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Road Trip in the 2018 Ford Expedition

Road Trip in the 2018 Ford Expedition
The 2018 Ford Expedition in the parking of the Piestewa Peak Trail in Phoenix, Arizona.

I’ve reviewed a lot of cars over the years and the 2018 Ford Expedition is probably my favorite. It was extremely comfortable, had plenty of room and was a dream to drive.

My family and I were loaned a car from Ford for our holiday trip to Tucson to see family. We stayed in Tucson for several days and then headed to Scottsdale. We took presents, luggage, an air mattress, bedding and so much more. It all fit well in the 7-seater Expedition.

The 2018 Expedition model has been completely redesigned with the latest driver assist technology, which includes adaptive cruise control. There were miles and miles of highway driving and much of it was without too much traffic (it was a Christmas Miracle!). That meant a lot of long stretches of using cruise control.

Normally, when I’m driving down the highway in cruise control, I slow down by pressing the break when the car in front of me slows down. With the adaptive cruise control, the car senses the speed of the car in front and automatically slows down when traffic slows. It also speeds back up when traffic speeds up. It was pretty amazing.

Another great feature was the Ford Lane Keeping System. If the car started to veer into the next lane, the Expedition would nudge itself back into its own lane. No veering off the road into the desert as you watch the beautiful sunset.

Driving through the desert in the 2018 Ford Expedition

Another cool thing was the size of the gas tank. We could have made it to Tucson from Los Angeles without stopping for gas. I’m usually more than happy to stop and stretch my back and my legs, but the car was so comfortable, I felt completely fine to keep driving straight through. We did end up stopping, but I liked the security of knowing that we could have made it.

We did a lot of driving, which meant we needed to get out and do some physical activity once we arrived at our destination. We went on a hike to Sabino Canyon in Tucson on a gorgeous cool day.

Sabino Canyon in Tucson Arizona
Sabino Canyon in Tucson, Arizona.

After Tucson, we headed to Scottsdale to relax and do more hiking. We ended up hiking up to Piestewa Peak (formerly Squaw Peak) and then around the mountain. It was a strenuous hike, but another beautiful day.

Driving home in the Expedition was equally as comfortable. We were anxious to get back after being away for so long, but I was not looking forward to having to give back the car. The redesign was done very well and makes it the perfect car for road trips. There were USB ports at every seat, an outlet to charge our laptops or tablets, and plenty of space to put our things. I especially appreciated the large center console that fit my purse, a small box of tissues, and other necessities for a long drive. It was a great car for our family trip that I wish was still sitting in our driveway.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was loaned an Expedition for one week for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

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