You guys, we had a chance to review the 2018 Ford Expedition Max Limited and it DID NOT DISAPPOINT. As you may know, we have 4 kids. Yes – FOUR KIDS. It’s a zoo, to say the least.
2018 Ford Expedition Max Limited Review
We were able to give the Ford Expedition Max a run for its money. Let’s talk about why this is the perfect SUV for large families and why this tech mom LOVES this vehicle.
Perfect SUV for a Large Family
Our everyday vehicle for the family is a Buick Enclave. I really do love that SUV, but there is one problem. In the few years we have had it, our little kids are now big kids and while we all fit in the SUV at one time – now it’s like a clown car. Yes, there is seating for 8, but it’s not configured in a way that makes sense for our family with growing kids.
The Ford Expedition Max was a dream to drive. We are currently living in a hotel, yes still who follow our stories on Instagram. Because of the hotel situation and having four kids – we basically live in the car. It’s a 20-minute drive back and forth each day (at least 2 times a day!) and with backpacks and color guard equipment and all the other things that come with a family who is not living in their home – it’s like we are living in our car. This poses a problem in our everyday vehicles, but the Ford Expedition Max handled our family chaos just perfect.
There was a plethora of room for the kids to spread out and not be on top of each other. The back area provided enough room for all of the random things we are bringing back and forth from the house to the hotel. It really was a dream to drive and not have kids screaming in the back of the car about how so-and-so is on top of them.
This vehicle is DEFINITELY road trip worthy. In addition to the ample room for hauling your family’s stuff, there is AMAZING storage in this vehicle. I don’t know about you, but I am always at a loss as to where to put my purse in my car. If i put it in the backseat, I know it will get unzipped and inevitably spill everywhere. In the front seat, it cramps my husband’s style.
The Expedition offers a HUGE lockable glove compartment box and the console is massive. I fit my gigantic messenger bag in it. Space in this vehicle is a dream.
Ford Expedition vs Ford Expedition Max
In a previous time, Ford had a large SUV called the Ford Excursion. I have a friend who has proudly driven her Ford Excursion for YEARS. It was slightly larger than the Ford Expedition. Ford stopped the Excursion brand and created a Ford Expedition EL. The Ford Expedition EL is basically the Ford Excursion. Now Ford is retiring the Expedition EL and has introduced the Ford Expedition Max.
So, what does this mean? If you are looking for an SUV slightly larger than the Ford Expedition, check out the Ford Expedition Max. The Ford Expedition Max is nearly a foot longer than the Expedition.
Expedition vs Expedition Max Specs
2018 Ford Expedition
Length: 210.0 inches
Wheelbase: 122.5 inches
Width: 93.4 inches
2018 Ford Expedition MAX
Length: 221.9 inches
Wheelbase: 131.6 inches
Width: 93.4 inches
Both the Expedition and Expedition Max are available in three trim levels: XLT, Limited and Platinum. All trim levels of the 2018 Ford Expedition feature a maximum payload of 1,840 pounds and a maximum payload capacity of 9,300 pounds, while 2018 Ford Expedition MAX models feature a maximum payload of 1,900 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 9,100 pounds.
2018 Expedition Technology
You guys know I love tech and proudly wear the tech mom bad, so let’s talk technology in the 2018 Ford Expedition Max.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
The 2018 Expedition offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It works by simply plugging your phone into the console. I have an Apple iPhone, so the interface, when plugged in for Apple CarPlay, resembles a simpler version of my iPhone interface. The same can be said for Android Auto.
USB Plugs, Wireless Charging and More
With our 4 kids, comes 2 phones and 2 tablets – therefore we need USB plugs. The 2018 Ford Expedition has six USB ports (four USB ports with the base level Expedition.) That’s not it – the Expedition offers wireless charging via the wireless charger on the center console. This family SUV will keep your family powered on the go.
As if all of that isn’t enough – and if you REALLY need more capacity for charging your devices or what have you – Ford has put four 12V powerpoints onein the Expedition as well.
