The 2023 Ford Expedition Took a Tumble in SUV Rankings

Help catch the Ford Expedition. It’s taking a drop! It used to top the charts as the best gigantic three-row SUV you could buy. However, the 2023 Ford Expedition has experienced a bit of a drop. Let’s see why the king is falling. 

Is the 2023 Ford Expedition the best SUV?

2022 Ford Expedition off-roading
2022 Ford Expedition | Allison Barfield, MotorBiscuit

That depends on who you ask. Some critics rank the 2023 Ford Expedition as the best SUV you can buy, and others don’t. For example, in the U.S.News list of the best SUVs for 2023, the Expedition is in a three-way tie for second place with a score of 8.2 out of 10. 

The 2023 Chevy Suburban and 2023 Chevy Tahoe share the silver medal with the same score. But the 2023 Jeep Wagoneer claimed the top spot with a score of 8.5 out of 10. 

U.S.News rankings are based on an average score from respected automotive critics and their reviews found in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets. The scores represent an industry average. 

Factors such as ride quality, comfort, interior, build quality, capabilities, cargo space, safety rankings, reliability rankings, and awards are considered for each score. The Expedition remained at the top for years until the Jeep Wagoneer managed to take it down. 

Is the 2023 Expedition worth buying? 

Yes, despite not being the number one ranking option, the 2023 Ford Expedition has plenty of value. It ranks highly for having stout turbocharged engines available, spacious seating in all three rows, a well-trimmed cabin, robust towing capacity, and good fuel economy for its class. 

Potential reasons to avoid the Ford Expedition include its mediocre cargo space and uninspired handling. It features 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row and up to 104.6 cubes in total. 

With the 2023 Wagoneer, you get 27.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row with up to 116.7 cubes overall. 

The 2023 Jeep Wagoneer ranks highly because it has powerful engine options, a spacious upscale interior, a smooth ride, and stout towing capacity. Reasons to avoid the Wagonner consist of its high price and it’s difficult to maneuver in tight spaces. 

The Wagoneer has a 19-foot turning radius, while the Expedition has a 20-foot turning radius. We found the Expedition to be extremely easy to park and maneuver and need to test the Wagoneer. 

When properly equipped, the 2023 Expedition can tow up to 9,300 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,758 lbs. The Wagoneer can tow up to 9,850 lbs and carry a payload of 1,360 lbs. 

How much does the 2023 Expedition cost? 

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The 2023 Ford Expedition price starts at $52,905, and the top-spec Platinum trim takes the cost up to $79,620. 

You can get started with a 2023 Jeep Wagoneer for $58,995, while the luxurious Series III model increases the price to $71,200. 

The Expedition has an advantage for being more affordable. Plus, it has six trim levels available. But the Platinum trim is significantly more expensive than the highest Wagoneer model. 

It seems like the Wagoneer outranks the Expedition for having a more comfortable ride, the highest towing capacity, and higher interior quality. But it could be more challenging to maneuver.