This week we are taking a look at the 2021 Ford Expedition Max, the extended length 3-row version, intended to compete with the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL.
This is the 4th generation Expedition since it came out in 1997. This particular model is the Limited edition. There are five trim levels: the STX, XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and the top-of-the-line Platinum. All of them except STX come in a regular length and the extended Max.
My review vehicle is the four-wheel drive, but you can get it in a two-wheel version as well.
This is a great looking SUV overall. The clean lines and high beltline make it look long and lean with just the right amount of chrome and terrific 22” Mach aluminum wheels.
Under the hood you’ll find a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Before you question a V6 in an SUV this size, realize it has 400-horses, 480- pound feet of torque, and it will tow 9000 pounds. You get a 10-speed automatic that shifts silky smooth and pops into the right gear no matter the circumstances. It has stop/start but can be disabled.
Inside, the Expedition is inviting and you get an immediate sense of how roomy this SUV is, even in the 3rd row. The seats are comfortable, the dash is well laid out with a driver info center that you can configure from the controls on the steering wheel.
There is a large center console, a round transmission knob, the drive modes and there is a wireless phone charger built into the console.
Above that is the Sync 3 8” touchscreen that works quickly and is simple. From that screen you choose your audio, operate the navigation system, apps for Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and get real-time traffic and weather. Everything can be voice activated and a really handy feature is you can directly tune the radio station you want, which is awesome for Sirius XM channels.
Entry to the 3rd row is easy and the opening to enter the third row is sizable. With all the seats behind the driver folded down, you have 121-cubic feet of cargo area. Buttons at the rear of the vehicle let you lower the second and third row seats. The power 3rd row seat folds up and down very quickly.
Standard Equipment and Options
Notable standard features include: hands-free power lift gate, power deployable running boards, 2nd row heated seats, heated and cooled front seats, power adjustable gas and brake pedals, powerfold 3rd row seat, and power tilt wheel. It has the trailer tow package with Ford’s slick trailer backup system.
Also included with the Limited are blind spot monitoring that includes the length of your trailer, push button start, keyless remote entry with remote start, reverse sensing, rear camera, and a neat keypad on the driver’s door to unlock the doors.
In addition, my tester has a Bang & Olufsen sound system with 12 speakers, Wi-Fi hotspot, 10-way power seats, USB ports in the front and back, and a heated steering wheel.
This Expedition has just over $5,000 in options including heavy duty trailer towing package, the Rapid Red paint, Panoramic moonroof, 360-degree camera, active park assist, and LED headlamps.
Ride and Drive
Although large, the Expedition Max is not cumbersome to drive due to a very tight turning radius. The independent rear suspension system gives you a great ride, and the Expedition gives you a great view of the road ahead. All in all, it is a real joy to drive.
Fuel economy is 16 in town, 21 highway, and 18 combined.
As you see this one, the MSRP is $73,330, which is right in line with other large SUVs on the market, and even less money than some.
2021 Ford Expedition Max Limited
- What I liked most: Overall quality.
- What I would change: A little too much plastic in the dash area.
- MSRP: Base price $66,625,As equipped $73,330.
- Fuel Economy:Rated at 16 in town/21 highway/18 overall.
- Official Color: Rapid Red.
- Odometer reading when tested: 2,500 miles.
- Weight: 5,794 pounds
- Spare Tire: Full-sized with steel wheel.
- Length-Width-Height: 210” long/76.4” wide/79.9” high.
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 25 gallons with the on the driver’s side.
- Towing Capacity: 9,000 pounds.
- 2021 Expedition Max Limited in a few words:If you need a 3-row large SUV with lots of cargo area, this one should be on your shopping list.
- Final Assembly Location: Louisville, KY.
- Manufacturers website: Ford
- Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with roadside assistance and 5-years/60,000 mile power train warranty.
- Next Up:2021 Lincoln Nautilus