NEW 2023 Ford Expedition Review Video 😳 Is it a reliable car?
The 2023 Ford Expedition delivers what would be expected from a large SUV. It’s spacious and comfortable inside and travels the road with authority.
Much of the Expedition’s robust capability comes by way of its truck-based underpinnings. Ford says you can pull up to 9,300 pounds with the Expedition when it’s properly equipped. That’s enough to pull a good-sized trailer or boat. Or if you need space for a family road trip or to help move house, there’s the long-wheelbase Expedition Max body style and its substantial 121.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first-row seats.
The Expedition is one of just a few large SUVs around. The Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon (plus the related Suburban and Yukon XL) are the Expedition’s primary rivals, but you might also consider the relatively new Jeep Wagoneer or Wagoneer L. Toyota is out with a redesigned Sequoia, too.
There’s roomy seating for up to eight, a good amount of cargo room and a lengthy list of features. Interior quality generally makes the grade, as does ride comfort. This Ford has a brutish engine that’s fairly fuel-efficient, but its handling is only so-so.
A twin-turbo V6 gas engine is at the heart of the Expedition, but in various states of tune – outputs range from 380 to 440 horsepower, and both 2WD and 4WD are available. Despite a vast range of trims and benefiting from a raft of 2022 updates, the latest Expedition doesn’t have it easy: with tough competition from the GM twins and the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer, it needs to pull out all the stops to win buyers over.
In this video, we are reviewing the 2023 model of Ford Expedition.
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All Expedition models are light on their feet, though some are zippier than others. A smooth twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 comes standard across the line, rated at 380 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque in most trims. Platinum versions up the ante to 400 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, though you’ll need to run premium fuel to unlock that extra power.
A loaded-up Expedition Max with four-wheel drive weighs the better part of 6,000 lb, but even it has no problem with big hills or high-speed passing.
The Timberline and the Stealth package that’s optional on the Limited trim go for broke with 440 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. Ford promises a 0 to 60 mph sprint of about five seconds in the lightest version, which is downright fast for a big SUV.
For the most part, the 10-speed automatic behaves well, clicking down a cog or three when needed and then upshifting to allow for relaxed cruising.
Handling is reasonable for such a big vehicle thanks to quick-responding steering with reasonable heft. The suspension is fairly soft in any guise, though adaptive dampers on higher trims help compensate for big wheel options that include narrower sidewalls, which can render the ride rougher on some rival SUVs.
The Stealth package includes a lowered, firmer suspension, though there’s no disguising the fact that this isn’t a true performance SUV such as, say, a Mercedes-AMG GLS 63.
With a towing capacity that approaches 10,000 lb, though, the Expedition understands its mission.
The Expedition makes full use of its interior space. It’s roomier than the Chevy Tahoe and gives every passenger ample room and comfort. The third row’s accessibility is particularly impressive, allowing even adults to get in and out without much more effort than it takes to sit in the second row.
The center console is a bit button-heavy. It’s not immediately user-friendly, but it doesn’t require too much time to master. It’s a simpler layout than the Tahoe’s too. Visibility out of the front is hampered by the massive windshield pillars. But even though the rear window looks to be a mile away, a clear backup camera and available 360-degree camera system take the edge off backing up.
Ford’s Sync infotainment system has come a long way over the years, and the newest iteration is pretty user-friendly. The navigation system does look a bit dated but offers pinch-to-zoom functionality, helping to make it quick and easy to use. 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system made good use of the Expedition’s large cabin, providing both power and clarity. The voice controls are basic and can help with simple functions. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration systems come standard with wireless connectivity.
With about 10 inches of ground clearance, the Expedition can tackle dirt, gravel paths and other light off-roading. Opt for a model with four-wheel drive, and you’ll get hill descent control and selectable terrain modes.
The Expedition Timberline is the off-road-oriented model in the lineup. It comes standard with four-wheel drive, a front skid plate, 32-inch all-terrain tires, an electronic limited-slip differential, a two-speed transfer case and off-road shocks and suspension tuning that give it roughly an extra inch of ground clearance.
The Expedition gets good fuel economy for the large SUV segment. Estimates range from about 16 to 17 mpg in the city to around 19 to 23 mpg on the highway.
A five-star score from the NHTSA earns the 2023 Ford Expedition a point above average, but it’s not done there. This big SUV also benefits from an especially high-tech suite of crash-avoidance tech. All models come with standard automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors, while adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera system, and parking sensors are optional. More impressive is the automaker’s BlueCruise driver-assist system which offers limited hands-free driving on around 130,000 miles of mapped highways.
Its estimated price starts around at $52,000.
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