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2021 Ford Expedition Review

Colin Ryan

By Colin Ryan

Updated November 02, 2021

Pros

  • Super-spacious
  • Well-equipped
  • Reasonable fuel consumption for a big SUV
  • Impressive tow rating of up to 9,300 pounds
  • Excellent ride quality

Cons

  • Big size can be a liability in parking lots & around town
  • Road & wind noise become noticeable at freeway speeds

What's New?

  • A new entry-level, 5-seater XL trim debuts
  • Subsequent revision of standard and optional features
  • Antimatter Blue and Kodiak Brown are new paint colors

The 2021 Ford Expedition takes the 20th-century idea of an 8-seater full-size American SUV and brings it back up to date. It does this by deploying aluminum body panels, a fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, driver-assistance technology, and a sophisticated independent rear suspension. So even though it’s still based on a truck platform, its refinement is readily apparent. The Expedition Max versions are longer, providing more space for cargo.

This sector’s main competition comes from the Chevrolet Tahoe and its longer Suburban variant, plus the extremely similar GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. Compared with those rivals, the Expedition has a higher tow rating, superior ride and handling, a level cargo floor, and tolerable fuel economy.

There’s also another plus point. Kelley Blue Book gave the Expedition its Full-Size SUV Best Buy award for 2019 and 2020.

This year sees a 5-seater XL trim coming in at the entry level, resulting in a shake-up of standard and extra equipment across the range. For example, XLT trim loses the option of hands-free tailgate operation, but Limited trim gains the previously optional adaptive cruise control.

2021 Ford Expedition Pricing

The 2021 Ford Expedition starts off in rear-drive XL trim, with seating for five and a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $49,025. Add the $1,695 destination charge, and that comes to $50,720. It’s better to spend another $3,785 for the XLT trim.

Near the 2021 Expedition’s financial ceiling is a rear-drive Platinum at $75,470. The longer-wheelbase Expedition Max counterparts don’t always have the same price differential with each trim, but budget for around $3,000. Likewise with all-wheel drive.

Obvious competitors are the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. The Expedition Platinum exceeds those rivals’ prices, but it is in line with another big competitor, the well-appointed GMC Yukon Denali.

Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area paid for their new Expedition. Resale values are expected to be not quite as robust as its rivals from General Motors.

Which Model is Right for Me?

Roof rails
Running boards
Cloth upholstery
15 cup holders
Wi-Fi
18-inch alloy wheels
Co-Pilot360 driver aids
Seating for five

Power-fold/recline 3rd-row seats
Seating for eight
Tri-zone automatic climate control
Self-dimming rearview mirror
Heated side mirrors
8-inch infotainment touchscreen
Satellite radio
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration
Rear parking sensors
Universal garage door opener

Rain-sensing wipers
Front parking sensors
20-inch alloy wheels
Hands-free tailgate operation
Power-adjustable/heated steering wheel
Power-adjustable pedals
Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker audio system
Simulated leather upholstery
Ambient cabin lighting
Adaptive cruise control w/stop & go

Leather upholstery
Bespoke exterior & interior cosmetics
Power-folding 2nd-row captain’s chairs
22-inch alloy wheels
360-degree camera system
Panoramic sunroof
LED headlights/fog lights
Parallel/perpendicular parking assistance

400-horsepower engine
Adaptive suspension
Extended leather interior trim
Active noise control
Massaging/multi-contour front seats

Driving the 2021 Ford Expedition

There’s no escaping the expansive size of the 2021 Expedition, but that doesn’t automatically mean lumbering weight. The combination of aluminum-intensive construction, turbocharged V6 engine, and 10-speed transmission doesn’t exactly make the Expedition sprightly, but it’s more responsive and accelerative than its dimensions might suggest.

Things like moving off from a stoplight or merging onto a freeway are all tackled with confidence. The steering and brakes are also well-calibrated, making the Expedition a pleasure to drive rather than a mere task.

