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Ford Expedition Limited 4WD: heavy steering, hefty price tag

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Need to carry a crowd or tow a big trailer? This is your SUV.

The Kentucky-built Expedition, the big guy of Ford’s SUV lineup, had a major makeover in 2017, from its imposing aluminum body down to its reworked steel frame. Based on Ford’s F-150 pickup platform, the Expedition is a massive vehicle, with the interior room expected of a full-size SUV. There’s plenty of space for adults, even in the third row. And for more room, Ford offers a “Max” version with an even longer wheelbase.

Despite its size, the Expedition runs on 6 cylinders rather than 8; a twin-turbo V6 is the sole engine offering. But it does the job, providing power for passing at freeway speeds and towing up to 9,300 pounds. A sophisticated (for a truck) independent rear suspension minimizes body roll and provides secure handling. Heavy steering and the sheer size of the Expedition make it a pain to park or maneuver in an urban parking lot, however. Weight-reducing aluminum bodywork and a 10-speed transmission reduce fuel consumption, but this big SUV is still a thirsty beast.

The Expedition abounds with fancy features, such as optional Sync 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, advanced safety systems, and Ford’s magical Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which makes the task of backing a trailer easy. But then, the Expedition should be well equipped, because this hefty vehicle also carries a hefty price tag, ranging from $53,000 to nearly $80,000.

Vehicle layout: 3.5-liter V6 (375 hp), 10-speed automatic, AWD 
MSRP, base model: $53,426 (as tested: $72,655)
MPG, city/hwy/combined: 17/22/19
Crash-test ratings: NHTSA: 5 stars overall; IIHS: not yet rated
Spare tire: Full-size spare
Final assembly: United States
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles

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