The market for full-size SUVs has been growing steadily, especially at the top end of the segment as the price for large utes has steadily climbed toward the six-figure mark. Ford Motor Co. decided to buck the trend with the STX package on the 2021 Expedition XL.
Available on its XL model, pricing for the STX now starts at $49,995, which is a bit of a price cut, nearly $2,000. It puts a bit of distance between the brand’s base model and the next level up, the XLT, which starts at $52,810.
The two-row version was initially priced at $51,690 when it debuted last fall. The change nudges it a little closer to its counterparts at Chevrolet, the Tahoe and Suburban, which start at $49,000 and $51,700 respectively.
“The Expedition STX is perfect for families who lead an active lifestyle that requires the capability and space of a full-size SUV,” said Devin McParlane, Expedition brand manager. “They get all of the content they desire at an attractive price, plus a great appearance.”
What do you get with the STX?
On the outside, the STX literally leads with a gloss-black version of its five-bar grille. It also gets 18-inch magnetic metallic-painted cast-aluminum wheels. The silhouette of the Expedition got updated a few years back to help it better compete against an update from its aforementioned competitors.
Inside, you get plenty of functionality with Sync 3, an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen with swipe capability, AppLink, 911 Assist, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
It also helps keep passengers happy with FordPass Connect and its 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and four 12-volt outlets plus two front-row and two second-row smart-charging multimedia USB ports enable them to keep their electronics charged.
The driver gets an 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar and manual recline. For those moments when hauling stuff instead of people is the priority, the 40/20/40 split bench with CenterSlide folds flat. This provides 104.6 cubic feet of cargo storage, enhanced by a cargo management system, cargo protector and cargo net.
The STX is powered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine putting out 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. It also uses Auto Stop-Start, active grille shutters, 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission to help with fuel economy. However, it is a hauler so the non-limited-slip 3.15 rear axle, a 23.2-gallon fuel tank and a Class IV trailer hitch receiver ensure that capability is there.
Additionally, 4-wheel drive with ControlTrac eLSD (Electronic Limited-Slip Differential) is available. Also available is Ford’s Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package, which adds Pro Trailer Backup Assist, a 3.73 rear axle, trailer brake and heavy-duty radiator