PINEHURST, NC — August 20, 2020 — Yes, the vehicle you see in the picture is the one residing in our garage at the moment – barely. A two-car garage is hard pressed to handle one standard sized SUV like the Ford Edge and one mega sized SUV like our car of the week – a 2020 Ford Expedition, King Ranch Model, that seats 7 passengers, and runs on a 3.5L EcoBoost, V6 Engine. Talk about riding in style and comfort. So, this is how King Ranch owners ride around in Texas? Pretty snazzy, I’d say.
The King Ranch model now comes with new 22-inch wheels and plenty of leather. It wraps the instrument panel, steering wheel, front door trim, console rails and front and rear door armrests and front-and second-row seats. There are also perforated seat inserts and quilted bolsters, and multi-contour front seats.
In my research, I found that Ford had discontinued the western-themed King Ranch treatment on the Expedition as part of a refresh for 2018, but decided to offer it again on the standard 2020 Expedition and the extended-wheelbase Expedition Max. The ‘leatherrific’ King Ranch trim, which is inspired by the Texas ranch of the same name, first debuted on the Expedition in 2005, following its debut on the F-150 pickup in 1999. That little bit of history resonated with me, because I remember well when the F-150 came out with the King Ranch accoutrements, and, although more expensive than the regular F-150 (duh!), it was really popular. Anybody who could afford a King Ranch model had one. It’s interesting to me that they bring it back now in 2020. Wonder what caused this change in thinking?
Starting price on the 2020 Expedition King Ranch is $74,290, (not cheap) including destination, and $75,330 on the Platinum model, both prices including $1,395 destination fee.
The 2020 version includes stone gray paint on the grille mesh, lower bumpers, mirror caps and power-deploying running boards, body-color upper bumpers and 22-inch, six-spoke painted aluminum wheels. It also gets a rear bumper skid plate, trailer hitch cover and the squiggly “Running W” King Ranch badging on the body sides, liftgate and wheel center caps.
The big 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch model comes standard with the Ford Co-Pilot360 driver-assist safety technology, 360-degree camera, heated sideview mirrors with turn signal indicators, security approach lamps and auto-dimming driver’s side mirror. It’s powered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, which makes 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. For a vehicle this size, I wasn’t sure that even the mighty 6 cylinder would be enough to really power this beast, BUT, in driving it around quite a bit (two trips to the Raleigh airport, with 70 mph speed limits), I found the 6 cylinder to be very responsive, with plenty of ‘get up and go’.
A word about gas mileage – The monroney on the Ford Expedition says it get 17 mpg around town and 23 on the highway, with an average of 19 mpg. I don’t think we got quite that good mileage, and if I did step down on the gas to pass or ran the car at 70 mph consistently, the gas gauge reflected it. Of course, if you are spending $70K+ on a vehicle, I doubt that mileage is a big factor in your purchase – just saying.
The interior on the King Ranch edition gets Del Rio leather on all three rows of seats, door and console trim and steering wheel wrap. The “Running W” logo is also emblazoned into the seatbacks on all three rows, and on the aluminum tread plates and floor mats.
You know, if you like big vehicles, this is certainly one you can ‘really like’. It is incredibly comfortable and rides great, with very little cabin noise. I also decided to try out the pass through second row captain’s chairs to see what riding in the third row of seats would be like for a, let’s say, bigger than average guy, like me. Pass through was easy, and once in the seat, I was impressed with the ample head and leg room. Not sure about the 7th person, but six adults would fit in and be able to travel within a reasonable distance rather comfortably. Four adults could ride off into the sunset in complete comfort, and with the third row of seats down, the four adults could pack for a two-week vacation in the mountains, no problem. Oh, and did I mention the automatic running boards? Just the right height to help you in and out of the big Expedition. These running boards are really a very functional part of the Expedition, and whoever designed their width, depth, tread, and height from the ground should be applauded. We get vehicles with running boards from time to time, but the ones on the Ford Expedition are the best I have seen so far.
Through August, Ford says year-to-date U.S. sales of the Expedition were up 56 percent compared to the same period in 2018, making it the best eight-month start for the Expedition in more than a decade. Ford says roughly one in five customers who buy an Expedition choose the top-level Platinum trim.
Ford builds the Expedition at its Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, which I think is tremendous.
In closing, want something ‘big and bad’ and beautiful too? Consider the 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch model. It is those things and more.
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