(Editor’s Note: Welcome to NAPA Knows New Cars with the 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch edition 4×2. This is not your normal new car review. This series focuses more on the nuts & bolts of the vehicle that are not usually covered by other outlets. The intention is to inform, not endorse. Ultimately the decision to buy a vehicle should be based on an individual’s needs and situation.)
For over two decades the Ford Expedition has been a staple off the full-size SUV market. While originally created as a successor to the full-size Bronco, the Expedition has earned a life of its own. The fourth generation Expedition is now hitting its stride in 2020 with the return of the King Ranch trim level, a Ford fan favorite.
Despite its size the Expedition is actually quite nimble in and around town. The twin-turbo V6 engine delivers plenty of power, which helps make the large SUV feel more spry. Four different driving modes (Normal, Sport, Tow Haul, and Eco) let the driver adjust the vehicle to their needs. Using “Sport” mode makes for a surprisingly entertaining driving experience (but at the expense of some fuel mileage).
Ford equips every 2020 Expedition with an impressive array of driver safety systems dubbed Ford Co-Pilot360™:
- Pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking
- Blind Spot Information System (BSIL) with cross-traffic alert
- Lane keeping system
- Auto high-beam headlamps
- Rear view camera
These systems add an extra layer of safety without being obtrusive to the driver. On the highway the blind spot monitoring system keeps the driver informed of vehicles on either side. The same system is helpful in parking lots when trying to back out of a space it will alert the driver to any approaching vehicles. Lane keeping does just what it sounds like, alerting the driver if they wander out of their lane and correcting with automatic slight steering corrections. Auto high-beam headlights used to be a luxury car item, but Ford includes it among many models today. And while not tested, the automatic emergency braking is always a welcome feature as it can react far faster than any human driver.
As expected interior space is more than generous, even when using the third row seats. The King Ranch interior trim adds a southwest flair with leather seats and leather trim throughout the cabin. Special King Ranch “Running W” logos adorn the SUV to denote its special trim package. Every seating position has a USB power outlet nearby, which is a nice feature when on long family road trips.
Second and third row seats fold flat for an enormous cargo capacity. Power folding seat controls at the rear make for easy cargo hauling options without hassle. A bonus small cargo area under the rear cargo cover makes for a great place to stash road trip emergency supplies or even a tow hitch and pin.
Standard on the King Ranch is also a B&O sound system pushing 1,100 watts through 12 speakers, including a separate subwoofer for excellent audio quality.
In stock form the 2020 Ford Expedition can tow up to 6,000 pounds. When equipped with optional Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package towing capacity rises to 9,300 pounds (4×2) or 9,200 pounds (4×4).The review vehicle was not equipped with a towing package, so real-world towing impressions are unavailable at this time.
The 2020 Ford Expedition is mechanically similar to its 2018 counterpart and details on servicing can be found in our previous 2018 Ford Expedition Platinum Edition 4×4 review.
2020 Ford Expedition Specifications:
- Engine Type: EcoBoost twin-turbo V6
- Engine Displacement: 3.5 liters
- Engine Horsepower: 375 hp – 400 hp depending on trim level
- Engine Torque: 470 lb-ft – 480 lb-ft depending on trim level
- Transmission: Ten-speed automatic transmission 10R80
- Rear Axle Ratios Available: 3.15:1, 3.31:1, 3.73:1
- 4×2: 17 city / 23 hwy / 19 combined mpg
- 4×4: 17 city /22 hwy / 19 combined mpg
- Length: 210”
- Width: 93”
- Height: 76”
- Weight: 5,368 lbs. (4×2) or 5,623 lbs. (4×4)
- Standard Package: 6,600
- Optional Heavy-Duty Trailer Towing Package: 9,300
Wheels: Available 18″, 20”, or 22”
- Front: Disc
- Rear: Disc
- Passenger Volume : 171.9 cu. ft.
- Cargo Volume with 2nd & 3rd row seats flat: 104.6 cu. ft.
- Cargo Volume with 2nd row seats upright & 3rd row seats flat: 57.5 cu. ft.
- Cargo Volume with 2nd & 3rd row seats upright:: 19.3 cu. ft.
- Seating Capacity: 7 – 8 depending on 2nd row seating choice (bucket or bench)
- 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch 4×2 – $72,895
- 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch 4×4 – $77,115
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With an automotive writing career spanning over two decades, Brian has a passion for sharing the automotive lifestyle. An avid DIYer he can usually be found working on one of this many project cars. His current collection includes a 1969 Olds Delta 88 convertible and a slant-6 powered 1975 Plymouth Duster.