Full-size SUVs are ideal for people with large families or sizable friend groups who want one vehicle that can do it all. These large SUV models provide three rows of seating, plenty of cargo space, and a rugged design. However, the 2023 Ford Expedition exceeds expectations by including advanced technological features and a choice of high-performance engines. In addition, Ford offers six different trim levels on the 2023 Expedition, making it easier to find one that checks all of the boxes for you.
Ford introduced the Expedition in 1997 as its largest SUV model. The goal was to give drivers the option of an SUV that could seat over five passengers by including an available third row of seats. This soon became standard, allowing drivers to seat up to eight passengers on most Expedition models. The fourth generation of the Expedition was introduced in 2018. This model added a number of options. First, drivers who wanted even more out of their Expedition could choose the Expedition MAX. This is like a supersized SUV. At the other end of the spectrum is the XL STX trim, which has two rows of seats. This seats five passengers and is ideal for folks who are buying an Expedition for its cargo space.
The 2023 Expedition comes in six different trims, four of which are available in the Expedition MAX configuration. The XL STX and Timberline are the only ones that are not available in this supersize styling. This means you can still opt for an Expedition XLT, Limited, King Ranch, or Platinum in either size. In this way, Ford gives you the options you need to choose the 2023 Expedition model that is right for you.
Ford gives you three different engine options for the 2023 Expedition. Each is a variation on the same 3.5L EcoBoost V6 gas engine. Each has a dual overhead camshaft configuration with 24 valves for its six cylinders. They all feature a pair of air-to-air intercooled turbochargers to boost performance without having to increase engine size. This helps them improve fuel economy without sacrificing speed and acceleration. They also have auto stop-start technology. This feature will automatically turn off the engine when you come to a full stop in a traffic jam or at a red light. Simply reduce the pressure on the brake pedal, and the engine will automatically restart.
The base version of the 3.5L EcoBoost is featured on the XL STX and XLT trims. This uses direct fuel injection to deliver 380 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. The version of the engine on the Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum trims gets a little boost in output to provide 400 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. The 3.5L EcoBoost High-Output engine is the most potent version and delivers 440 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. This engine is standard on the Timberline and Limited Stealth Performance Edition of the 2023 Expedition.
No matter which version of the 2023 Ford Expedition you choose, your engine will come paired with a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. Ford has designed this transmission to provide optimized gear spacing to improve the overall responsiveness and performance of the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine that comes standard on the Expedition.
While full-size SUVs are not usually known for their fuel economy, the 2023 Ford Expedition may surprise you with its ability to give you solid numbers in this regard. If you choose a model with rear-wheel drive, you can expect to get better overall fuel economy numbers than one with four-wheel drive. For example, the 2023 Expedition with rear-wheel drive is rated for up to 17 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. Four-wheel drive models are rated for a slightly lower 16 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.
Every trim of the 2023 Ford Expedition is available with Control Trac and an eLSD rear axle. These features will help reduce wheel slippage in wet or muddy conditions and work automatically to improve safety both on and off the road. In addition, four-wheel drive models have a Terrain Management System that provides seven selectable drive modes to optimize your vehicle for different types of driving. The available modes range from Eco and Sport to Tow/Haul and Mud/Ruts.
The Timberline trim is designed for enhanced off-road performance. It comes with skid plates to protect the underside of the vehicle, as well as specialized off-road shocks. In addition, all trims except the King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited come with all-terrain tires. The Expedition King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited are equipped with all-season tires. In addition, there is a full-size spare tire mounted to the underside of the 2023 Ford Expedition.
The 2023 Ford Expedition features a very spacious interior. In fact, the Expedition has 171.9 cu.ft. of space for passengers. All the trims have three rows of seats except for the XL STX, which has two rows. As a result, most can accommodate up to eight passengers depending on whether the second row has captain’s chairs or a 40/20/40 split bench. The third row is quite comfortable, with 36.1 inches of legroom, regardless of whether you decide to supersize your Expedition by choosing a MAX model. The first row features 43.9 inches of legroom, while the second row has up to 42.6 inches, so all of your passengers will be able to stretch out.
