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It must be a mistake. You stare at a screen, baffled by how an SUV could somehow share the same description as a pick-up. Critics have named the 2018 Expedition as one of the year’s best trucks… and you begin to compose an email, wanting to alert them to their (quite egregious) error.

The Sound Ford team suggests that you pause your typing. There’s nothing incorrect about this category.



According to Ford Authority, the 2018 Expedition has been declared a finalist in the North American Car, Truck, and Utility of the Year (NACTOY) competition - going grille-to-grille with the Lincoln Navigator and the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. It doesn’t share the SUV spotlight. Instead it’s revved into a category usually dominated by the F-150, Tundra, and other big-wheeled pick-ups. Why? The answer lies in its construction.

Ford Authority explains that the 2018 Expedition boasts a body-on-frame design - more similar to the F-Series than traditional crossovers. This has led critics to deem it a truck rather than a utility platform, and it’s greatly expanded category possibilities for the NACTOY competition. Construction, rather than the MSRP label, will now define how vehicles are judged.

Despite its surprising entry into the truck field, the 2018 Expedition has easily earned recognition from critics and consumers alike - delivering a 3.5L EcoBoost engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and class-exclusive electronic limited-slip differential. This allows it to provide drivers with up to 9,300 pounds of conventional trailering and 375 HP.

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