The 2021 Expedition comes standard with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. This combination delivers 375 horsepower and an impressive 470 lb-ft of torque. This is more than enough power to accelerate the large vehicle and anything that you might be towing. The V6 engine also gives the Expedition a solid fuel economy of 17 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway for a combined average of 19 MPG. While these numbers may not seem particularly impressive, they are significantly better than those of many other full-size SUVs on the market.
Drivers have the option to choose between rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. In addition to its greater tractions, the four-wheel-drive option offers drive modes to better handle conditions like mud and sand. Beyond the powertrain options, one of the most notable traits of the Expedition is the smooth ride it offers thanks to its independent rear suspension. The standard suspension can be upgraded with continuously controlled active damping that provides a smoother ride on even the bumpiest roads. Altogether, the 2021 Expedition provides a confident and comfortable ride no matter where your travels take you.
The Expedition is also a capable hauler with a maximum towing capacity of up to 9,300 lbs when properly equipped. This decreases by 300 lbs on the large Expedition MAX, which has a maximum towing capacity of 9,000 lbs. However, the advantage of the Expedition MAX is its exceptional cargo space of up to 121.5 cubic feet when the back seats are folded down. Still, even the base Expedition is no slouch with its 104.6 cubic feet of cargo volume. Even when the back rows are filled with passengers, the Expedition provides up to 20.9 cubic feet for the standard model or 36 cubic feet for the Expedition MAX.
Ford is committed to offering the utmost in safety, which is where the Expedition truly shines after earning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s five-star crash-test rating. Most trims of the Expedition also come standard with Ford’s Co-Pilot360 safety suite, which includes a variety of features designed to prevent collisions. What’s even better is that these features give drivers greater confidence the moment they get behind the wheel.
The Co-Pilot360 suite includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, which utilizes sensors to detect potential collisions with vehicles or pedestrians. When a collision is detected, the system flashes a warning, emits an alert signal, and pre-charges the brakes to prepare the driver and vehicle for potential impact. If the driver does not respond to the alerts, the vehicle can sense if a collision is imminent and will automatically apply the brakes.
The Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert takes some of the guesswork out of changing lanes and driving in reverse. The BLIS technology alerts drivers of any vehicles in the SUV’s blind spot, while the Cross-Traffic Alert system alerts drivers to traffic when the vehicle is in reverse. This makes backing out of a parking spot, the garage, or somewhere else much safer. Auto High-Beam Headlamps are also part of the suite and improve visibility by automatically turning on the headlamps in poor lighting conditions. Drivers especially like that the system detects oncoming traffic and automatically dims the lights as needed.
The Lane-Keeping System and Rear View Camera are the final two components of the Co-Pilot360 suite. The Lane-Keeping System ensures drivers stay in their lane by monitoring the SUVs’ position within the lane. If the vehicle drifts out of the lane, the system alerts the driver. If this occurs multiple times within a short period, the system will even suggest to the driver that it’s time for a break. The Rear View Camera is another helpful feature and is housed on the 8-inch central touchscreen. The camera provides drivers a rear view of the vehicle once the SUV is shifted into reverse.
Beyond the CoPilot360 suite, the Expedition also features Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control. These features enhance the Expedition’s power and capability, especially when towing. For example, Hill Start Assist helps the Expedition accelerate on a hill and minimizes the potential for the SUV and whatever it is towing to roll back before the driver accelerates. The feature utilizes the antilock brakes to maintain the vehicle’s position as the driver releases the brake and accelerates.
In addition to its suite of safety features, the 2021 Ford Expedition also offers the latest in technology, beginning with FordPass Connect and the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that gives drivers enhanced connectivity. Drivers can turn their Expedition into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and use the FordPass app to monitor data usage. What’s truly impressive is that the hotspot is capable of supporting up to 10 devices and extends 50 feet from the vehicle.
To support those 10 devices, the Expedition offers six available USB ports for charging and an optional upgrade with a wireless charging pad. Drivers have the option of adding a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, which is ideal for families who need to keep rear passengers entertained. The system offers the latest in technology and allows passengers to play DVDs, plug in a gaming system, stream live TV, enjoy cable programming, and more. This upgraded entertainment suite is available on the Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum trim options.
The Expedition’s technology doesn’t stop in the backseat with even more tech in the front dashboard. This is where the standard 8-inch central touchscreen is housed, which is the hub of connectivity and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as well as optional navigation. The voice-activated touchscreen navigation system truly sets the Expedition apart and gives drivers the option to subscribe to SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link with 3D mapping. This gives drivers detailed traffic and forecast data as well as information about nearby gas stations, entertainment venues, and more!