The Ford Expedition makes a leap forward with this redesign, shedding weight while adding comfort, convenience, and optional safety features. The Expedition comes in two lengths. The longer version, called MAX, is about a foot longer than the standard Expedition and competes directly against the Chevrolet Suburban.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
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NA
2006
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2007
NA
2008
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2009
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2010
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2020
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
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2003
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2005
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2006
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2009
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags available 2001-2002, standard from 2007. Head protection air bags and ESC available from 2003, standard from 2007.
Road Test

The Ford Expedition makes a leap forward with this redesign, shedding weight while adding comfort, convenience, and optional safety features.

The Expedition comes in two lengths. The longer version, called MAX, is about a foot longer than the standard Expedition and competes directly against the Chevrolet Suburban. That extra size allows for significant cargo space behind the adult-friendly third-row seat, but it also makes parking a real challenge.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended SUV
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 10-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 turbo (375 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 turbo (400 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Ford Expedition owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"CD player was never used until last year and wouldn't work when tried. Audio computer replaced."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Display screen freezes up

"Sync-3 Navigation screen failed, making it impossible to view cameras, bumper-distance sensor feedback or text messages that accompanied audio alarms. The issue was compounded by Ford dealer not getting the replacement screen for two weeks for the first visit. When we scheduled the repair they realized they received the wrong part. It took ANOTHER two weeks to get the right part. Total time without the display was 6 weeks."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Expedition will not pair google maps from my phone by Bluetooth, the phone has to be plugged in by cable and can only be done while parked."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford Expedition MAX 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Voice control commands

"The system has VERY limited vocabulary. Poor enough that it is unusable."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford Expedition MAX 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Clock

"The screen wouldn't work where clock was and I couldn't make selections or changes or the screen wouldn't change"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The license plate light connection were completely corroded. Then the ones connecting into the the license plate harness were also corroded. They replaced 2 wiring harnesses. Should I be concerned?"

Kim P., IA (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Keyless entry

"Car electronics went crazy, flashing all warnings, thought it was key fob, turned our it was a loose wire in the right passenger panel, that had come loose. Makes me concerned about driving long distance"

Anonymous, VA (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Tire pressure monitor

"Tire pressure monitor kept saying pressure low. Had tires filled to correct amount. It may not be the pressure monitor..you may want to investigate the Hankook tires 22 in that Ford puts on the expeditions... the wear, tear, and this tire is not made for this vechile. We have outer wear on the tires and less than 30,000 miles on it"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Valve to engage 4 wheel drive failed covered under warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
CV joint

"Bad joint, fixed under warranty"

Anonymous, KY (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Fixed under warrenty"

Ralph C., OH (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Electrical failure

"Would not start after not being driven for a week"

Anonymous, GA (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water collected up under the rooftop runner on right side. when you stopped the water ran down in through the sun visor hole. they replaced the gaskets."

Anonymous, IA (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Sun roof rattles"

Anonymous, LA (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"it was leaking, underwarranty"

Anonymous, CO (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Right front wheel bearing started making noise (actually sounded like the noise was on the left side). Fords service rep told my wife that she could continue driving the car while awaiting repair parts. I read a bit about wheel bearing failures and grounded the car until repaired. Still think that it has some pulling to the left issues when entering a left turn at moderate speed. Ford rep says no problem. Will continue to monitor."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

"Tensioner failure led to loud startup sound and prevented oil reaching top of motor. Rebuilt top of motor under warranty."

Anonymous, WI (2018 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Cam phasers have failed twice in the engine. Seems to fail every 6 months or so. Parts were hard to come by so vehicle would sit waiting to be repaired."

Anonymous, TX (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Engine overheated with 57,100 miles, had to be towed to dealer and a new engine was put in from 5yr-60,000mile warranty. PREVIOUSLY, the hose from the overflow tank to radiator leaked and service department said that was a mantianance item and not covered under warranty. I purchased the part from the parts department and replaced the part and 3 weeks later the engine overheated and had to be replaced!"

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Radiator

"the radiator problem was addressed in the previous statement."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"It is an irritating feeling."

M S., MA (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"The rear brake pads and rotors required replacement after only 42,000 km of mostly highway driving. This was very premature."

Anonymous, (2018 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"began first week of march. coming back from florida it would jump in and out of higher gears. going 75 if you took your foot off the gas it would shift to much lower gera and go 60."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"It was hot or cold at random, and directed air up or down at random. Controls did not work."

Anonymous, IA (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

"Panoramic sunroof constant rattle."

Anonymous, KY (2018 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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