Personally, I'm not a big fan of SUVs. Slightly because I'm still a 'boy-racer' at heart and mostly because I'm not married and have kids yet. But if I was married and had kids I would definitely go for Ford's latest installment of it's full-size SUV - The all-new 2018 Ford Expedition. All jokes aside, this SUV is spacious... like super-roomy spacious. A small-person can definitely do a back flip in there once you lay all the seats down. Besides being spacious, Ford's new SUV is more rugged than your typical three-row crossover and it feels as if you were travelling in a coach, once again thanks to its spacious ergonomics. Based on the traditional F150 Pickup truck frame, the Expedition is our top pick if you need a full-size SUV that can haul a family (or families) from one destination to another and back - comfortably. It seats up to eight people, has a powerful turbocharged V6 engine and can tow more than 4,000kgs. Family trips have never been more exciting.

Interior
Inside, the cabin looks and feels great. Its quality build may surprise you with materials that are nicer than most of its rivals. In higher trims, the level of luxury is more on par with its luxurious sibling Lincoln than with what you'd expect in a ford. Standard features in the Expedition include a nine-speaker audio system, satellite radio, four USB ports and Ford's famous SYNC connectivity system with a 4.2-inch display screen, Bluetooth and voice recognition. But for a little extra 'faloos', you can opt for a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, wireless charging, a Wi-Fi hotspot, navigation, rear-seat entertainment and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple Carplay, Android Auto and an 8-inch touchscreen. "But wait! There's more!" - The Expedition has more-than-average cargo space, even by the standards in its class. With all seats in use, you get 20.9 cubic feet of space which jumps to 63.6 cubic feet with the third row folded and 104.6 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. 
Exterior
The new look is the most obvious change. The new Expedition matches the looks of Ford's other crossovers and pick-up trucks. The Expedition is the also biggest SUV among its competitors and honestly, it shows. Measuring at 81.6" in width and 210" in length, it looks like a behemoth driving on the road but at the same time quite easy to drive and look out of. Think of it as an F-150 pick-up truck but with more seats and with a cohesive shape that looks both modern and conservative. I personally like the arrow-straight beltline which in a way contributes to the open sensation in the cabin. Well done Ford.
Drive
Unlike most large SUVs in its segment that feature a loud, heavy, thumping V8 engine - the Expedition features a more environmentally friendly 'Eco-Boost' twin-turbo V6. But don't let that fool you since the V6 it carries generates plenty of power - 375 to 400 horsepower, depending on the trim level. Surprisingly it also provides quicker acceleration than you'll get from most of its rival. Thanks to a well-matched 10-speed automatic transmission, it allows the engine to reach its full potential. Ride quality is generally pleasant, which isn't always the case for a body-on-frame SUV but Ford has managed to pull that off remarkably well. Though in my opinion, it doesn't exactly put the "sports" in sports utility vehicle, the rear-wheel-drive Expedition has a respectable amount of agility for a large vehicle as long as you don't go full 'Schumacher' around corners. Even when it came down to soft off-roading, it handled the terrain gracefully with almost zero hesitation.
Verdict
The new Expedition shares virtually nothing with its predecessor and is definitely a clear leap forward in terms of power, refinement and capability of over the outgoing model. With a starting price of just BD15,995, It's easy to see why other manufacturers are having a tough time competing with the Ford Expedition. It gives you all that you'd expect from a full-size SUV: tons of interior space, great cargo and a smooth ride for you and your family.
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