There are plenty of reasons to want a powerful, three-row SUV. You could have a large family, and the kids sitting shoulder to shoulder is not an option. Maybe your vehicle doubles as the team bus, and your kids’ sports equipment and friends need as much space as possible on game day. Perhaps your weekend adventures include a boat or camper, and a towing capacity of over 9,000 pounds would come in handy. Whatever your reason might be, if your current vehicle has maxed out its interior space and performance capabilities, it might be time to check out the 2024 Ford Expedition and Expedition MAX.
The Expedition enters this season with a new Wild Green paint color to complement its rugged exterior. Inside the third-row SUV, every trim level has added second-row USB ports for more convenient device charging. The XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum now come with front towing hooks when they’re equipped with all-wheel drive and the heavy-duty trailer tow package. Ford Blue Cruise 1.0 hands-free driving technology is also included with the Platinum trim (a standard 90-day trial is included, but a 3-year activation can be added at the time of purchase).
Ford offers a standard Expedition along with the Expedition MAX, which has a longer body and wheelbase, substantially increasing the cargo area behind each row. The trim levels for 2024 include the XL STX, XLT, Limited, Timberline, King Ranch, and Platinum (MAX is not available for XL STX or Timberline).
The standard powertrain for nearly every Expedition is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine paired with a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. On the Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum trims, this powertrain has the capacity for up to 400 horsepower, 480 lb.-ft. of torque, and 9,200 pounds of towing (as long as it’s properly equipped). Ford’s Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System comes standard on the performance-focused Timberline and is available on the other trims. The Timberline levels up with a 3.5-liter high-output engine (optional on Limited) capable of generating up to 440 horsepower and 510 lb.-f.t of torque. Plus, it gets trim-exclusive equipment such as Ford Trail Control and Trail 1-Pedal Drive, which allows for extremely low-speed crawling over challenging terrain.
The two-row XL STX seats up to five passengers and comes with the following features: cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-way power driver seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, four 12V power points, a cargo management system, an 8-inch gauge cluster display, two USB ports in front, two USB ports in the second row, all-terrain tires on 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels, LED reflector headlamps, configurable LED daytime running lights, black roof-rack side rails, black running boards, black heated side mirrors, an illuminated remote entry system with courtesy lamp delay, and Ford MyKey. The seating capacity increases to eight onboard the three-row XLT, thanks to a 40/20/40-split bench reclining fold-flat seat in the second row and a power-folding, power-reclining 60/40 seat in the third row. A power liftgate is also added for convenient access to the rear cargo area.
The front row of the 7-passenger Limited has perforated, ventilated, and heated captain’s chairs, not to mention a heated steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, two third-row USB ports, and a 10-way power driver seat with memory settings. The second row also has heated captain’s chairs with power-folding tip-and-slide functionality. The cabin is rounded out by ambient lighting, 15 cup holders, and an additional 110V/150W AC power outlet, while the exterior gains 20-inch bright-machined aluminum wheels, a chrome grille, bright equipment and design accents, a panoramic vista roof, signature LED reflector headlamps, LED fog lights, LED taillights, rain-sensing front wipers, power-folding sideview mirrors, a Class IV trailer hitch, remote start, and intelligent access.
The eight-passenger Timberline upgrades the interior with ActiveX seating material and heathered cloth inserts and Deep Tangerine stitching. The enhancements continue on the exterior with 18-inch high-gloss black-painted aluminum wheels, a grille with dark carbonized gray bars and ebony black mesh, front tow hooks (4x4 versions only), dual exhaust, and rear zone lighting. Ford’s iconic King Ranch trim is chromed out from its grille to the rooftop side rails, and Stone Gray coloring can be found on the running boards, mirror caps, grille inserts, and 22-inch 6-spoke polished aluminum wheels. Inside, it gains a 12.4-inch screen in the gauge cluster display, an 8-way power passenger seat, and Del Rio Leather for the seats, steering wheel, console, and doors.
The Platinum sits on 22-inch 12-spoke polished aluminum wheels and trades chrome for Satin Aluminum accents throughout the grille, door handles, and mirror caps, while the cabin gets leather-trimmed, multi-contour seats with Active Motion Massage and a dual-headrest rear entertainment system. Also standard is a dual-headrest rear seat entertainment system (this is optional for the King Ranch).
Ford prioritizes safety throughout the entire Expedition lineup with Ford Co-Pilot 360 technologies that help drivers avoid obstacles, stay in their lanes, and handle towing/parking with confidence. All trims have auto high-beam headlamps, rear parking sensors, blind spot information with cross-traffic alert, a lane-keeping system, and pre-collision assist. The Limited adds front parking sensors, intelligent adaptive cruise control, and a SecuriCode keyless entry keypad. The King Ranch features a standard 360-degree camera with trailer reverse guidance, and the Platinum builds on this expanded visibility with Pro Trailer Backup Assist, Active Park Assist 2.0, and – for the first time ever on this Expedition – Ford BlueCruise 1.0.
Ford’s SYNC 4 center stack 12-inch infotainment touchscreen is the centerpiece of the XL STX and XLT, featuring wireless smartphone integration (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), Bluetooth, connected navigation, and FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. While the two lowest trims have a standard sound system with six speakers, a 12-speaker sound system by Bang & Olufsen becomes standard at the Limited level, along with SiriusXM radio, HD Radio, and built-in navigation. The King Ranch expands to a 15-inch infotainment display with SYNC 4A, and a B&O Unleashed Sound System by Bang & Olufsen that includes 22 speakers and a subwoofer.