Voice Control Your Favorite Apps
This SYNC 3 feature had me jazzed. You can control your favorite apps with the built-in voice technology. With voice commands and your steering wheel buttons, you can control your favorite apps on your smartphone. I used this to stream my favorite Pandora stations (which OMG, I am totally into the Eddie Vedder Pandora station, at the moment.) Also to listen to my favorite podcasts (stay tuned for a blog post on this!)
Note: Compatible apps must be open and running on properly paired phone.
Read more about SYNC 3 and connecting voice commands
Sure key’s don’t really go in the ignitiion on newer vehicles, but I just have to say how much I love this.
Ford calls this their vehicle’s Intelligent Access (IA) key.
You guys, I know we all have a ton of apps on our phone but let me tell you – if your vehicle has an app, download it.
The FordPass app will connect with a SYNC®Connect-enabled vehicle allowing you to check your fuel level or remotely unlock, lock and start your vehicle. Schedule maintenance, request Roadside Assistance, locate your vehicle and more. (Check to see if your Ford vehicle is eligible for app use, it’s so worth it!) Do you know how great it is to unlock your car from an app, rather than giving your kids the keyfob to unlock it? Also, remote start in the winter months is a MUST. It’s so great to open an app, remote start and not have to wait for the heater to warm up!
Even if you don’t have a Ford or if your Ford isn’t SYNC®Connect compatible, the app has features that you can enjoy. A few years ago, I had the privilege of traveling with Ford to learn more about what Ford has planned for the future at their Further with Ford even in 2015. The FordPass App was one of the items that they discussed (back then My Ford Mobile App). I can’t wait to see the features that Ford will continue to add to elevate the vehicle app experience.
Learn more about the FordPass mobile app.
Find and reserve parking in parking garages and lots, including parking in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, LA, Seattle, Denver, Dallas, DC, Philadelphia and much more. Search for parking by point of interest, city, address, and more!
> Securely pay for parking in select parking garages and lots with FordPay
> Find gas stations based on your preferences
> Get one-on-one help from FordGuides
> Earn Appreciation Badges and Perks just by using FordPass!
> Quickly call for Roadside Assistance2
> Find and contact your Ford dealer making car service simpler
> Bike Share – Access thousands of public bikes for use across San Francisco, East Bay and San Jose through Ford GoBike — a fun and affordable way to get around town.
> Access your Ford Credit account
> Start, stop, lock, unlock and schedule starts¹ for vehicles with SYNC® Connect (currently available on properly-equipped 2017 Ford F-150, 2017 Ford Escapes and 2017 Ford Fusions)
> With SYNC® Connect, SYNC 3® or SYNC® Applink™-equipped vehicles, track fuel levels and get alerts when your vehicle needs attention
> Enjoy Smart parking reservations in parking garages. Easier car servicing and Roadside Assistance. Better Ford dealer visibility. Powerful vehicle controls¹ for the 2017 Ford F-150, 2017 Ford Escape and 2017 Ford Fusion with SYNC Connect.
More Ford Expedition Tech
You guys, I could go on and on about the technology features in the 2018 Ford Expedition.
The auto headlights that brighten and dim at night depending on your driving conditions were an absolute WOW.
Power Folding Seats
The easy to fold power seats in the second AND third row made life super easy with stubborn children.
Front Row and Second Row Seating
Did I mention not only are the front seats heated but the second-row seats are heated as well in the Limited edition?
In addition to heat, the front row offers cooling seats as well.
The smart driver-assist technologies on the Ford Expedition are mind-blowing. These include pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert, enhanced active park assist, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control with stop and go.
Remember how I mentioned we had four kids, well while we do limit screen time most of the time – in the vehicle we don’t. It helps keep us parents sane, so sometimes you just have to give in and the best place for us to give in is in the car. Select Expedition models feature a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, powered by AT&T that allows u to 10 devices to connect at once.
Navigation and User Interface
The navigation and user interface on the Expedition is beautiful and easy to use. Bonus, available navigation includes a five-year complimentary SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link trial subscription. Global Positioning System (GPS) technology is combined with 3-D mapping and provides voice-guided turn-by-turn directions. With SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, you’ll get detailed traffic information, plus current and forecasted weather, gas station locations and prices, sports scores and schedules, and movie theater locations with show listings and times.