Naturally, there’s some body roll, but it is far from severe.

For greater reassurance when maneuvering, we recommend opting for the 360-degree camera system.

Interior Comfort

There’s a premium look and feel in the 2021 Expedition’s cabin. It’s achieved in part by the controls’ knurled surfaces for things like volume, temperature, gearshift, and the driving-mode selector. And there’s no shortage of features, especially in the high-end Platinum model.

Second-row passengers enjoy comfortable seats with plenty of scope for adjustment and up to 42.6 inches of legroom. Circus performers can leave their stilts on (an exaggeration, but you get the idea). Passengers in the third row also have spacious quarters. The new-for-2021 Expedition XL trim offers that third row of power-folding/reclining seats as an option.

Cargo space is more than ample: 20.9 cubic feet, expanding to 104.6 behind the front seats. Or, in the Expedition Max, 34.3 cubic feet swelling to 121.4 cubic feet with the second and third seating rows folded down.

Exterior Styling

The Expedition’s shape bears a family resemblance to the Ford Explorer in the overall profile and lighting units. And we’d argue that this is a good thing since the 2021 Expedition exhibits a certain boldness and sophistication.

To some, Platinum models might be a bit too lavish with the chrome, but it almost gets lost among the wide expanses of sheet metal. Expedition Max models have more of everything, with a longer wheelbase and additional cargo space.

Favorite Features

INDEPENDENT REAR SUSPENSION
The Expedition’s rear axles move independently. This brings benefits in ride and handling and enables a flat cargo space when the 3rd-row seats are folded down.

BANG & OLUFSEN AUDIO
This high-end audio make is more often associated with high-end names like Audi and Aston Martin. A fabulous 12-speaker B&O setup is standard in the Ford Expedition at the Limited trim level.

Standard Features

With the introduction of an XL trim to the range, the 2021 Expedition starts out a little more basic than before, with only a 4.2-inch infotainment display, for example.

But it still has 18-inch alloy wheels, remote start/lock/unlock, SOS post-crash alert system, and the Ford Co-Pilot360 set of driver aids consisting of forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams, and a rearview camera with grid lines and a washer.

Tech features in the entry-level XL trim include four USB ports, AM/FM radio, wi-fi (for up to 10 devices), and a 6-speaker audio system.

Factory Options

Perhaps the first option to consider in the 2021 Expedition is all-wheel drive, which comes with a terrain-management system. Then there’s the Max variant to consider.

Features like leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, and heated/ventilated front seats are standard in the higher trims but available as options at lower levels.

All-wheel-drive versions of the XLT and Limited versions are eligible for FX4 off-road packages. Limited is also offered with Texas and Stealth cosmetic packages.

King Ranch has its own theme that involves a distinctive black/brown leather combination. Platinum models ramp up the luxury ambiance even more with retractable running boards and active noise cancellation.

Other extras include a dual-headrest rear-seat entertainment system and 2nd-row captain’s chairs. The Heavy Duty Trailer Tow package is available at every trim level.

Engine & Transmission

One engine propels the 2021 Ford Expedition range. It’s a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 generating 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. In Platinum models, it’s tuned for 400 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque.

Either way, that’s a lot of muscle, even for a full-size SUV. And the Expedition makes good use of it, thanks to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is the basic setup, with all-wheel drive (AWD) on the options list. This system comes with a terrain-response function to maximize traction on different surfaces and the option of a 2-speed setup with an electronic locking differential.

Considering the Expedition’s size, fuel economy is pretty good, achieving up to 23 mpg on the highway.

