By on September 21, 2021

2022 Ford Expedition

The off-road trend is getting either tiresome or exciting, depending on your perspective.

The latest pre-existing truck or SUV to get more rugged? The 2022 Ford Expedition.

Yes — the big SUV best known for hauling lots of people and cargo, as well as towing, is now going to be able to venture further off-pavement, should Ford’s claims hold true.

It starts with the Timberline trim, which increases ground clearance, adds the Bronco’s trail-turn assist feature (brakes one rear wheel to make off-road turns tighter), and borrows the Raptor’s skid plate.

But wait — it’s not all about off-roading when it comes to Expedition news. Should you want to have more fun on-road in an Expedition, you can do so with the Stealth Performance Package, which adds a sport-tuned suspension with continuous damping.

2022 Ford Expedition

Motivating the Expedition is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 making 440 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.

Expedition also adds available features such as BlueCruise hands-free driving assistant (works on designated roadways) and a 22-speaker Bang & Olufsen Unleashed audio system.

LED headlamps are standard, the taillamp design is freshened, and there are new wheel choices.

2022 Ford Expedition

Some styling features will be trim-dependent. Platinum models get a twin-mesh grille and fog lamps with chrome accents, while the Timberline gets its own unique grille, along with orange exterior accents.

In addition to the increased ground clearance (and ride height), the Timberline’s track is wider and the approach and departure angles are improved. Timberline gets 33-inch all-terrain tires, and a two-speed transfer case.

Tim Healey/TTAC

The Stealth Performance package is available on Limited and Limited Max trims and also adds gloss-back running boards, grille, mirror caps, roof rails, tailgate appliqué, rear-bumper skid plate, fog-lamp bezels, and headlamp and taillamp housings. Wheels are 22-inch black aluminum and the brake calipers are painted red. The badging is also black.

2022 Ford Expedition

The instrument panel is redone, and a 12.4-inch digital gauge cluster is available. The screen can display off-road data and turn-by-turn directions from the nav system. Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment system is standard, with Sync 4a being optional, along with a 15.5-inch customizable infotainment screen. A customizable 12-inch screen is standard.

Rear-seat passengers can get Amazon Fire TV entertainment via touchscreens that have 16 GB of storage per display. Over-the-air update capability for the vehicle and its software is standard.

2022 Ford Expedition

Standard or available driver-assist features include road-edge detection (sounds a warning and uses steering intervention to keep the vehicle on the road), intersection assist (applies the brakes if it thinks the vehicle will be hit in an intersection), reverse-brake assist (applies the brakes to avoid a collision when backing out of a parking space), evasive-steering assist (helps the driver safely swerve around an obstacle), a camera view that shows obstacles when parking, and an air dam that activates at over 40 mph to increase aerodynamics by 4 percent.

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A trailer-assist system uses the rearview camera and parking sensors to help drivers line up their trailer. It’s more automated than the previous version. Expedition can tow up to 9,300 pounds.

The Expedition will be assembled in Louisville, Kentucky, and go on sale in the first quarter of 2022.

[Images: Ford, © 2021 Tim Healey/TTAC]

Correction: The original post stated that “rear-seat passengers can get Amazon Fire TV entertainment via touchscreens that have 16 GB of storage.” They actually have 16 GB per display. This post has been updated to correct that fact.

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36 Comments on “2022 Ford Expedition: Choose Your Adventure...”


  • avatar
    redapple

    No. NO F ing way will i take the 16 inch center screen. I want the real knobs.
    No sale.

    I May need to get a Yukon before that one gets screwed up. (and keep it 20 years)

  • avatar
    ajla

    I’m not that old (35) but I don’t understand the appeal of these digital IPs and megascreens.

    • 0 avatar
      jack4x

      Especially when you ask yourself how many 20-30 somethings are buying $75K SUVs.

      The average buyer of one of these has to be close to my parents age. They certainly aren’t clamoring for this.

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        “when you ask yourself how many 20-30 somethings are buying $75K SUVs.”

        You’d be surprised. I see a lot, except they are mostly getting Mercedes and Range Rovers. An entry-level software developer can get 6 figures right out of school. Same with chemical engineers. Then you have doctors. One of my son’s friends is the CFO in a startup in his twenties. My son is in his late 20’s and has his own biotech company and could, but he’s super frugal and likes manual transmission econoboxes. In my neighborhood, I see plenty of 30 somethings buying $880k to million+ dollar homes.

        Regardless of the reason, I do think you are correct about the age range of Expedition owners. At least in my area. The younger people that can afford them are going for something else.

        • 0 avatar
          ajla

          “An entry-level software developer can get 6 figures right out of school. Same with chemical engineers. Then you have doctors.”

          Unless you’re coming from a degree of generational wealth that’s still not really a $75K SUV in your 20s situation.

          Also most people don’t live next door to Jay Leno’s summer estate. You might know 50 self-made millionaires under 30 but that’s hardly the typical car buyer.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        “The average buyer of one of these has to be close to my parents age. They certainly aren’t clamoring for this.”

        You might be surprised. Tesla made the giant screen into a styling cue for “modern” and “expensive.” They may not be able to use it very well, but they know it’ll wow everyone who steps into the car. There’s a reason we’re in the middle of a massive arms race of screen size.

