In this golden age of SUVs, Ford makes no fewer than six SUV models, seven if you separate the Expedition from the Expedition MAX. These are the vehicles that Americans crave, and the market has responded to the demand in a big way. Let’s take a quick look at each of the Ford SUVs on offer.
The small-but-not-that-small Ford Escape has a generous cargo hold—34 cubic feet behind the back seat—for a weekend trip or a stop at the bulk grocery store. If that’s not enough, there’s also the 3,500 pounds of towing capacity, which is outstanding for its class. Coming in four different trim levels, if you like getting just the right car for you with nothing left over, the versatile Escape has a little of everything, including three engine options to choose from.
The Ford Edge is more performance-oriented than most mid-size SUVs, which is a huge plus if you prefer the passing lane. The purr you hear is the standard engine, a 250-horsepower 4-cylinder, which can be swapped out with the mightier 335-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6. What’s most surprising is the fuel economy, a startlingly good 22 city miles and 29 highway miles per gallon. That’s all to haul a spacious cabin that’s sure to please anyone sitting in one of its five seats.
The Ford Flex has been around since 2009 but the exterior design still feels new. While technically a crossover SUV, the Ford Flex bends the rules with some of the look of a wagon or minivan thrown into the mix. The Flex offers optional all-wheel drive and a twin-turbocharged V6 engine if you want to emphasize power and sportiness. Every Flex is versatile in seating, with seven seats for a growing family and a towing capacity of up to 4,500 pounds for getting them and all their gear to the lake or cabin.
Ford’s third mid-size minivan is its largest with three rows of seating for up to seven passengers. A cavernous 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind that third row (or 81.7 cubes all told). And a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds. The Explorer lives up to its name, if your mission is to fit the whole family and go on a weekend adventure. The other highlight is the Explorer’s three outstanding engines, starting with its 290-horsepower V6 and getting as good as a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6.
The largest SUV in the Ford lineup is the Expedition. This titan not only seats up to eight people, hauls all their stuff with 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space, and tows up to 9,300 pounds, the Expedition does it all in style. That’s because this large SUV boasts a stunning cabin that will make you want to live here. Its 375-horsepower engine is especially good, and the whole SUV gets an outstanding reliability rating from JD Power and Associates. Living is good in the Ford Expedition.