I was amazed at how CRISP the camera view was on the 2018 Expedition. Come to find out there is a 360-degree camera with split-view display. It uses four cameras (one in the grille, tailgate, and under each of the side-view mirrors) that allows you to see all sides of the vehicle on the eight-inch color LCD screen.
The camera system includes front and rear washers to maximize visibility. I have an awful time parking and was worried about that when it came to parking the Expedition. I quickly realized how the cameras enabled me to easily park the SUV. This tech feature is HUGE, especially if you fear driving a large SUV.
Closing Thoughts on the Expedition
When I say I LOVE the Ford Expedition Max Limited, I mean it. The Ford Expedition is a tried and true brand. These vehicles are built to last and designed for function.
My husband, who is NOT a car guy admitted that the SUV was amazing. Now, the true test will be if he lets me trade in my Enclave and buy one – it seriously was THAT awesome. If you are in the market for a large family vehicle – the Ford Expedition should definitely be on your list.
Lincoln Experience Center
Changing the way you purchase a luxury vehicle.
Purchasing a Lincoln Luxury Vehicle
Could the days of being lured into a car dealership with high pressure sales be a thing of the past? We don’t know about you, but purchasing a car can feel painful. The stress, the options and the pressure to make a decision for a purchase is real. If you are in the market for a vehicle – and that vehicle is a Lincoln, your opinion of purchasing a vehicle just may very well change. Here’s why.
Lincoln Experience Center
The Lincoln Motor Company has opened 2 Lincoln Experience Centers here in the United States (with a few more to come!) These centers were created to change how you purchase a luxury vehicle. Gone are the tedious days of going to the dealership to scour thru the parking lot to find the vehicle that fits your needs. If you are purchasing, the majority of the purchasing process can be done at an experience center.
We were invited to tour the Frisco, TX Lincoln Experience Center this past week. Situated in right next to the Frisco Dallas Cowboys training facility, the center is in prime location to retail traffic. Gone are the days of trekking to find a dealership off of a highway to be pressured into buying a car. This is not the experience The Lincoln Motor Company wants you to have when buying one of their vehicles.
The Lincoln Experience Center is very zen and tranquil. It does NOT have the feel of a car dealership. With a water wall, bar with touch screens (and free Nespresso coffee), video wall displays and a few vehicles, the vibe is modern and refreshing. You cannot purchase a vehicle at an Experience Center – so there is no pressure to buy. Even if you are just curious about the vehicles Lincoln offers, the doors are open for you to look without obligation.
There is a REVEL audio room. REVEL audio is what is used in each of the Lincoln vehicles. You can experience what the speakers and sound will be – perfect for the audiophile.
Another room is a consultation room. If you do decided you want to purchase, there is a room dedicated to connecting you with a dealership. Again, no pressure to purchase at the center, as the purchase must be done at a dealership. That said, you can do the majority of your decision making at the center – making it an easy transaction when you do go to purchase.
Upstairs in the Experience Center, The Lincoln Motor Company has every vehicle in their fleet available to view. You are in air conditioning, not out in a parking lot. It is an upscale experience for buying your vehicle.
We are anxious to see if other automobile brands take on this type of concierge service for their potential customers. A pleasant, welcoming environment – with no pressure to buy? We’d say that is a win in regards to shopping for a vehicle.
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This past week a brand new shiny 2017 Chevrolet Suburban landed in my driveway. The good peep at Chevrolet asked if my family and I would be interested in taking the Chevrolet Suburban out and going to see the new LEGO Batman movie. Yes and yes.
If you’ve followed the blog for any length of time – you know that we have 4 kids. 4 kids is 2 more kids than fit in a normal vehicle. As soon as we hit 3 kids, we had to upgrade our vehicle to a SUV with a third row. We road trip often and put a good number of miles on vehicles. (We live in the country, while we do have a Starbucks close (praise Jesus) – everything else does take 5-10 miles to get to. A lot of time in a SUV, car or what have you and 4 kids – let’s just say you want to make sure you have plenty of room and that you and the kids are both comfortable.
