Consumer Reports Loved the 2022 Ford Expedition, But It Has 1 Unavoidable Downside

Americans love a giant three-row SUV. We really can’t get enough, it seems. Although there are plenty of newcomers to this category, the Ford Expedition is one of the originals. Many new three-row SUVs like the Kia Telluride or the Hyundai Santa Fe are plenty roomy. Still, there is a distinct difference between these models and models like the Expedition or Cadillac Escalade. While Consumer Reports loved the 2022 Ford Expedition, it has one huge unavoidable downside. 

Ford Expedition Max
2022 Ford Expedition Max | Ford

What is the downside of buying a 2022 Ford Expedition? 

The only real issue for the Expedition is its horrible fuel economy. Consumer Reports mentions that the school-bus-sized Expedition only gets 16 mpg overall. Now, in normal times, this would still be considered really bad, but it’s a big truck, and big trucks require more fuel. However, these days the cost of fuel has made a 16-mpg-SUV untenable for many Americans. 

Filling this juggernaut’s 19-gallon fuel tank at the current national average price ($4.24) would cost you $80.56. According to Kelly Blue Book, the average American drives about 275 miles per week. This means an Expedition will most likely burn a tank of fuel per week, at least for most drivers. So, on top of a car payment, insurance, and just routine maintenance, 2022 Ford Expedition owners are, on average, paying nearly $400 a month in fuel. This makes an otherwise good SUV a tough one to recommend. 

All that said, Consumer Reports dug the 2022 Ford Expedition. This massive three-row SUV landed a 74/100 on CR, a well-earned score. All that beef makes for a heavy vehicle, and heavy vehicles typically require heavy powertrains. However, in the case of the 2022 Expedition, it has three different versions of a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. Depending on which trim you get, this same configuration can make 375 hp, 400 hp, and at the top, 440 hp. Unfortunately, all that power doesn’t come cheap. 

The Expedition is one of the best large SUVs 

Aside from the fact that only the Sultan of Brunei can afford to drive it, the Ford Expedition is an SUV staple. 

The Ford Expedition won’t be winning many auto-cross races given its cumbersome size and heft, but CR makes a point to say that it takes corners as well as can be expected from something this size and even keeps body roll to a minimum. It also has a full-time four-wheel-drive system that can work almost like AWD. 

The engine options for the Expedition are pretty great. The beefy engines paired with the SUV’s weight and the HD towing package allow the Expedition to tow an impressive 9,300 pounds. Without this package, it is only rated for 6,000 lbs. 

How much does the 2022 Ford Expedition cost? 

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The 2022 Ford Expedition large SUV parked in front of a house | Ford

Even if fuel prices come back down to a reasonable number, the Ford Expedition still won’t be cheap. This gigantic SUV starts at $51,650 and stretches up to over $80,000. Granted, you are getting a hell of a lot of car for that money, literally and figuratively. 

Despite all the financial hardships of the day, it’s nice to see one of the grandfathers of the three-row still showing up and whipping the young bucks into shape. 

If this gargantuan got you down, check out these more fuel-efficient three-row SUVs.

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