The Expedition has a tough, military-grade aluminum chassis for long term durability in towing and hauling situations. It also has an independent rear suspension, which helps give it a better ride than many other truck-based SUVs. Variable-boost power steering also improves maneuverability. The 10-speed automatic transmission has smaller steps between gears than the commonly used 4-speed automatic and offers improved shift quality, faster acceleration, and improved fuel economy. Ford's exclusive AdvanceTrac with RSC is now joined by standard Trailer Sway Control and the two systems work together to detect trailer sway and apply precise braking or reduce engine torque as needed. The Expedition can tow up to 9,300 pounds when properly equipped.
Both XLT and Limited models feature three rows of seating and the second row is available either in a 40/20/40-split bench or two captain's chairs. On the Max, the third row is not only roomier but easier to access, thanks to large rear doors. Both rows of seats fold flat with the touch of a button. The Max is nearly 15 inches longer than the standard-length model and rides on a wheelbase that is a foot longer. This translates into even more cargo space than the standard-length model.
Standard safety equipment includes seat-mounted front side air bags with head-protecting Safety Canopy side-curtain air bags. These features are part of Ford's Personal Safety System, which includes seat Blind-spot monitor with cross-traffic alert, Lane keeping system, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beam, driver seat position sensing, crash severity sensing, SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System, Ford's SOS Post Crash Alert System, tire pressure monitoring system and traction control.
Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, anti-theft perimeter alarm system, running boards, partial power driver seat, heated mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear air conditioning with separate controls, wi-fi hotspot, and keyless entry with push-button start.
The XLT use to be the base trim, it now builds on the standard equipment of the XL with three-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear parking sensors, power folding and reclining 3rd row seats, remote start, satellite radio, SYNC 3 with voice commands, a 12-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Limited trim includes hands-free automated liftgate, leather heated and ventilated bucket seats, 20-inch aluminum wheels, leather seating, dual full power-adjustable front seats including power lumbar adjustment, power adjustable pedals, 3 driver memory for seat/mirrors/steering wheel/adj. pedals, heated power-fold and recline 2nd row seats, 3rd row charging USB ports, wireless charging pad, front and rear parking sensors, premium 12-speaker sound system, voice activated navigation system, rain sensing windshield wipers, and Adaptive Cruise control with stop and go traffic.
The King Ranch tops all the features of the previous trim with 22-inch wheels, rear captain's chairs, Panoramic glass roof, power-deployable running boards, LED headlights and fog lights, automated parking, surround view camera system, and ambient light.
The Platinum trim offers luxurious features like, a more powerful V6 with 400 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft of torque, upgraded leather, roof rails with crossbars, bottom and back massaging seats, and active noise cancelation.
Options across the lineup include a rear load-leveling suspension, a dual-headrest DVD player, second-row heated bucket seats, third-row power folding headrests, 10-way power driver and passenger seats, intelligent access with push-button start, a heated steering wheel, FX4 Off-road and a heavy-duty tow package amongst many others.