Watch out Chevy Tahoe and Suburban. The 2019 Ford Expedition MAX is about to give you a run for your money. This large sport utility vehicle is the stylish alternative with more cargo space and seating than its rivals. (The MAX refers to the larger version of the Expedition.) The Expedition MAX has a longer wheelbase, higher maximum towing capacity, and tons more cargo room for a slightly higher price. In this model guide, we'll dive deep into this large-and-in-charge SUV.
A Second Home
The 2019 Ford Expedition MAX has cargo room in spades. The MAX offers 36 cubic feet of space behind the third row and up to 121.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats folded down. And did we mention that folding the seats down leaves you with a level surface? That's among the best in its class for cargo. In fact, only the GMC Yukon offers more. The Expedition MAX can haul up over 1,750 pounds.
But we're just getting started because the Expedition MAX also has amazing trailering potential. The fully equipped version can tow up to 9,000 pounds. That's about 3,000 pounds more than either the Tahoe or the Suburban. That's unbeatable towing capacity for a vehicle in a heavyweight SUV class.
If you know your Ford vehicles, the interior of the Expedition MAX will be familiar. But the standout aesthetic is the knurled buttons and knobs that exude a cool, upscale feel. Not familiar with knurling? Think tiny, criss-crossing lines like those found on quality tools for better grip. Run your fingers over the knobs and buttons in the Expedition and you can feel the quality. Then feel in control again as you push buttons and turn knobs with zero slip.
Perfect fit and finish describes the other surfaces in the Expedition. This isn't a luxury SUV, but comes pretty darn close. Little touches, like expert leather stitching, really convey the quality. And don't even get us started on the Platinum trim level, which adds wood accents, massaging front seats, and active noise cancellation, along with a rear-seat entertainment system for the kiddos in the back.
Features, Features, Features
Speaking of features, the Expedition MAX has no end of them. The base model comes standard with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine with start/stop paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Then there's the three-zone air conditioning with rear controls, audio system with radio, MP3, CD, SiriusXM and nine speakers. Jack in with audio, Bluetooth and USB inputs. But the Expedition is just getting started because there's also power-folding 3rd-row seatbacks, push-button start, keyless entry, rearview camera, multiple airbags, post-crash alert system for emergency help, and trailer-sway control. Did we mention that's just the standard equipment?
Optional equipment includes almost everything under the sun, from smartphone integration to ventilated seats, from deluxe audio system to panoramic sunroof. To top it off, there's a smorgasbord of safety features. Truly, the 2019 Ford Expedition MAX is the complete package.