There’s a lot right with the 2021 Ford Expedition. It earned our 2021 Best Buy Award in the Full-Size SUV category – the third year in a row that Ford’s biggest SUV has fought off a challenging field. But Ford has gone and improved it anyway. For 2022, the Expedition gets a new face, some updated technology inside, and a pair of new trim levels that offer something for the off-road enthusiast and something for the on-road enthusiast.
The Expedition isn’t all-new for 2022. Ford has given the big ‘ute a mid-cycle refresh – a thorough update inside and out that doesn’t involve a full redesign. The 2022 Expedition goes on sale early next year, and we expect to see pricing closer to that date. The 2021 model starts at $50,595, but can climb over $75,000 with options. All Expeditions also require a $1,695 destination fee.
New Look Inside and Out
This refresh involves a facelift. The Expedition gets a new grille. Automakers have been swapping in thinner LED headlights to many new designs this year. Ford has done an unusually neat job of integrating them into the Expedition, extending character lines from the grille to frame them so that they don’t look unnaturally small on a big vehicle. There’s just one big change to the rear view – the vehicle’s name is now stretched out across the tailgate above a chrome bar instead of etched onto it.
Inside, the dash has been resculpted. It sits lower and looks smaller. The changes make room for a much larger central touchscreen. The old model looked tiny at 8 inches. For 2022, the Expedition comes standard with a larger 12-inch screen, and a huge 15-inch screen is available. Upper trims get a 12-inch screen in place of the analog instrument cluster, too.
Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free highway driving assist system is standard equipment on the top-of-the-line Platinum trim and available as an option on other trims. 2022 Expeditions can receive over-the-air software updates, so entertainment and information options could improve even after you take the vehicle home.
Speaking of trims, the biggest news may be the addition of a pair of specialized trim levels.
Timberline Edition for the Trail
The Expedition gets an off-road-oriented Timberline edition like the smaller Explorer. It sits 0.8 inches higher than the standard Expedition, even after the addition of underbody shielding borrowed from the F-150 Raptor. The Timberline rides on 33-inch tires, set wider for a wider track. Trail turn assist, which tightens the turning radius for narrow trails, and a 2-speed transfer case complete the mechanical upgrades.
You’ll spot a Timberline edition thanks to its black wheels and orange accents on the bumpers.
Stealth Edition for the Blacktop
Those who love to drive but only on paved surfaces have a new option, too. Expedition Limited buyers can now add the Stealth Edition Performance Package. It gets an adaptive suspension retuned for sportier handling (at least insofar as a large SUV can have sporty handling).
A gloss-black grille, mirror caps, roof rails, running boards, tailgate appliqué, rear bumper skid plate, fog lamp bezels, and Ford emblems add the stealth to the package. It rides on larger 22-inch black aluminum wheels with red brake calipers.
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