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3 Reasons the 2018 Ford Expedition is Getting Great Safety Ratings

The 2018 Ford Expedition received five stars in NHTSA's safety ratings, the only vehicle in its class to get the top distinction. The 2018 Ford Expedition is all-new and Ford says some key design changes helped it win great safety reviews.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just gave the newly redesigned 2018 Ford Expedition a five-star rating in its New Car Assessment Program. Five Stars is the highest possible score and it is unusual for new vehicles to get this rating right out of the gate. Many times there are slight bugs that manufacturers have to work out.

The 2018 Ford Expedition is the only vehicle in its full-size SUV segment to earn the five-star rating for its Overall Vehicle Score.

“As a father of four and longtime Expedition owner, safety was a top priority when engineering the entirely new Expedition,” said Andrew Kernahan, Ford Expedition chief program engineer. “We are proud of the many features Expedition offers today that help keep our customers safe on the road.”

Redesign Improves Safety

According to Ford, one of the reasons for the high rating is the Ford Expedition’s all-new fully boxed steel frame coupled with high-strength, military-grade aluminum-alloy body. The all-new frame and body better protects the passengers in the wake of any possible accident. The new frame and body also lowers the vehicle’s center of gravity which gives the SUV better stability and improves driving dynamics. The lower center of gravity means the vehicle will be less likely to roll over in any possible crash. The 2018 Ford Expedition is 325 pounds lighter than previous versions which also improves fuel mileage.

The all-new Ford Expedition also has better safety equipment inside the cabin to better protect passengers. According to Ford, “Expedition is equipped with dual seat belt pyrotechnic pretensioners in the anchor and retractor, which contributes to safety, helping to keep occupants in place in the event of a crash.”

Improved Safety Technology

The third reason that Ford performs better on the safety tests is the improved safety technology on the vehicle. The SUV is equipped with Cross-Traffic Alert, Pre-Collision Assist, Pedestrian Detection, auto high beams and enhance park assist, which all give the driver better control of the vehicle.

The 2018 Ford Expedition and its cousin, the Lincoln Navigator, have been selling incredibly well since their redesigns. Ford announced earlier this year that it was retooling its plants so that it could boost production by 25 percent. The all-new SUVs have improved sight lines inside the vehicle, the head rests from the rear rows are no longer in the way. They also have much better handling for a large vehicle. The park assist also makes parking a large vehicle much, much easier.

The all-new 2018 Ford Expedition has been getting rave reviews, this latest five-star rating is a big endorsement for a great vehicle.


GP (not verified)    September 12, 2019 - 9:12PM

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