2022 Ford Expedition

By April 26, 2022

The 2022 Ford Expedition is a three-row SUV available in two different lengths. Its truck-based chassis affords it impressive towing ability, but its composed suspension provides it with a luxury-grade ride.

This year, the Expedition has an updated grille in some trim levels plus newly standard LED headlights. Upsized touchscreens have been added and a limited hands-free driver-assist system is available. The Expedition remains a close sibling to the Lincoln Navigator.

The Expedition sticks with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6, which is available with between 375 and 440 horsepower. The engine pairs to a 10-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or four-wheel drive, plus a towing rating of up to 9,900 pounds.

In rear-wheel-drive form, the Expedition boasts EPA rating of 17 mpg, 23 highway, 19 combined. Four-wheel drive drops 1 mpg highway, while the Max extended-body version slides to 18 mpg combined.

The Expedition has earned top marks from the NHTSA, though the IIHS has not yet tested it. Standard crash-avoidance tech includes automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors. Parking sensors, a surround-view camera system, and adaptive cruise control are optional on most, while Ford’s driver-assist system allows limited hands-free driving on many mapped highways.

Model Lineup

The Expedition starts a little under $53,000 for the XL STX, a dressed-up version of last year’s base model. Standard fare includes a 12.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, LED lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels, running boards, and active safety tech.

Around $4,000 more buys the XLT, which can be stretched to Max status for $2,000. It adds a power-folding third-row seat plus automatic climate control, additional USB ports, and the ability to add even more optional features.

The $66,000 Limited wears leather seats, 20-inch wheels, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, and a panoramic moonroof. It’s also equipped with adaptive cruise control.

From there, the lineup climbs through off-road-styled Timberline and Western-themed King Ranch versions for about $70,000 and around $76,000, respectively, before hitting $78,000 for the decked-out Platinum with its 22-speaker audio system, massaging front seats, and 15.5-inch touchscreen option.

Four-wheel drive is mandatory with the Timberline and around $3,000 otherwise.

Exterior

The Expedition has a conventional two-box silhouette, but updates this year give its front end a fresh appearance with a wide grille, LED running lights, and a chunky front bumper. Wheel sizes range from 18 to 22 inches.

Trim level differences include various combinations of blacked-out, unpainted, color-matched, and chrome trim. The most notable version is the Timberline with its red accents and slightly higher-riding stance thanks to a unique suspension and taller all-terrain tires.

Interior

Ford fits an all-business interior to its biggest SUV, with either a conventional 12.0-inch touchscreen or an optional vertically-mounted 15.5-inch unit.

Big, well-marked dials and buttons are easy enough to sort through, though the larger screen ingests some of those switches into its display.

Each version has its own trim inside; the Platinum is particularly dressy with its soft leather and wood trim, which verges on Navigator territory for a bit less.

Standard versions are plenty spacious, with front buckets and a 40/20/40 second-row bench seat. A third row is included in most versions with an expansive 36.1 inches of leg room, though shoulder room can be a bit tight.

Cargo ranges from 19.3 feet with the third row up in the shortest version to upward of 121 cubic feet with second- and third-row seats folded in the Expedition Max.

Driving Impressions

The 3.5-ltier twin-turbo V-6 delivers impressive power in any configuration, though output ranges by trim level. Even the standard 375-hp models are quick, though a loaded-up Expedition Max with four-wheel drive can weigh 6,000 pounds with a driver and some fuel aboard.

On all, the 10-speed automatic clicks through gears quickly in routine driving. A stab at the throttle means some shuffling between gears, but overall the transmission behaves quite well.

Ride quality is another Expedition asset thanks to comfortable tuning in stock form and optional adaptive dampers. Four-wheel-drive models offer an electronic limited-slip differential that we consider a must-have for wet or wintry climates.

The Timberline doesn’t turn the Expedition into a Raptor, but it is usefully more capable thanks to special bumpers that improve its approach and departure angles and a few electronic tricks nabbed from the Bronco.

Final Word

Ford’s polished Expedition delivers impressive performance and towing confidence, all wrapped up in a contemporary, spacious package loaded with tech.

 

—by Andrew Ganz, with driving impressions from The Car Connection

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