2019 Ford Expedition Limited Texas Edition review & road test
Did every single little kid had a dream about a huge toy vehicle that he would be dragging on the long, long rob?
Your dreams become a reality when you see the all-new 2019 Ford Expedition Special Texas Edition. It’s the 4th generation that’s been proudly built in Louisville, Kentucky under Ford’s Kentucky “truck plant.” Now it’s a unibody construction and it’s got a lot of new things, like the 10-speed transmission and massive power from the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that we’re going to talk about.
The lineup starts from the base XLT model that carries a hefty price tag of $52,130. Since the new generation was presented last year, we’d like to focus on this special Limited 4 x 2 edition with the Ruby Red metallic paint and stone leather interior trim.
When you get inside, it feels a bit like a motorhome, due to the massive body. Want to know how big things can be? Open an armrest and fit your 15-inch MacBook there.
But let’s look around and talk more about the interior. Yes, it’s built on the F-150 platform and therefore you will find a number of similarities with the F-150 lineup. It’s got new FordPass here that allows you to use your car as the Wi-Fi hotspot so you can have another service (in this case AT&T) and sometimes it’s helpful to have another career handy. After all, it’s a Ford Explorer, and you would probably want to drive it around to explore.
When it comes to connectivity, you’ve got USBs, 110v outlet and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay with wireless phone charger. Everything works like a charm, and there is no lack of connectivity or tech here.
Speaking of safety and connectivity, you can use FordPass to remotely start, lock/unlock your vehicle, locate it and even check how much gas you have left. From the safety department you have Adaptive Cruise Control with stop-and-go feature, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Forward Collision Warning, Lane-Keeping System, Enhanced Active Park Assist, blindspot monitors, and so on. At this point you’re probably thinking that this is something you can find on almost any high-end (or should I say high-price) vehicle. However, what you won’t see in the same price range is the new inflatable seat belts, a new potent technology introduced by Ford. In short, every single inflatable seat belt has its own airbag. It’s more comfortable to wear, being one more reason to encourage everyone to start using seat belts. If a crash is detected, the belt will inflate and help to limit injuries to give you more padding and reduce neck injures. This is great way to keep your passengers safe, and especially the younger ones.
Panoramic sunroof creates a feeling that you even got more room, but considering the fact that this is almost 105 cu.ft of cargo space you can really imagine how big this Explorer is. What I don’t get is why such a powerful engine can’t move it without applying any gas. Think about it – 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine that can offer 470-480 lb. ft. and (depending if you have Platinum trim or not) can tow up to 9,300 lbs. It’s got 375 HP at 5000RPMs and you should expect right around 18 mpg in average.
It runs on the huge 22” rims and feels a bit floaty when you’re going through the corners fast. Very comfortable for longer trips, and having eight seats you can fit everyone and everything here! From your golf case to family picnic tent – everything fits easily in such a massive 2019 Ford Expedition. And hey, one more thing that I was waiting to tell you. It’s got Bang & Olufsen (B&O) stereo system – best in business, which sounds better than any car stereo you’ve ever heard. Bravo!
The all-new Ford Expedition got running boards, one of the biggest cargo spaces and towing numbers in class, and … realistically high price tag. This loaded Limited version has $70,240 MSRP and we don’t see it as a winner in class when it comes to value. However, what it does provide you are unique features like the second row inflatable seat belts and FordPass app to connect your car with your smartphone. It’s got over 23-degree approach angle and it’s ready to go wherever your eyes can see. “Capable in all departments” – that’s the real description of the 2019 Ford Expedition Special Texas Edition.
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