- the 2021 ford expedition is adding a new base model, as first reported by ford authority.
- called the xl stx, it ditches the previously standard third row of seats.
- the expedition xl stx starts at $51,690, $2815 less than the previous starting price.
ford is dropping the starting price for the 2021 expedition full-size suv, which gains a new base trim level called the xl stx. it starts at $51,690, a drop of $2815 from the xlt which previously served as the cheapest expedition. while all other expeditions come standard with three rows of seats providing space for eight, the xl stx has a two-row setup that seats five.
standard equipment includes a touchscreen infotainment system and three-zone automatic climate control, but this model does without siriusxm satellite radio and a few driver-assistance features that are standard on the xlt. it looks a bit different than the xlt, too, with dark 18-inch wheels and black grille trim rather than chrome. the xl stx is available only on the standard-length expedition; the larger expedition max still starts off with the xlt trim and costs $56,505 to start.
the xl stx has the same twin-turbo 3.5-liter v-6 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission as other expeditions. rear-wheel drive is standard with four-wheel drive as a $3050 option. 4wd models offer an electronic limited-slip differential as a $1100 extra, but there are no option packages available for the xl stx otherwise.
despite the price cut, the expedition's base price is still higher than its chief rival's. the 2021 chevy tahoe, which comes standard with three rows of seats, starts at $50,295 for its base ls trim level.
2021 expedition xl stx models are buildable on ford's configurator now and should be arriving at dealerships soon.