safety and driver-assist features include automatic high beams, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and rear parking sensors. Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are optional on the entry-level XLT trim and included on the Limited trim and above.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The standard-length Expedition has 19.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind its third row. Folding the third row increases space to 57.5 cubic feet. With the second row folded, maximum cargo volume measures 104.6 cubic feet.

In the extended-length Expedition Max, cargo space behind the third row measures 34.3 cubic feet. With the third row folded, capacity expands to 73.3 cubic feet. A whopping 121.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo space are available with the second row folded.

In both Expedition variants, front-row headroom measures 42.0 inches, close to the 42.3 inches found in the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban. Second-row headroom is 40.0 inches in the Expedition, better than 38.9 inches in the Suburban. Third-row headroom of 37.3 inches (37.4 in the Expedition Max) is less than the Suburban's 38.2 inches.

Front-row legroom is 43.9 inches in the Ford, not as much as the Chevy's 44.5 inches. Second-row legroom is a bit better in the Expedition, at 42.6 inches against the Suburban's 42.0. Third-row legroom is 36.1 inches in the Expedition, a bit less than 36.7 inches in the Suburban.

Technology

All 2021 Expedition trims are equipped with an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen running Ford's user-friendly Sync 3 interface. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are standard. Built-in navigation is optional on the base XLT trim, and standard on Limited trim and above. The first two rows on all trims have two USB ports, while third-row USB ports and a front-row wireless charging pad are included on the Limited trim and higher. A six-speaker audio system is standard, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium setup is available. An optional entertainment system adds displays to each first-row seatback.

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2021 FORD EXPEDITION SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 Turbo 3.4 Liter EcoBoost®
Transmission Name
Transmission, SelectShift 10 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (44U)
Trim
King Ranch 2WD
Class
Premium Full-Size Utility
Horsepower
375@5,000
Standard MPG
17/23
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
RWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
7/7
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0.9% Financing for a maximum term of 36 Months - Ford announces special APR financing on select models. 01-04-2021
$0 1.9% Financing for a maximum term of 48 Months - Ford announces special APR financing on select models. 01-04-2021
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - Ford announces special APR financing on select models. 01-04-2021
$0 4.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Ford announces special APR financing on select models. 01-04-2021
$0 5.9% Financing for a maximum term of 75 Months - Ford announces special APR financing on select models. 01-04-2021
$0 6.9% Financing for a maximum term of 84 Months - Ford announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$500 Ford announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible college students. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$500 Ford announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible Military personnel. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021
$500 Ford announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible Military personnel. 01-04-2021
$750 Ford announces a Lease Cash on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-04-2021