2022 Ford Expedition Review Update

Christian Wardlaw, Independent Expert | Oct 06, 2022

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Large SUVs are appealing for their roomy interiors, comfortable seats, big cargo areas, and powerful engines that can tow significant weight. The trade-offs for these qualities are high prices and low fuel economy. In other words, don't buy a full-size SUV unless you can afford the sticker price and the monthly fuel bill.

Those financial considerations limit sales in the segment, and only a handful of models are available. The Ford Expedition is one of them. It receives numerous updates for the 2022 model year to ensure its continued competitiveness against rivals, including the Chevrolet Tahoe and SuburbanGMC Yukon and Yukon XL, Jeep WagoneerNissan Armada, and Toyota Sequoia.

Changes to the 2022 Ford Expedition include:

  • Updated styling and new wheel designs
  • Revised dashboard and available digital gauges
  • Next-generation infotainment technology
  • New high-end audio option
  • Enhanced rear-seat entertainment system
  • Additional safety features, including a hands-free driving system called BlueCruise
  • Trailer Backup Assist 2.0 technology
  • Timberline trim ready for off-roading
  • Stealth Performance Edition trim with plenty of power and attitude

When you shop for a Ford Expedition, you choose between the standard-length model and the longer Expedition Max. Trim levels include the XL STX (Expedition only), XLT, Limited, Timberline (Expedition only), King Ranch, and Platinum. They all have three rows of seats except for the XL STX, which is a 5-passenger model. In addition, every Expedition comes with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and either rear-wheel drive or 4-wheel-drive (4WD).

Previously, J.D. Power reviewed the 2021 Ford Expedition Platinum and the 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch. This review focuses on the Expedition's updates for 2022 and how they potentially impact its overall appeal to consumers.

What Owners Say About the Large SUV Segment - Find the best Ford deals!

2022 Ford Expedition Limited Stealth Blue Front Quarter View

Photo: Christian Wardlaw

The Ford Expedition competes in the Large SUV market segment. According to data collected from verified new-vehicle buyers for the J.D. Power 2022 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, 57 percent of new Large SUV buyers are male (vs. 62 percent for the industry), and the median age of a new Large SUV buyer is 49 years (vs. 54).

As part of the APEAL Study, owners rated the Large SUV segment in 10 primary categories. Listed below in descending order, you'll find their preferences, from their most favorite thing about the vehicle to their least favorite:

  • Exterior styling
  • Driving feel
  • Powertrain
  • Feeling of safety
  • Interior design
  • Driving comfort
  • Setting up and starting
  • Getting in and out
  • Infotainment
  • Fuel economy

What Our Independent Expert Says About the Ford Expedition - Find the best Ford deals!

In the sections that follow, our independent expert analyzes an Expedition Limited equipped with the following options:

  • 4WD
  • Extra-cost paint
  • Stealth Edition package
  • Heavy-duty Trailer Towing package
  • Electronic limited-slip differential
  • Sync 4A infotainment system

The test vehicle's price came to $80,155, including the $1,795 destination charge. Unfortunately, it did not have several of the new features Ford offers for the 2022 Expedition.

Minor Exterior and Interior Styling Changes

2022 Ford Expedition Limited Stealth Interior Dashboard

Photo: Christian Wardlaw

During the week I drove the 2022 Ford Expedition Stealth Edition, I received numerous unsolicited comments about its good looks. People liked the bold lettering across the hood, the blacked-out trim, the 22-inch black wheels, and the Infinite Blue paint. Ford applied these details to a facelifted SUV sporting new grille styles, revised LED headlights and taillights, and fresh wheel designs.

Inside, the 2022 Expedition gets a new dashboard that can accommodate the available Sync 4 infotainment system's large touchscreen and is available with digital instrumentation. The resulting look is more like an SUV and less like a pickup truck, but the mix of quality materials and stiff, durable plastics remains.

Otherwise, the Expedition continues to offer exceptionally comfortable seating in all three rows and a robust amount of cargo space. Depending on which body length you choose, Expeditions can carry between 19.3 and 34.3 cubic feet of cargo behind the third-row seat, 57.5–73.3 cubic feet behind the second-row seats, and 104.6–121.5 cubic feet with both rear rows of seats folded down.

New Expedition Timberline and Stealth Performance Models Debut

Two new versions of the Expedition debut in 2022. One is an official trim level, while the other is a package upgrade for the Expedition Limited. Both feature the most potent version of the SUV's twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, which supplies 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.

Ford packages the 2022 Expedition Timberline for off-roading. It comes with standard 4WD, a 2-speed transfer case, added ground clearance, a wider track, an off-road suspension, all-terrain tires, and a skid plate from the F-150 Raptor pickup truck. Ford also equips the Timberline with Trail Turn Assist, which makes the SUV more maneuverable on trails, and Ford Trail Control, which is an off-road cruise control system.

The other new Expedition model is the Limited with the Stealth Performance package. It builds on the Stealth package with the high-output V6 engine, dual exhaust system, revised rear axle ratio, red-painted brake calipers, and additional equipment.

The test vehicle had the Stealth "non-performance" upgrade. In addition to the appealing looks, it equips the SUV with 22-inch wheels and tires and a sport-tuned suspension but retains the Limited trim's 400-hp twin-turbo V6, which generates less torque at 480 pound-feet.

Though it comes up 40 horses and 30 pound-feet short of the Stealth Performance, the regular Stealth is quick and rewarding to drive—for a full-size SUV. Those 22-inch wheels degrade the ride quality, though. An adaptive damping suspension is newly available with the Stealth packages for 2023, so perhaps that will soften the blows while better controlling the big SUV's occasionally excessive body motions.

