2019 Expedition XLT
While on vacation in Jersey visiting my sister and her husband we got a call my uncle has passed away. Thankfully the drive is only 10 hours so we called Avis and booked an Explorer sized vehicle for four adults and two kids.
When we pull up at 7 am I notice a black Expedition in the lot with someone waiting to drop it off, he does and I proceed to complete my paper work and ask what they have me in the clerk responds with a Highlander and I immediately ask how much more the Expedition is the clerk responds $30/day I said I will take it.
We get everyone loaded up it wasn't a max so the cargo room with the third row up was tight but we made it work. This XLT was pretty much loaded for that trim level I think it had everything except the co-pilot 360 safety stuff. The kids liked the panoramic sun roof, android auto is always nice as were the heated and cooled seats. What really stood out to me was the gas mileage from such a large vehicle we were driving to NE Indiana which meant driving through the "mountains" and over the course of the 1,400 mile round trip the average was 22 mpg, on the highway we could easily get 26 instantaneous. Kudos to Ford on this vehicle it was the perfect barn sized vehicle for this trip I had no fatigue driving it was almost to numb even in sport mode with the heavier steering and stiffer suspension. CrzRsn if you know any of the people that worked on the design tell them they did a hell of a job.
2019 Subaru Outback
With the unplanned trip out of the way we now had to make our way from Jersey to Boston for our flight back to Houston and the Expedition was overkill for two people so back to Avis we went and picked up the Outback which was almost the top trim level. Size of the vehicle was decent engine sucked had no power but it did have their vision safety system and the auto cruise control leaving Jersey and passing through NYC at 8:30 in the morning was fantastic the sensitivity needs to be worked on not exactly a smooth braking experience and the lane "assist" was basically the car bouncing from line to line. The seats were meh I liked the ones in my 07 STi better and far worse than the ones in the Expedition.
What was nice about the extended Expedition test drive was getting to know the vehicle we have been talking about getting rid of our 2010 Edge with 160k miles on the clock. We do not need anything bigger than the Explorer/Aviator but those XLTs are a pretty damn good bargain for what you get compared to a similarly equipped Explorer the Aviator is still first on our list unless we find a good deal on an Expedition.
For the people in NYC and Jersey how in the hell do you not break you cars every other day on those horrible roads? The roads in Houston are complete crap but you guys take the cake.