The redesigned 2018 Ford Expedition and the updated 2018 Ford F-150 aren’t just better-looking than their 2017 counterparts; they’re also more powerful.
Like last year’s Expedition, the all-new aluminum-bodied full-size SUV is powered exclusively by Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Dubbed EcoBoost in Ford parlance, the forced-induction engine makes a stout 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque in Expedition and long-wheelbase Expedition Max XLT and Limited trims, gains of 10 horsepower and 50 lb-ft. The powertrain is also fitted to the lower-level Expedition Max XL.
Opting for the top-of-the-line Expedition or Expedition Max Platinum brings even more grunt to the full-size SUV, as power rises to an even 400 horses and torque is turned up to a sturdy 480 lb-ft. Alas, the Platinum’s high-horsepower engine sips premium fuel (the 375-hp engine uses regular gasoline). Regardless, those looking to haul heavy loads with their Expeditions will be glad to know that the full-size SUV is able to tow as much as 9300 pounds when equipped with the optional tow package. No matter the trim, all Expeditions come equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission and an automatic stop/start system.
Although the rest of the F-150’s engine lineup carries over, Ford still saw fit to improve the twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 engine and burly 5.0-liter V-8. Both engines now produce 400 lb-ft of torque, gains of 25 and 13 lb-ft, respectively. While the twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6’s 325-hp rating carries over from last year, the V-8 sees horsepower rise to 395—10 more than the 5.0-liter in the 2017 F-150.
Fuel-economy figures have yet to be revealed. Nevertheless, we expect both models will see improvements compared with their 2017 counterparts, given Ford’s decision to make automatic stop/start standard, while also expanding the availability of its 10-speed automatic transmission to all 2018 Expedition models and most F-150s.