Learning to Drive in a Suburban
The 2017 Suburban arrived and honestly blew all my expectations out of the water. A little back story. Growing up, my learn to drive car was a 1980 something Suburban. Her name was Bertha, she was a bright blue. I learned to drive in a Suburban. Everyone could see me coming. I could hit pot holes and any speed bump without having to worry about the suspension. Bertha could withstand dings and all the what-have-yous that come with learning to drive.
I had a disco ball on my rearview mirror that casted fun light reflections through-out the vehicle. The leather was worn, the ceiling kind of sagged. This was back in the mid-90’s so I am sure is smelled on CK One and surely Nirvana blared thru her speakers. All that said, Bertha was NOT a fancy vehicle by any means. I hadn’t driven a Suburban since Bertha, so you say the word Suburban, I immediately flash back to Bertha. What arrived in my driveway was NOT Bertha. This is NOT the Suburban I grew up knowing – and that’s a GOOD thing!
2017 Chevrolet Suburban Review
This 2017 Chevrolet Suburban review is going to be from different points of view. I review several vehicles a year, but this vehicle really made an impression on my kids so I wanted to make sure that their comments and opinions were included. Because us moms know, at the end of the day – the kids better like the vehicle (but if only they could PAY for the vehicle.)
The model I reviewed was the 2017 Suburban 4WD 1/2 Ton Premier in iridescent pearl tricoat with a cocoa/mahogany interior.
What You Need To Know About the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban
Keep reading for my personal review:
What A Mom Will LOVE About The Suburban
A Vehicle That Fits 4 Kids
All 4 of my kids piled into the Suburban with no fuss. There was plenty of room for both the kids and all of their stuff.
The connectivity features on the Chevrolet Suburban are top notch. The vehicle comes with On-Star that features automatic crash response, navigation and more.
With 4G LTE WI-FI Hotspot – the kids will never get bored! My husband had to finish up some work on the way to the LEGO Batman movie, so brought his laptop – connected to the Suburban’s hotspot and worked without issue. We had 2 iPads connected and 2 iPhones as well – and ZERO complaints. (We have our kids data turned off so they have to connect to WIFI for using the internet.)
The display is 8″ – so everything is front and center. It feels more like a control panel than your standard radio!
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Another bonus – the Suburban comes with both Apple CarPlay AND Android Auto. I’ll be reviewing both of those in an upcoming post, because those deserve their own review. But long story short – whether you are Apple or Android, the Chevy Suburban has you covered.
BONUS! All new 2017 Chevy Suburbans offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility for compatible phones as a standard feature.
Rear-Seat Entertainment System with Blu-ray
The particular vehicle we were loaned, had not one but TWO screens connected to the rear-seat entertainment system. On our way to see LEGO Batman, we watched (and cried) UP. Again, major road trip perk.
- A screen in both second and third rows
- HDMI connector to attach devices for projection on in-vehicle screens
- Digital headphones
- Two additional USB ports
USB Ports Galore
You and each of your passengers will have access to a USB. This family vehicle is loaded with them!
How many USB ports are included?
The 2017 Chevy Suburban provides 11 charging locations, including a 110-volt power outlet, 5 USB ports and 5 auxiliary 12-volt power outlets.
Heads Up Display
The heads up display (often referred to as HUD) offers you a view of how fast you are going in the windshield. It’s crazy. You don’t have to look down – your speed shows as if it’s a hologram in the front window. I had my husband take this photo while I was driving. It’s a really great feature, did take a day to get use to though! (Look between the lanes, that’s your speed displayed – appearing in the windshield.)
Collision Warning System
The Collision Warning System offers a red Collision Alert warning that will flash along with rapid, high-pitched beeping when the driver is approaching a vehicle ahead too quickly and may be seconds away from a potential crash. The driver’s seat also vibrates 5 times.
myChevrolet Mobile App
The myChevrolet mobile app lets your control certain functionalities from your smart phones. You can start and stop your engine and unlock and lock your doors. No more running back to your vehicle to lock the doors! You can You can even send destinations to your available navigation system, view diagnostic information and set parking reminders from virtually anywhere.
