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What’s the most popular 2023 Ford Expedition trim? The Expedition is gaining traction as one of the best options in the full-size SUV class. However, there’s one trim level getting more action than any other option in the lineup, the Expedition XLT. Two experts recommend a different trim, the Limited model, but neither recommends the most popular one. In short, experts and buyers disagree on the best 2023 Ford Expedition trim.

Buyers and experts disagree on the best 2023 Ford Expedition trim, one of the best full-size SUVs
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According to Edmunds, the most popular 2023 Ford Expedition trim is the XLT model. As the second-cheapest model in the Expedition lineup, it’s no surprise customers favor it over more costly options. However, why aren’t they choosing the cheapest XL trim instead? The most popular Ford full-size SUV costs $61,035, while the base model starts at $56,970. What makes Expedition owners choose the more expensive of the two bottom trims?

The seating arrangement is the most significant reason buyers choose the XLT trim over the base model. Edmunds says the more costly option comes with seating for eight, while the cheapest version only seats five. In addition to the many standard features, owners also gain tri-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, additional USB ports, and satellite radio. The XLT model also includes XL features, like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Ford Co-Pilot360, the trailer tow package, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 12-inch touchscreen.

Best 2023 Ford Expedition trim

Most experts do not recommend buying the most popular 2023 Ford Expedition. For Edmunds, the best version of the full-size SUV is the Limited model. Starting at $69,855, this trim is slotted just one above the most popular XLT. The publication says it’s the one to get because “it adds convenience and luxury items such as a hands-free tailgate, leather upholstery, premium audio, adaptive cruise control, and a navigation system…” Moreover, it’s nice that customers interested in the Limited model can add the Stealth Performance package if they wish, which includes a more potent engine.

Next, Car and Driver consider the same model the best in the Expedition lineup. “Not only does it have a nice mix of standard features (leather-trimmed seats, a Bang & Olufsen stereo, and power-operated running boards), but it’s also available with an enticing performance option that should make the big rig better to drive,” C/D said. Both experts are drawn to the Steal Performance package, which adds a 440 horsepower engine, replacing the 375 hp unit. Unfortunately, all-wheel drive still costs another $3,000 extra with the best trim and package already equipped.

Buyers and experts disagree on the best 2023 Ford Expedition

In conclusion, buyers and experts disagree about the best 2023 Ford Expedition trim. Overall, most models in the lineup are excellent. However, it’s clear that some trims provide far more value to the owner than others. The most popular model most consumers purchase is the XLT trim, which adds a lot of value over the XL base model. Experts disagree with that decision, as two prominent sources suggest the Limited trim as the best version of the full-size SUV.


Experts Don’t Recommend the Most Popular 2022 Ford Expedition Trim