2018 Expedition Out-Tows Rivals With 9,300-Pound Towing Capacity

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Newest version of the Ford family hauler leaves the Suburban, Sequoia, Armada and Yukon in the dust.

When Ford completely overhauled the Expedition for the 2018 model year, it took the big SUV beyond its previous boundaries. In terms of towing, Ford engineers also took the Expedition beyond its competition.

Like the current-generation F-150, the 2018 Expedition has an aluminum exterior. That switch in materials has helped it shed up to 300 pounds, meaning a four-wheel-drive 2018 Expedition should weigh around 5,500 pounds, and its EL sibling should tip the scales at around 5,800. The second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which generates 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque in the F-150, is now under the hood of the family SUV. Ford’s tech team threw out the 2017 Expedition’s 6-speed auto and replaced it with the new 10-speed unit that’s already in its pickup cousin.


Less weight and more power means the 2018 Expedition can tow a maximum of 9,300 pounds (when equipped with the Heavy Duty Trailer Tow package)! That not only exceeds the outgoing model’s 9,200-pound limit, but bests the tow numbers for the Expedition’s rivals. A 2WD Tahoe with the Max Trailering Package can pull a max of 8,600 pounds. A similarly equipped Suburban taps out at 8,300 pounds. With its giant 6.2-liter V8 and the HD Trailering Package, the GMC Yukon Denali can tow 8,400 pounds. The new Nissan Armada runs out of grunt at 8,500 pounds. Toyota’s Sequoia pulls even less, only managing to yank 7,400 pounds.


Buyers of the 2018 Expedition will probably be quick to hitch something heavy to the back of it. According to Ford, “More than 50 percent of Expedition customers value towing, and 15 percent tow weekly or monthly.” To make getting those ATVs to the OHV park or that boat to the lake even easier, the 2018 Expedition is available with Pro Trailer Backup Assist. We’ll have to wait until later this year when the 2018 Expedition goes on sale to find out how popular it ends up being.

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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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