2018 Ford Expedition Max Proves More is More…a lot More!

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Biggest Expedition redefines what it means to be a three-row, full-size SUV.

The Expedition has been around for more than 20 years. That’s long enough for it have become an icon in the SUV world. But a lot has changed since it came out in the late 1990s.

It’s not enough for the new Expedition to just be big. Of course, it needs to provide room for up to three rows of people, but it also has to hold their stuff. The modern Expedition has to offer more comfort, luxury, and technology than it ever has before. On top of all of that, it has be as fuel efficient as possible.

According to the Phil’s Morning Drive video review above, it seems the 2018 Expedition Max Limited is a thoroughly modern SUV. Just one look at it makes it clear that the Max model is definitely as large as its name implies. It has nearly 11 feet of wheelbase and total length of 18.5 feet. The front row is ventilated and heated; the second row is heated. The tilt and slide second-row seats make getting in and out of the third row easy. Those rearmost seats may not have the temperature adjustments of the ones in front of them, but they do recline. Cargo space behind them amounts to a maximum of 36 cubic feet. When those are down and the second row is power folded away, cargo space tops out at 121.5 cubic feet _- just a couple tenths short of the Chevrolet Suburban’s max cargo room.

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Despite its enormous dimensions, the Expedition Max Limited makes parking simpler with its advanced parking assist systems. We’ve found such systems to be finicky and unresponsive in certain vehicles from a variety of manufacturers, but Phil has no problem getting the parallel parking function to recognize an available space, then smoothly glide him into it. It even steers itself to a spot that allows Phil to easily pull out of the spot when he’s ready to leave.

Getting up to speed after that is just a matter of pressing the gas and letting the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6’s 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque do their thing. Those figures also enable the four-wheel-drive Expedition Max Limited get 21 mpg on the highway and pull up to 9,000 pounds when equipped with an optional heavy duty trailer towing package.

Prices for SUVs are also much higher than they used to be. Phil’s well-equipped test vehicle has an as-tested price of around $77,000. However, given the popularity of the new Lincoln Navigator, the Expedition’s more expensive corporate cousin, that shouldn’t slow down many modern SUV buyers.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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