Consumer Reports Only Recommends 1 Ford Expedition in the Last 2 Decades

The Ford Expedition is the Blue Oval’s full-size SUV model. The Expedition competes with models like the Jeep Wagoneer and Chevy Tahoe. Many consider the Expedition to be the best full-size SUV on the market, but Consumer Reports has only recommended one model year in the last twenty years.

The 2022 Ford Expedition is the only Expedition that got some Consumer Reports love in years

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The 2022 Ford Expedition is the only model year with Consumer Reports’ recommendation in two decades despite the nameplate being in production since 1996. Does that mean that the 2022 model year is the only decent model in decades? Not necessarily.

Consumer Reports uses a strict grading system that consists of various tests. Some of the best vehicles on the market have overall CR scores that may seem low to some automotive fans. However, the organization’s strict system just makes its stamp of approval more impactful. So, the question remains, what makes the 2022 Ford Expedition better than any other of its previous iterations?

In the past, it isn’t clear what held CR back from recommending the Ford Expedition, but there are some clear problem areas for the full-size SUV. Some of the problems for the 2021 model year include poor fuel economy, poor emergency handling, and braking and ride quality that left much to be desired after testing.

The 2021 Ford Expedition scored a 1/5 or 20% for its fuel economy. It scored 2/5 or 40% for emergency handling and 3/5 or 60% for braking. The Expedition also scored a 3/5 for ride quality. Its strengths include its owner satisfaction, rear-seat comfort, and cargo space. The full-size SUV got perfect scores in these areas.

Is the 2022 Ford Expedition better than the 2021 Ford Expedition?

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How does the Consumer Reports-recommended 2022 Ford Expedition compare to the 2021 Ford Expedition? Interestingly enough, the 2022 Ford Expedition suffers from the same problem areas as the previous model year. CR has driving experience, comfort, and value data available for the 2022 Expedition.

The 2022 Ford Expedition has an 83/100 score for driving experience. It has a 90/100 score for comfort. The full-size SUV only has a 29/100 for value.

Edmunds gave the 2021, and 2022 Ford Expedition models overall scores of 7.5/10. Car and Driver gave both model years an overall rating of 7/10. There are no significant differences between the two models yet CR only recommends the most recent version. Does that automatically make the 2022 Ford Expedition the better buy?

Should you buy a Ford Expedition?

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A Consumer Reports recommendation doesn’t mean you should buy the 2022 Ford Expedition without doing some research. Ford Expedition models have their fair share of problems. Expedition drivers have complained about various issues after reaching 75,000 miles like odd humming noises and uncontrollable shaking when driving at high speeds.

The Ford Expedition is among the best full-size SUV options, but there are still plenty of alternatives worth considering. There are also plenty of great three-row midsize SUVs that provide more value than the Expedition for a more affordable price.

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