Ford says it has identified the malfunction in SUVs built at the Kentucky Truck Plant from November 7th to December 9th, 2019. A total of 1,355 units are recalled in the United States, 12 in Canada, and a single example of the Expedition will be called back in Mexico. The fix is a relatively simple affair; the service technician will simply replace the seat belt buckle.
Redesigned on the T3 body-on-frame vehicle architecture for the 2018 model year in 2017, the Expedition is exclusively offered with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. This makes crosstown rival General Motors your only American alternative for a full-size SUV with eight-cylinder options in the guise of the 2021 model year Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, and the all-new Escalade.
For 2020, the Expedition starts at $52,810 before destination charge as opposed to $76,185 for the Navigator. The Ford also has the upper hand in terms of fuel economy, rated at 17 miles to the gallon in the city and 23 out on the highway. The 10-speed automatic transmission channels the engine's resources to either the rear or all of the wheels for $3k more.
Customers who opt for 4WD can spruce up the Expedition even further with the FX4 Off-Road Package. For $1,650, this option includes premium off-road shocks, a 3.73 electronic limited-slip differential, two-speed automatic 4WD, heavy-duty radiator, underbody protection, 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, chrome-plated running boards, FX4 badging, and floor liners for the front- and second-row seats.