2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch: Discovering The Beautiful Lions Head

Overview

2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch

2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch is the subject and host of this review. In one of our earlier articles, we had tested Ford’s biggest SUV.

You can read this article by clicking the link below:

https://www.autoandroad.com/2018/04/2018-ford-expedition-limited/

For the 2020 model year, Ford introduced the King Ranch version of its biggest SUV. The Expedition is based on the best-selling F-150 pickup truck. The King Ranch trim level is offered both with standard and extended (Max) body versions. Our tester had the standard wheelbase, which was still a big vehicle.

The top model of the Expedition honors King Ranch which is the largest ranch in Texas and also in the USA. It comprises 825,000 acres (3,340 km 2; 1,289 sq mi) and was founded in 1853 by Captain Richard King and Gideon K. Lewis.

For more information on King Ranch, please visit https://king-ranch.com/

The Expedition has a muscular, bold design with an impressive exterior and interior. The big, chrome grill has headlights with three LED “lines” and fog lamps and nicely integrated into the body. With a more conservative and boxy design, this SUV offers ample room for passengers and cargo. This vehicle is a good representative of FoMoCo, which fully dedicated itself to building SUVs and trucks.

Sophisticated headlight design with much chrome for the grille creates a premium and bold front look.

The Lincoln Navigator, Expedition’s corporate cousin is a more luxurious alternative and shares the same platform.

Engine and powertrain

2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch has a 3.5L V6 EcoBoost twin-turbo engine with 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 10-speed transmission. Although we could not test this feature, the Expedition has a towing capacity of 9,300 pounds which makes it a true utility vehicle. So, Ford’s big ute has sufficient power reserves at every situation and our test drive proved it.

The 3.5L, V6 Ecoboost engine delivers 375 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque

Driving impressions

The major part of our test drive with the 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch was from Toronto to the Bruce Peninsula, using both country roads and highway. Remembering the fact that this is a truck-based big SUV, it was a pleasure to drive this vehicle. We unleashed the power reserves especially while passing other vehicles at two-lane country roads. The acceleration was superb and the body rolls were very manageable at rare winding spots of otherwise straight roads. The 22-inch, painted, machine-faced aluminum wheels make the ride more exciting. The King Ranch logo distinguishes this version further from standard models.

Interior

2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch offers a high and commanding seating position. Automatic running boards are inevitable for a high vehicle like this and make getting on and off very easy. The big buttons and controls are easy to use, even if you wear a glove in winter, thanks to design features shared the F-150, Ford’s workhorse. The brown Del Rio leather is all rows nice and comfortable, even if this colour is not to everyone’s taste. Ebony Del Rio door trims and Mesa Del Rio armrest and steering wheel with Kingsville stitching and Ziricote Wood Veneer complete the luxurious atmosphere. the 10-way power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats are very comfortable. The 12-speaker B & O sound system made our journey more enjoyable. The Synch-3 infotainment system with the voice-activated navigation, several USD ports, and wireless charging Media Hub all contribute to a comfortable and relaxed long journey.

The dashboard and instrumentation shared with the Ford F-150

Second-row captain seats are very comfortable with big legroom

With second and third-row seats laid flat, the Expedition offers a large and comfortable sleeping or loading area depending on your needs

Discovering the Bruce Peninsula, Great Lakes Area

With a short midweek getaway, my wife and I found ourselves in the Bruce Peninsula, less than 300 kilometers from East York. Due to Covid-19 restrictions more than ever Canadians spend their vacation in Canada and avoid a flight as much as possible. Even if not for a good reason 2020 offered an opportunity to explore the beauties of our own country.

The Bruce Peninsula is a popular destination at the west end of Georgian Bay. Georgian Bay, entirely in Canada is part of Lake Huron. Is it 15, 000 sqkm and thus constitutes 25 percent of Lake Huron. The Great Lakes Region consists of five lakes; Huron, Michigan, Superior, Erie, and Ontario. With a combined area of 244,000 sqkm, it contains 20 percent of the world’s total freshwater reserves. This is almost the half of entire Spain. We Canadians are lucky to share this vast geography and precious resource with our southern neighbour, the United States.

