The 2023 Expedition comes in six trim levels: XL STX, XLT, Timberline, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum. All versions are moved by a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, but the engine output varies by trim. The XL STX and XLT make 380 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, while the Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum put out 400 horsepower and 480 lb.-ft. of torque. Exclusive to the Timberline and Limited with the optional Stealth Performance Package is a high-output version of the engine, making 440 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft of torque.
Every Expedition has a ten-speed automatic transmission managing the standard rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive. The towing capability maxes out at 6,300 pounds, or 9,200 pounds with the optional Heavy-Duty Trailer Towing Package. Ford offers the Expedition in two lengths, regular or the longer MAX (available for the XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum). A regular-length Expedition has a 122.5-inch wheelbase and 210-inch overall length, while the Expedition MAX has a 131.6-inch wheelbase and is 221.9 inches long.
The Expedition range begins with the XL STX. It comes with tri-zone automatic climate control, five-passenger seating, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a second-row 40/20/40-split folding bench seat, fabric upholstery, and automatic LED headlights. This entry-level Expedition also gets rear privacy glass, black-finished running boards, keyless entry, push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, heated power side mirrors, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.
The XLT adds a third-row 60/40-split power-folding seat, raising the passenger capacity to eight. Second-row captain’s chairs are an option (which drops the seating capacity back to seven). Other features of the XLT include rear auxiliary climate controls for the second and third rows, a power liftgate, a Class IV trailer hitch receiver, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Numerous comfort and convenience options can be added to the XLT, such as a power moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, and a driver’s position memory system.
Ford brings much of the equipment from the XLT to the Timberline but adds some trail-ready features to support adventures beyond the pavement. These changes include off-road shock absorbers, an electronic limited-slip differential, and a heavy-duty radiator. Inside, the Timberline has the second-row bench for eight-passenger accommodation, ActiveX upholstery with cloth inserts, a ten-way power driver’s seat, proximity keyless entry, a driver’s memory system with power-adjustable pedals, an eight-way power front passenger seat, and power-folding second- and third-row seats.
The Limited ushers in some luxury by starting with the same standard equipment as the XLT plus a panoramic moonroof, remote start, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain’s chairs (a bench seat is optional), a hands-free liftgate, LED exterior headlights, heated power-folding power side mirrors, a heated steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a ten-way power driver’s seat, a driver’s memory system, an eight-way power front passenger seat, and 20-inch wheels.
The Expedition’s upscale trend continues with the King Ranch trim getting Del Rio leather-trimmed seats, second-row power-folding captain’s chairs, power-deployable running boards, a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster, trim-specific exterior badging and interior accents, and 22-inch wheels. Completing the lineup is the Platinum, which has an upgraded suspension, unique exterior accents, interior wood trim, deluxe leather upholstery, massaging front seats (with heat and ventilation), active noise cancellation, and second-row captain’s chairs (a bench seat is optional).
The Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assist technologies is installed on every 2023 Expedition. This standard package contains automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams. Rear parking sensors are also standard across the lineup, while front parking sensors are optional on the XLT and Timberline and standard on the higher trims. The XLT and Timberline are eligible for upgraded automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane centering assist, and speed sign recognition; the higher trims get those features as standard equipment. Ford offers semi-automatic self-parking as an option on the King Ranch and standard equipment on the Platinum. BlueCruise, Ford’s semi-autonomous driving support technology, is only found on the Platinum.
Ford makes it easy to stay informed and entertained inside the Expedition. The standard SYNC 4 system features include a 12-inch touchscreen, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker sound system, USB ports, and access to a Wi-Fi hotspot and Ford connected services. SiriusXM satellite radio and Connected Navigation become standard at the XLT level. The SYNC 4A system (optional for the Limited and included on the King Ranch and Platinum) moves up to a 15.5-inch touchscreen.