Consumer Reports Says 2018 Ford Expedition Could Be Overkill For Urban Drivers

Ford’s largest SUV, the Expedition, is currently in its fourth generation. It’s offered in two lengths and its sole job is to appeal to those looking for a seven-seater high-riding vehicle with plenty of space inside.

Challenging the likes of the Chevrolet Suburban, the 2018 Expedition’s strong points include the conservative and yet modern-looking exterior, spacious cabin with easy-to-use controls, good soundproofing and a host of optional extras.

But as Consumer Reports found after driving the Limited model, which costs $75,000 in this configuration, not everything is perfect. For instance, the new Expedition is not as comfortable to drive as other 3-row SUVs, and due to its gargantuan size, the handling is not exactly responsive either. As a result, those doing a lot of urban driving should probably avoid it, as it could be “overkill”, CR points out.

Also Read: 2018 Expedition And Navigator Are Cash Cows For Ford, Lincoln

On the bright side, the 375hp turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 offers a “best-in-class towing capability”, according to Ford: 9,300lbs (4,218kg). Also, the SUV has a gigantic cargo space of up to 104.6cu-ft (2,962lt), and a best-in-class torque of 480 lb-ft (651 Nm) on 93-octane fuel.

The base model starts at $51,790. However, opt for the longer version, called Max, in the Platinum grade, and select some extra gear, and you can see its price balloon to a rather steep $85,000.


  • Erzhik

    It’s only overkill if you don’t have kids. If you have kids, you want as much space as you can get. Not only interior space, but also trunk space.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Buy yourself a transit van. It’ll be cheaper.

  • Six_Tymes

    Its a fancy BUS

  • Dubble Bubble

    Now I want one even more.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    NO! You don’t say!!

  • Rocket

    Do people really need CR to tell them an Expedition could be overkill? There are some who need such a beast, but for the vast majority of consumers, of course it’s overkill. In the words of my generation, DUH!!!

  • Victor Ferreira

    In other news, water is wet, and 92% of pickup truck drivers don’t need 10,000lbs of towing capacity.

    It’s not about what you need, people. It’s about what the consumer wants. And I want an Expedition, because this new model looks amazing.

  • ErnieB

    Sooo.. where would you take your wife if she asks you to take her somewhere expensive in your new expedition …. I’d say a gas station..

    • onlineNetizen

      man you made me spit out my food over my laptop. thanks for the laugh

      • ErnieB

        Lol.. you are welcome!

  • d’Aforde

    Well, duh! Of course it’s overkill in urban driving. For that matter, a Ford Fusion is overkill in urban driving.

  • Dubble Bubble

    CR has heard of Ford’s other “grocery getter” perhaps, the Excursion?

  • onlineNetizen

    consumer reports is starting to become negative nancy. I want overkill. this is Murica

  • dumblikeyou2

    Yikes that thing looks blocky and dated. Looks like the design goal was to reduce parts count and make it easy to assemble.

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