2018 Ford Expedition

#25
in Midsize SUVs
2018 MODEL

$48,190 - $78,545

8.1

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The Ford Expedition has been into existence since the late 1990s, and after spending all these years, the company still calls the 2018 Ford Expedition as the second generation SUV. The Ford Expedition revamps has been long overdue, and now it brings some new significant changes. The 2018 Expedition takes design cues from its pickup sibling, the Ford F-150. The aluminum body panels and redesigned steel frame, has made the SUV 300 pounds lighter than the outgoing model.

The Expedition gets the updated twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, shared with the 2017 F-150, which comes equipped with both direct fuel and port injection. The engine has been tuned to provide better fuel economy than the outgoing model.

Ford has also introduced lots of safety technologies in the 2018 Expedition. Ford claims that the new Expedition gets 40 new upgraded features and optional driver-aid tech. The new Expedition has a lot more to offer this year, making it a good pick for big SUV buyers.


7.9/10
Features

 

6.5/10
Engine

 

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.9/10
Interior

 

8.8/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The Expedition gets the updated twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, shared with the 2017 F-150, which comes equipped with both direct fuel port injection. The engine has been tuned to provide better fuel economy than the outgoing model.

2018 Ford Expedition Features

7.9/10

The new 2018 Ford Expedition comes in three trims, the XLT, the Limited, and the Platinum. The base XLT costs $51,695. At the mid-level is the Limited trim which adds comfort and optional driver and technology upgrades. The top of the trim level is the Platinum, priced at $75,855, the most luxurious and featured full-size SUV.

Moreover, owners get the option to choose between the rear-driven 4x2 or four-wheel drive 4x4 configurations. Limited and Platinum buyers can also upgrade to the longer Expedition Max, which is a foot longer with an increased leg room and wheelbase. XLT owners can upgrade with the optional FX4 off-road package. The package includes skid plates, knobby tires, and two-way transfer case. The Terrain Management System knob triggers the “mud and rut” setting, which is good for activating off-road capability.

Trims XLT Limited Platinum
MSRP (4X2) $51,695 $62,585 $72,710
MSRP (4X4) $54,705 $65,705 $75,855
Features
  • 3.5L EcoBoost V6 Engine
  • 2nd-Row Tip-and-Slide Seats
  • PowerFold 3rd-Row Seat with Recline

 XLT features plus these and more:

  • 20-inch Ultra Bright Machined Aluminum Wheels with Tarnished Dark-Painted Pockets
  • SYNC Connect with Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Power-Deployable Running Boards

 Limited features plus these     and more:

  • 22-inch Polished Aluminum Wheels
  • Panoramic Vista Roof with Power Open/Close and Power Sunshade
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go
  • Power upgrade, with 400 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque

2018 Ford Expedition Engine

6.5/10

The Expedition has an effortless powertrain that is plenty quick and a supple suspension that delivers a relaxed ride. Despite these desirable qualities and class-competitive performance numbers, the Ford has clumsy handling and disconnected steering. - Caranddriver

In the 2018 Expedition’s heart is a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine, which works alongside a smooth 10-speed automatic transmission- resulting in a best-in-class tow rating of 9,300 pounds. Thanks to the independent rear suspension, which ensures balanced ride and handling. The engine’s 375 horsepower (400 hp in Platinum models) offer plenty of power and acceleration, to move this big SUV from a stop to highway speeds.

Engine and Transmission

Under the hood resides Ford’s Ecoboost 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The engine is mated to an impressive 10-speed automatic with a telepathic sense. You can choose your own gear using buttons below the knob-based gear selector. The engine churns out a maximum power of 375-horsepower and 470 feet-lbs of peak torque.

Models Ford Expedition Chevrolet Tahoe Lincoln Navigator GMC Yukon
MSRP $51,695 $47,500 $72,055 $ 49,080
Engine

3.5L EcoBoost

V6 engine

5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine

 

3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine

5.3-liter V8

8-cylinder

Gas engine

Transmission 10-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 10-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Power 375 hp @ 5000 rpm 355 hp @ 5600 rpm 450  hp @ 5500 rpm 355 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque 470 ft-lbs. @ 3500 rpm 383 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm 500 ft-lbs. @ 3500 rpm 383 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

Acceleration

2018 Ford Expeditions takes 7.3 seconds to sprint 0-60 MPH, while the competitors like Tahoe, Navigator, and Yukon does it in less than 7 seconds. On the emission front, the Expedition emits 8.8 ratings, which is slightly lesser than the counterparts.

