When I was a kid, I came home from camp and my parents asked me to bring something from the garage. When I opened the door, a brand new 1997 Ford The expedition greeted me. It was huge, like Costco on wheels. Maybe because it barely fit in the garage, or because it replaced our two-door sedan that fit with plenty of room to spare, but either way, the Expedition instantly made a mark. My mom says that she chose it because there was finally enough space between her and my brother who sat in the passenger seat. I couldn’t believe that someone would need such a large vehicle. It was shocking.
The Expedition has come a long way since 1997. These days, almost every brand offers some full-size SUV in its lineup. That means Ford has to go from trailer to trailer (huh?!) with vehicles like the new Toyota Sequoia. One way to do that is with the new 2022 Ford Expedition Stealth Edition Performance Package. It costs a staggering $83,000. Is it an absurd price or is it justified by 440 horses, 22 speakers, three giant rows, 22-inch wheels and a 15.5-inch infotainment screen? We had to find out.
- 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
- 22″ wheels
- red brake calipers
- active noise control
- 16 MPG city / 22 MPG highway
- Cut: Limited Stealth Performance Pack
- Model: Expedition
- Engine/Engine: 3.5-liter V6
- Horsepower: 440 horsepower
- Torque: 510 foot-pounds
- Transmission: RWD/4WD
- Transmission: 10-speed automatic
- True SUV with three rows of seats: plenty of space
- Second-row captain’s chairs are very comfortable
- Powerful 440 hp engine
- Incredible enhanced audio
- $83,000 is a lot of money for the limited stealth performance package
- No hybrid options
The new Stealth edition increases the credibility of Expedition Street; New Timberline Increases Trail Cred
The exterior of the 2022 Ford Expedition truly embodies the “Built Ford Tough” spirit of the Blue Oval (in our case, the Black Oval). While other large SUVs have softer features or focus on driving comfort over off-road and towing capabilities, the Expedition is a pure truck. Based on the F-150 platform, it’s unapologetically the flannel-shirt-and-boots SUV in that competitive class of Tahoe, Sequoia, and Wagoneer full-size SUVs.
The 2022 Ford Expedition comes in seven (!!) different trims, from the base XL to the “am I a Lincoln Navigator?” Fully equipped Platinum finish. In an effort to compete with other full-size SUVs that stray off the beaten path like the Sequoia TRD Pro or the Yukon AT4, Ford has introduced a new trim. New for 2022, Ford added the Timberline series, which raises the bar for off-road abilities. Now it’s a viable overlander with improved ground clearance, the same rugged skid plate from the Raptor, and handy Trail Turn Assist. The last feature can use the rear brakes to help the vehicle make a tighter turn, like a low-speed electronic brake.
They range in price from around $55,000 to almost $90,000, which puts it in the luxury tier of the Cadillac Escalade. Aside from the base XL, the other versions can be had like the longer MAX version that offers more cargo behind the third row. Families of seven taking cross-country road trips (God help them) will love to hear about more cargo. They’ll also rejoice to know they can upgrade the base 380-hp 3.5-liter V6 to the 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque in the higher-output 3.5-liter twin-turbo engine. This last engine powered our loaner and surprised us, as did the $83,000 price tag on our 2022 Ford Expedition Stealth Edition Performance. #inflation
The Stealth Edition Performance Package ($9,880) enhances the Expedition line’s solid, blocky appearance. Based on the Limited trim, this is the truck you won’t want to go out with your daughter. It has a bad boy vibe to it and we loved it. Dripping gloss black accents on the grille, mirror caps, roof rails, power running boards and tailgate appliqué, the Stealth Edition also features gloss red brake calipers and premium 22-inch wheels.
Keeping things even stealthier, the “Expedition” and “Limited” lettering, as well as Ford’s hallowed blue logo, are all black. Far from stealth, we get questions and looks from people in traffic, neighbors and the person who loads our groceries at Kroger. They all said the same thing: “I love how this looks.” Ford found a finish that swaps its flannel-and-boot SUV for an upgraded Patagonia swag.
