It is no secret that America loves a good SUV. The 2021 Ford Expedition is determined to satisfy this appetite by redesigning the beloved 8-seater SUVs from the 20th Century. It comes in both standard length and long-wheelbase variations for extra room. Buyers also have options between the rear-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations. The vehicle is powered by a turbocharged V6 engine, which is more than enough for daily driving needs.
2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
Although the Expedition is still available in the previous five trim levels, the Expedition Max gives people with large families a reason to smile. This longer model is available for every trim. However, those who prefer something smaller can opt for the new two-row only XL base model. Buyers will be happy to know that Ford's Co-Pilot360 feature is now available as an option on the XLT trim.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
Like last year, the 2021 Ford Expedition is available in XL, XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but owners can upgrade to a four-wheel-drive configuration. Here are more details on what each trim level offers.
Ford Expedition XL
The XL is the lowest trim in the lineup. As expected, it is very light on features compared to the rest. However, we still have some of the latest safety and convenience features we expect from an SUV. The XL has a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, keyless entry, push to start button, a 4.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. It also comes with the Co-Pilot driver assistance feature.
Ford Expedition XLT
The Expedition XLT was once the base trim, but it now comes with all the popular features. The new upgrades include rear parking sensors, 3-zone automatic climate control, tire pressure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and Ford's Co-Pilot 360. The infotainment features available are satellite radio, an 8-inch touchscreen equipped with Apple Carplay or Android Auto, and a six-speaker audio system. Other additions include a cigar lighter, keyless entry, cruise control, and garage door opener.
Ford Expedition Limited
Ford Expedition Limited marks the midpoint between the lower and premium trims. It is the perfect compromise for anyone looking for the best of both worlds. Although similar to the XLT, this trim comes with added features, like leather upholstery, rain-sensing windshields, power-folding mirrors, and a hands-free lift gate. Other highlights are the 12-speaker audio system, and the larger 20-inch aluminum wheels.
Ford Expedition King Ranch
Although the King Ranch is only the second-highest trim, it comes loaded with extra features. Some of them are exclusive to this trim. The highlights of the King Ranch are Badges and the flashy 22-inch aluminum wheels. Additional features include, panoramic glass roof, surround parking view, power-folding chairs, leather upholstery, and park assist.
Ford Expedition Platinum
The Platinum is the headliner of the Ford Expedition lineup. Although it's similar to the King Ranch, it comes with some extra features and exceptional styling. This trim highlights wood and leather interior, massaging front seats, noise cancellation, roof rails, and a more powerful Ecoboost V6 engine.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
Despite the added features in the premium trims, it is wise to exercise some restraint. The midterm Expedition Limited offers the best value for money when compared to other brands in the market. It has all the popular features of the higher trims but is available at a lower price tag. For those shopping on a budget, the XLT offers a great bargain. However, buyers can throw in the FX4 upgrade package if they are looking for some off-roading ability. While at it, don't forget to swap out the 18-inch wheels for something bigger to look the part.
What Kind of Technology Does It Have?
The 2021 Ford Expeditions incorporates some welcome tech advancements in their latest edition. For instance, a 12-speaker audio system offers excellent power and clarity. The infotainment system is having both Apple Carplay and Android Auto, giving drivers options. And, although the in-build navigation system is a little dated, the pinch to zoom functionality makes it easy to use. Just like last year, Ford's Co-pilot 360 feature is a lifesaver for drivers. Other onboard tech includes heated steering, massaging front seats, rain-sensing wipers, hands-free lift gates, and voice commands.
How Does It Perform?
For an SUV its size, the 2021 Ford Expedition is surprisingly quick. All credit goes to the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that rivals some V8 engines in the market. The steering and brakes are well balanced, making driving pleasurable rather than a chore. However, off-road adventures are a bit of a struggle unless with an FX4-offroad package. Fuel economy is not impressive with the 2021 Ford Expedition, managing an EPA rating of 17/24 mpg. Those figures will drop even further if you plan on towing. The good news is the gas mileage equals most of the competition.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
The 2021 Ford Expedition earns an enviable crash test rating of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These promising results are complemented by the onboard driver assist safety features, such as adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, lane departure alerts, and blind-spot monitoring. Those concerned about mechanical issues can rest easy, knowing there are three years or 36,000 miles limited warranty, and a powertrain warranty cover for five years or 60,000 miles.
What's the Interior Like?
The 2021 Ford Expedition achieves the delicate balance between performance and comfort that is often elusive. The SUV takes full advantage of the large wheelbase to offer both the passenger and driver plenty of legroom. The top trim comes with massaging chairs with ventilation. The Max offers plenty of cabin room, and an additional third row of seats. However, it's not all rosy. The materials in most of the trims feel cheap. Using the center console also requires getting used to due to the number of buttons on it.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
The 2021 Ford Expedition delivers on most of its promises. However, there is some concern over the fuel economy. The performance could also vary if you get the good stuff at the pump station. Otherwise, this is a reliable car worth giving a try. Before you commit, consider checking alternative models, such as the Chevrolet Tahoe, Dodge Durango, and the GMC Yukon.
Note: All Ford Expedition lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.