Models Ford Expedition Chevrolet Tahoe Lincoln Navigator GMC Yukon
0-60 MPH 7.3sec 6.7 sec 6.5 sec 6.5 sec
Quarter mile 15.6 sec @ 88 mph 15.1 sec @ 92.0 mph 15.1 sec @ 90.1 mph 16.7 sec @ 91 mph
Engine 3.5L 5.3L 3.5L 5.3L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.8 9.2 9.3 9.2

Braking and Handling

Ford Expedition comes paired with standard independent suspension, which is available with continuously controlled dampers. The handling is precise as one can expect from a 5,500 pound SUV. On uneven terrain, the SUV experiences a lot of squat and dive, but at the end, everything goes in a controlled manner. On the other hand, the electric power-assisted steering system is placed well throughout the center to full lock.

The new 10-speed automatic transmission enhanced the powertrain’s accessibility, helping the 3.5-liter V-6 to be in line with the rev range along the series of up and down shifts.

Model Ford Expedition Chevrolet Tahoe Lincoln Navigator GMC Yukon
Brake Front(in) 13.5 13.0 13.8 15.6
Brake Rear(in) 13.2 13.6 13.8 10.88
Curb weight(lbs) 5801 5466 5760 5466
60-0 MPH 121 ft. 125 ft. 125 ft. 137 ft.

Towing Capacity

Being a big-body full-size SUV, the 2018 Expedition offers truck-like towing capability. It can tow up to 9,300 pounds with the all-wheel-drive setup. The available Heavy Duty Tow Package, provides strength to the SUV to pull maximum weight with optimum safety. Ford’s Trailer Backup control uses a knob present on the dash to move the truck while backing up the load.

Model Ford Expedition Chevrolet Tahoe Lincoln Navigator GMC Yukon
Engine 3.5L 5.3L 3.5L 5.3L
Drive Train AWD AWD AWD AWD
Capacity (lbs) 9300 8600 8900 8500

2018 Ford Expedition Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The overall tuning and the introduction of some extra transmissions gears have made a good impact on the fuel economy for sure, For the 2018 Ford Expedition 2WD, Ford claims the EPA ratings as 17-mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. These EPA ratings are more than 10 percent better than the outgoing model.

Model Ford Expedition Chevrolet Tahoe Lincoln Navigator GMC Yukon
MPG (city) 17 16 16 16
MPG (highway) 24 23 23 23
MPG (combined) 20 19 19 19

A standard automatic stop/start system shuts off the engine at signals and then restarts when the driver puts off their foot the braking pad. This is contributing toward returning impressive fuel economy.

2018 Ford Expedition Interior

7.9/10

The 2018 Expedition borrows cabin attire from the F-150, which suits the SUVs personality.  The rotary knobs are located on the center console, which is within driver’s reach. The material quality is subpar and upmarket, giving a luxurious feel. There is an ample passenger room in all three rows, even for tall occupants.

Seating and Comfort

The driver and front passengers will surely find themselves in comfort while boarding the 2018 Expedition. The interior offers ample storage, including twin cupholders, door bins, and a bin near the gear selector. You’ll also find the USB ports and wireless charging pad within reach.

As with its namesake, the Expedition is well suited for journeys undertaken by a large group of people. Its cavernous interior can fit up to eight and offers massaging front buckets and a rear-seat entertainment system. -Caranddriver

Also, the second-row seat on the Expedition is sufficient for big families. The center portion slides forward and offers its own LATCH point. The seats also feature a tilt-and-slide mechanism that allows the access to the third-row seats without removing the mounted child seat.

Model Ford Expedition Chevrolet Tahoe Lincoln Navigator GMC Yukon
Passenger capacity 8 8 7 8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)

39.5/63.2/41.1 42.8/64.8/45.3 39.5/63.3/43 42.8/64.8/45.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 39.7/63.7/39.1 38.7/65.1/39.0 39.7/63.7/39.1 38.7/65.1/39.0

Third  (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)

38.0/67.1/37.7 38.1/62.6/24.8 37.6/51.9/37.7 38.1/62.6/24.8

Beyond the second row seats, you get enormous space within the third-row seats, the seats are actually comfortable, with a good amount of legroom and headroom. The same goes for the Expedition Max and its extended rear seat compartment.

Infotainment

The 2018 Ford Expedition gets such an infotainment that is expected from a modern vehicle. You get multiple USB ports, and the Sync3 system integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For rear seat passengers, we have a rear seat entertainment system, which allows you to plug in your personal PlayStation.The infotainment system also includes WiFi hotspot, with the help of which you can connect up to 10 different devices within a range of 50 feet. For 2018, Ford Expedition gets Sync Connect Telematics with a built-in 4G LTE cellular modem providing WiFi connectivity for passengers on board.

