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

Having five seats, the 2021 XL STX kicks off the 2021 Expedition's lineup. Featuring up to eight seats, the upscale Platinum Max edition has the best features on the menu.


Built on the renowned EcoBoost architecture, a 3.5-liter engine block powers the 2021 Expedition XL STX. Boosted by twin turbochargers with air-to-air coolers, this V-6 powertrain generates 375 hp at 5,000 RPM. Direct Injection helps this six-cylinder powerplant achieve a maximum torque rating of 470 lb-ft at 2,250 RPM. Designed to optimize combustion, the Ti-VCT technology is deployed under the hood of both Ford SUVs. You may choose a six-speed or 10-speed automatic transmission for each model. A 4x4 drive system with a transfer case is compatible with each gearbox. Creating a 3.73 axle ratio, the Electronic Limited-Slip Differential is another sophisticated hardware on these Expedition models. The eSLD is paired with the all-new ControlTrac technology for enhanced all-weather performance.

These premium Ford SUVs also have the Selectable Drive Modes with an electronic rotary knob. For example, the Mud/Ruts Mode improves off-road handling. When equipped with a 4x2 drive, the XL STX includes a rear axle with a non-limited-slip design. Designed to improve the ride quality, the Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) Suspension is optional on the Platinum Max. Both Ford trims offer the Terrain Management System for best-in-class handling on paved surfaces or rugged trails.


The 2021 Expedition XL STX is equipped with a five-bar front grille decorated with Gloss Black accents. Halogen fog lamps and quad-beam reflector headlamps are standard on this base trim. You'll also get 18-inch wheels with the Magnetic Metallic design on this entry-level model. The Platinum Max boasts a front grille with Satin Aluminum accents. Bright end caps cover the vehicle's roof-rack side rails. Front tow hooks and running boards with stainless steel composition are installed on this premium Ford SUV.


A rotary-style gear selector is standard inside the 2021 Expedition XL STX. Inside this two-row model, some other premium amenities include the Illuminated Entry System, coat hooks, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Platinum Max flaunts climate-controlled captain's chairs in the middle row. This upscale trim is furnished with the Multicontour Active Motion seating in the first row. Additionally, the third-row seats have head restraints and power-folding functions. Up to 15 beverage holders are available inside this large Ford SUV.

Stop at our car dealership to compare the 2021 Ford Expedition XL STX model with the Platinum Max trim.

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