2021 Ford Expedition XL STX Launched With Two Rows Of Seats, Sub-$50,000 Price

The 2021 Ford Expedition has become more affordable with the launch of the XL STX trim level.

Priced at $49,995 excluding handling and destination, it is $2,815 more affordable than the XLT. The XLT Max and Limited start at $54,810 and $61,575 respectively, the Limited Max and King Ranch can be bought from $63,575 and $72,735, and the King Ranch Max and Platinum are available from $74,735 and $73,775.

The new Expedition XL STX offers seating for five exclusively and comes bundled with an eight-way power driver’s seat, 40/20/40 split bench, SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen display, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, AppLink, 911 Assist, four USB ports, tri-zone automatic climate control and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot.

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On the outside, it features a glossy black grille with five horizontal slats and 18-inch Magnetic Metallic-painted aluminum wheels.

“The Expedition STX is perfect for families who lead an active lifestyle that requires the capability and space of a full-size SUV”, said the Expedition brand manager Devin McParlane. “They get all of the content they desire at an attractive price, plus a great appearance.”

Power comes from a turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that produces 375 HP and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque. A non-limited-slip 3.15 rear axle, Class IV trailer hitch receiver, stop/start function and active grille shutters are standard, while four-wheel drive with an electronic limited-slip differential costs extra.

Customers can also spec the SUV with the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package, which adds a trailer brake, upgraded radiator, 3.73 rear axle and Pro Trailer Backup Assist. With this option, the vehicle’s towing capacity is 9,300 lbs (4,218 kg) with 2WD and 9,200 lbs (4,173 kg) with 4WD.

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