Cargo Capacity

The 2018 Expedition’s 20.9 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats is still bigger than most of the crossover in the present day, and the Expedition is way ahead of the Chevrolet Tahoe (15.3), Lincoln Navigator (18.1), and GMC Yukon (15.3). The Expedition Max offers 36 cubic feet of cargo space, which is beaten by the Chevy Suburban’s 39 cubic feet.

Model Ford Expedition Chevrolet Tahoe Lincoln Navigator GMC Yukon

Volume (ft.cube)

(Behind 3rd row)

20.9 15.3 18.1 15.3

Volume (ft.cube)

(3nd Row Folded)

79.6 51.6 54.4 51.7

Volume (ft.cube)

(2nd & 3rd  Row Folded)

121.4 94.7 103.3 94.7

Additionally, the 2018 Expedition offers an amazing cargo management system, which uses the floor panels, a shelf, and several other configurations. Most importantly, you can fold the seats in both Expedition models with the help of power-folding second-and third-row seats, in order to expand more.

2018 Ford Expedition Exterior

8.8/10

The 2018 Expedition speaks out as an idol for every SUV, which serves more like an MPV, with enormous room and bold build. It is around half-foot longer than the Chevy Tahoe. The new expedition’s exterior is a perfect blend of the F-150’s aesthetic body. The razor-blade-like treatment given to the front grille is the latest nail in Ford’s bucket. While the C-clamp headlights still retain the tool-like attire that can be seen in Ford’s pickups. A chrome strip flows throughout the tailgate embedded with the “EXPEDITION” badging in the center.

Model Ford Expedition Chevrolet Tahoe Lincoln Navigator GMC Yukon
curb weight(lbs) 5801 5466 5760 5466
Length(in) 206.5 204 207.4 203.9

Width(in)

(w/o mirror)

78.8 80.5 78.8 80.5
Height(in) 77.2 74.4 78.1 74.4
Ground clearance(in) 8.7 7.8 8.4 8.0
Wheelbase(in) 119.0 116.0 119 116.0
Track width(in) F/R 67/67.2 68.7/68.7 67/67.2 68.7/68.7

Design and Styling

The best part of the Expedition exterior is the slab-sided character and the arrow-like beltline. The overall design doesn’t seem old school but makes it more interesting and fresh. The tall doors and brushed chrome give the Expedition a hulky stance.

Wheels

The 2018 Expedition offers a variety of wheel options, from the base 18-inch rollers to the large 22s, available on the Expedition Limited and standard on the Platinum trim. The Limited’s 20-inch wheels offer good traction during corners and are best for balanced style and comfort.

Model Ford Expedition Chevrolet Tahoe Lincoln Navigator GMC Yukon
Size F/R (in.) 18*8.5/18*8.5 18*8.5/18*8.5 20*8.5/20*8.5 18*8.5/18*8.5
Quality Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Wheel type Alloy Alloy Alloy Alloy

2018 Ford Expedition Safety

The 2018 Ford Expedition has not received crash test ratings by the NHTSA or the IIIHS yet. Ford offers a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile engine warranty.

Safety Features

At the top trim levels, the 2018 Expedition offers some modern age safety tech and driver aid technologies. There’s also available surround camera system, which creates bird’s-eye view of the surrounding with multiple camera views in all directions. A rear camera is also standard, featuring a washer that cleans the dust from the lens with a spray.

  • Rear View Camera with Backup Assist Grid Lines and Washer
  • 360-Degree Camera with Split View and Front/Rear Washer
  • Dual-stage front airbags
  • Three-point safety belts at all seating positions
  • Side-Impact Airbags
  • Rear-door child-safety locks
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children)
  • Four-Wheel Disc Brakes with Anti-Lock Brake System
  • Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
  • Safety Canopy System (Includes Third Row)
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System
  • Inclination/Intrusion Sensors
  • Remote Keyless Entry System
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Personal Safety System
  • SecuriCode Keyless Entry Keypad
  • MyKey

The 2018 Expedition’s adaptive cruise control can be used in stop-and-go, which can bring the car to a complete halt. The new Expedition also sees the introduction of the lane-keeping system, which prevents the SUV from missing the lane.

