2018 Ford Expedition

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

The extended-length version we tested measures 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 challenge.

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The 375-hp, 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine catapults this coach easily. Maximum towing capacity is a competitive 9,300 pounds­, enough to pull a large trailer. Overall fuel economy is up 2 mpg to 16, typical for this thirsty class.

The ride is composed but on the stiff side—definitely not as comfortable as other three-row SUVs such as the Chevrolet Traverse. The Expedition has ponderous handling but remains under control even when pushed to its limits.

The Expedition’s optional retractable running boards are helpful given the step-in height. The driver’s seat is like sitting in a living room reading chair. The controls are simple to use, including the rotary dial gear selector.

It has plenty of room in the second row, as well as dedicated climate controls and storage.

Forward-collision warning and automatic braking aren’t standard equipment, despite the premium price.

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The interior of the 2018 Ford Expedition.

HIGHS: Acceleration, quietness, controls, interior room
LOWS: Ride, access, handling
POWERTRAIN: 375-hp, 3.5-liter V6 turbo engine; 10-speed automatic transmission; four-wheel drive
FUEL: 16 mpg on regular fuel

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the May 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.