SUVs have definitely become popular in the past few years, taking the place of minivans for many families. And, one full-sized SUV, the Ford Expedition 2021, is billed as “unstoppable” on the Ford website. However, that fact comes into question when considering the depreciation value of the vehicle in just a matter of years.
If you are interested in purchasing a Ford Expedition 2021, then you can expect to pay around $45,435 MSRP for the base model. That’s a fairly high price tag, especially when you find out how much it is going to depreciate. The five year value of the Expedition is only 30% of that original $45,435. This is mainly due to extremely low fuel economy and a dated cabin look to even the 2016 models.
New Ford Expedition 2021
If you’re transporting a large family and towing a heavy trailer at the same time, there are few options outside of an Expedition that are as capable. Offered in both standard and long-wheelbase Max body styles, the Expedition offers three spacious rows of seating, plenty of room for cargo, and up to a 9300-pound towing capacity (when properly equipped). Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 that drives either the rear or all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission. If you’re so inclined, Ford will happily sell you a luxury-equipped model that does its best to mimic the trappings of the mechanically similar Lincoln Navigator. The price tag for such an Expedition, however, renders its value questionable when compared with legitimately premium rivals. Driving dynamics are dull, too, and the 2021 Expedition always feels as massive as it is, which can cause some anxiety when navigating tight spaces or changing lanes in heavy traffic.
The Ford Expedition 2021 is quite the beast, boasting much of the capability of an F-150 pickup truck but the family-hauling utility expected of a large SUV. In fact, it’s based on the F-150, and also serves as the basis for the Lincoln Navigator. The Expedition was recently updated for the 2018 model year, and is currently in its fourth generation. It comes in two sizes: the standard Expedition as well as the larger, longer-wheelbase Expedition Max, adding even more room to this already capacious ute.
Its size is its biggest strength, and its most obvious compromise. While being the most spacious SUV you can buy means the Expedition is great at hauling cargo or three rows of passengers comfortably, you’re giving up a lot in terms of efficiency and maneuverability. But if you’re shopping this segment, you’ve probably already come to terms with that, and this Ford is the segment’s strongest entry.
The Expedition’s interior has a square dashboard sporting large air vents and materials that improve with the trim level. Every Expedition also has 15 cupholders and a power-folding third-row seat. Our Platinum test vehicle featured niceties not available on lesser trims such as multicontour front seats with a massage function, leather door-trim accents, real wood on the center console, and a steering wheel wrapped in premium leather. While it is otherwise splendid inside, the cabin’s cheap-looking plastics are flagrant fouls and unacceptable for the price.
Both Expedition models have spacious interiors and—unlike most rivals—a third row that won’t torture adults. While a three-seat bench is standard for the second row, a pair of captain’s chairs is optional. With three rows of seats and two lengthy body styles, the Expedition and Expedition Max were made to haul people and property—lots of people and property. While we only tested the extended version, it had competitive carry-on capacity and unbeatable interior cubby storage. Every model has a power-folding third row that can be controlled from the cargo area or back seats. Both second and third rows fold completely flat for a level floor, making it easier to load cargo.
The 2021 Expedition features best-in-class rear head and legroom, imposing captain’s chairs, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and seating for up to 8. About the only thing the 2021 also offers up is the available, not standard, leather steering wheel, and the seating for up to 8 people. Never before has an Expedition been this spacious, this covered in interior luxury. Leather-trimmed seats and real wood grain accents are abundant on 2021’s Expedition, too, each point serving Stuart West Palm Beach Orlando customers with a lavishness never before seen in an Expedition. In 2021, you can also expect 12-speaker B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen, wireless charging, and standard Ford Co-Pilot360.
Ford re-styled the exterior of the Expedition to capitalize on its full-size physique. They did so by offering a powerful rebirth of the King Ranch trim, featuring 22-inch six-spoke painted machined-faced aluminum wheels. If that took awhile to say, just remember that the King Ranch takes a little while to fully absorb. It features amazing interior features as well, but it’s those large wheels that you simply can’t get on a King Ranch in 2021 because there wasn’t one. There’s also a Stealth and Texas Edition that you can get in 2021. The new 2021 Ford Expedition had an award-winning exterior in itself, but the 2021 model is simply an upgrade from an already winning formula. Expect robust LED premium lighting and other features fit for a 2021 king serving Stuart West Palm Beach Orlando with unparalleled exterior style.
The interior depends, of course, on trim level, but overall we like what Ford has done here. There are hard plastics in a lot of places, but they don’t dominate the interior landscape, and there are nice materials available. The design is shared with the F-150, meaning its blocky and truck-ish, but there are enough differing surfaces and shapes to keep things interesting (especially on luxurious upper trim levels like the new King Ranch). The seating is spacious and comfortable for long drives.
The Expedition comes standard with Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, which is one of the easier systems to use. It comes with a standard 8-inch touchscreen, which responds well to inputs and swipe gestures. Navigation is available, but annoyingly gets locked out when you’re utilizing the standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. Besides that, both systems work well with Sync. The Expedition comes standard with four USB ports, which actually isn’t that many for a three-row vehicle. Also available are wireless phone charging and a 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot that can connect up to 10 devices. Rear passengers can enjoy an optional dual-headrest rear-seat entertainment system that includes the ability to stream from a device or a home cable account.
This class of hefty haulers certainly doesn’t help preserve fossil fuels. Ford claims its EcoBoost engine (a twin-turbocharged V-6) is more efficient than V-8s, but the Expedition doesn’t deliver on that promise. The rear-drive Expedition is rated by the EPA at 17 mpg city and 24 highway; the all-wheel-drive version drops to 22 highway. Both the regular-length Expedition and the longer Expedition Max delivered 20 mpg on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy route. While the 420-hp Yukon Denali fell short, too, it matched the Ford’s real-world results.