Again, from my days with my 1980 Chevrolet Suburban named Bertha – she was not luxury. The 2017 Chevrolet Suburban defined luxury. From the beautiful mahogany leather seats to the cocoa carpet, the immediate feel when I sat in the driver seat was luxury. Features such as the heated steering wheel to the cool and heated seats added to the overall luxurious ambiance.
In addition to the gorgeous interior – the actual drive/ride was smooth.
Room in the Rear for Luggage and Kids Stuff
While we didn’t take the Suburban on a road trip (we so need this Suburban for our next road trip!) – I always eye the back of vehicles to get an idea of how much room is there for luggage. Road trips are a staple for our family and the back of the Suburban featured plenty of room for storing luggage – as well as all the things that come with kids. Between Color Guard, soccer and what have you – this vehicle can haul all the things that come with kids (which us moms know, is A LOT.)
With the three rows in use, the suburban offers 39.3 cu. ft of cargo storage. Lay down the second and third row and there is 121.7 cu. ft. of maximum cargo space.
What Needs Improving
The 3 star rating for rollovers is an average rating. I get why there is a high rollover risk with these large vehicles, but still wish it could be improved.
The Track on the Captain Chairs
We had captain chairs before and this is one of those things only moms will understand. It is SO easy for kid crap to get stuck in these tracks. Surely there is some type of solution that can be created to keep the tracks clean. I can’t even with the things I found when cleaning them (pencils, lollipops, chicken nuggets, nope can’t even.)
Parking – Side Cameras Needed
This is going to be an issue with any large vehicle. Take it the cameras do help immensely – but uhm, I need side cameras. I will say, I did get in extra steps as any time I parked, I parked a ways out to make sure we had plenty of room. Perhaps a 360 camera could help with this.
Overall Review of the Suburban…
Overall the suburban – LOVED IT. I had an expectation and it was totally blown away. This family vehicle was classy. The ride was fabulous and the kids were totally occupied which is a MAJOR win. There was plenty of room for all the things and the tech is on point.
If you are in the market for a large family vehicle – definitely check out the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban.
Learn more about the new Chevrolet Suburban at chevrolet.com
2017 Chevrolet Suburban Cost – the starting MSRP for the 2017 Suburban is $49,915
Station Wagons, just typing those 2 words bring back a flood of memories. The lady who picked me up for elementary school carpool drove a station wagon. We would all crowd in the back – way too many of us, no one buckled- we would talk about grade school non-sense. While the unbuckled kids, thrown in the back of a wagon may not happen again – the Station Wagon is slowly making a comeback – just in different form.
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In 2009, Ford released the Ford Flex. While it’s billed as a full-size crossover utility vehicle – it sure looks like an updated station wagon to me. This is the 2016 Ford Flex. It’s like a car version of their Ford Explorer, though it only seats 6 and doesn’t have the cargo room of the old station wagons.
SUVs the Station Wagon for the 2000’s
But on that line of thinking, we could say that SUVs are technically just part station wagon part truck, right? I have noticed a trend of SUVs appearing lower than the old jacked-up SUVs. For example, let’s look at the 2017 Dodge Durango:
Here is the 2000 Dodge Durango – notice a difference? In 2017, you don’t have to climb into the vehicle, where in 2000 – it definitely requires more effort!
Will this trend of lower SUVs that resemble the lower car-like feature of a station wagon continue? Only time will tell!
The most popular SUVs are now the cross-over. If people demand more cargo room, the old station wagon look may just be on it’s way back into fashion. Don’t they say, what’s old is new again?
Modern Station Wagons
Not all station wagons went away in the 90’s. The station dropped and many auto brands started referring to the vehicles as wagons.
Mercedes Benz Wagon
Here is an old school Mercedes station wagon from the early 1990’s:
And here is the 2016 Mercedes Benz e350 Learn more about the Mercedes Benz e350
Here are a few other wagon options, if you are in the market to purchase a wagon:
My in-laws purchased a Subaru Outback and love it!
Learn more about the 2017 Subaru Outback
Volvo v60 Wagon
Learn more about the 2017 v60 Volvo Wagon
Thoughts – are station wagons making a comeback?
