How Does The All-New 2018 Ford Expedition Stack Against Its Predecessor?

Comparing the previous-generation Ford Expedition with the recently-unveiled 2018 model is sort of like comparing the original iPad with the iPad Air.

In other words, two products with relatively similar footprint and purpose, yet they have different styling, and a whole bunch of different features that separate the old from the new.

In fact, here’s what Ford thought the Expedition needed in 2015, back when it received a necessary facelift: new front fascia, new trims, full-color 4.2″ LCD screens in the instrument panel, restyled center console and the (then) latest version of the MyFord Touch infotainment system, to go with the 10-speaker 700-watt Sony audio system.

It also featured push-button start, a rearview camera, interior ambient LED lighting and a radar-based blind spot alert for active safety’s sake.

So how does the now model compare? Well for starters, the exterior design language has been updated to 2017 standards – or at least current-gen Ford standards, while maintaining a boxed shape and straight lines . The styling is arguably much more elegant and once you step foot inside, you should definitely feel more in touch with today’s fast-paced world.

By that we mean enjoying features such as wireless charging, Wi-Fi, SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system that’s sure to out-duel the older 10-speaker setup from Sony.

In a tight spot, the new Expedition should be able to handle itself in ways the old model never could, thanks to its class-exclusive, enhanced active park assist technology and 360-degree camera. Also, the all-new Terrain Management System should give you more confidence when traveling off-road than you might have had in the previous-gen Expedition.

Last but not least, performance. Aided by a 300 lbs (136 kg) aluminum diet, the 2018 Expedition should also prove more capable on the road, both from a performance stand point, as well as fuel economy. It’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine with Auto Start-Stop is paired to a 10-speed automatic, whereas the older model’s V6 unit used a six-speed automatic.

Bottom line, it’s hard to argue in favor of the old Expedition, seen as how car manufacturers don’t really take “steps back” when it comes to technology, convenience and comfort.


  • Zandit75

    I think the Grille mesh should be blacked out. Leave the solid bars through the grill as chrome, and it might tone down the front a little.

    • Benzguy

      Maybe it’s blacked out in a more base trims, perhaps what u see here is the platinum trim!

      • Bash

        true.. that’s my thought as well.

      • Benjamin B.

        The base trim we get is the XLT. Normal people can’t get the entry. Only cops and other fleet customers. Ford does the same with the Escape. The entry level is sold only to insurance companies, ironically with less safety options checked (anyone else think that’s ironic). Everytime I see a AAA, Allstate, or Progressive owned Ford Fusion with entry level equipment, I wonder how that was signed off.

        • Scott Carmichael

          You can buy an Escape S FWD and Fusion S at the retail level.

  • Six_Tymes

    new one blows away the old

    • dumblikeyou2

      It’s like shooting fish in a barrel at this point, don’t ya think?

  • marioGTI

    I like the old interior better.

  • Anonymouse

    there should be a diesel unit for regional markets since it’s an all-new model…

  • The new interior is better but the old exterior looks way sleeker.

  • Bash

    look good, a better package overall comparing to old/current model, I was hoping they put the (step) on the front door windows as in the F150, I guess its a special design element specifically for the F series.

  • Miknik

    That#s 1998 vs. 2018. Says it all….

  • Imjus Sayin

    Kinda looks like a beefed up Flexpedition, or Flexplorer.

  • Benjamin B.

    Obviously this ute is moving up market. I wonder how much more expensive it’ll be. Mind you, the entry level is now the XLT unless you buy a fleet of XL models.

    I really like the front end. Looks sort of like a facelift Explorer, which I really love. However, that rear end looks odd to me. The taillights are weird looking. The way everything stops is wrong. I mean, the previous Expedition had IRS too, so how did Ford mess the ass up so badly?

    Also I think I actually prefer the old shifter. I don’t mind the rotary style automatic shifter, but the “+” and “-” buttons are pointless. Why not offer paddle shifters? The Ford Escape now offers them! I would’ve preferred the old F150 gear level with the “+” and “-” buttons on the shifter. Those are easier to understand.

  • Craig

    Should I assume that the 2018 Lincoln Navigator will also be 300 lbs lighter? Or is Lincoln going to bring out a version of that gullwing’d concept?

  • Erzhik

    Could’ve looked more luxury on the inside, this a bit too rough. But the outside is fantastic. Better than the Suburban.

  • dumblikeyou2

    Ugh, Ford’s interiors are looking too adolescent and piecey.

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