Full Size Fun | 2022 Expedition XLT Review
The 2022 Ford is all about maximization. You can maximize your capability, comfort, capacity, etc. Few new vehicles allow owners to haul more people and stuff, in more comfort, to more places than the Expedition. Ford recently loaned us fairly rare XLT model to test out. Though our time with it was short, we did manage to get a solid impression on this newly refreshed model.
I feel the Expedition's new front end looks really good.
As I mentioned, the first thing that stood out to me about this particular truck was the fact that it was an XLT. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen this once fairly ubiquitous working-man’s trim level applied to an Expy in the wild. However, this version of the XLT trim gives you much more than cloth seat and power windows & locks. This SUV had a very nicely appointed interior, that would have made an Eddie Bower interior of a decade earlier look downright pedestrian.
Power from the 3.5L Ecoboost (380HP & 470 lb-ft) is more than adequate to move this full-size full-frame SUV around. You have to love the table-top-flat torque curve you get from these high-compression twin-turbo mills. The shift strategy programmed for the 10R80 fitted to the Expedition remains one of Ford’s best efforts. The suspension and steering are both spot on. For our full review, check out this (somewhat patched together) video:
The Expedition remains one of my favorite currently offered Ford videos. I appreciate the relative economy it provides, and the safety aspects of its construction are second to none. It’s one of those vehicles that could easily be your only vehicle. Consider it the Swiss Army Knife of trucks. Te updated looks are just a bonus. Style, comfort, economy, and capability all in one package.
If you have any specific questions about this XLT Expedition, post them up. I’ll do my best to answer them all.
The Expedition's rear end has been slightly updated as well.
This is where the Expy really shines. The XLT interior has the perfect level of comfort and luxury, without being overly complicated.
It's great having actual buttons and dials in the center stack. The built in trailer brake controller is a huge bonus.
Even though the XLT model gets the lowest powered version of the 3.5L EcoBoost in the Expy, it still does a pretty good job of motoring this yacht down the road.
I'm still not a fan of seeing EGR coolers on many new EcoBoost engines.
The rear bucket seats would not be a terrible place to spend some time.
Even with the backseats upright, there's still a decent amount of cargo space in the standard length Expedition.
Even the door panels are nicely designed.