As a member of TAWA – Texas Auto Writers Association, I have exciting news to announce from this week’s Texas Truck Rodeo. This year was the 26th Annual Truck Rodeo. Held in Dripping Springs Texas, the Texas Truck Rodeo featured 71 different vehicles competing in 17 categories for top honors.
2017 Texas Truck Rodeo Winners
The 2017 award categories and winning vehicles of the Texas Truck Rodeo were:
Truck of Texas: 2017 Ford Super Duty
SUV of Texas: 2017 Nissan Armada
CUV of Texas: 2017 Volvo XC90
Truck line of Texas: Ford Motor Co.
Heavy duty pickup truck: 2017 Ford Super Duty
Best commercial vehicle: 2017 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab
Luxury pickup truck: 2017 RAM 1500
Off-road pickup: 2017 RAM 2500 Power Wagon
Full-size pickup: 2017 Nissan Titan
Midsize pickup: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Best technology: Honda In-bed audio system
Best connectivity: FCA Uconnect Access
Best powertrain: 2017 Ford F-150 with 3.5 EcoBoost V-6 engine
Off-road utility vehicle: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Full-size luxury SUV: 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS
Mid-size luxury SUV: 2017 Jaguar F-Pace
Full-size SUV: 2017 Nissan Armada
Mid-size SUV: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Compact SUV: 2017 Jeep Cherokee
Full-size CUV: 2016 Mazda CX-9
Mid-size CUV: 2016 Nissan Murano
Compact CUV: 2016 Jeep Renegade
Luxury CUV: 2017 Volvo XC90
Truck of Texas – 2017 Ford Super Duty
photo credit: TAWA
This year’s Truck of Texas is the 2017 Ford Super Duty. Read more about the Super Duty:
Congrats to all of the winners!
The Texas Auto Writers Association, Inc. was founded in 1985 by automotive journalists who wanted to provide an avenue of professional growth, development and networking. These professionals sought to create an automotive event that was unique to Texas, and the result was the TAWA Truck Rodeo. Since 1992, Truck Rodeos have been held in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Granbury and Spring Branch, and now Dripping Springs.
Is car ownership on it’s way out? Do we really all need to own cars? Experts seem to think that by 2025, private car ownership will die.
Did you know that the average car is parked 95% of the time? Thinking to our family’s vehicles – we have three vehicles. My husband and myself work at home at least half of the week. Our driving is in the evenings, running kids to school, church and sports activities. Other than that, the majority of the mileage put on our vehicles are from the weekends or when we take road trips.
John Zimmer, co-founder of LYFT recently took to Medium to discuss what he calls The Third Transportation Revolution.
Most of us have grown up in cities built around the automobile, but imagine for a minute, what our world could look like if we found a way to take most of these cars off the road. It would be a world with less traffic and less pollution. A world where we need less parking??where streets can be narrowed and sidewalks widened. Its a world where we can construct new housing and small businesses on parking lots across the country??or turn them into green spaces and parks. Thats a world built around people, not cars.
Private Car Ownership
Zimmer continues talking about autonomous vehicles and how they will account for the majority of Lyft rides in the next 5 years. He also states that by 2025, private car ownership will all-but end in major U.S. cities.
The car has actually become more like a $9,000 ball and chain that gets dragged through our daily life. Owning a car means monthly car payments, searching for parking, buying fuel, and dealing with repairs.
My sister-in-law lives in downtown Austin. She’s in her mid-20’s and her and her partner spent the last 3 years, just using either a car share or ride share programs to get to and from work and activities. They recently did purchase a vehicle for convenience, but was not a true necessity. Of course, location and lifestyle dictate the necessity for a vehicle.
Car Ownership for Families
Could my family life without a vehicle and it be economically feasible? Probably not. We have 4 kids and we live in the country, outside of the suburbia. UBER doesn’t service our area, Lyft does – but expect at least a 20-minute wait.
Zimmer does make another point in his article that really stood out to me.
Transportation doesnt just impact how we get from place to place. It shapes what those places look like, and the lives of the people who live there.
While I don’t plan on moving back to a populated area anytime soon, I would love to see how suburbia and cities would evolve with less vehicles on the road.
What do you think? Is car ownership on it’s way out?