Purchasing a New Ford Expedition? Go for the Max

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Ford dealerships carry two versions of the new Expedition: the regular and the Max. You want the Max.

A Ford Expedition is not a small vehicle. For many reasons, that’s why people buy it. If you skip the second-row captain’s chairs, it’s an 8-passenger cruiser that can tow your boat and head to an off-road campsite. It’s quite good, and has been receiving accolades from everyone who’s driven it.

Recently I had a chance to spend some time with it, but when it arrived it was different. It was the Max version, and despite being more expensive, the big car was also even bigger. Another 12-inches is added to the rear storage area. And yes, you want it. The Expedition starts at $51,790, and the Max starts at $54,475. But if you’re already spending that much, you might as well swing for the extra space.

The version I had was a loaded Platinum model that rang up just shy of $80,000. Surprisingly, this big brute of a vehicle didn’t feel that big, even with the extra length.

Like many modern Fords, the Expedition had a 360-degree camera system, making it easy to eye up the curb when parking or making sure you don’t back into a utility pole. Additional parking sensors front and rear add to the ease of maneuverability.

It’s also easier to drive, thanks to a lighter-weight aluminum body and improved suspension tuning and dynamics. I would never make the claim that it feels small while driving, the new Expedition isn’t a miserable experience behind the wheel and the vehicle is predictable in emergency maneuvers.

But what about that extra cargo space? The Max ups interior storage to a whopping 121.5 cu-ft behind the front row. That’s larger than many Manhattan apartments, and is cheaper, too. Need to haul a huge television? No problem. A new mattress? Easy. Building supplies for a new shed? Not a problem.

With the ability to tow up to 9,000 pounds with the heavy duty towing package, the new Expedition is basically a pickup truck when it needs to bed, and the ultimate family hauler the rest of the time. If you spring for the Expedition, spring for the Max.

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Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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