Advantages and Disadvantages of 2020 Ford Expedition
If you're travelling with a large family and transporting hefty cargo, there are few vehicles on the market that can compare to an Expedition. Packed with three rows of ample seating space and up to 9300-pounds in tow capacity (when fitted accordingly), this vehicle offers convenience along with power – thanks to its twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine mated together with a 10 speed automatic transmission that works both front or all four wheels depending on your preference. The standard or long wheelbase Max body styles only add more versatility when it comes down deciding what's right for your expedition needs!
If luxury is what you're looking for, then Ford's Expedition may fit the bill; however, its price tag makes it a questionable value when compared to other first-class options. The driving dynamics are also lacklustre and manoeuvring this massive vehicle in tight spaces can cause some unease while travelling on busy roads. So if true luxury amenities are your priority, we suggest taking a look at otherwise comparable rivals such as Lincoln Navigator
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Experience the ultra-fast Expedition with its twin turbocharged 3.5 liter V-6 and dynamic 10 speed automatic transmission, providing either rear or all wheel drive options. The XLT and Limited models feature a 375 horsepower version of this engineering marvel but on top tier Platinum it's been tuned to an impressive 400 horses! We haven't tested the base engine yet, however we are sure that even without this extra power boost it won't be any slower than our test drives of both short and long wheelbase versions at full throttle.
For a smoother ride and superior handling, Expeditions employ an independent rear suspension unlike its Chevrolet and GMC counterparts. Passengers will appreciate the cushioned ride but drivers may not be as pleased due to poor handling and steerage control. If you're looking for the best driving experience that money can buy, then take a look at 10Best-winning Mercedes-Benz GLS-class—you won't regret it!
Towing and Payload Capacity
The Expedition can tow up to 9300 pounds, 700 pounds more than the strongest Chevrolet Tahoe. The longer Expedition Max is capped at 9000 pounds—still more than every rival.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
These behemoths are far from friendly to the environment. Despite Ford's claims that their EcoBoost engine is better for fuel-efficiency than a standard V-8, the Expedition doesn't quite deliver on this promise. According to EPA estimates, a rear wheel drive version of this vehicle gets an economy rating of 17 mpg city and 24 highway; however if you choose all wheel drive then it drops down to 22 highway miles per gallon.
During our 200-mile highway fuel-economy route, both the regular Expedition and the longer Expedition Max achieved 20 mpg. Similarly, the Yukon Denali with its 420 hp managed to match this result as well.
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 as standard.