Calls for a cheaper version of the 2021 Ford Expedition have been answered. Ford announced it is making a base model of the Expedition with a price under $50,000. Just barely, that is. The MSRP for an XL STX comes in just under the $50,000 threshold at $49,995. Of course, a destination charge of $1,695 will be added.
If there are two complaints we hear about pickup trucks and SUVs it’s that they’re too expensive and too big. This base price drop takes care of one of those complaints. For the other, we suggest the 2021 Explorer for a smaller SUV or a Ranger for a midsize pickup.
Ford is able to lower the price of the Expedition by eliminating the third-row seat
One of the ways Ford is able to lower the price of the Expedition is by eliminating the third-row seat. The XL SXT is now a five-seater. All other Expedition models are three-row seating. But beyond that change, the Expedition still packs a lot of features.
Standard features on the 2021 Expedition include the touchscreen infotainment system and three-zone climate control. It won’t come with SiriusXM radio and some driver-assist options that come with Ford’s Co-Pilot360 bundle. On the outside dark 18-inch wheels and black grille trim and mirror caps instead of chrome are the distinguishing features. Meant to keep the price down, we can’t say it looks “cheaper” with these changes.
Under the hood, there is no difference from higher-trim Expeditions. You get the same 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with 375 hp. It is hooked to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Adding four-wheel-drive will cost an extra $3,050, with the electronic limited-slip differential increasing that number by $1,100. You can also get the heavy-duty tow package, rear parking sensors, an engine-block heater, and rear cargo mat options. . Also, the XL STX trim is not available with the extended-length Max version.
This is great news if you’re looking for a full-size SUV
While this is great news if you’re specifically looking for a 2021 Expedition, there are similar offerings from GM with more features. The base 2021 Chevy Tahoe comes standard with a third-row seat, yet it MSRPs for $50,295. A base GMC Yukon SLE retails for $50,700. It also has third-row seating.
The Expedition and upscale Lincoln Navigator are the only two full-size SUVs that Ford makes. It sits on a modified T3 frame which underpins the Ford F-150 pickup truck. You can configure an Expedition XL STX now but they won’t be available until later this year.