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Eric's Autos: 2023 Ford Expedition MAX

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Occupying the middle ground is sometimes just the right place to be -- depending on what you're looking for.

The 2023 Ford Expedition MAX isn't quite as long or as spacious as a Chevy Suburban, but it's longer than a Chevy Tahoe, the shorter version of the Suburban. (You can also think of the Suburban as a longer version of the Tahoe, both ways of looking at it being equally accurate.)

The MAX also comes standard with a smaller -- stronger -- engine than either version of the two Chevys, and a higher standard tow rating (9,300 pounds), too.

What It Is

The MAX is a longer version of the Ford Expedition, which is Ford's full-size SUV. Unlike GM, which markets the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban as two different models, Ford markets the MAX as a version of the Expedition rather than as two separate models, for the altogether sensible reason that the two are the same thing in different lengths.

Whether we're talking about the Ford or the Chevys.


MAX prices start at $55,905 for the base XL trim with 2WD; adding the optional 4WD system bumps the price up to $58,955. From there you can select from XLT ($59,940), King Ranch ($77,170) and Platinum trims ($81,620). The latter comes standard with a stronger version of the 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine that's standard in all Expeditions, and this can be upgraded to an even stronger version if you select the optional Stealth package, which includes 22-inch wheels/tires, upgraded brakes, power deployable running boards and a 22-speaker premium audio system.

What's New For 2023

The longer MAX version of the Expedition is now offered with all trims, including the base XL.

What's Good


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