Some people are allergic to minivans, which is a problem if you need to haul around a big family — and all their stuff. While regular three-row SUVs can’t quite match a minivan’s impressive accommodation of people and cargo, a full-size SUV can, and the 2019 Ford Expedition is our pick. Large outside and in, the Expedition is one of the few full-size SUVs that provides the spacious interior suggested by its exterior bulk, with the hands-down roomiest third row even if you don’t opt for the extended Expedition Max. With a maximum seating capacity of eight, it easily accommodates your kids, their friends and the dog while towing the camper … which happens to include the kitchen sink.
Power comes from Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, which makes 375 horsepower in most trim levels and 400 hp in the top Platinum. It’s paired with a standard 10-speed automatic transmission and available with either rear- or four-wheel drive. Not only is power ample, it’s also smooth and delivery is linear for a refined driving experience.
This may be a truck-based SUV, but its interior is anything but crude: There are power ports in every row, the Sync 3 multimedia system with an 8-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, a family entertainment system, and in-vehicle Wi-Fi that can handle up to 10 connections and operate within 50 feet from the truck.
Redesigned for 2018 with more interior space as well as additional comfort and convenience features, the Expedition grabbed the crown in our 2018 Full-Size SUV Challenge. For 2019, it returns with few significant changes but remains competitive and continues to claim its top spot, making it a strong contender for Family Car of the Year.