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Recently, I was invited to take the 2018 Ford Expedition Platinum out for a few road trips. I was incredibly impressed with the comfort, style, and what I like to call, road trip features in the vehicle. Many of the newer Ford’s have a lot of these features I’m about to discuss. Here’s what makes travel easier, comfortable, safe, and fun in the Ford Expedition.
You can get the full list of features and specs from Ford here. The following is what I consider to be the best of the best when it comes to road trip travel.
Adaptive Cruise Control
My favorite for the 2018 Ford Expedition feature is the adaptive cruise control. Thanks to the 360 camera sensors, your cruise control adjusts to the vehicles in front. Say you’re driving down the interstate at 70 miles an hour and the traffic starts to slow. Normally, you’d adjust or break to turn down or off the cruise control. Thanks to the adaptive feature, it’s done for you. Traffic clears? You’re back up to speed.
Smart Windshield Wipers
In the same sense as the adaptive cruise control, the wipers adjust based on the level of rain on your windshield. Gone are the days of the annoying wiper scrape sound.
Drive Time Reminders
When traveling long distances, it’s important to take breaks, stretch your legs, and give your eyes a rest. If you’re not sure how long you’ve been driving, the Ford Expedition will alert you when you’ve been on the road for more than 2 hours.
Ford SYNC® 3 /Apple Car Play/Android Auto
The 2018 Ford Expedition has a beautiful center touchscreen console that offers an incredible amount of SYNC features. But the best part is connecting it to your phone. Have all your road trip playlist music on your phone? What about your favorite podcasts. Better yet, if you load up on audio books for your kids to listen to, it’s all right there ready to play in the entire car.
More Safety Features
When you’re traveling long distance, do you think to look at your tire pressure? It should be on your checklist. But even if you don’t, the 2018 Ford Expedition not only tells you if you’re pressure is correct, it shows each tire individually on your console. No guessing which one needs air.
The Expedition also has blind spot warnings, lane assist, and if you tow a camper, a tow/haul mode, along with back up assist.
And while not a safety feature per se, driving on enough Florida trips you know that you need air conditioned seats. Alternatively, if you’re somewhere cold, you can switch to heat!
More road trip ready entertainment? The Ford Expedition has built-in DVD players and offers a WiFi Hotspot for personal devices. And there’s six USB charging ports, which should be enough for the whole family!