Our first stop: Grey Roots Museum and Archives (GRMA) 

Although it was closed to the public at this time, we enjoyed our short stop here GRMA began as a County museum in 1955 and played an important role in preserving the history and promoting the heritage of Grey County. It is located just south of Owen Sound on Grey Road 18. The current facility opened in 2004. The building houses the County museum, archives, and tourism offices. Since we could not enter the facilities, the most interesting part for us was  Moreston Heritage Village adjacent to the main building. The village reflects the development of Grey County from the 1850s to the 1920s. We were not able to buy gas for 25 cents per liter but at least immortalized our visit with a photo.

For more information, please visit http://greyroots.com 

Grey Roots Museum and Archives near Owen Sound

Camping in Lions Head

View from the marina, Lions Head

The campground in Lions Head is small. So make sure to book well in advance

Although our plan was to drive to the Bruce Peninsula, I took the very reliable advice of a friend to make Lions Head our main destination. 264 kilometers from Downtown Toronto, Lions Head is a small village at a small bay and only 50 kilometers from Tobermory, the tip of the peninsula. My wife was hesitant to stay at a hotel and we decided to test the “overnight facility” of our big SUV. We reserved a spot at the Lions Head Campground and slept in the vehicle for two nights. It was more convenient than staying in a tent and using the campground’s facilities made life easier. I laid the second and third-row seats flat, put two inflatable mattresses on top of seatbacks, and our beds were ready. The beach at the bay was between the campground and the marina. The crystal clear water of Georgian Bay was a boost to the body and soul and swimming here was not enough. We Dined at the patio of Lions Head Inn Restaurant & Pub which was only steps away from the campground. Taking a walk towards the marina and feeling the breeze was amazing.

The campground in Lions Head is small. So make sure to book well in advance

Lions Head was born as a port for the lumber trade in the 1870s. In those years roads in the Bruce Peninsula were almost non-existent and transportation of goods and people was entirely by water. Early settlers in the area thought they could see the head of a lion when looking to the right, where the massive cliffs are located. So, it became the name of this beautiful place.

Lions Head is said to be one of the darkest places in Southern Ontario and local amateur astronomers offer free star-gazing programmes in summer.

Lions Head is also part of the world-famous Bruce Trail.

For more information please visit: http://visitlionshead.ca

 

The Expedition offers generous sleeping space for two adults when the second and third-row seats are laid flat

My car is my castle

Lions Head at the Northern Bruce Peninsula is a perfect spot to enjoy the clean and pristine waters of Georgian Bay

Lions Head Marina

Lions Head Inn is a good place to eat

Tobermory

As we were close to Tobermory, the main hub of the Bruce Peninsula, we did not spare a 50-kilometer ride for a lunch break and stroll. Tobermory is at the tip of the peninsula and has a ferry connection to Manitoulin Island and further to Northern Ontario. We wish we could spend more time here and discover its surroundings.

Tobermory is the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula and the station to reach the Manitoulin Island

On our way back home

Good moments pass by so quickly. It was time to hit the road to get back home.

We enjoyed a slow and relaxed ride to Toronto via Collingwood and Barrie and finally joined the crowd at the SB Hwy-400.

In Collingwood, almost exactly halfway took a break for an early dinner. Then, we had a panoramic tour of the city up until the Waterfront.

Collingwood is a town of nearly 22,000 inhabitants in Simcoe County. It is situated on Nottawasaga Bay at the southern point of Georgian Bay and close to Blue Mountain Ski Resort. With skyrocketing real estate prices in and around Toronto, more people move to further regions of Southern Ontario. And with emerging opportunities of working from home permanently, it will not be surprising to see Collingwood grow to a vibrant and livable city at beautiful Georgian Bay.

Ford’s biggest SUV is a good choice for long-range driving

A stop at the Waterfront, Collingwood

Consumption

During our one-week test-drive our average consumption was 14.3 liters. The measured consumption is by Natural Resources Canada is:

14.7 liters for city & 11.2 liters for the highway. This is a reasonable value for a vehicle of this size.

Conclusion

2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch is a powerful and luxurious SUV. It delivers everything that you can expect from a vehicle of this category:
A powerful engine, tons of passenger and cargo space, great towing capacity.

Pricing

The pricing for the Expedition starts at C$ 71,602.

Our fully loaded tester with options had an MSRP of C$ 84,825.

See the window sticker below:

 

For more detailed and most up-to-date information please visit http://www.ford.ca

Article and Photos by Varol Mckars