The 2022 Ford Expedition and Expedition Max are the company’s biggest and most versatile family haulers. While they’re not as easy to get in and out of as a minivan, Ford’s largest SUVs is available with three rows of seats, a notable 9300-pound max tow rating, and the ability to go off-road. While these attributes apply to others in the large SUV segment, the Expeditions boast one of the smoothest rides and roomiest cabins. Unfortunately, Ford’s entry isn’t as nice to drive as more wieldy rivals such as the GMC Yukon and Chevy’s Tahoe and Suburban. Every 2022 Expedition has a gutsy twin-turbo V-6, but it’s not very fuel-efficient, especially at highway speeds. Still, its combination of style and tech features, such as an available 15.5-inch touchscreen and a hands-free-driving mode, make the Expedition an intriguing option.
What’s New for 2022?
For 2022, Ford gives the Expedition lineup revised exterior and interior styling as well as new features and options. Along with obvious changes to its front end, the cabin inherits a fresh dashboard design that’s similar to the one seen inside the recently redesigned Ford F-150 pickup truck. The Expedition’s interior quality improves thanks to better materials, and its infotainment system is completely overhauled with a newly standard 12.0-inch touchscreen or an even larger, optional, portrait-oriented 15.5-inch touchscreen. Plus, Ford now offers its BlueCruise hands-free highway driving technology on the top-of-the-line Platinum trim level. The new Timberline model has a distinctly rugged appearance set off by 33-inch all-terrain tires and an increased ride height. A new Stealth Performance package is available on the Limited trim and brings a more sinister appearance, a sport-tuned suspension, and a more powerful version of the twin-turbo V-6.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We think the middle-of-the-road Limited trim level on the regular-wheelbase Expedition is the one to get. Not only does it have a nice mix of standard features (leather-trimmed seats, a Bang & Olufsen stereo, and power-operated running boards), but it’s also available with an enticing performance option that should make the big rig better to drive. Opting for the Stealth Performance brings a sportier suspension setup, a more powerful engine (440 hp versus 375), and distinct dark-colored exterior details, including 22-inch wheels. All-wheel drive–for those who need it–costs about $3000 extra.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Motivating the Expedition is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 and responsive 10-speed automatic transmission that pair with rear- or all-wheel drive. The standard engine makes 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, but a high-output version is available on select trim levels and with the Stealth Performance package that bumps those figures to 440 horses and 510 pound-feet. While we haven’t sampled either of those engines, we’ve previously tested a Platinum model with a 400-hp twin-turbo V-6. All Expeditions employ an independent rear suspension that provides better ride and handling than the live-axle setups on Chevrolet and GMC alternatives. While passengers are comforted by its soft ride, the driver is penalized by ungainly handling and imprecise steering feel. The Expedition can tow up to 9300 pounds, while the longer Expedition Max’s rating is capped at 9000 pounds.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
This class of hefty haulers certainly doesn’t help preserve fossil fuels. Ford claims its EcoBoost engine (a twin-turbocharged V-6) is more efficient than a V-8, but the Expedition doesn’t deliver on that promise. The rear-driver is rated at 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway; the all-wheel-drive version drops to 22 mpg highway. Both the Expedition and Expedition Max delivered 20 mpg on our 75-mph fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen. For more information about the Expedition’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the Expedition has a chunky dashboard that includes traditional knobs and buttons for the climate controls and stereo. The cabin materials and trim pieces get fancier from model to model, topping out on the Platinum trim, which is appointed with rich leather upholstery and massaging front seats. Both the regular Expedition and long-wheelbase Expedition Max have spacious interiors and—unlike most rivals—its third row won’t torture adults. A three-seat bench is standard for the second row, but you can spec a pair of captain’s chairs if you want. The Max offers unbeatable interior cubby storage. Every model has a power-folding third row that can be controlled from the cargo area or back seats. Both second and third rows fold completely flat for a level floor, making it easier to load things.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Expedition comes standard with a huge 12.0-inch touchscreen that runs Ford’s Sync4 infotainment software. Along with the ability to accept over-the-air updates, it features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot is available, too, as is a 22-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo and a rear-seat entertainment system. If the standard touchscreen isn’t big enough, the Expedition can also be fitted with a vertically oriented 15.5-inch unit, which can also be found inside the all-electric Mustang Mach-EV.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Along with an assortment of standard and optional driver-assistance technology, the Expedition offers two highly advanced pieces of equipment. The top-of-the-line Platinum model comes with Ford’s hands-free-driving feature called BlueCruise. The off-road-oriented Timberline trim features a Trail Turn Assist that gives the SUV a tighter turning radius by braking the inside rear wheel in sharp, slow-speed turns when the vehicle is in four-wheel drive mode and on soft surfaces. This useful feature is also found on the Ford Bronco. For more information about the Expedition’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Ford provides a solid warranty on the Expedition, beating even Mercedes-Benz in the powertrain department. However, no complimentary scheduled maintenance is offered.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance