With the exception of a very few things, there isn’t much I don’t love about driving. Like many young drivers, back in my younger days I did experience some anxiety when I first got behind the wheel. It didn’t take long though, after some solo driving adventures, many errands to run and the help of other experienced drivers (family, friends, etc.) I overcame that anxiety and have loved driving ever since.
There are many days, even without a planned destination, that I’ll grab what I need for the day, get in the car and just drive. It’s a great way for me to clear my mind, ease stress and unwind.
Not too long ago I actually got the chance to test out the 2018 Ford Expedition, I’ll be taking the time today to give a review about this particular model. I can honestly say that I loved driving the 2018 Ford Expedition and hopefully, after sharing my thoughts, there might be a couple of you who loves the idea enough that you might head out to give one a try too!
As many people know, test driving a new car can be a little overwhelming to the senses. There are just so many features to take in and gadgets to play with. The 2018 Ford Expedition is no different in that regard, being as there were so many things to play with during the time I had it for review. To keep it simple, I’m going to talk about the five features I personally loved the most:
- The first thing I always talk about with any vehicle, is gas mileage. It is the biggest factor for me when it comes time to start thinking about purchasing something new for myself and my family. In the case of the Explorers as well as the Expedition, which we’re going over today, the gas mileage is never exceptional however surprisingly enough for something of this size, the Expedition didn’t do half bad.For city driving, the 2018 Expedition gets 17MPG which really isn’t all that bad considering my old explorer used to get about 12-14MPG. Now, on the highway the Expedition did much better at 24MPG and did even better with the help of Cruise Control. So, if you’re not making cross-country trips or are regular out of towner types, the Expedition will definitely see you through without burning a hole in your bank account in just gas alone.
- Seating is another BIG thing I have to mention, not only because of my growing family but because I know many families who also have larger families and who are always on the lookout for vehicles that can accommodate everyone & everything they need.With the capacity to seat up to 8 passengers, the Expedition has all the room my family needs and then some. Although 2 rows of seating would have been perfectly sufficient for our needs, it didn’t escape my notice just how handy the 3rd row was during our test period. Not only could we fit all of our groceries, knickknacks and any gear needed for things like extracurricular activities, but we could also fit in any extra passengers that happened to be coming along for the ride.As an added bonus, our extra passengers (family, friends of the kiddos) got to ride in style thanks in part to the comfortable leather seats and additionally, the power reclining 3rd row seats. Even with the driver and passenger luxuries that are available, I was still pretty jealous of those riding in the back. Sometimes I think it’d be nice to just lay my seat back and take a cat nap but such is the life of mom, always in the drivers seat.
- Wi-Fi Hotspot capability. Okay, so, I couldn’t just not include this particular feature. Generally speaking, those who drive vehicles with a large passenger ratio are typically those with younger children and teens, passengers who get bored easily and need to have a constant source of entertainment. Thus, my mention of this feature: no more crying of boredom, screaming at one another as a way to entertain themselves, constant streams of questions to pass the time, etc.The in-vehicle Hotspot drivers and passengers can access the web with help from the SYNC Connect feature, allowing them to stream, download, read, and browse using 4G LTE data. One of the best things about the Hotspot? Well, aside from near silence, is that it can connect up to 10 devices at one time. Hallelujah for parents everywhere!
- Available USB & Center Console Wireless Charger. Going hand-in-hand with the aforementioned Wi-Fi Hotspot, the fact that the 2018 Ford Expedition has 6 available USB chargers AND a wireless charger in the center console, isn’t something to leave out of my review.Have you ever experienced a long stretch of road with kids when a device has died and there is no entertainment in sight? If you haven’t, count yourself lucky because it s-t-i-n-k-s! Kids without a dead device and no way to charge it, experience the same hysteria one might face during the apocalypse. Definitely not pretty nor easy to get them calm again.Stay powered up on the go with the 2018 Expedition and never have to worry about the repercussions of a dead device or two while out & about. Note: the base-level expedition does only offer 4 USB ports however it’s better to have 4 than none at all, if you want peace within the vehicle.
- Last but certainly not least, and definitely worth highlighting, are the Driver Assist Technologies. Valuing the safety of ones family, especially while on the road, is something every parent puts above all else. Sure, Wi-Fi, heated & cooling seats, navigation systems and bass thumping stereo systems are great luxuries to have but at the end of the day, the main importance of a vehicle is to get your family where they need to go, safely.The 2018 Ford Expedition allows you to do this with several features that include: pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross traffic alert, and lane-keeping assist.I personally feel more safe and protected in the 2018 Ford Explorer than any other vehicle I’ve been in. Help keeping us safe while on the road with BLIS? Heck yeah, I’ll take it considering I’ve always had a tough time with Blind Spots. Pre-collision assist to help prevent accidents? Considering safety is my main concern while driving, I love being protected with help in preventing accidents with that nifty feature.