A family-friendly SUV needs to offer a well-rounded balance of fuel economy, towing capacity, drivetrain capability, and off-roading power. Whether you have to tow the camper, head up into the woods, or tackle ice and snow on your way to work, you can trust the 2022 Ford Expedition to get you where you need to be without breaking your bank.
Engine Power and Fuel Economy
When it comes to the automotive world, capability and affordability used to clash, but not anymore. The Expedition has two engine options, a 3.5L EcoBoost Turbo V6 and a High-Output version of the same engine. The base engine will give you up to 400 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, while the High-Output variant will increase the output to 440 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. When you have the Expedition fully equipped, you will also get up to 9,200 lbs of towing capacity.
Drivetrain and Off-Road Capabilities
While many SUVs are either family-oriented or they’re off-road prowlers, the new Expedition balances both worlds. This model includes the best ground clearance in its class, with 10.6 inches. For reference, that’s only .2 inches less than a Jeep Wrangler. Furthermore, the 2022 Ford Expedition has a heavy-duty skid plate and high 32-inch all-terrain tires to help prevent underbody damage.
The Expedition also includes an electronic limited-slip differential. In short, the differential is there to maintain traction and efficiently distribute torque to the appropriate wheels. It also includes the following Trail Control Assist features:
- Trail Turn Assist
- Zone Lighting
- Hill Descent Assist
Trail Turn Assist enhances the Expedition’s turn radius. Just like the new Ford Bronco, the 2022 Expedition can make tighter turns by locking the inner rear wheel during a turn. Hill Descent Assist is another performance-related feature that makes off-roading easier. When you’re venturing downhill, this technology will help the model back, relieving pressure on your brakes (and on you.)
In addition to these handy performance features, Zone Lighting also helps in off-roading situations by illuminating the entire area around the SUV. While this feature isn’t performance-specific, it is essential for nighttime off-roading.
What Trim-Level Offers the Highest Performance Features?
When you need the Expedition’s top-level performance, you’ll want to stick with the Timberline trim. That said, if you’re not so much into off-roading, then other trim levels will more than suffice. Aside from the Timberline, all other 2022 Ford Expedition models come with a slightly smaller engine, but it can still produce up to 380 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Whether you’re a casual commuter with occasional off-road needs or vice versa, there’s an Expedition out there for you.
Interior space is a must-have when you’re looking for a family SUV. It’s safe to say that the 2022 Ford Expedition doesn’t fail you here. Whether you’re taking the family off the pavement or you’re traveling to the city, comfort and convenience are guaranteed.
Space, Seating, and Tech
This model offers seating for up to 8 people, so there’s no denying its spacious interior. In addition to seating capability, the new Expedition also offers 104.6 cubic feet of cargo space in total. Even when the seats are loaded up with passengers, you’ll still get 20.9 cubic feet of space behind the back seat and up to 63.6 cubic feet behind the second row.
Not only is this model’s interior spacious, but it’s luxurious as well. Even the rear seats come with a power reclining option, and rear-seat entertainment systems are available to every passenger. It’s also important to note that these entertainment systems are Amazon Fire TV-capable. Furthermore, all passengers will have access to USB ports no matter what row they’re in. Between its comfort and space and a standard 12-inch touchscreen or optional 15.5-inch touchscreen, the 2022 Expedition is definitely a family SUV.
When it comes to safety, Ford hits all the important marks with the 2022 Expedition. This model comes with seven standard safety features, meaning they’re included at no extra cost. Furthermore, there are several optional safety technologies such as Ford BlueCruise, Active Park Assist 2.0, and much more.
Standard Safety Features
No matter what trim level you choose, you can rely on the following safety features to have your back:
- Lane Keep Assist
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- Rearview Camera
- Automatic High-Beam Headlights
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Forward Collision Warning
Lane Keep Assist is there to help keep you in the appropriate lane. When you start to drift outside the intended lane, this technology will guide you back, keeping you centered. Blind Spot Monitoring is there to warn drivers when a vehicle is coming up behind them on the left or right. The mirror will display a flashing symbol to indicate which side the vehicle is approaching from. Since SUVs are larger than cars, they are more prone to blind spots, making this safety feature essential for family SUVs.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert is a technology that monitors the row or aisle behind the vehicle. This is most appropriate for parking lot situations. When backing out of a parking spot, this system kicks in and lets drivers know if it’s safe to exit the space or not.
Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning both work together to help prevent front-end collisions. FCW will alert drivers when they need to slow down, but AEB is there to stop for you when you don’t respond quickly enough. The Rearview Camera and Automatic High-Beam Headlights are there to increase visibility, making nighttime commuting and backing up much easier.
Available Driver Assist Features
The future is now the present thanks to hands-free driving features like Ford’s BlueCruise driving. While this feature isn’t standard on all Expedition trims, it is standard on the Platinum Expedition trim. This technology isn’t for the laissez-faire driver, though. It’s still essential that you pay attention to the road while using the hands-free driving system. Ford makes sure that drivers stay in check here by including driver camera monitoring to ensure eyes stay on the road. Ford BlueCruise works on qualified roads only.
Now, for more fun AI features. Active Park Assist 2.0 is a semi-autonomous parking feature that works specifically with parallel parking. Once you choose your spot, simply shift into neutral and hit that Park Assist button. While it’s most commonly used for parallel parking situations, you can also use Active Park Assist 2.0 in perpendicular parking lots.
Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go ensures that you don’t have to constantly reset your cruise control to match the traffic’s flow. Instead, this technology monitors traffic for you and adjusts itself accordingly. Lane Centering works similarly to Lane Keep Assist, except that it prevents lane driftage rather than correcting it once it occurs. It takes more of a preventative measure than Lane Keep Assist does.
Finally, Intersection Assist is another available feature that uses sensors and cameras to help keep you collision-free. It uses these techniques to monitor surrounding traffic. So, when drivers are turning left and they have to yield to oncoming traffic, this system notifies them if it’s actually safe to turn or not.
Whether you stick with the basics or upgrade your safety systems, the 2022 Ford Expedition is packed with essential safety features. The Expedition’s affordable safety suite inclusion is part of what makes this model one of the best family SUVs on the market.