3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
375 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm (400 horsepower, Platinum)
470 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm (480 lb-ft, Platinum)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 mpg (RWD), 17/23 mpg (AWD),
17/23 mpg (RWD Max), 16/21 mpg (AWD Max)

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Mtnhandyman
10/05/2021 | 2021 Ford Expedition MAX
Poor Navigation Display
Pros

Ride, vented seats

Cons

Poor Navigation Display

Just test drove a 2021 Max Platinum and was extremely disappointed with the Navigation display for several reasons 1) can't adjust the brightness 2) can't adjust the contrast 3) can't zoom in enough to see details on neighborhood streets. (the Navigation display on my 2007 Prius has all of these 3 adjustments). Salesman response was just use the Navigation app on your phone that links to the Navigation display on the vehicle. Navigation display was 1 star Ride was 5 stars. Seat comfort was 5 stars Ventilated/heated seats was 5 stars All the other features were 5 stars

Value
4.0
Performance
4.0
Quality
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Styling
4.0
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BL
06/29/2021 | 2021 Ford Expedition MAX
Great Family Vehicle
Pros

Spacious. Fuel efficient in it's category.

Cons

Start/stop feature while at standstill.

This SUV gave us the space we needed while being much more fuel efficient than the older versions.

Value
5.0
Performance
5.0
Quality
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Styling
5.0
Recommends this vehicle
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Mm-etech
06/23/2021 | 2018 Ford Expedition
Best Large SUV on the Market!
Pros

Acceleration, Handling, Space

Cons

No HUD Option, GPS Screen Size, Price

I got the 2018 Platinum edition 4WD, loaded with every option. THE GOOD: Drives well for the size, excellent acceleration (coming from 3 BMW X5 V8s!), good visibility and plenty of space in all 3 rows (Largest interior compared to any SUV on the market). Excellent build quality (interior). Towed large trailers and boats without any issues. Used for construction work and long trips with kids. THE BAD: Items fixed under warranty: SYNC-3 APIM Unit, Engine timing belt plastic guides and faulty Rear Seatbelt Airbag. THE UGLY: I never liked the look of the rear end. Need Improvements: GPS screen (new 2022 is going with 15.5”). Awful rear entertainment screen, limited functionality, they should be larger and touch screen, it can use more aggressive Brakes. For this price range ($85K), they should add HUD and auto brake; more automated self driving will be nice. Overall, I have been pleased with this car and looking forward to get the updated 2022 model.

Value
5.0
Performance
5.0
Quality
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Styling
4.0
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Ryan
06/16/2021 | 2019 Ford Expedition MAX
Fantastic
Pros

Ride quality, electronics, Looks

Cons

Chrome trim! I am a fan of less bling.

Love my Expo. Leased the car after turning in my F150 as a lemon. Decided to stick with Ford and glad I did. Have had many GM cars and always felt ripped off with the lack of quality and high price. The Ford is a great product. Sounds strange but I feel that Ford puts the product first, not profit. Will buy/lease another for sure.

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Performance
5.0
Quality
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Styling
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JS
05/29/2021 | 2020 Ford Expedition MAX
Not Impressed

This is the first Ford I have ever owned. Bought it used with 42,000 miles. I bought it in March 2021. It is a very comfortable ride. Drives good. However I keep getting a low pressure oil alert, took it to the dealer and it was almost out of oil. He assured me this was “normal”. However I don’t for a minute buy that. I have never ever had a vehicle that used oil like this. It wasn’t due for an oil change for another 3,000 miles. Evidently this is a known issue and Ford is well aware of it but hasn’t recalled any of them. Will be contacting a Ford dealership next week, if I do not get satisfaction I will be contacting Ford directly. This was my first and LAST Ford. Should have went with my gut and chosen the Dodge Durango XRT.

Value
3.0
Performance
1.0
Quality
4.0
Comfort
5.0
Reliability
1.0
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Mac
05/10/2021 | 2020 Ford Expedition
Good vehicle

Good ride.

