2021 Ford Expedition XL STX vs 2021 Ford Expedition Platinum Max

Ford Expedition XL STX

  • Standard Engine3.5L I-6
  • Horsepower375hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *17 / 24
  • Seats5

Ford Expedition Platinum Max

  • Standard Engine3.6L I-6
  • Horsepower400hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *17 / 23
  • Seats8

Specs at a Glance

The Ford Expedition is one of the top full-size SUVs on the market. It’s perfect for drivers who need more passenger and cargo space. A truck-based frame also helps the Expedition to boast having the segment’s highest tow rating. Let’s check out how the Expedition XL STX compares to the extended-wheelbase Expedition Platinum Max.


All versions of the 2021 Ford Expedition feature a potent 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. A 10-speed automatic transmission sends power to the wheels. While the XL STX trim develops 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, unique tuning enables the Platinum Max trim to crank out 400 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. Along with the Platinum Max trim’s extra muscle comes an adaptive suspension for enhanced handling and ride comfort. A capable 4X4 drivetrain is available on both trims. You can also opt for a Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow package.


The Expedition XL STX has an attractive appearance. Running boards and stylish 18-inch alloy wheels come standard. Expect the Expedition Platinum Max to have an even more upscale look. Full LED exterior lighting and a unique grille help this SUV to stand out. You’ll also notice the Platinum Max trim’s larger 22-inch alloy wheels, which bring an incredibly bold stance. Power-retractable running boards further highlight this range-topping trim’s luxuriousness.


Most drivers will be more than happy with Expedition XL STX’s list of standard equipment. Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system features an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone support. Meanwhile, everyone can take advantage of the SUV’s 4G Wi-Fi hotspot. Other amenities include tri-zone automatic control, SYNC voice commands, and remote start. Advanced safety technologies, such as automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring, also come with the SUV’s standard Ford Co-Pilot360 system.

The Expedition Platinum Max offers an exceptionally luxurious ride. You’ll love the Multicontour front seats, which feature built-in massage functions. Upgraded leather upholstery lines the cabin. To make the SUV easier to maneuver in small spaces, Ford equips it with Active Park Assist 2.0. High-end electronics include a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, navigation, and a 360-degree camera system.

If you would like to compare these two Expedition trims, stop by Grapevine Ford. We’ll be more than happy to offer you a test drive.

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