2019 Ford Expedition Limited MAX 4×4 Stealth Edition

With the arrival of the Ford Expedition and Expedition Max in 2018, the full-size SUV from Ford reached its full potential as a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) – most people would agree.   

For 2019 it offers even more flexibility and utility along with convenience, luxury comfort and current technology for today’s families.  It is ideally suited for not just families, but also anyone wanting to move in style around town or take a gang with lots of gear plus boat, trailer or recreational vehicles to almost anywhere in search of fun and adventure.

In fact, it so impressed the folks at U.S. News and World Report that they scored it a 9.2/10 – naming it the best full-size SUV in the marketplace for 2019.

Nimble, Sure-footed and Powerful

We have driven Expedition a number of times in the last couple of years (including an Airstream / KOA Adventure trip) around Texas.  The Ford Expedition (or Expedition MAX) has exceeded our expectations every time.  Our latest drive a couple months back – in a 2019 Expedition Limited MAX 4×4 – strongly affirms our earlier thinking.

The Ford Expedition or Expedition MAX will make you smile.  It drives smaller than it looks, is nimble on its feet, sure in its footing and powerful enough to take your family and friends plus gear (inside or under tow) comfortably with lots of technology and connectivity – to just about anywhere.

 

As Tested

Our most recent Expedition drive was in a Limited 4×4 MAX – seating seven – in Blue Metallic with Ebony interior.   As the Stealth Edition, it was fitted out with Black exterior accents including wheels, deployable running boards, grille, liftgate trim and lettering.

Sporting 22-inch premium Black painted wheels with 285/45R22 All-season tires, it was powered by the 3.5L EcoBoost Turbocharged V6, with Auto Stop/Start, producing 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. It was mated to the Ford 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, ControlTrac Four-Wheel-Drive and featured the Ford Terrain Management system with on-road driver selectable drive modes – Normal, Sport and Eco.

Our Limited MAX 4×4 had a fuel economy rating of 16/21 mpg city/highway and a combined average of 18 mpg.  With the standard fuel tank capacity of 28 gallons, this Expedition had a combined range of over 550 miles.

The MSRP for the 2019 Ford Expedition Limited MAX 4×4 was $68,825.  With packages and options, it priced – in our driveway – at $80,470.

 

Feature Detail on MAX

  • Heated and ventilated 10-way power front seating
  • Heated second row seating
  • Sliding second-row seats with tip-and-slide functionality
  • Third row seating with class-leading leg room and recline feature
  • Full power absolute fold-flat seating second and third rows for optimum cargo handling and capacity
  • Tri zone Electronic Climate Control
  • Panoramic Vista Roof over both front and second rows
  • Wireless phone charging pad in the center console
  • Wi-Fi hotspot (4G modem) that can support up to 10 devices simultaneously
  • 12-speaker Harman B&O premium audio system
  • Across the three rows, four 12-volt power points, six USB chargers and a 110-volt outlet
  • SYNC 3 with 8-inch LCD capacitive display screen with SiriusXM and featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability
  • Voice Activated Touchscreen Navigation
  • Fifteen (count them) cupholders throughout the cabin including the third row
  • Advanced Cargo Manager with flexible height utility cargo shelf
  • Flip up rear window for easy access to top shelf of cargo manager

More features

  • Rear view camera with washer
  • 360-degree Surround View Camera System
  • Hands-free tailgate
  • Power-deployable running boards
  • Enhanced Active Park Assist
  • Automatic LED headlamps and taillamps
  • Power Adjustable Pedals
  • Push Button Start with Remote Start
  • Roof rack siderails
  • Power auto-folding side mirrors
  • Windshield Wiper Deicer
  • LED headlamps and foglamps
  • Tow Hooks

Towing with Expedition MAX  

Our 2019 Ford Expedition Limited MAX 4×4 was rated to tow up to 9,000 pounds.   

