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Ford manufactures lots of great family-friendly SUVs, including the Escape, Edge and Explorer. But perhaps the most family-friendly SUV in Ford's lineup is the Expedition. It's listed at #1 on US News and World Report's large SUV rankings, and it provides plenty of features and space, especially for large families with growing children. Find out what makes the Ford Expedition the perfect family-friendly SUV.

Plenty of Space for People and Cargo

The Ford Expedition seats eight people, but if you spring for second-row captain's chairs instead of a bench seat, the seating capacity drops a notch to seven. Passengers have ample room in the second and third rows, ideal for taller or growing children.

For families with younger children, each second-row seat has a set of LATCH connectors, and all of the anchors are exposed for quick access. And thanks to the Expedition's cavernous interior, Mom and Dad are likely to have minimal trouble loading car seats.

Expedition Cargo Space

In its standard body length, the Expedition provides 20.9 cubic feet of space behind the third row, and that number jumps to 63.9 cubic feet with the third row folded down. And if you're making a solo trip to the hardware store and can fold both rows down, you'll enjoy a whopping 104.6 cubic feet of space.

If you opt for the Expedition Max, these cargo space numbers get even higher: 36 cubic feet behind the third row, 79.6 cubic feet behind the second row and a maximum volume of 121.5 cubic feet.

Entertainment Options

Every Expedition comes standard with the user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system. This includes Android Auto and Apple Car Play for seamless smartphone integration. Other standard tech features include:

- Satellite radio, so it's easy to find a station everyone loves
- Four USB ports for kids in the back to charge their devices
- Wi-Fi hotspot, so passengers can stay connected in the most remote areas

Dual-Headrest Rear Seat Entertainment System

If you've got children, you might consider springing for a rear seat entertainment system, which can help make getting to your destination more enjoyable. Kids can play DVDs, plug in a favorite gaming console, stream from a mobile device or even watch live TV, all from the comfort of their seat.

Towing Capacity

The Expedition's towing capacity is another reason why this is a family-friendly SUV. If your family enjoys taking road trips together, you'll be happy to know that your Expedition is capable of towing up to 9,300 pounds when equipped with the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package. This means it can haul your small RV, camper or boat for summer vacations. Add the Pro Trailer Backup Assist system and you can even feel confident putting your trailer in reverse.

Gas Mileage

Families who budget definitely have to keep fuel costs in mind, and the Expedition gets decent gas mileage given its size and powerful engine. It gets an EPA-estimated 17mpg in the city and 23mpg on the highway, which are some of the best figures among large SUVs.

If you're in the market for a family-friendly SUV, stop by our Ford dealership in Ohio to browse our new and pre-owned Ford's to find one that works for you and your family.
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