Ford says 2022 Expedition tow ratings range from 9,000 to 9,300 pounds, depending on the version you choose. Note that you need the Heavy-duty Trailer Towing package to achieve these capabilities.

Official EPA fuel-economy ratings suggest the Expedition 4WD should get 18 mpg in combined city/highway driving. During testing, I saw 16.2 mpg. Fortunately, the twin-turbo V6 runs just fine on regular gas, making it more affordable to fill up.

Sync 4 Infotainment Leads List of Tech Upgrades

2022 Ford Expedition Sync 4 Navigation Map

Photo: Christian Wardlaw

For the first time, Ford offers its next-generation Sync 4 and Sync 4A infotainment systems in the Expedition. The standard setup has a 12-inch touchscreen mounted in landscape orientation above physical climate and stereo controls. Sync 4A, seen in the photo, equips the SUV with a 15.5-inch portrait-style touchscreen that embeds the climate and stereo controls as touch-sensing operations. Only a volume knob remains.

With wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, FordPass Connect connected services including access to a Wi-Fi hotspot, and conversational voice-recognition technology, either version of Sync 4 is a breeze to use for anyone familiar with modern smartphone and tablet computer technology. Unfortunately for Ford, the test vehicle's voice-recognition system proved less effective than Siri at finding destinations and providing directions via Apple CarPlay. That won't help the company to sell subscriptions to connected services after the complimentary trial periods expire.

Additionally, you'll want to retrain yourself to use the stereo controls on the steering wheel to adjust the speaker volume. On several occasions, my fingertips accidentally touched the windshield defroster button to the right of the volume knob on the display screen. This cranked up the heat during a late summer heatwave, requiring me to recalibrate the climate system each time.

In addition to the new Sync 4 infotainment system, Ford offers a new 12.4-inch digital instrumentation panel in the 2022 Expedition. You can also upgrade to a new 22-speaker Bang & Olufsen Unleashed sound system and add a new rear-seat entertainment system with Amazon Fire TV streaming capability.

People who tow will want the next-generation Pro Trailer Backup Assist 2.0 system, which automates more of the process than before and makes it easier than ever to reverse that Airstream into a slot at the RV park.

Is BlueCruise Available on the 2022 Ford Expedition?

Ford expands the Expedition's list of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for the 2022 model year. But BlueCruise is the star of the show.

BlueCruise is Ford's hands-free highway driving-assist system. It uses the adaptive cruise control system, lane-centering assistance technology, speed-sign-recognition system, and a sophisticated driver monitoring system to allow drivers to remove their hands from the steering wheel on approved limited-access highways in the United States and Canada. However, while you can let go of the steering wheel when BlueCruise takes over, you must remain attentive and ready to resume control at any time.

I've used the Lincoln version of BlueCruise (Active Glide) in the 2022 Navigator. On the freeways of metropolitan Phoenix, the system was as effective as Super Cruise from Ford's rival, General Motors. But, from time to time, the system could not steer for itself, providing short notice that I needed to take control until proper operating conditions returned.

In addition to BlueCruise, which is a Platinum-trim exclusive, the 2022 Expedition offers the following new ADAS:

  • Road Edge Detection: Works on roads without painted edge lines to help keep the Expedition on the pavement.
  • Intersection Turn Assistance: Works when making a left turn across traffic. This feature can tell if it is unsafe to make the turn and automatically applies the Expedition's brakes.
  • Automatic Emergency Steering: Adds stability and support when the driver makes a sudden steering input to avoid an obstacle on the road.
  • Reverse Brake Assist: Automatically brakes the Expedition if pedestrians, vehicles, or obstacles are present while the SUV reverses.

During the evaluation, the test vehicle's Ford Co-Pilot Assist+ and Co-Pilot Assist 2.0 collections of ADAS worked well, except for the lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, and lane-centering assistance systems. From false alarms to an irritating tendency to "hug" painted road lines, the technology frequently proved dissatisfying.

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2022 Ford Expedition Limited Stealth Blue Rear Quarter View

Photo: Christian Wardlaw

The last time Ford completely redesigned the Expedition was for the 2018 model year. Since then, new versions of the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/Yukon XL have arrived, adopting Ford's independent rear suspension design to increase their third-row passenger room and cargo space dramatically.

Furthermore, Jeep launched a new Wagoneer for 2022 and is following that up with a Wagoneer L extended-length version and a new twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine for 2023. A new Toyota Sequoia is out for 2023, too, but it swaps interior space and utility for a more efficient hybrid powertrain.

Ford's improvements to the 2022 Expedition should help keep the SUV competitive, and overall I enjoyed my time in the Limited Stealth Edition. However, the Ford Expedition no longer holds the comfort, utility, and towing advantages it once boasted, so a comprehensive redesign and a move to electrification are necessary sooner than later.

Christian Wardlaw is a veteran digital automotive journalist with nearly 30 years of experience in test-driving vehicles. He has held editorial leadership roles with Edmunds, J.D. Power, the New York Daily News, and others. In addition to JDPower.com, his work has appeared in numerous new- and used-car buying guides, newspapers, and automotive industry trade journals, including Autotrader, Capital One Auto Navigator, CarGurus, Kelley Blue Book, WardsAuto, and more.

The opinions expressed in this review are the author’s own, not J.D. Power’s.

No portion of these reviews may be reproduced, distributed, publicly displayed, or used for a derivative work without J.D. Power’s written permission. © 2023 J.D. Power

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