The 2019 Lincoln…er, Ford Expedition packs an enormous list of features in its rolling Dopp kit. Sling TV service, six USB outlets, seating for seven, power everything, and a trailer-view camera for hitching up and heading out give the Expedition unparalleled, minivan-like functionality, minus the sliding doors.
Base models lack some critical features that should be standard in vehicles that cost this much. The Expedition doesn’t come with automatic emergency braking or Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Those omissions offset a really rich set of available features.
We give it a 5 out of 10 for features. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The base Ford Expedition XLT has some great functionality built it, from its seven-seat cabin to its twin-turbo drivetrain. It’s fitted with power features, a power driver seat, a power-folding third-row seat, cruise control, climate control, 18-inch wheels, and an AM/FM/satellite/CD audio system with a handful of USB ports and nine speakers, and a very small LCD touchscreen. Forward-collision warnings and automatic emergency braking can be fitted to this model, but only after the addition of more than $6,000 of other features. The same’s true for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you want those systems–and we recommend them–you’ll push the Expedition’s price to nearly $60,000.
Other option packages ladle on the goodies, from leather upholstery, to 10-way power front seats, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, blind-spot monitors, heated and cooled front seats, keyless ignition, and a power handsfree tailgate. Off-roaders can opt for a bundle of gear that adds tougher shocks, a low-range transfer case, all-terrain tires, underbody protection, running boards, and an electronic limited-slip differential.
All trim levels can be configured with four-wheel drive and long-wheelbase bodies, as well as a heavy-duty trailering package with an automatic trailer-assist controller that makes hitching up as simple as a turn of a knob.
The Expedition Limited is our idea of what a base premium SUV should be. It adds 20-inch wheels, premium B&O audio, power running boards, handsfree tailgate, heated and cooled 10-way power front seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, parking sensors, and blind-spot monitors, as well as in-car wireless internet access, and a rear-seat entertainment system with SlingTV. Automatic emergency braking is another $715; other options include navigation, a panoramic sunroof, 22-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic park assist, and adaptive cruise control with active lane control.
The Expedition Platinum offers nearly all this equipment standard, as well as a surround-view camera system. Options at the top end include leather second-row captain’s chairs and power-fold second-row bench seats. It’s exceptionally pricey, but worth a look if you might instead spend even more on the mechanically similar Lincoln Navigator.
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