The 2021 Ford Expedition delivers on the growing demand from drivers looking for a spacious SUV that offers plenty of power under the hood. This demand is nothing new for Ford, who hit the jackpot with the debut of the Bronco decades ago only to discontinue it in the mid-1990s after drivers sought a larger, four-door option to replace the once-popular two-door SUV. This trend sent Ford back to the drawing board in 1993 and, after three years of development and $1.3 billion, the first-generation Expedition was born.
The full-size SUV gave drivers exactly what they were looking for and more with optional third-row seating and a suite of available luxury and convenience features like illuminated running boards, a power moonroof, captain's chair seating, and leather upholstery. Ford named the Expedition's top-tier trim after Eddie Bauer, which was the epitome of the outdoors at the time. This sealed the Expedition's reputation as an adventure-ready SUV capable of handling anything life - and the road - threw its way.
Fast forward two decades, and the Expedition continues to prove that drivers don't have to sacrifice comfort for performance, convenience for safety, or luxury for affordability. With the 2021 Expedition affordably priced and offering exceptional value across its trims, there's no question that the SUV just gets better with time. Of course, Ford's reputation for building reliable workhorses also has something to do with it and is certainly one reason why the Expedition is one of the top-sellers in the lineup.
Ford combines power and performance with efficiency on the 2021 Expedition by offering a capable powertrain - a 3.5 liter EcoBoost. The lower trim Expeditions are equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission that delivers 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. This combination puts the Expedition's fuel economy in line with most full-size SUVs at around 17 MPG in the city, 23 MPG on the highway, and 19 MPG combined. Drivers looking for more power under the hood get exactly that with the Expedition Platinum MAX that is equipped with an EcoBoost that produces 400 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque.
These two powertrain options make the Expedition a capable hauler, with the standard engine offering a best-in-class towing rating of 9,300 pounds while the Max can tow up to 9,000 pounds. This capability is enhanced by a suite of available tools like Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control. Hill Start Assist works with the Expedition's anti-lock brakes to keep the SUV in place on a hill as you move your foot from the brake to the accelerator. Hill Descent Control is available on Expeditions equipped with four-wheel drive and automatically engages the braking system to help the SUV easily descend steep terrain.
Ford makes towing even more efficient and gives drivers greater confidence with the addition of features like the heavy-duty Trailer Tow Package and tools like the class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist. The package offers advanced assistance like trailer sway control and roll stability control, as well as trailer coverage that helps you monitor the vehicle's and trailer's blind spots. The Pro Trailer Backup Assist tool makes moving the trailer a breeze with the quick turn of a knob.
The Expedition's capability extends beyond towing to the trail with the FX4 off-road package that readies the Expedition for any adventure with two-speed automatic four-wheel drive and an electronic limited slip-differential that maximizes traction. Premium off-road shocks deliver a smooth ride on even the bumpiest trail, and the underbody skid plates protect the undercarriage and fuel tank from damage. The Expedition's 18-inch wheels and all-terrain tires ensure the SUV can travel across dirt, mud, sand, and gravel with ease and give drivers more confidence to explore the world off the beaten path.
Ford is known for its cutting-edge technology, and that's exactly what you'll find on the 2021 Expedition, which many call a sanctuary of infotainment and connectivity. That connectivity begins with the 8.0-inch Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system that offers a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, real-time navigation, and access to a variety of other apps. You can also add second-row entertainment with the dual-headrest rear-seat entertainment system that sounds even better with the premium Bang and Olufsen sound system, all of which is available on the Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum trims.
Aside from its suite of connectivity features, the 2021 Expedition is also equipped with the latest safety and driver-assist features that earned it a five-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These features are found in the Co-Pilot360 suite that includes Auto High-Beam Headlamps to enhance visibility and a Rear View Camera to give you a clear view of the rear of the vehicle. The suite also includes tools like Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, and a Lane-Keeping System. You can upgrade the suite with additions like Enhanced Active Park Assist that makes it easy to park and leave a parking space with the touch of a button. Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go is another available upgrade and automatically monitors the traffic ahead to accelerate or brake as needed depending on the traffic.
The 2021 Expedition comes in nine trims beginning with the all-new Expedition XL STX that offers seating for five across two rows. Starting at $49,995, the XL STX is a great way to get behind the wheel of an Expedition and gives drivers an introduction to Ford's best-selling SUV. Next in the lineup is the Ford Expedition XLT that starts at $52,810 and is equipped with three rows to offer seating for eight. The XLT has the standard 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood with a 10-speed automatic transmission and the SYNC 3 entertainment system with enhanced voice recognition that gives drivers access to everything they need with a simple voice command. The Expedition XLT MAX offers the same features but upgrades the engine to the beefier 3.5-liter V6 Max, which reflects its higher starting MSRP of $54,810.
The Expedition Limited starts at $61,575 and delivers exceptional comfort, convenience, and luxury to the tune of power-deployable running boards, 20-inch dark-painted wheels, and a Bang and Olufsen sound system that delivers an immersive listening experience. The Limited MAX offers the same features but adds the more powerful V6 engine that reflects the higher starting price of $63,575. For drivers who like the signature style of the King Ranch, the Expedition King Ranch delivers with its distinct Del Rio leather seating and a signature Mesa and Ebony interior. With a starting price of $72,735, the King Ranch also includes larger, 22-inch wheels with a King Ranch Center Cap, convenience features like heated seats, and innovative technology like the 360-degree camera with split-view. Of course, the King Ranch MAX offers this and the more powerful engine for $74,735.
The last Expedition in the lineup is the Platinum and Platinum MAX. The Platinum starts at $73,775, and the Platinum MAX starts at $75,775. Both models offer the ultimate in comfort, convenience, and technology. The Platinum gives drivers and passengers a beautiful view of the sky with a panoramic vista roof that offers a front panel opening for an open-air driving experience. The Platinum's luxury goes even further with the leather-trimmed seats that ensure a comfortable experience for both the driver and passengers. The front captain's chairs are also heated and ventilated, in addition to offering Active Motion technology that delivers a seat-bottom massage and added lumbar support. Now that's luxury!