Featuring Hill-Start Assist, Tow-haul Mode, Traction Control and Trailer Sway Control, its added Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package included a heavy-duty radiator, 3.73 electronic limited-slip differential and integrated trailer brake controller. 

Expedition is also equipped with the Ford Pro Trailer Reverse Assist system that makes the challenging task of positioning a trailer on the campsite or the boat ramp – especially in a full-size SUV – easy. It allows the driver to view the trailer through the rear camera and, using a rotary dial on the dash, easily control the trailer’s path to placement. 

For further convenience, hooking up to the trailer is easy as Expedition also features Dynamic Hitch Assist which uses the Backup Camera System with dynamic guidelines allowing the driver to position the trailer ball directly under hitch head from the cab.

2019 Expedition Lineup

The 2019 Expedition lineup includes three well equipped and featured models in either a 4×2 or optional 4×4 configurations.  It comes in both the standard length or the ‘Max’ extended length version.  

MSRP for the standard 4×2 models was:  XLT $52,130, Limited $63,015 and Platinum $73,365.  Going to the 4×4 configuration added $4,020 to the price.

The Max versions– adding nearly a foot to length and just over 9-inches to wheelbase were $2,685 more.  The added length increases the cargo space behind the third row from 21 to 36 cubic feet – a gain of 15 cubic feet. 

 

2020 Expedition

About the time we were spending a week in the 2019 Expedition Limited MAX, Ford was launching the 2020 line up that includes an enhanced Platinum trim level and re-introduces the legendary King Ranch Edition.

Expedition Platinum is updated with new 22-inch wheels and new premium finishes. Leather upgrades highlight the interior, including an instrument panel topper wrapped in leather, plus front door trim rollover and console rails.

                2020 Ford Expedition Platinum

Other premium features include leather-trimmed front- and second-row seats with perforated seat inserts and quilted bolsters, multi-contour front seats with Active Motion, and Wollsdorf leather-wrapped steering wheel with Pecan stitching.

More technology now comes standard, including FordPass Connect, with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 mobile devices.  SYNC 3 is also included which features compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Ford Co-Pilot360 is standard for 2020, providing driver-assist features such as Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support; Blind Spot information System with Cross-Traffic Alert; a Lane-Keeping System; rear backup camera with built-in lens washer; and auto high-beam headlamps.

Learn more about the 2020 Ford Expedition by clicking here:  https://www.ford.com/suvs/expedition/

2020 Expedition King Ranch

          2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch

Extending their 20-year long relationship, the 2020 King Ranch Expedition is available in both regular and extended (MAX) lengths. It features three rows of seats trimmed in Del Rio leather, Stone Gray exterior accent paint, power deployable running boards and exclusive 22-inch wheels painted with dark tarnish pockets.

Other features include distinctive Ziricote wood trims, power-fold tip and slide Captains Chairs in the second row, Ford Co-Pilot360 driver-assist technology, 360-degree camera with split view and front and rear washers, King Ranch ‘Running W” logo emblazoned into Del Rio leather of the seat backs on all rows and more.

            2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch Interior

Check out the  new King Ranch Expedition:  https://www.ford.com/suvs/expedition/models/expedition-king-ranch/

KEY DATA (2019 Limited MAX 4×4 tested)

  • Model:                                        Expedition MAX
  • Trim:                                           Limited
  • Class:                                         SUV
  • Segment:                                   Full-Size
  • Seating:                                      7
  • MSRP:                                        $68,825              
  • As Tested:                                  $80,470 (delivered)         
  • Engine:                                       3.5L EcoBoost V6
  • Horsepower:                              375 @ 5,000 rpm
  • Torque:                                      470 lb.-ft. @2,250 rpm   .
  • Transmission:                            10-speed Automatic w/SelectShift
  • Drive System:                            4×4
  • Ground Clearance                     9.7 – inches
  • Wheel size                                 22-inch
  • Tow Capacity                             9,000 pounds
  • Fuel Economy                           16/21/18 mpg    city/highway/combined
  • Range:                                        550+ miles (27.8 Gallon Tank)