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Is The Ford Expedition The Ultimate Full-Size SUV?

Ford’s largest and most adaptable family haulers in 2023 are the Expedition and Expedition Max. Ford’s biggest SUVs include three rows of seating, a remarkable 9,300-pound maximum tow rating, and off-road capability. Ford’s large, powerful flagship SUV is not much larger in 2023, but it is strengthened in other ways.

The 2023 Ford Expedition received a mid-cycle refresh that includes two new trim levels, updated interior and exterior style, and returned engines that provide greater power in higher trims. The largest change is found inside, as this is the first generation of the Expedition full-size to not share its dashboard design with the F-150.

Engine, Efficiency, and Performance

The Expedition is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with dual turbocharging, mated to a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic gearbox, and available with either rear- or all-wheel drive. On regular versions, the engine produces 380 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque; on Limited variants, those numbers go up to 400 hp and 480 lb-ft. Additionally, the 440 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque can be had on the Timberline and Limited with the Stealth Performance option.

Comfort, Interior, Cargo

The Platinum version of the Expedition comes with a luxurious leather interior and massaging front seats, representing the pinnacle of the SUV’s interior materials and trim pieces. The third row of seats in either the standard Expedition or the extended-wheelbase Expedition Max is comfortable for adults, unlike many competitors. The second row typically has a bench with three seats. However, you can choose two captain’s chairs instead. Inside, you’ll find incomparable cubby space in the Max.

Additional Features for Safety and Driving Convenience

The Expedition has a wide range of driver-assistance features, both standard and optional, and also includes two cutting-edge devices. Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free driving system is included in the premium Platinum trim. Having gone on a roadtrip with the Expedition, it’s a great feature to have but Supercruise from GM still works a bit better and has fewer disengagements. Thankfully, as time goes on, over the air updates should improve BluCruise.

Trail Turn Assist is standard on the off-road-focused Timberline trim, and it helps the SUV achieves a smaller turning circle by applying the brakes to the inner rear tire during tight, low-speed bends while in four-wheel drive.


The latest version of Ford’s Sync infotainment system is quite simple to operate due to the technology’s gradual refinement over the years. While the navigation system may have a retro design, it is really rather user-friendly, thanks to pinch-to-zoom features. The 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen system in the test car made effective use of the Expedition’s spacious cabin, delivering sound that was both robust and crystal clear.

Easy access to basic voice commands that can assist in routine tasks. Wireless connection is included on all Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration systems. While the Expedition adaptive cruise control and other high-tech driving aids perform admirably, they fall short of the features of some competing SUVs.


Ford’s largest and most economic choice SUV, the Expedition, is technically similar to the company’s workhorse F-150 pickup. Up to eight passengers can ride in comfort, and quick acceleration is provided by a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine making 375 or 400 horsepower, respectively.


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