2018 Ford Expedition Competition

Chevrolet Tahoe vs Ford Expedition

Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the popular SUVs in the segment. At some point, it lags behind the Expedition. The Tahoe has an array of tech features but fails to offer good occupancy to most adults in the third-row seat. It also holds less cargo volume than the Expedition. The Ford Expedition, on the other hand, has the higher towing capacity and comes with better fuel economy. However, the Chevy Tahoe costs a few thousand dollars less and is worth a notice.

Lincoln Navigator Vs Ford Expedition

Both the Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator have been redesigned for 2018 model year. The Ford Expedition comes with a better towing capacity and gas mileage. Both of these SUVs are superb, but Navigator offers some features that go missing on the Expedition. The Navigator is undoubtedly more luxurious in all sense. The choice is yours.

GMC Yukon vs Ford Expedition

The 2018 Ford Expedition is much wider than the Yukon, you’ll be happy with the bold and powerful Expedition. The Expedition offers more power than the GMC Yukon. In terms of seating, both the SUVs offer similar space but the Expedition offers a roomier cargo area than the Yukon.

2018 Ford Expedition Final Verdict

The 2018 Ford expedition has improved in every possible manner, whether you talk about its capability, cabin volume, fuel economy, and design styling. Ford fans will certainly love to see the significant changes. The new Expedition is loaded with the latest safety tech and additional value-added features.

Buyers who are looking for more luxury may find the Lincoln Navigator more pleasing. Otherwise, the 2018 expedition is better than the GM siblings, the Chevy Tahoe, and GMC Yukon.

Pros

Feature-laden luxurious cabin, especially in the Platinum trim

Best-in-class interior space

Smooth 10-speed automatic transmission

Good rear space in EL model

Cons

Big size causes parking difficulty

Unchanged Sync3 infotainment

Gets expensive very fast

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$48190

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

213 cu. in.

horsepower

375 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

470 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm

transmission

10-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.2 in./13.5 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

122.5 in.

length

210 in.

width

79.9 in.

height

76.6 in.

curb weight

5443 lbs.

ground clearance

9.8 in.

capacity

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

17/20/24 mpg

highway range

559.2 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 Ford Expedition in White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat color  2018 Ford Expedition in White Gold Metallic color  2018 Ford Expedition in Stone Gray Metallic color  2018 Ford Expedition in Shadow Black color  2018 Ford Expedition in Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2018 Ford Expedition in Oxford White color  2018 Ford Expedition in Magnetic Metallic color  2018 Ford Expedition in Ingot Silver Metallic color
White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

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Ratings

Features

7.9

Engine

6.5

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

7.9

Exterior

8.8

Comfort

9.4

Driving

10

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Ford Expedition XL Fleet

XL Fleet

power
375 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$48,190 - $51,195


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XL Fleet 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $48,190 MSRP (17/20/24) 375 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6,
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8 NA
XL Fleet 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $51,195 MSRP (17/19/22) 375 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA

 2018 Ford Expedition XLT

XLT

power
375 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$51,695 - $54,705


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $51,695 MSRP (17/20/24) 375 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8 NA
XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $54,705 MSRP (17/19/22) 375 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA

 2018 Ford Expedition MAX XL Fleet

MAX XL Fleet

power
375 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$51,890 - $54,895


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
MAX XL Fleet 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $51,890 MSRP (17/19/23) 375 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8 NA
MAX XL Fleet 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $54,895 MSRP (16/18/21) 375 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA

 2018 Ford Expedition MAX XLT

MAX XLT

power
375 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$54,385 - $57,390


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
MAX XLT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $54,385 MSRP (17/19/23) 375 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8 NA
MAX XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $57,390 MSRP (16/18/21) 375 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA

 2018 Ford Expedition Limited

Limited

power
375 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$62,585 - $65,705


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $62,585 MSRP (17/20/24) 375 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8 NA
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $65,705 MSRP (17/19/22) 375 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA

 2018 Ford Expedition MAX Limited

MAX Limited

power
375 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$65,270 - $68,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
MAX Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $65,270 MSRP (17/19/23) 375 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8 NA
MAX Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $68,400 MSRP (16/18/21) 375 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA

 2018 Ford Expedition Platinum

Platinum

power
400 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$72,710 - $75,855


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $72,710 MSRP (17/20/24) 400 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8 NA
Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $75,855 MSRP (17/19/22) 400 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA

 2018 Ford Expedition MAX Platinum

MAX Platinum

power
400 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$75,400 - $78,545


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
MAX Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $75,400 MSRP (17/19/23) 400 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8 NA
MAX Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $78,545 MSRP (16/18/21) 400 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3.5 L, V6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
10-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA