2018 Ford Expedition

Rating8.4

Ranked #2 in Fullsize Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$48,190 - $76,175

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Key Spec of 2018 Ford Expedition
fuel economy

17/20/24

fuel type

Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)

horsepower

375 hp @ 5000 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Above average reliability

Pricier than rivals

The 2018 Ford Expedition has been fully redesigned

Commodious interior and generous cargo space

Cumbersome to pilot

More powerful V6 engine and a new 10-speed automatic gearbox

Powerful engine and smooth automatic transmission

SYNC3 still needs fine tuning

Updated interior and new features

Great towing capacity

2018 Ford Expedition Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 2, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Ford Expedition comes with much-needed updates and a complete redesign this year. The highlight of the changes being the updated twin-turbo V6 engine mated to a new 10-speed automatic gearbox and the all-new exterior design. The updated powertrain and gearbox combo results in better performance, quicker acceleration, and more pulling power. The interior too gets an overhaul with the addition of new creature comforts and more standard features.

2018 Ford Expedition for Sale

The 2018 Expedition price starts at $53,085 and for the changes, it sees a price hike of $4,765 over the 2017 Expedition. Ford Expedition finance offers begin at $926/month for a 60-month period with a $5,309 down payment at 3.9% APR. The Expedition lease deals start at a monthly payment of $816 for a tenure of 36 months with the same down payment and an additional acquisition fee of $675. 

2018 Ford Expedition Buying Advice

With a complete overhaul, the 2018 Expedition offers a strong value to its buyers and somewhat feels worth the additional premium. That said, one could get a used Ford Expedition at a discounted price if the latest and greatest is not what you have to have. The older 2016 Expedition offers great value to buyers and should be considered if you're on a tight budget.

2018 Ford Expedition Latest Updates

  • Feb' 2, 2022 : Battle Of Mid-Size American Brutes: 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe Vs 2022 Ford Expedition Read More »
  • Sep' 21, 2021 : 2022 Ford Expedition to be unveiled on 21st September, 2021 Read More »

The 2018 Expedition has always been a large SUV and that has resulted in generous cabin space and a usable cargo capacity even with all three rows up. The ride quality and the comfortable seats of the Expedition ensure that the occupants travel in utmost comfort but the nervous handling and low-rent cabin play a spoilsport here. At this price point, the 2018 Ford Expedition competition includes Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Nissan Armada, and Toyota Sequioa



Over All Rating

8.4

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Notable Rankings

#2 in Fullsize Suv

#6 in Suv


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Trims

XL$48,190 onwards

XLT$51,790 onwards

  • 4.2-Inch central display
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Nine-Speaker sound system w/ CD player
  • Push-Button ignition
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rearview camera
  • Six-Way power driver seat

Limited$62,675 onwards

  • Front parking sensors
  • Hd radio
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Premium Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker audio
  • Retractable running boards
  • Roof rack rails

Platinum$73,030 onwards

  • Active noise cancellation
  • Enhanced front seats w/ massage function
  • Leather door trim

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2018 Ford Expedition MAX Limited

MAX Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 375 hp 10A)

$30,700
Est. $416/mo
Excellent Deal
$7,437 Below market
RMV: $38,137
Troy, MI
  
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2017 Ford Expedition Limited

Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)

$17,996
Est. $244/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,362 Below market
RMV: $22,358
Quitman, TX
  
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2018 Ford Expedition MAX XL

MAX XL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 375 hp 10A)

$25,981
Est. $352/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,048 Below market
RMV: $32,029
Eugene, OR
  
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2019 Ford Expedition Limited

Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

$35,997
Est. $488/mo
Excellent Deal
$8,347 Below market
RMV: $44,344
Orlando, FL
  
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2017 Ford Expedition Platinum

Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)

$31,999
Est. $434/mo
Excellent Deal
$7,288 Below market
RMV: $39,287
Lakeland, FL
  
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2018 Ford Expedition Limited

Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 375 hp 10A)

$25,850
Est. $350/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,885 Below market
RMV: $31,735
Chattanooga, TN
  
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2017 Ford Expedition Limited

Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)

$25,995
Est. $352/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,897 Below market
RMV: $31,892
Copiague, NY
  
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2017 Ford Expedition XLT

XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)

$17,999
Est. $244/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,036 Below market
RMV: $22,035
Orem, UT
  
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2017 Ford Expedition Limited

Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)

$18,989
Est. $257/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,222 Below market
RMV: $23,211
Las Vegas, NV
  
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Colors and Styles

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Blue Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2018 Ford Expedition received a complete redesign this year. It now comes in three trims and one engine option. The 2018 Expedition has been priced steep and now starts at an MSRP of $53,085 including the $1,295 destination fee. The Expedition is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that puts out a stout 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. These figures are more than enough to help the Expedition have a trailering capacity of close to 9,300 pounds when properly specced. 

Moving inside, the first thing you will notice is the resemblance of the dashboard and the front cabin with its sibling the F-150 pickup. The cabin is wide and spacious with a comfortable seating setup. The 2018 Expedition reliability rating of 81/100 is amongst the best in the segment behind the GM SUVs, while the Expedition 5-year cost of ownership of $70,604 fall in the middle of the pack in the full-size SUV segment. 

2018 Ford Expedition Front View
2018 Ford Expedition Rear View

Buying Advice

Since the 2018 Expedition already has an above fifty grand starting price we suggest picking the base XLT trim which gets more than necessary features. While there are two generous optional packages 201A and 202A along with a bevy of stand-alone optional features list in case you need more features. 

Features
9.0/10

The 2018 Ford Expedition comes in three trims namely XLT, Limited, and Platinum. There is also an extended wheelbase version of the Expedition that goes by Expedition Max which we have covered separately so don't forget to check it out. The 2018 Expedition has a steep starting price of $53,085 for XLT trim which gets a bevy of comfort and convenience features with a lengthy list of optional features. Moving to the Limited trim, it sees a starting price of $63,970 and you add a host of premium features and bigger alloy wheels. 

Sitting right at the top is the Platinum trim starting at $74,325 and comes with no dearth of premium features combined with a plush and loaded cabin. The 2018 Explorer offers one engine and gearbox option with a choice of 2WD or 4WD configuration. While the Limited trim gets a higher state of tune of the same engine. Other than this, there is a list of individual packages for each trim and their own set of standalone optional features. 

Trims

XLT

Limited

Platinum

MSRP (2WD)

$53,085

$63,970

$74,325

MSRP (4WD)

$56,095

$67,095

$77,470

Key Features

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rear parking sensors w/rear-view camera

 Adds/Upgrades to XLT trim;

 Adds/Upgrades to Limited trim;

Automatic climate control

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Updated 3.5L twin-turbo V6 engine (400 hp & 480 lb-ft output)

Push-button ignition & power-adjustable pedals

Retractable running board, a power liftgate, & roof rack rails

LED headlights & foglights and panoramic sunroof

4.2-inch infotainment system w/9-speaker audio system

8-inch touchscreen SYNC 3 infotainment system w/12-speaker B&O premium sound system

360-degree surround-view camera & automated parking system

Satellite radio, CD player, & Bluetooth

Wi-fi hotspot, HD radio, ambient interior lighting & remote engine start

Navigation system & Active noise cancellation

Power driver seat, sliding/reclining rear seat, & one-touch flat-folding third row seat

Power front seats & power-folding third-row seats w/driver seat memory & leather upholstery

Enhanced front seats w/massaging function

Leather-wrapped steering wheel & cloth upholstery

Heated/ventilated front seats, heated rear seat, & heated steering wheel

Upgraded leather steering wheel & interior wood accents

18-inch alloy wheels

20-inch alloy wheels & blind-spot monitor w/rear cross-traffic

22-inch alloy wheels & adaptive suspension system

The Special Edition options package adds the heavy-duty tow package, LED headlights & fog lights, and the automated parking system to the Limited trim. The second-row captain's chair seats and the rear-seat entertainment system with dual headrest-mounted displays can be had as standalone options with the Ford Expedition. The FX4 Off-Road package is also available which adds 3.73 limited-slip rear axle ratio, off-road shocks, skid plates, and all-terrain tires. 

Engine and Performance
9.0/10

"The Expedition has an effortless powertrain that is plenty quick and a supple suspension that delivers a relaxed ride." - Caranddriver

The 2018 Ford Expedition under its hood carries an all-new 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that puts out a stout 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. The engine comes mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox that can either be had with RWD or 4WD configuration. If you go for the Platinum trim then the same engine puts out a higher 400 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. The engine even in the base tune packs in plenty of power but the higher state of tune in the Platinum trim transforms it into another beast that is ready to leap at a slight dab of throttle. 

The ride quality of the Ford Expedition is like yin and yang. As the soft suspension ensures a carpet-like ride for the passengers with the Expedition soaking up bumps and bad roads like anything. On the flip side, the same thing makes the Expedition handle like a boat with an ample amount of body roll and body movement. Thus requiring the driver to make constant steering corrections and keeping him busy all the time. Had the steering wheel been a bit more direct then the driver would have been at some ease with the constant body movement. But the numb steering wheel and spongy brakes either won't let you push this big SUV fast or will always keep you at the edge when driving at high speed. 

That said, the dead steering wheel and its sheer size make it a task to pilot this bulky SUV from tight spaces. The 2018 Ford Expedition goes from 0-60 MPH in 6.2 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 15.1 seconds. This full-size SUV weighing above 5,000 pounds has no business being fast but who doesn't love its SUV to do a Dodge Durango? The 2018 Ford Expedition under panic braking took 129 feet to stop from 60-0 MPH. When properly equipped the 2018 Expedition can tow as much as 9,300 pounds and has a payload capacity of 1,758 pounds.

Models

2018 Ford Expedition

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe

2018 Nissan Armada

2018 Toyota Sequoia

MSRP

$53,085

$48,795

$47,485

$49,895

Engine

3.5L, Twin-Turbo V6

5.3L, Naturally Aspirated V8

5.6L, Naturally Aspirated V8

5.7L, Naturally Aspirated V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

10-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

375 hp @ 5,000 RPM

355 hp @ 5,600 RPM

390 hp @ 5,800 RPM

381 hp @ 5,600 RPM

Torque

470 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

383 lb-ft @ 4,100 RPM

394 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

401 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM

0-60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.0 sec

6.4 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.8 sec

15.0 sec

15.2 sec

Top Speed

115 MPH

112 MPH

115 MPH

115 MPH

Towing Capacity

6,000 lbs

8,200 lbs

8,500 lbs

7,400 lbs

The rivals are priced lower than the Expedition but they all get a naturally aspirated V8 which might be more powerful than the twin-turbo V6 of the Expedition but is no match to its torque figures. None of the rivals was able to beat the Expedition in either 0-60 mph or quarter-mile run. The fastest among rivals, Toyota Sequoia was 0.4 seconds behind the Expedition in the 0-60 mph run. In this comparison, none of the rivals are close to beating the Expedition's towing and payload capacity.

Fuel Economy
7.5/10

The 2018 Ford Expedition returns gas mileage of 17 MPG in the city, 24 MPG on the highway, and 20 MPG combined as per EPA. Opting for the 4WD configuration sees a dip of 2 mpg on the highway gas mileage while the city gas mileage remains unchanged. The Expedition gets the smallest 23.3-gallon fuel tank among the competition still it manages 559 miles of range from a tankful of gas.

Model 2018 Ford Expedition 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe 2018 Nissan Armada 2018 Toyota Sequoia
MPG (City) 17 16 14 13
MPG (Highway) 24 23 19 17
MPG (Combined) 20 19 16 15
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 23.3 26.0 26.0 26.4
Range (City/Highway/Combined) 396/559/466 416/598/494 364/494/416 343/449/396

Powered by a bigger V8 engine there is no chance the rivals can beat the gas mileage of the Expedition which is powered by a twin-turbo V6. The closest among the rivals i.e. the Chevy Tahoe and the GMC Yukon manages 1 MPG less across the three parameters compared to the Expedition. Both the Sequoia and the Armada gulp more fuel and in spite of employing a larger gas tank, struggles in terms of driving range.

Interior
9.0/10

"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

The 2018 Ford Expedition's cabin has a stark resemblance to that of the F-150, which does lend it a truck-like personality. The cabin is big but all the controls are thoughtfully placed and within easy reach of the driver. But what gets our goat is that an SUV with a starting price of $51,190 gets subpar leather quality. Although the fit and finish level are good with no rattling or squeaking from body panels. The tall ride height and a high seating position coupled with a range of adjustments allow for a commanding view and driving position. That said, being a tall SUV you will need to use the grab handles and the footboard to climb in or get out of this big SUV. The large dimensions of the Expedition ensure there is no dearth of space in any of its rows.

2018 Ford Expedition Dashboard

There is a sufficient amount of head and legroom even for taller passengers to the extent that even the third row can be used to sit adults. Even access to the third seat is fairly easy with a tilt-and-slide mechanism for the second-row seats. The 2018 Ford Expedition gets an all-new SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen display but the XLT trim still gets the old SYNC voice-control system with a small 4.2-inch display. The higher trims that get the SYNC 3 infotainment system also bundle in Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The 2018 Ford Expedition offers 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats up which can be further increased to 63.6 cubic feet by folding the one-touch down 60/40-split folding rear seats.

Model 2018 Ford Expedition 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe 2018 Nissan Armada 2018 Toyota Sequoia
Passenger capacity 8 8 8 8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

42.0/64.9/43.9 42.8/64.8/45.3 40.9/63.8/41.9 34.8/66.4/42.5
Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.) 40.0/64.8/41.5 38.7/65.1/39.0 40.0/63.4/39.0 34.9/65.6/40.9

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.3/64.2/36.1 38.1/62.6/24.8 36.4/60.5/28.3 34.5/65.7/35.3
Cargo Space (cu-ft) 20.9 15.3 16.5 18.9

The 122.5-inches of wheelbase and gigantic dimensions of the Expedition make sure that it has class-leading legroom in the second and third row while for the first two it gets beaten by 1.4-inches more legroom offered on the Tahoe and Yukon. The headroom in the Expedition is also the best in this comparison but the overall shoulder room is best in the Toyota Sequoia. The Expedition offers an unbeaten cargo space with all the seats up but the Sequoia with the rear two rows folded has the highest 120.1 cubic feet of cargo space which is 15.5 cubic feet more than what you get in the Expedition.

Interior Features:

  • Six-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Available leather-upholstery
  • Available power-adjustable front seats
  • Available dual-zone automatic climate control
Exterior
8.5/10

Although based on the Ford F-150 pick-up truck the looks of the 2018 Ford Expedition resembles more that of Ford's crossovers. The front has a well-rounded look with a wide grille and a Ford logo sitting in between. There is a rectangular chrome strip that sits on the grille and is neatly integrated into the headlight. Move to the sides and you will witness the massive Expedition that is 210-inches in length and has 122.5-inches of wheelbase between its wheels.

The Expedition has a three-box SUV design with a blacked-out C-pillar and B-pillar to give the roof a floating appearance. At the rear, there is a thick chrome strip running throughout the tailgate with the “EXPEDITION” badging written right at the center. Ford offers a maximum of 9 paint color options with the Expedition and there are alloy wheels sizes ranging from 18-inch to 22-inch. The Expedition ground clearance of 9.8-inch is also amongst the best and helps tackle some terrain with ease. 

Model 2018 Ford Expedition 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe 2018 Nissan Armada 2018 Toyota Sequoia
Curb Weight (lbs) 5,443 5,355 5,576 5,695
Length (in.) 210.0 204.0 208.9 205.1

Width (in.)

79.9 80.5 79.9 79.9
Height (in.) 76.6 74.4 75.8 77.0
Ground Clearance (in.) 9.8 7.9 9.1 9.9
Wheelbase (in.) 122.5 116.0 121.1 122.0

Lengthwise the Expedition has no match among the rivals. But when it comes to other dimensions then the Chevrolet Tahoe beats it in terms of width by 1.6-inches, the Toyota Sequoia is taller than the Expedition by 0.4-inches and has a 0.1-inches higher ground clearance than it. The Nissan Armada too has a high stance and is longer than the Chevy and Toyota SUVs, but the Expedition is the largest amongst them all and yet weighs pretty low due to its aluminum-intensive build. 

Exterior Features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Running board
  • Roof rails
  • Available 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Available hands-free power liftgate
  • Available panoramic sunroof
Safety
9.0/10

The 2018 Ford Expedition hasn't been crash-tested by IIHS while NHTSA has full-tested it. As per NHTSA, the 2018 Expedition gets a perfect five out of five stars overall safety ratings with a perfect score in the side and front crash test. While the roll-over mitigation was given a lower score of three out of five stars.

2018 Ford Expedition NHTSA Crash Test

Safety Features:

  • Rear parking sensors w/ rearview camera
  • Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Ford MyKey
  • Available 360-degree camera
  • Available forward-collision warning w/ automatic emergency braking
  • Available automatic high beams
  • Available lane keep-assist w/ lane departure warning
Competition
8.0/10

2018 Ford Expedition vs 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevrolet Tahoe is the age-old rival of the Expedition and has always given the Ford SUV a tough fight. Although with time the Tahoe didn't receive enough attention from Chevrolet and the result is that the Expedition has leaped ahead of the competition with modern features and mechanicals. 

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Tahoe gets a slow and thirsty V8 which is no match to Expedition's new twin-turbo V6 which delivers plenty of performance and good gas mileage. In terms of cabin space and practicality, the Tahoe is no match to the Expedition. So no doubt the Expedition is a much better overall SUV compared to the Tahoe.

2018 Ford Expedition vs 2018 Nissan Armada

The Nissan Armada has been a strong contender in the full-size SUV segment with its potent performance and strong hauling abilities. The low starting price, comfortable ride quality, and low maintenance cost, all tip the scales in its favor. That said, the Expedition in its newest guise also brings in a lot to the table. 

The 2018 Expedition offers a more premium experience inside its cabin than the Armada and there are more creature comforts on offer too. It scores better in terms of reliability and safety and also offers more standard technology and driver safety aids. Unless the budget is really a concern, the Expedition should be the go-to option here. 

2018 Ford Expedition vs 2018 Toyota Sequoia

The age-old brute from the Japanese brand takes the competition head-on with the Ford Expedition. The Sequoia gets a big V8 but is priced cheaper than the Expedition. Being powered by a naturally aspirated engine the Sequoia can't beat the Expedition in terms of power and torque figures or performance.

2018 Toyota Sequoia

And neither the Sequoia can match the towing capacity of the Expedition. Add to that the heavier Sequoia has an abysmal gas mileage and smaller cabin compared to the Expedition. Although it does offer slightly better cargo space but that's not enough for it to take against the Expedition.  

Final Verdict

The 2018 Ford Expedition is leaps and bounds ahead of its past self now. The major highlight is its new and powerful engine that is also fuel-efficient at the same time. Cabin space and cargo capacity have never been a concern for a mini-bus-sized Expedition. But lack of premiumness inside an SUV that starts upwards of fifty grand remains the only chink in its armor. With that small complaint aside the Expedition is a perfect match for families who need a big and powerful SUV that has decent gas mileage and generous cabin space. 

 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$48190

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

213 cu in

horse power

375 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

470 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm

transmission

10-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

210 in

wheelbase

122.5 in

width

79.9 in

curb weight

5443 lbs

Height

76.6 in

Ground Clearance

9.8 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

85.1 cu ft

cargo volume

104.6 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

17/20/24 mpg

highway range

598.0 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Ford Expedition 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$54,499
5 Year Cost To Own
$70,604
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $70,604
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$13,490$3,955$3,662$4,341$4,070$29,518
Insurance$1,345$1,340$1,347$1,471$1,462$6,965
Fuel$2,399$2,462$2,483$2,592$2,717$12,653
Maintenance$369$867$475$2,283$1,005$4,999
Repairs$-28$-20$204$399$515$1,070
Financing Interest$3,403$2,757$2,003$1,285$432$9,880
Taxes and Fees$4,575$264$270$225$185$5,519
Total Cost-To-Own$25,553$11,625$10,444$12,596$10,386$70,604
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