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2019 Ford Expedition pulls like a beast, drives like a Winnebago

Scott Sturgis, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Automotive News

2019 Ford Expedition Limited Stealth 4x4: When you need some space.

Price: $77,045 as tested. $7,540 for a Stealth Edition package (turning the chrome black, mostly) including panoramic roof, 360-degree camera, Driver Assistance Package, and voice-activated infotainment. $2,070 for Convenience Package, adding black roof rails, advanced cargo manager, and second-row inflatable belts.

Marketer's pitch: "Built to stand out."

Conventional wisdom: Motor Trend likes that it's "roomy, capable, and powerful" but not the "rough 10-speed automatic."

Reality: Stealth Edition?!? Stealthy like an elephant. Meet the "Stealthephant."

What's new: Coming off a redesign for 2018, the Ford Expedition carries over with just a few enhancements for the 2019 year (and 2020 as well). But it's still a worthy competitor to the Enclave, Sequoia and Telluride, offering three rows and plenty of space.

 

Up to speed: The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 powering the Expedition -- the only engine choice -- produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. Motor Trend says it hits 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, but it sure feels like trying to navigate a single-family house along the way. The Expedition doesn't hold a straight line well under duress, starting or stopping.

On the road: I have never had the opportunity to pilot an RV, but I suspect the Expedition is a lot like that. It's big and hard to keep composed. It's the RL Burnside of SUVs -- rollin' and tumblin'.

A Sport mode would be nice. Though a sporty Expedition seems like an oxymoron, the Sport mode in the Cadillac Escalade makes that large SUV feel like a comfortable driving companion.

But the underpinnings of the Expedition shine through -- towing up to a whopping 9,300 pounds when equipped right.

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