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2018 Ford Expedition first drive: Bigger, badder and bolder

  • December 24, 2017

Packed to the brim with tech

One of Ford’s big upgrades with the 2018 model is infusing every nook and crack inside the Expedition with tech.

Ford failed to carry over the same gorgeous all-digital instrument cluster that’s found in the 2018 Mustang, instead opting for a hybrid system. The speedometer and tachometer gauges are still analog, but the center is all digital. You can choose what information you want to be displayed in this area, be that driving information or navigation directions.

The center console 7-inch touch display that runs Ford’s SYNC 3 system that supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which has quickly become a standard feature for every car. It offers the ability to bypass the car manufacturer’s clunky user interface (that includes Ford) and use Google or Apple’s version.

Other details that Ford added include wireless charging, six USB charging ports (two for each row) and four powerpoints throughout the car, 100V AC outlet, optional headrest entertainment system that adds two eight-inch displays to the front driver headsets and a 360-degree camera.

In terms of technology that enhances the driving experiences in the Expedition, it’s mostly autonomous driving features that are not only helpful when driving, but also when towing. One of the tests Ford put on display was the trailer backup assist. You can just put the car in the specific mode, take your hands off the steering wheel and just move a nob on the dashboard in the direction you want the trailer to move. It worked flawlessly. In case this appeals to you, the Expedition tows up to 9,300 lbs with the available Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow package.

For driving assistance, there’s the usual suspects of modes: Enhance Active Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Pre-collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection Lane-Keeping System.

Ford is really proud of the Expedition’s versatility. It put extra focus into refining parts the SUV that make a big difference.

The Expedition’s three-row layout comes in seven-seat and eight-seat versions, with the third rows being adjustable. It’s the only SUV to offer this feature. This is that much more impressive when you consider the third row can fold down, opening up the cargo space. Speaking of cargo space, Ford added what it calls Advance Cargo Manager that make its super easy to manage the cargo space. Little touches like the cargo defender prevents moving items from rolling out of the car.

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