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The New 2018 Ford Expedition is Ready For Your Next Road Trip

The New 2018 Ford Expedition is Ready For Your Next Road Trip

Now that Halloween is behind us, your family is probably starting to nail down plans for the holiday season. We all know flying can be extra expensive  this time of year, so the family road trip might be a better option. Well, the folks at Ford are hoping you’ll choose to make the trip over the river and through the woods in the new for 2018 Expedition.

You can’t talk about cars these days without bringing up the popularity of SUVs. The Expedition has been around a long time, since 1997 to be exact. It’s definitely a full size SUV, which is something that families of all sizes seem to be wanting these days. The idea of a 3rd row for the kids makes sense. For 2018 the Expedition is upping the ante on luxury features, space, and the biggest hurdle for this class of vehicle; gas mileage. These SUVs have been some of the last on the market to really get their numbers up. The problem isn’t just the size, but many customers have towing concerns as well. The standard engine is the now the 3.5 liter ecoboost V6. So just how good is the gas mileage these days? Well, 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway to be exact. If you’ve been looking at smaller SUVs you’re probably not that impressed with these numbers. But let me tell you, in 1997 the Expedition was rated for 14 mpg city and 18 mpg highway. So it really is a big improvement. As for towing, you can option it for up to 9300 lbs of towing capacity.

When it comes to features, there are plenty of safety features like Collision Alert with Pedestrian Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keeping Assist. Power running boards, Hands-Free lift gate, and Enhanced Park Assist are also welcome features for the family on the go.

So, what about pricing? Well it’s kind of all over the map. The base price is $51,695 and before I tell you about any options I want to talk about inflation. I talk about cars with people all the time and they all swear these types of cars have gotten way too expensive and they feel like the price has gotten way ahead of inflation. Well, this time you would be correct. The 1997 Expedition started at $27,650 which is $42,474 in 2017 money. Of course the main reason for this is the amount of technology that is offered as standard, much of which has to do with customer demand. But if you feel like the Expedition used to be cheaper, relatively speaking you are correct.

When it comes to options here’s how things break down:

Ford Expedition XLT 4WD ranges from $55,900-$67,285

Key Standard Features

  • 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 Engine
  • 2nd-Row Tip-and-Slide Seats
  • PowerFold® 3rd-Row Seat with Recline

Ford Expedition Limited 4WD ranges from $66,900-$77,930

Key Standard Features including XLT Features Plus

  • 20-inch Ultra Bright Machined Aluminum Wheels with Tarnished Dark-Painted Pockets
  • SYNC® Connect with Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Power-Deployable Running Boards

Ford Expedition Platinum 4WD ranges from $77,050-$81,355

Key Standard Features including XLT and Limited Features Plus

  • 22-inch Polished Aluminum Wheels
  • Panoramic Vista Roof® with Power Open/Close and Power Sunshade
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go
  • Power upgrade, with 400 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque

If you want even more space, the Expedition MAX adds nearly a foot of length and an additional 16.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The price goes up about $2500 more than what you see listed above.

I’ve driven the 2017 Expedition and I can tell you that it has a ton of space, but it drives very truck/bus like. Compared to its biggest rivals from Chevrolet and GMC, I think this 2018 version is priced well. These big rigs offer lots of features and space to make family life enjoyable no matter how many hours it takes to get to Grandma’s house this holiday season.

Photos/Video Courtesy: Ford Motor Company

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