Recommends this vehicle
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KBB.com Rating
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3.1
4.2
4.7
Fuel Economy
City 17/Hwy 23/Comb 19 MPG
City 16/Hwy 20/Comb 18 MPG
City 17/Hwy 25/Comb 20 MPG
City 21/Hwy 25/Comb 23 MPG
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5.0
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5.0
5.0
Seating Capacity
8
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5
Basic Warranty
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Horsepower
375 @ 5000 RPM
355 @ 5600 RPM
305 @ 6800 RPM
250 HP
Engine
V6, EcoBoost, 3.5 Liter
V8, EcoTec3, 5.3 Liter
V6, 3.6 Liter
4-Cyl, Turbo, 2.0 Liter
Drivetrain
2WD
2WD
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Specifications

Dimensions, Weights & Capacities

Curb Weight
5443 pounds
EPA Passenger
171.9 cubic feet
Fuel Capacity
23.3 gallons
Front Head Room
42.0 inches
Front Leg Room
43.9 inches
Max Seating Capacity
8
Minimum Ground Clearance
9.5 inches
Overall Length
210.0 inches
Front Shoulder Room
64.9 inches
Towing Capacity, Maximum
6000 pounds
Trunk or Cargo Capacity
104.6 cubic feet
Turning Diameter
41.0 feet
Wheel Base
122.5 inches
Width with mirrors
93.4 inches
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
7200 pounds

Mechanical

Drivetrain
2WD
Transmission Type
Automatic
10 speed
Available
Recommended Fuel
Regular
Hill Start Assist
Available

Warranty

Basic
3 years / 36000 miles
Powertrain
5 years / 60000 miles
Corrosion
5 years / Unlimited miles

Exterior

Alloy Wheels
Available
Number of Doors
4 doors
Privacy Glass
Available
Roof Rails
Available
Fog Lights
Available

Performance

Horsepower
375 @ 5000 RPM
Torque
470 @ 3500 rpm
Engine
V6, EcoBoost, 3.5 Liter

Fuel Economy

City
17 MPG
Highway
23 MPG
Combined
19 MPG

Technology

  • Cruise Control
  • Hands Free Phone
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Push-Button Engine Start
  • Smartphone Interface
  • Touch Screen Monitor
  • USB Port
  • Voice Recognition System

Entertainment

  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio

Seating

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Third Row Seat
  • Cloth Seats
  • Power Driver's Seat
  • Power Folding Third Row Seat

Interior

  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Window Defroster
  • 12V Power Outlet
  • Power Outlet
  • Steering Wheel Controls
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel

Security

  • Alarm System

2021 Ford Expedition Safety

2021 Ford Expedition Safety Technology

Ford Co-Pilot360

Standard in every 2021 Expedition, this array of driver aids includes forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assistance, and automatic high beams.

Rearview camera with lines and washer

Another standard feature. All new vehicles sold in the United States must now have a review camera, but having a dedicated washer for the lens is especially welcome in a vehicle capable of squelching around in the mud.

Ford MyKey

Allows owners to control things like maximum audio system volume, seatbelt use, and top speed for when other drivers are using the Expedition. Standard throughout the 2021 Expedition range.

5.0
Crash Test Rating
Provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Frontal Crash
5.0
Side Barrier
5.0
Rollover Rating
3.0
Side Crash
5.0

2021 Ford Expedition Styles

Lowest-Priced

XL

19 MPG
Combined Fuel Economy
8
Seating
375 @ 5000 RPM
Horsepower
V6, Ecoboost, 3.5 Liter
Engine

XLT

19 MPG
Combined Fuel Economy
8
Seating
375 @ 5000 RPM
Horsepower
V6, Ecoboost, 3.5 Liter
Engine

Limited

19 MPG
Combined Fuel Economy
8
Seating
375 @ 5000 RPM
Horsepower
V6, Ecoboost, 3.5 Liter
Engine

King Ranch

19 MPG
Combined Fuel Economy
7
Seating
375 @ 5000 RPM
Horsepower
V6, Ecoboost, 3.5 Liter
Engine

Platinum

19 MPG
Combined Fuel Economy
8
Seating
400 @ 5000 RPM
Horsepower
V6, Ecoboost, 3.5 Liter
Engine

2021 Ford Expedition Rankings

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400
#2
400
#3
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#4
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375
#5
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