Auto123 Updatestest drive the 2022 Ford Expedition Timberline.
In recent months, not a month passes without the manufacturer unveiling a new model with an adventurous appeal. The style of the utility vehicle is very original and it is even good news for those who find that the crossover type is sometimes too clever in terms of design.
The Ford Bronco Sport Badlands, Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and the Subaru Forester Wilderness of this world are just a few examples among the group of affordable new models, but there are also big cars that can play the “heavier than average” card like the new Toyota Sequoia. TRD Pro, Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 or even the new Ford Expedition Timberline that lends a hand to the Ford Explorer tattooed with the same crest.
Quake to pick up, Timberline for pickup trucks
I have to give credit to Ford’s strategists for coming up with another weird name to “turn” its SUV lineup into the worst looking cars. The Ford Expedition Timberline, while it doesn’t have what it takes to match the Raptor, is still the company’s best-equipped off-roader. Its 10.6-inch clearance is still 0.8 inches higher than that of the regular versions of the juggernaut. The addition of all-terrain tires, courtesy of Goodyear, mounted on unique gloss black rims, is a hint of the SUV’s increased capabilities. Under the hood, the Timberline livery gets a more powerful version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, a mill that produces 440 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.
Finally, the presence of Timberline badges on the C-pillars, not to mention these orange bands on the front of the truck that confirm the special character of this slightly redesigned version. Note that under the car, skid plates borrowed from the F-150 Raptor complete the set.
Visually, the Timberline Expedition doesn’t try to do too much, such as the Quake finish for brand images. In short, it wouldn’t be surprising, in the near future, to see the Timberline name emblazoned on the sides of a Ford Escape, for example.
It’s hard to go wrong with Dearborn’s biggest experience. The Ford Caravan is certainly roomy, even if the trunk isn’t huge when the third bench seat is up. On the other hand, lower the two rows of rear seats and the Safari almost turns into a cargo van. Storage space is plentiful, as is the occupants’ head or feet. In the front, two passengers do not lack space at all.
The dashboard is also of its time with a large central touchscreen borrowed from the Mustang Mach-E. Note that the latter is part of the optional 501A package which adds an additional $7,570 to the equation. Without this expensive option, the SUV would come from the factory with a more conventional screen and a series of dials for climate control. Behind the steering wheel, a 12.4 inch screen (diagonally) completes the car’s digital world.
The attractive touchpad in the middle of the dashboard is certainly attractive, but for certain everyday controls like the air conditioner, for example, I still prefer the good old wheels. However, we end up getting used to this tactile world. Fortunately, there is still a van atmosphere on the board, strategists who have left a few buttons here and there, a matter of not mixing too often.
Under the hood, the Timberline Expedition benefits from a more powerful version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, a mill that still produces 440 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. In other words, the Expedition Timberline has no problem accelerating from a standstill or even on the highway when it’s time to pass or simply accelerate. And the 10-speed automatic transmission works well with the 6-cylinder, although I noticed occasional “vibrations” when taking on more power.
It will be interesting to watch for Ford’s next big hits, as the Expedition is a prime candidate to house the all-electric F-150 Lightning. We bet that the strategists are already working on such an idea, but for now, this idea does not seem to be a priority of the American giant.
Driving a car
In the past, large SUVs were known for their truck-like discomfort, but these days, major advances in suspension and soundproofing have allowed engineers to turn these large vehicles into living rooms on wheels. Furthermore, the simple fact that this version is equipped with 18-inch rims covered with all-terrain tires ensures better absorption of potholes on the road, unlike the 22-inch shoes found on other liveries.
In addition, the Expedition has always been popular for its overall comfort, a car that is not a sports car and its “marshmallow” suspension. Finally, the car’s soundproofing transforms the big Ford into a child-friendly cocoon for family outings, which is the main purpose of a full-size utility vehicle.
Despite the impressive speed of such a large vehicle, the Ford Expedition is not at the top of the list of the most exciting vehicles in the brand’s lineup. As I said before, a large organization depends on the comfort of its residents and, in this particular case, on the increase in road capacity. But for driving pleasure, the Timberline Expedition doesn’t really increase the adrenaline level felt at the wheel.
Unsurprisingly, Ford’s heaviest body comes with a thirstier, Canadian EnerGuide-estimated average consumption of 13.5 L/100 km, versus 13.9 L/100 km when the car is without the suspension system. In my case, I got an average of 14.9 liters per 100 km, a result that I attribute to more urban use than usual. You have to be gentle with the right pedal so that the V6 EcoBoost doesn’t use too much.
The last word
The cost of gas for the past few months has been hurting the appeal of these large utility vehicles, but for some, the 2022 Timberline Expedition just follows the current trend of this production built for adventure. On the other hand, the Expedition is clearly not Ford’s best vehicle for off-roading — the automaker now relies on the Bronco — but for those looking for more space and towing capacity. , this version of Expedition could be the solution.
The quality of the collection
Impressive off-road capability
We like a little
High consumption of oil
The most difficult car to park
Not the best care