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2020 Ford Expedition Max review: Big-time family hauler

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It’s 18.5 feet long!


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The first thing you see about the Ford Expedition Max is there in the name: It’s huge. It’s as near to a Canyonero as you may get these days. But thankfully, that big-and-tall stature is easy to reside with as a result of a good roster of driver assistance tech and a strong twin-turbo punch.

Like

  • Excellent powertrain
  • Cavernous interior
  • Great infotainment tech
  • Easier to operate a vehicle than you might think

Don’t Like

  • OK, it’s still really big
  • A bit more high priced than some competitors
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With its 222-inch length and 131-inch wheelbase, the full-size, three-row Expedition Max is in fact shorter when compared to a four-door F-150 SuperCrew pickup. But it feels downright massive from behind the wheel as a result of its cavernous interior. Spec the second-row bench seat and there is room for eight in the Expedition, and because of the Max’s added length, there’s a full 36 cubic feet of space behind the third row, compared with just 21 cubic feet in the standard Expedition. Fold both back rows flat and also this thing will haul an extraordinary 121.5 cubic feet of cargo.

My King Ranch tester is a seriously luxurious thing, too, with leather every-where and second-row captain’s chairs that have an easy tip-and-slide feature for comfortable access to the 3rd row. I enjoy the liberal use of open-pore wood in the Expedition King Ranch and you will find plenty of little storage cubbies, including one on top of the dashboard. All told, there are 15 cup holders, so feel absolve to bring along a whole case of Diet Dr. Pepper.

On the tech front, Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system is standard, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included. This is one of the most readily useful infotainment systems on the market, with easy-to-navigate menus and quick response times. The 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot will keep 10 devices connected at exactly the same time. That’s more devices than seats! You’ll be able to keep them all charged, too, as a result of a wireless charging pad, three 12-volt outlets, five USB Type-A ports, one USB-C port and a three-prong, 110-volt plug. You could probably power Las Vegas with this particular thing. (OK, not really.)

The standard blind-spot monitoring allows you to gauge when it’s safe to change lanes on the highway, though thanks to the open, airy greenhouse, there aren’t really many blind spots to speak of. That’s in addition to the other niceties a part of Ford’s standard Co-Pilot 360 driver assistance suite, including lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking and automatic high beams. My King Ranch tester also comes with full-speed adaptive cruise control, and the aforementioned blind-spot monitoring can cover along a trailer, if you’re the towing type.

The fancy King Ranch trim has badges everywhere.


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Speaking of towing, the Max can pull 9,000 pounds, that is 300 pounds less than the typical Expedition. Even so, that’s way more than you can pull with a Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, Nissan Armada or Toyota Sequoia.

The King Ranch trim is new for 2020, plus it adds gray-painted lower bumpers, unique 22-inch wheels and the necessity badges throughout the exterior and interior. Power comes from Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 engine, pushing out 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox is excellent, producing smooth shifts and mostly fading into the back ground. Acceleration is strong and the Expedition Max is surprisingly quick, despite its not exactly 5,800-pound curb weight.

Of course, anything this big and also this powerful will probably gulp down fuel. The EPA provides 2020 Expedition Max a combined fuel economy rating of 18 miles per gallon but I’m seeing about 16.8 mpg in my four-wheel-drive tester. Still, that’s a lot better than a lot of the Expedition’s competitors.

The Expedition drives about as you had expect for an SUV this size, though you can maneuver as a result of its impressive turning circle. There are Sport, Tow/Haul, Mud and Ruts, Sand, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Eco and Normal drive modes to choose from, which alter the transmission and throttle programming, and there is even a manual shifting mode where you can progress and down through the gears via buttons on the gear selector.

Haul your entire friends and all their things at the same time.


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If off-roading is the thing, Ford offers an FX4 off-road package on four-wheel drive XLT and Limited trims, which adds skid plates, a more substantial radiator for better cooling, off-road shocks, all-terrain tires and a limited-slip differential. Even minus the optional package the Expedition has a rear locking differential and a four-wheel-drive auto gear as well as four-wheel-drive high and low gears. Two-wheel-drive models are around for folks who do not need the four-wheel grip.

The 2020 Ford Expedition range starts at $54,505, including $1,695 for destination. Step up to the Max and you’re looking at $57,530. My fancy-pants King Ranch tester comes in at a whopping $81,680, however, you can save your self a lot of money in the event that you opt for something a little less decadent. Besides, if you’re likely to spend top-dollar on an Expedition, you would certainly be smart to look at its Lincoln-badged alternative, the Navigator. With the Lincoln you obtain much better styling and a little more power, and a damn fine interior to boot.

The Expedition’s other main competitors will be the new General Motors SUVs, like the Chevy Tahoe, Suburban and GMC Yukon, that provide diesel powertrain options as well as an air suspension on select models. But using its solid tech offerings and great functionality, the Expedition can a lot more than hold an unique in this large-and-in-charge class of SUVs.

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