2018 Ford Expedition Changes the SUV Metric

The 2018 Ford Expedition is all-new for the sport utility, taking this new SUV into serious family-friendly territory. The Expedition now blurs the line between what is a car-based crossover, with all of its interior space and excellent ride quality, and a true body-on-frame SUV, with its truck-like capability and ruggedness. The 2018 Expedition is very well done, receiving an “A” rating at CarNewsCafe (and a similar at an upcoming review for iSeeCars) as well as a long mention in an upcoming family road trip article for Wyoming Parent.

  • Vehicle: 2018 Ford Expedition
  • Number of Seats: 7-8
  • XM Pref: Willy’s Roadhouse
  • Starting/Base MSRP: $51,790
  • Our Rating: A
  • City/Highway MPG: 17/24
  • Kids Like It?: Yes
  • Best For: Suburban, Rural

The Expedition has seen a complete re-do for 2018 and to great effect. It remains a traditional body-on-frame sport utility vehicle (SUV) based largely on the F-150 pickup truck. This means it has the truck-based capabilities of an SUV, including the towing and hauling. Yet changes to the Expedition have given it a lot of the versatility, comfort, and people-hauling excellence of a car-based crossover.

This makes the 2018 Ford Expedition a very compelling choice in the large SUV market. It offers a lot of the best of everything in one package. The Expedition seats 7 or 8, depending on second-row configuration, and comes in both a standard and a Max body style; the latter of which adds considerable cargo space behind the third row. The engine and transmission setup for the 2018 Expedition is surprisingly efficient given the SUV’s size.

How Useful Is the Expedition As a Family Hauler?

The 2018 Expedition excels as a family hauler. Especially when the family is large and needs to go on adventures that may or may not include pavement or clear roadways. The interior of the Expedition is huge, especially in the Max body style, and trim points such as the XLT and Platinum offer a lot of amenities as well.

We took the 2018 Ford Expedition Max on a short weekend camping trip and loved its roominess and how much stuff we could get into it. This is a truly massive SUV, yet we pulled 23 mpg and better on the highway easily.

Expected Reliability/Dependability and Value

Most can expect good reliability from the 2018 Expedition. The J.D. Power & Associates survey of owners gave the Expedition a rating of “Among the Best” for dependability. Consumer Reports rates the Expedition as about average for the same.

Resale values for the Expedition have traditionally been high and that can be expected to continue with this new generation. The up-front price of the Expedition is higher than some crossover rivals, but most who are cross-shopping will likely see the value in the Ford’s higher capabilities and larger size.

Which Version of the 2018 Ford Expedition Would We Buy?

I recommend looking at the mid-level XLT trim with a few upgrades (namely the 202A package) for best value and inclusions. The Limited is an option if tech is your biggest must.

Radio Setting and Kid Approvals

The 2018 Ford Expedition seemed most comfortable playing Willy’s Roadhouse (SiriusXM 59). The kids really liked this SUV and loved the amount of room it has. I was happy that we could so easily stuff all of the camping gear five of us would need for a weekend away, thanks to the huge amount of cargo that fits in the Expediton’s Max body style.

A Note on Our Process: Reviews here are based on Aaron’s reviews found around the Web. The goal here is to forego the usual “horsepower and capability” jargon of most automotive reviews and instead focus on how well the vehicle is as a regular family hauler for a single dad. Links to full, formal reviews are included in this review in order to provide more information should you wish to have it.