Horsepower and Technical specifications
Expediting the Expedition is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 and responsive 10-speed automatic transmission that pair with rear- or all-wheel drive. The XLT and Limited models have a 375-hp version of the V-6, but on the top-tier Platinum it’s tuned for 400 horsepower. While we haven’t tested the base engine, it won’t be any quicker than the 400-hp version we sampled on the short- and long-wheelbase models. All Expeditions employ an independent rear suspension that provides better ride and handling than the live-axle setups on Chevrolet and GMC alternatives. While passengers are comforted by its soft ride, the driver is penalized by ungainly handling and imprecise steering feel. Those who can afford the top-of-the-line Expedition owe it to themselves to check out the 10Best-winning Mercedes-Benz GLS-class for the best overall driving experience.
- XLT: $54,205
- Limited: $64,740
- King Ranch: $74,290
- Platinum: $75,330
We’d exercise caution when shopping for an Expedition, as the more you spend the more the Expedition disappoints. The XLT model with the 2021 package offers luxuries such as a foot-activated liftgate, remote start, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. We would make one suggestion in the name of vanity: Swap the standard 18-inch wheels to a set of more attractive (and proportionally appropriate) 20-inch rollers to keep the Expedition XLT from looking too bargain-basement.
For 2021, every Expedition now comes standard with the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of accident avoidance tech. The base price has, accordingly, gone up by $680. There’s also a new King Ranch trim level that mirrors the version available on the F-150. Special ranch-inspired design elements includes gray bumper trim outside and “Del Rio” leather inside with King Ranch emblems. For a different aesthetic at a lower price point, there’s a new Black Accent package available on the lower XLT trim level.
Turbocharged performance. Prior to the current generation, the Expedition was exclusively powered by big-displacement V8s. Since 2018, however, Ford has made the Expedition only available with a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6.
Ford provides the Expedition with a solid warranty that even beats Mercedes-Benz with longer powertrain protection. However, the Expedition isn’t available with complimentary scheduled maintenance.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance
Ford’s big friendly giant. Big SUVs aren’t the hot-ticket items they were in those pre-Great Recession glory days. But though the general populace has become more rational in their preferred vehicle choice – see the rise of crossovers since the death of Hummer – there’s still a place in the world for behemoths like the 2021 Ford Expedition.
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The 2021 Ford Expedition has been named a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award Winner, and the accolades don’t stop there! With styling that accentuates comfort and capability, seating for up to eight, plus loads of cargo room, it makes sense that the Expedition is continuing its impressive run as the J.D. Power 2018 Highest Ranked Large SUV in Initial Quality. The 2021 Expedition has more hip room in the first and second rows than the Tahoe and Yukon as well as best-in-class second- and third-row leg room. Surrounded by all the tech your modern life desires, you will be able to sit back and relax while staying connected to our busy digital world.
What features are available on the Expedition and what’s the price?
Pricing for the Ford Expedition starts with the XLT trim level at $54,205 including the $1,395 destination fee. The Expedition Max XLT starts at $57,230.
Standard equipment on the XLT includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, class IV trailer hitch and trailer sway control, proximity entry and push-button start, a rearview camera with backup lines and washer, seating for eight, cloth upholstery, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a 40/20/40-split second-row bench, a 60/40 power-folding third row, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, three-zone climate control, auto dimming rear-view mirror, four USB ports (two front, two rear), and the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio and a six-speaker sound system
To see what extra features come on the Limited, King Ranch and Platinum trim levels, check out this breakdown of features, pricing and specs here on Autoblog.
All prices below are with rear-wheel drive and include the $1,395 destination charge. The 4×4 versions add $3,010.
- XLT 4×2 ($54,205)
- Limited 4×2 ($64,740)
- King Ranch 4×2 ($74,290)
- Platinum 4×2 ($75,330)
Ford Expedition Max
- XLT 4×2 ($57,230)
- Limited 4×2 ($67,770)
- King Ranch 4×2 ($76,985
- Platinum 4×2 ($78,360)
What are the Expedition’s performance and fuel economy?
There’s only one powertrain option in the Expedition, but it’s a good one. Ford’s EcoBoost 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 provides a useful 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, except in the Platinum trim, where it makes 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet. In both the Expedition and Expedition Max, it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. It can be had in either rear- or four-wheel drive.
We didn’t have 2021 estimates at the time of this writing, but they should be the same as those from last year. The 2021 Expedition 4×2 is rated at an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. The 4×4 gets 17/22/19 mpg. The Max 4×2 gets 17/23/19 mpg, while the Max 4×4 gets 16/21/18 mpg.
Regardless of which Expedition you choose, its fuel economy beats that of the Nissan Armada (15-16 combined mpg), the Toyota Sequoia (14-15 combined), most Chevy Tahoe configurations (13-18 combined) and Suburban configurations (12-18 combined).
That Expedition can tow up to 9,300 pounds, which is more than the Armada (8,500 pounds), Sequoia (7,100 pounds), Tahoe (8,400 pounds) and Suburban (8,100 pounds)
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Expedition earned a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but it hasn’t been evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, it has all the latest driver-assistance tech, including automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist as standard. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-keeping assist with lane-departure warning
- Available adaptive cruise control
Ford has added the King Ranch trim to the new Ford Expedition 2021, which comes loaded with luxury items such as power-retractable running boards, 22-inch wheels, premium Del Rio leather upholstery, and real wood trim. All Expedition models now come standard with Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system and the company’s Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assistance features, which includes automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring. Range-topping Platinum models receive a new 22-inch wheel design and leather upholstery that covers more of the cabin.