Most significant changes: The King Ranch trim level, which slots just below the range-topping Platinum, returns to lineup for 2020; FordPass Connect and Ford Co-Pilot360 now standard on all models
Price change: Up $330 to $1,020, depending on trim
On sale: Now
Which should you buy, 2019 or 2020? 2019 if you find a model with optional automatic emergency braking, which Ford included with a Driver Assistance Package; 2020 if not, as the critical safety feature is now standard
Ford’s lineup for the Expedition full-size SUV expands for 2020 with the return of the King Ranch model for regular-length and Expedition Max extended-length body styles. Importantly, automatic emergency braking and a slew of other safety and driver assist features are now standard, not optional.
Last offered for the 2017 model year, the King Ranch comes with 22-inch aluminum wheels, gray exterior accents, leather seats and leather-wrapped interior pieces, and a slew of King Ranch logos inside and out. With prices including destination starting at $74,290 for a rear-drive model, the King Ranch slots between the Limited and top-of-the-line Platinum, though it’s much closer to the latter.
At 221.9 inches overall, the Expedition Max is about a foot longer that the regular-length model. Passenger volume is the same, but the Max has 78 percent more cargo space behind the third row, by Ford’s estimation.
All models come with standard seating for eight, a 375-horsepower, turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional. Second-row bucket seats are available for seven-passenger seating. For 2020, all models come standard with Ford Co-Pilot360, which includes automatic emergency braking plus lane-keeping assist and blind spot warning with pedestrian detection among its features. FordPass Connect, which includes a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, also is standard. Previously, such features were optional on the 2019 Expedition.
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Ford has proven that big SUVs like the Expedition (and full-size pickups like the F-150) don’t need a V-8 engine. The turbo V-6 delivers ample acceleration and impressive towing capability (up to 9,300 pounds). The Expedition also has ample room for up to eight people, and even the third row is tolerable for adults. In addition, the third row in most models offers a power-folding feature that makes it easy to store when you need more cargo space.
The Expedition competes with large, truck-based SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia. The Expedition runs at the head of the class for full-size SUVs, but all that room and all those convenience features come at a high price: A rear-drive XLT model starts north of $54,000 with destination, while a 4WD Max Platinum is more than $81,000.
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