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2021 Ford Expedition Is Consumer Reports’ Best Large Three Row SUV

In recent months, the 2021 Ford Expedition has racked up a number of accolades, including landing on Kelley Blue Book‘s Best Family Cars of 2021 list, being named the best large SUV for tall drivers by Consumer Reports, and earning the distinction of CR‘s Most Satisfying Large SUV. Now, the consumer organization is heaping more praise on the 2021 Ford Expedition, as it has been named the best large three-row SUV as well.

Three-row SUVs are more popular than ever thanks to their ability to carry seven or eight passengers and loads of cargo thanks to fold-down seats. On the flip side, many three-row SUVs and crossovers feature third-row seating that is only suitable for children and offer extremely limited cargo space when that seat is occupied, which makes them far less useful.

That isn’t the case with the Ford Expedition, however, which makes the cut as Consumer Reports‘ top large three-row SUV. The regular-length Expedition offers third-row legroom that’s suitable for all but the tallest of adults, with more than enough space for children of most ages.

Things get even more accommodating with the extended-length Expedition Max, which offers a full one-foot of extra space that provides third-row legroom suitable for adults of all sizes. Ingress and egress are easy thanks to a large opening and the fact that gaining access only requires pulling one lever on the second-row seat. According to CR, the third row in the Max offers nearly as much legroom as the second row and is wide enough to fit two or three people.

While a refreshed 2022 Ford Expedition will bring about some styling, interior, and technology updates, Ford’s large SUV will still retain its regular and extended-length configurations, so these positive attributes don’t figure to change moving forward.

We’ll have more on the Expedition soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Expedition news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. David Dickinson

    As the owner of a 2019 Expedition Max, I fully support the wonderfulness of the vehicle for all the stated reasons. We have the 8-passenger version and fill every seat. The 3rd row seat and its space was a key reason for the purchase. In fact, it was our first ever Ford purchase and it opened my eyes to all the other great things Ford is doing.

  2. Montana Man

    The area of rural Fergus County and surrounding counties in Montana was once dominated by Suburbans and Yukons. Not the case anymore. Expeditions (LWB) and the occasional Navigators are now what most people buy, who want a large SUV. One of the local insurance agencies here advertises the premium cost differences between the Ford and GM variants. (Not sure he should be doing that, but that’s not my concern.)


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