The five-seater now starts at $50,000; 3,000 bucks cheaper than the previous starting price

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There are many of us who want a full-size SUV but not the third row. In fact, you might just keep the third row folded always because you need the cargo space more than the seats. If you fall in that category, Ford has a solution for you.

For the 2021 model, the company has released a two-row version of its Expedition SUV that not only gives you the practicality of a full-size SUV, but also shaves $3,000 off the sticker price. It is offered as the new base trim within the lineup, but comes with enough features to keep you happy.

Expedition XL STX Exterior

2021 Ford Expedition XL STX Exterior
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Ford launched the five-seater SUV a new XL trim that sits below the XLT which was the base trim until now. The automaker is offering it with a new STX package that adds features to the SUV and doesn’t make it feel barebones. On the outside, the Expedition XL doesn’t look very different from the other trims. The SUV rides on 18-inch Magnetic metallic wheels and features a five-bar gloss black grille up front.

Expedition XL STX Interior

2021 Ford Expedition XL STX Interior
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It comes with a decent feature and spec list, too. The Expedition XL includes:

  • Tri-zone climate control
  • Eight-way adjustable driver’s seat
  • 104.6 cubic feet of maximum cargo space
  • Cargo management system with cargo protector and net
  • Eight-inch touchscreen on the center console
  • Runs on SYNC3 infotainment system
  • Supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • FordPass Connect
  • 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and four USB ports

Expedition XL STX Drivetrain

2021 Ford Expedition XL STX Wallpaper quality Exterior
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It is powered by the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that dishes out 375 horses and 470 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the wheels via a 10-speed SelectShift automatic gearbox.

Ford has offered a Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package, too, that comes with:

  • 3.73 rear axle ratio
  • Pro-Trailer Backup Assist
  • Trailer brake and heavy-duty radiator

The two-wheel-drive model can tow up to 9,300 pounds. When equipped with a four-wheel-drive configuration, the towing capacity drops by 100 pounds.

Expedition XL STX Pricing

2021 Ford Expedition XL STX Wallpaper quality Exterior
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The 2021 Ford Expedition XL STX is priced at $49,995, which is almost $3,000 less than the price of the seven-seater XLT model that starts at $52,810.

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Ford is expanding the Expedition full-size SUV lineup with the new STX Package, a spacious choice with an attractive price for customers who need seating for five plus the versatility and capability of a full-size SUV.

“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.”

An eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar and manual recline helps to keep customers comfortable over long hauls. The second-row 40/20/40 split bench with CenterSlide® folds flat for ample cargo storage of 104.6 cubic feet, enhanced by a cargo management system, cargo protector and cargo net.

The STX Package features a distinctive gloss-black five-bar grille and 18-inch Magnetic Metallic-painted cast-aluminum wheels. It also comes with SYNC® 3 with an enhanced voice recognition communications and entertainment system, eight-inch LCD capacitive touch screen with swipe capability, AppLink®, 911 Assist®, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, as well as tri-zone electronic automatic temperature control.

FordPass™ Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability allows passengers to keep their devices connected, while four 12-volt outlets plus two front-row and two second-row smart-charging multimedia USB ports enable them to keep their electronics charged.

Additional standard features include a capable 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine producing 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque with Auto Stop-Start, active grille shutters, 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission, non-limited-slip 3.15 rear axle, a 23.2-gallon fuel tank and a Class IV trailer hitch receiver. Four-wheel drive with ControlTrac eLSD (Electronic Limited-Slip Differential) is available.

An available Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package adds Pro Trailer Backup Assist™, a 3.73 rear axle, trailer brake and heavy-duty radiator – for best-in-class towing capacity of 9,300 pounds on two-wheel drive models and best-in-class four-wheel towing capacity of 9,200 pounds.

The 2021 Expedition XL STX package starts at $49,995 MSRP and is available to order at Ford dealerships.

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