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.
6.5/10 Fuel Economy
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
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.
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
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.
5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine
3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine
375 hp @ 5000 rpm
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
450 hp @ 5500 rpm
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
470 ft-lbs. @ 3500 rpm
383 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm
500 ft-lbs. @ 3500 rpm
383 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm
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.
15.6 sec @ 88 mph
15.1 sec @ 92.0 mph
15.1 sec @ 90.1 mph
16.7 sec @ 91 mph
(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)
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.
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.
2018 Ford Expedition Fuel Economy
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
(Behind 3rd row)
(3nd Row Folded)
(2nd & 3rd Row Folded)
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
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.
Track width(in) F/R
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.
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.
Size F/R (in.)
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.
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
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
Remote Keyless Entry System
Personal Safety System
SecuriCode Keyless Entry Keypad
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.
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
Big size causes parking difficulty
Unchanged Sync3 infotainment
Gets expensive very fast
2 colors added to the lineup
No significant Change
213 cu. in.
375 hp @ 5000 rpm
470 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm
brake rotors (f/r)
13.2 in./13.5 in.
zero to 60 mph
White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
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