Flash Drive

2020 Ford Expedition Max

Model Tested: 2020 Ford Expedition Max Platinum 4×4

Expedition Platinum introduces more premium updates for 2020, including leather-wrapped instrument panel topper and door rollovers, plus more aluminum interior touches

Engine:3.5-liter Ecoboost V6, 400 horsepower, 480 lb-ft torque

Transmission: 10-speed automatic, four-wheel-drive

EPA Rating: 16-mpg city, 21-mpg highway, 18-mpg combined

Base Price: $80,110

As Tested: $84,065


Smooth highway ride

Likes gas—our best was 19.1-mpg highway

Drive mode dial: 2H, 4A, 4L, Locking

Specific drive modes: Normal, Eco, Sport, Tow/Haul, Mud, Sand, and Grass/Gravel/Snow

The 2020 Ford Expedition Platinum interior is focused on luxury to compliment the already spacious accommodations.

Great trailer towing technology

Trailer backup feature

6000 lb towing capacity

Hill descent

22-inch alloy wheels


Super stretch-out front legroom: NBA player size

Power adjustable pedals

Power tilt/telescopic column

Medium thick, slightly contoured leather wheel

Lots of auxiliary controls, mediocre markings

Heated and ventilated front seats (3 temps)

This is the second row Captains chairs of a King Ranch Expedition, but the design and limo-like space is the same as in the Platinum Edition.

Driver and passenger power lumbar support

Huge Panoramic Vista Roof panels really brighten interior

Limo-like legroom for second row passengers

Flat floor second row

Big adults can fit in all positions of third row


Large, wide tailgate opening

Ample height clearance

Full-length flat deck

No lift-over

Ample cargo space behind third row

Two large rectangular storage bins under cargo deck

Power retractable running boards are a slick feature on the Expedition Max Platinum.

Large open bins on both sides of third row

Two big seatback pouches

Huge full-length front door bins

Huge, deep locking center console

Big wide armrest over center console

Oversize visors with excellent sliding range

Power retractable running boards

Dashboard power tailgate and folding seats controls

Additional folding seat controls at tailgate

WOW Factors:

Tons of interior room and cargo space

All 2020 Expeditions, extended wheelbase and standard, are great family long-distance vehicles.

Great Ecoboost torque

Power running boards

Great small item interior storage


$84,000 price tag

Challenging to park in the city

Bottom Line:

The 2020 Ford Expedition Max (the extended wheelbase model) is a very big three-row SUV with a price tag to match. It excels at hauling big people, cargo, and a trailer. The Platinum model emphasizes comfort and luxury.