Under the hood and in the dirt
The technical specifications of this Ford Expedition 2022 are impressive. Based on the famous F150, the Expedition is body-on-frame, which generally leads to a stiffer ride. The Expedition cruises down the highway, a veritable missile on road trips, but it’s been “Ford built tough,” not “Ford built smooth.” It’s tougher and more off-road capable than other family trucks like the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. That truck-like experience carries over to the Expedition, too, especially around town. That said, one of the most impressive aspects of our 2022 Ford Expedition with the Stealth Edition Performance Package was how quickly it took off.
Ford surprised us with his Costco on wheels. The upgraded higher-output “Best In Class” 440-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine had a lot to do with that trim. It was able to give us strong torque at low RPM and carry them throughout the power band all the way up to highway speeds. Fuel economy wasn’t terrible either, averaging 17 MPG over our two weeks. This was especially impressive given our “we have to drive fast to really test it” mentality. We never felt like it needed more power. A statement rarely associated with many of today’s SUVs.
In reality, he drove much smaller than the numbers would have us believe he would. The Expedition has a surprising turning radius for tight parking spaces and decent visibility out back. Larger wheels and a sport-tuned suspension enhance that sporty ride. It’s a great package.
However, our loaner car was not all speed on the street. It still featured a manually controlled rear locking differential and eight different drive modes such as Eco, Snow/Wet, Tow/Haul, etc. When selecting one of the different drive modes, there is a large animation that displays on the dash around each one. theme. Totally unnecessary and totally cool. Furthermore, we could select 2H, 2L, 4H or 4A (for all-wheel drive) with the push of a button. The 2022 Ford Expedition can tow up to 9,200 lbs. and with its brilliant Pro Trailer 2.0, you don’t have to think about backing up and turning the other way to get your boat into the water at the ramp. You will no longer be “that guy” while others expect you to continue to be wrong.
Big screens and big seats
Like the giant sofas and big-screen TVs offered at Costco, the 2022 Ford Expedition offers the same. The giant plush seats with contrasting red stitching looked like something in a high-end movie theater. They swallowed us and we never wanted to leave. The 12.4-inch fully digital instrument cluster displays all the basics, as well as the aforementioned driving mode animations. New for 2022, Ford has revised its Sync infotainment system and now offers a 12-inch center display tech-savvy will opt for the imposing 15.5-inch portrait display ($795) with a single button: a volume knob.
The latter was on our Stealth Edition, which makes it perfect for showing off all our music, thanks to standard wireless (don’t you hate cables?!) Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The size still left room for Ford’s maps, text and hot buttons. That said, we were annoyed that the most frequently used functions, such as seat heating/ventilation, fan speed, and temperature, were digital and not intuitively designed. Sometimes we found ourselves paying more attention to trying to get the fan speed right than our highway speed and had to refocus.
Automakers like to offer upgraded audio systems that usually include a few more speakers. Not Ford. They take it up to 11. Our expedition had the 22-speaker Bang & Olufsen Unleashed sound system with a subwoofer. There were speakers in the dash, the door, the tailgate, and even the ceiling had speakers. it was glorious
Of course, driver-assist features using cameras and radar abound and are more useful than ever on this giant truck. Road Edge Detection prevents the Expedition from drifting off the edge of the lane. Rear Brake Assist helps when backing out of a parking spot by bringing the Expedition to a stop in cross traffic. And Evasive Steering Assist will multiply your steering control if traffic stops abruptly and you have to swerve sharply to avoid the rear of the car in front. Blue Cruise, Ford’s self-driving feature, is newly available on the top-of-the-line Platinum trim, to make life even easier.
When you open the door of the 2022 Ford Expedition, there is a large graphic stamped between the door and the dash. We contacted Ford and they said it represents the Expedition going from the trailhead to town, but not just any town; it’s Detroit, the home of Ford, and Louisville, where they build the Expedition. In recent years, Ford has done a great job of deepening its hard-working ethos and building new cars from there. From the mighty little Maverick to the exciting F-150 Lightning to the new Mustang, they’re at the top of their game.
Even as prices have risen and gasoline has gotten more expensive in the past five years, the fourth-generation Expedition has tripled its market share, and it’s easy to see why. Sure it’s expensive, but when you consider the costs, facts and figures, it’s still a great truck with enough comfort to last long miles and enough ruggedness that you’re not afraid to get dirty. We like that balance. Well done Ford.