Which Ford SUV Will Have Enough Space for My Needs?

Headed out from our Springfield, IL neighborhood, there's adventure in all directions. It takes the right SUV to take you there. That's not only one with a tradition of dependability, the latest safety, driver-assist, and tech features, and creature comforts to make the grade under its belt, like those of our Ford moniker. You'll also need the space and towing capacity to bring a boatload of Chatham day-trip or extended Riverton, IL vacation gear along with you. On that note, you might already be asking yourself how much you need. Not to worry -- Landmark Ford Trucks East has made it easy to figure it out.

Take the new Ford EcoSport subcompact SUV, for example. Each of its S, SE, SES, and Titanium trims seats five, and with 91.1 cubic feet of space for you and your passengers as well as up to 50 cubic feet of cargo capacity with 60/40 fold-flat rear seating collapsed, it's the right choice for urban commutes, grocery runs, weekend retail therapy, and highway traveling. With a standard Cargo Management System, incorporating an adjustable rear load floor and shelf, packing up and shipping out, keeping your things secure, and unloading are all a breeze. Opt for an available Cargo Management Package, and you can get a cargo net and organizers, too. Moreover, if you're looking to take a small pop-up tent camper along for the ride, you can. The new EcoSport can tow anywhere from 1,400 pounds with an available 1.0-liter EcoBoost® engine to up to 2,000 pounds with a 2.0-liter Ti-VCT.

Step up to the new Ford Escape compact SUV and its S, SE, SEL, and Titanium trims, and you can enjoy seating for five, a bump in passenger space to 98.7 cubic feet, and folding rear seats that provide up to 18 additional cubic feet of cargo capacity -- 68 maximum. There's a center-console media bin for extra essentials, optional roof rack side rails with available crossbars to pack even more, and an available hands-free, foot-activated liftgate to make access to the hold at your venue a snap. You can even take advantage of a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when your new Escape is equipped with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine and a Class II Trailer Tow Package -- more than enough for an aluminum fishing boat, a dirt bike, and more.

Reach the new Ford Edge mid-size crossover, and you'll find a five-seater with an ample 113.9 cubic feet of passenger room whether you go with its SE, SEL, Titanium, or Sport trim. On top of that, cargo space weighs in at up to 73.4 cubic feet with rear seating folded, and an available second-row EasyFold® seat release enables maximizing it with the touch of a button. The SUV's available liftgate is hands-free and foot-activated to boot, keeping grabbing gear quick and easy. With the standard twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost or optional 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine and Class II Tow Package, you can even make use of a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, with trailer sway control to keep things on the level. That's enough for a pair of snowmobiles, among other toys.

Graduate to Ford Flex, and you'll find a mid-size SUV in SE, SEL, and Limited trims that seats seven in a burgeoning interior measuring up to 155.8 cubic feet. 83.2 cubic feet on top of that is cargo room, provided the second-row 60/40 split bench seat and 50/50 split bench third-row seats are folded. If you're looking for ease in configuring, a one-touch PowerFold® third-row seat is available, and the trunk area's accessible conveniently via an optional power liftgate. Factor in a Class III Trailer Tow Package, and you can lug up to 4,500 pounds -- enough for a lighter towable RV.

Surpassing that is the new Ford Explorer, as SUV mid-size by segment but with large-SUV aspirations. Its base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum trims seat seven in a huge 151.5 cubic feet, with 81.7 cubic feet for cargo with rear seats, including an available PowerFold third-row seat, folded. With it, you can tow up to 5,000 pounds, provided you equip a Class II Trailer Tow Package with standard trailer sway control. That means a recreational boat, a few personal watercraft, or even a second car can come along for the ride.

Hit Ford Expedition, and you've hit the top of the full-size eight-seater SUV line. Its trims range from XLT, XLT Max, and Limited to Limited Max, Platinum, and Platinum Max, with the Max iteration representing extended length. You can look forward to a cavernous cabin, offering more than 171 cubic feet of passenger space, as well as 104.6 to 121.5 cubic feet of room for cargo with two of its three rows of flexible seating folded, depending on trim. Optional second-row tip-and-slide seats enable you to leave a child safety seat secured during configuration, and third-row seats power-recline for the perfect angle for comfort. Moreover, an advanced Cargo Management System features an adjustable shelf third-row shelf and a standard cargo protector, and both the shelf and cargo floor are designed so that your gear doesn't fall out of the hold, either when the liftgate is opened or when Expedition is parked on a hill. Expect a 5,900-pound towing capacity in Expedition 4x4, too, with Expedition Max 4x2 reaching 6,300. That's larger camping trailer territory.

The best way to figure your needs, however, is firsthand. Take the short drive out to 3401 Clearlake Avenue and visit us here at Landmark Ford Trucks East to load up for a test drive. We'll be delighted to talk shop with you on what a new Ford SUV can haul!

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