The 2021 Ford Expedition is an attractive offering for those in need of a spacious vehicle, as it brings features such as seating for eight, and independent rear suspension, and available 4×4 on all trims. With power coming from the tried and true 3.5L EcoBoost engine, it’s also got plenty of on-road shove and towing capability. However, that hasn’t stopped the Blue Oval from tweaking the SUV for the 2021 model year. And just in time, too. The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2021 Chevrolet Suburban are freshly entering the market, and they won’t give up their sales crown without a fight.
The most notable change coming to the Ford Expedition lineup for 2021 is the fact that all trim levels can now be ordered in the MAX extended-wheelbase configuration. With a total wheelbase of 221.9 inches, the MAX models are about a foot longer than the standard SUV, while offering 78 percent more cargo space behind the third row. The added length doesn’t add any volume to the passenger compartment however.
There’s also the new STX Package, which brings amenities like a five-bar chrome grille with Magnetic secondary bars, an 8-inch LCD capacitive touch screen in center stack with swipe capability, SYNC 3 infotainment with enhanced voice recognition and tri-zone electronic automatic temperature control. No pricing information for the new offering is available at this time.
Ford has also added a bit of extra comfort to the 2021 Expedition lineup, as two-way manually adjustable head restraints up front are now standard on XLT and Limited models. Two smart charging USB ports have also been added for second row occupants, standard on even the basic XL model. Every Expedition model will be getting a new set of wheels for 2021 as well, which breaks down as follows:
- 17-inch steel wheels are included in 102A, 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels with Magnetic-painted pockets are standard on XL 100A/101A and on XLT and included in Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package on XL 102A non-MAX models.
- 18-inch Magnetic Metallic-painted cast aluminum wheels are included in the FX4 Off-Road Packages.
- 20-inch luster nickel-painted aluminum wheels are optional on XLT 201A/202A. Twenty-inch polished aluminum wheels are optional on XLT, but not available with FX4 Off-Road Package, FX4 Off-Road Package with 360-degree camera, the Black Accent Package or Livery Package.
- 20-inch six-spoke gloss black-painted wheels are optional on XLT and Limited 300A/301A and included in Black Accent Package.
- 20-inch premium dark tarnish-painted wheels are standard on Limited 300A/301A.
- 22-inch, six-spoke painted machined-face aluminum wheels with dark tarnish-painted pockets with continuously controlled damping are included on Limited 302A and standard on King Ranch and Platinum edition models.
- 22-inch premium black-painted aluminum wheels with continuously controlled damping are included on Limited 303A and Special Edition Package.
The 2021 Ford Expedition hasn’t seen many updates, though that’s not all that surprising considering the current-generation SUV launched back in 2018. That said, it faces stiff competition in a segment that is utterly dominated by the offerings from General Motors.