Ford has done an excellent job of providing comfort and convenience within the passenger compartment of the Expedition. The driver gets a power-adjustable seat with lumbar support in all of the trims. This will make setting the seat in your Expedition easy, so you can feel comfortable even on the longest drives. The seats on the XLT and XL STX are made of attractive cloth, while the Timberline has ActiveX seats that are easy to clean. This is a bonus, as the Timberline is designed for off-road adventures. The Expedition Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum all feature leather seats for a thrilling combination of style and comfort.
One of the benefits of driving a full-size SUV is the amount of cargo space, especially when all three rows of seats are in use. This is an area that the 2023 Expedition excels in. The Expedition has 20.9 cu.ft. of cargo space in the trunk, which is plenty of room if you go out on a long road trip. If you need more room, fold down the third row of seats to free up an impressive 63.6 cu.ft. of space. You will get an incredible 104.6 cu.ft. of space if you fold down the second row of seats on the Expedition as well.
The Expedition MAX earns its name by offering even more cargo space. The trunk can fit up to 36 cu.ft. of your belongings, which is more than many midsize three-row SUVs offer behind the second row of seats. You will free up a total of 79.6 cu.ft. of space when you fold down the third row of seats on the Expedition MAX, and it has a maximum of 121.5 cu.ft. of cargo room behind the first row of seats. This means that the Expedition MAX will come in quite handy if you need to move large objects for work or a home improvement project.
Ford has used technology to make the 2023 Expedition one of the safest full-size SUVs ever offered. This is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2023 Expedition a five-star overall safety rating. Each year, the NHTSA performs crash and safety tests on most passenger vehicles, awarding scores from zero to five stars to each model they test. The five-star overall safety rating is the highest that the NHTSA awards.
Each 2023 Ford Expedition features Ford Co-Pilot360 technology. This is a set of standard and optional active driver assistance features. No matter which version of the Expedition you choose, you are going to get a number of standard Co-Pilot360 systems. Pre-Collision Assist will let you know if there is an imminent collision with the vehicle in front of you. The system will then employ Automatic Emergency Braking to either bring the Expedition to a safe stop or reduce the damage if a crash is unavoidable.
One of the most common causes of highway accidents is when your vehicle drifts out of its lane, or you try to change lanes without making sure that the coast is clear. If you get distracted for a few seconds, your Expedition may begin to drift into an adjacent lane or, even worse, into oncoming traffic. The standard Lane-Keeping System will alert you when you begin to drift and then make slight adjustments to your steering to get you back into your lane. Similarly, changing lanes can often be dangerous. Fortunately, Ford has given every Expedition BLIS, which stands for Blind Spot Information System. If another vehicle is in your blind spot, the system will use audio and visual alerts to keep you from getting into an accident. It will even work when you are backing out of a parking spot.
There are a number of other standard features that can be quite helpful as well. The Auto High-Beam Headlamps will come on automatically when you enter an area of low light. They will then switch off as soon as the lighting improves or the system detects another motorist. The rear parking sensors will make it easier to parallel park your Expedition. Many people find parallel parking a chore, especially in a large vehicle like a Ford Expedition. The rear parking sensors let you know if you are getting too close to another car or obstacle when parking. Finally, the rearview camera lets you know if there are any pedestrians, objects, or other vehicles behind you when you back out of a space. With all of these standard active driver assistance features, it is clear that Ford is using technology to keep you and your passengers safe inside your Expedition.
Every 2023 Ford Expedition has the SYNC 4 system, which comes on either a 12-inch or 15.5-inch center stack screen. These are among the largest standard screens on any vehicle. This will allow you and your passengers to stay connected with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. You can make hands-free calls and texts, as well as stream your favorite apps. You can listen to your favorite music through the Expedition’s audio system, with some trims featuring an advanced audio system from Bang & Olufsen. The SYNC 4 system even has a connected navigation system, so you can get wherever you are going in your Expedition easily with real-time traffic updates.