        • 0 avatar
          ajla

          “You might be surprised”

          I might be. I don’t hang out with a ton of folks over 60 though.

          “a styling cue for “modern” and “expensive.” ”

          I’m sure it will be as timeless as wood-grain radio knobs and Guidestar navigation. Doesn’t matter on a leased Audi but might be annoying on a truck or SUV you want to keep longer term.

          “There’s a reason we’re in the middle of a massive arms race of screen size.”

          I think I’ll tap out of this trend. Wait for either the big screen backlash or for the entire interior to become a screen.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          “Tesla made the giant screen into a styling cue for “modern” and “expensive.” ”

          Ironic given that the screen itself is probably a LOT cheaper than the alternative arrangements.

        • 0 avatar
          jack4x

          “They may not be able to use it very well, but they know it’ll wow everyone who steps into the car.”

          This is not a concern for any 60+ person I know, but it’s possible I’m the one who’s out of touch.

          I don’t even mind the big screen trend so much as long as audio controls are on the wheel and temp controls are knobs. There’s nothing else I’m adjusting often enough for it to matter.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            This is probably a function of my little world. My social circle is my age (young Gen X) and slightly younger. The boomers I interact with are my clients, who are nearly all wealthy and often status-concerned. The ratio of Model Ss per capita among the group is honestly kind of stupid.

          • 0 avatar
            jack4x

            “The ratio of Model Ss per capita among the group is honestly kind of stupid.”

            I think you hit on the difference right there. Despite knowing personally and being related to a fair number of upper middle class people, I don’t know a single person in any of my social circles that owns a Tesla.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            In Seattle I think it would be hard to meet 10 random people without having at least one EV owner in the group. I have a Bolt, my best buddy has a Tesla (3), one neighbor has two Teslas (Y & 3), and another neighbor was about to buy a Bolt when the stop-sale hit.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          “There’s a reason we’re in the middle of a massive arms race of screen size.’

          Toyota Tundra designers must have misread that memo.

        • 0 avatar
          stuki

          “They may not be able to use it very well,”

          At least they may be able to see it…..

          For old eyes, if you have a screen at all, it may as well be big.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      From a buisness perspective big screens more or less allow you to track and sell data from your customers, sooner or later I expect car makers to display in car ads on them too.

      You’d think that an “off-road” vehicle would have big blocky knobs for people to handle with gloves on.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        “Welcome to your 2024 Ford Expedition Timberland. This week’s driving is sponsored by Universal’s Minions 3, available for streaming this November on Peacock. All ignition cycles will include an up to 25 second ad from our sponsor unless you elect to use your MyFordVault to pay $1 per cycle skip these features.”

  • avatar
    theflyersfan

    I never thought I’d type these words again, but finally, a Ford truck with a front end that isn’t grossly overdone with chrome and a billboard-sized grille. I actually kind of like that front.

    And I have to agree with others here – the massive touchscreen in the middle does nothing for me. It screams distraction. Part of logically placed buttons is that over time, you memorize where everything is and you can change controls by feel and memory, not staring at a massive screen (and one can only imagine how glaring that is at night) wondering how to get to the next submenu.

    And having built-in Fire TV in back would make any long road trip fly by. Seems like the days of VCRs in wooden cabinets attached to CRTs mounted to the top of the van or SUV ceiling are long gone.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I suppose if I have to ask the price, I can’t afford it.

  • avatar
    BSttac

    A tiresome and depressing trend. No one off roads in something that large and expensive

    • 0 avatar
      blaster668

      I disagree! Sure, not many of these will ever go on an actual trail, but I bet lots go off-road through farm field and such. Often in these fields obstacles like rocks, mud, ruts, etc can be encountered that off road oriented packages help tremendously with. Farmers, hunters, atv riders, etc. all use large SUVs and trucks in this manner.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    “The Expedition will be assembled in Louisville, Kentucky, and go on sale in the first quarter of 2022”

    Then it’ll proceed to cause another chip shortage due to the load of nannies built into it.

    • 0 avatar
      theflyersfan

      Both of the Louisville plants are still running either on partial schedules or mandatory leave. Kentucky Speedway and area lots are still crammed full of Ford trucks and SUVs made in Louisville and they all need chips. I don’t know how soon this can come out when there is such a backlog of trucks.

  • avatar
    kcflyer

    “Stealth” appearance package is an oxymoron.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Blacked-out trim and 33s will one day be seen the same way that we see carriage roofs and fake luggage straps today.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Ford Expedition: when you absolutely, positively can’t live with anyone seeing around you in traffic.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      12 yards long, 2 lanes wide, 65 tons of American pride! Canyonero! Canyonero! Top of the line in utility sports, Unexplained fires are a matter for the courts! Canyonero! Canyonero! She blinds everybody with her super high beams, She’s a squirrel-squashin’, deer smackin’ drivin’ machine, Canyonero!

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    This glorified minivan really illustrates how directionless Ford is. It’s amazing how mismanaged this company really is.

    People did not like the touch capacitive that Ford was bent on putting in every vehicle 8 years ago or so. They (shockingly) listened to the consumers and made a big production over the return of actual buttons and knobs.

    Then they come out with this mildly refreshed turd (which is light years behind the GM SUVS and the new Grand Cherokee L) and they took the buttons away and instead duct taped a terribly integrated android tablet to the dash thats running awful infotainment software.

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