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The Beauty and the Bump family could not wait for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History Culture (NMAAHC). When we caught wind of the ticket release, we secured tickets for our family. We were strategic in our choice of date, as we wanted to take advantage of a long weekend, which would allow us to explore one of our favorite cities: Washington, D.C. But with our family of three, along with both of our moms, we needed a vehicle that was not only large enough to fit us, but was comfortable enough for the nearly six-hour drive. We headed over to Enterprise Rent-A-Car to pick up the 2017 Ford Expedition XLT.

The 2017 Ford Expedition XLT is huge compared to what I am used to driving; therefore, I only drove it off of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car lot, while the husband took over to pick up my mom in Brooklyn, and then for the rest of the trip to D.C.

The 2017 Ford Expedition XLT is roomy. I liked that I didn’t feel boxed in while sitting in the passenger seat. I had room for my overnight bag, a pizza box (don’t ask), and room to stretch out when I got tired. Our daughter, whose car seat can take up at least a seat and a half loved the space she had to spread out her things. Our moms had the option of sitting in the second row with Mini Me or the third. One could even lay out and relax comfortably in the large third row seat.

As I mentioned, the size of the 2017 Ford Expedition XLT was a bit intimidating for me, but I did take over driving it once the husband got tired. The hour and a half that I did spend driving on the DMV highways, I was surprised at how comfortable it was to drive. I mean for such a large SUV it did not feel like I was driving a tank. I also liked that for an SUV of its size, it did pack speed. We all know how I like my cars to move! Since I am “vertically challenged” I also loved how driving in the Expedition made me feel as though I was sitting on top of the world!

The 2017 Ford Expedition XLT is a comfy ride, roomy, and quick on the road, but if you’re familiar with D.C. you know that finding parking with a vehicle this size is challenging. It was honestly something we did not think about when renting this massive SUV. The first night, I had to park this thing. Yeah, me, who was intimidated by its size had to park it on a narrow D.C. street, but somehow I did it! Maybe it had something to do with the rear-view camera and reverse sensing system, but I think I will take all of the credit.

The day we headed over to the National Museum of African American History Culture we were for sure we would not find a parking spot close enough to the museum because parking is scarce, and the sheer size of the vehicle. God was on our side because we found a spot not even one block away from the NMAAHC.

We spent a full-day at the museum, and worked up a mighty appetite. We headed over to Lauriol Plaza in the Adam’s Morgan section of D.C. This is a bustling area of D.C., and the odds of finding parking here were slim, but we did find something, but it was tight, and we had to maneuver passed some rose bushes. Nonetheless, we found a spot. Just remember, finding parking spots with a large SUV is not easy.

The 2017 Ford Expedition XLT was, from what I thought pretty good on gas, but that could be due in part to me not having to fill the tank. ‘Thank You, Hubby!’ The Expedition has a 28-gallon fuel tank, and claims up to 15 city/21 highway miles per gallon (MPG).  My husband thought it was still a bit rough on the pockets.

2017 Ford Expedition XLT Gas

Renting the 2017 Ford Expedition XLT was a great decision for our family road trip to Washington D.C. to visit theSmithsonian National Museum of African American History Culture.  If you’re looking for a truck-based SUV with seating for eight, then the Expedition is the way to go. We loved it for our road trip, as it made for a comfortable, and less stressful ride down to D.C. However, we can cross it off as a contender to replace our current SUV that we are looking to upgrade to an SUV with three rows. It was just too big for me, and the third row, although roomy, was not as easily accessible as we’d like.

The 2017 Ford Expedition XLT has an MSRP starting at $46,225.

The 2017 Ford Expedition XLT was rented from the LaGuardia Airport location of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. The staff there are amazing! The Assistant Branch Manager, Jonathan Saez and Justene went above and beyond in making sure we were satisfied with our rental even after we returned it. We would recommend renting from this particular Enterprise Rent-A-Car. In fact, we used Enterprise when we rented the Ford Mustang Convertible while visiting Houston, Texas.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
83-34 23rd Ave
East Elmhurst, NY 11370
(718) 457-2900

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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.
  • Did it take premium or regular unleaded? My SUV now takes premium and at 18mpg in the city, it can be rough on my pockets.

  • Antoinette Cain

    Great review. It’s great to know that it handles well on highways. It’s a pretty ride too.

  • SUVs are fun to drive. The Ford Expedition sounds nice. However, I think it would be too big for my needs as you mentioned. I certainly need to check out the museum. It’s on my bucket list!

  • Anitra Durand Allen

    I drive Volvo XC90, and it’s bigger than most car base SUVs so I don’t think I could drive and Expedition! I’d be nervous. But that third row make all the difference in the world when you’re taking a road trip.

  • Carissa

    I cant wait to go to this museum! Its definitely on my list…sooner rather than later! I love the SUV…we have two little ones and we have car seats and a stroller so we will have a SUV in our family for a while! Love the pic of you all holding hands!

  • LaQuisha Hall

    I love big vehicles! I also love the fact that you went to the museum as a family! This is such an inspirational post!

    • Me too! Even though I love big SUVs this was just too big for me. I did like that we were all comfy heading to NMAAHC.

      • LaQuisha Hall

        Absolutely!! This Explorer does look like it could be too big, lol. Keep inspiring, queen!

  • Nice ride! I love this museum. I’m glad your family was able to visit it.

  • Michelle Thames

    Wow! This SUV looks amazing. I really want to visit that musuem but the waiting list for tickets is CRAZY! I live in Chicago but i would love to go to DC to visit and take my daughter.

    • Yeah the tickets are gone until April of this year, but, you can get same day tickets.

  • I can’t wait to go to the NMAAHC. I may do it during one of my kids school breaks. The Expedition looks like the explorer.

    • That’s what we did. If you do that get tickets for each day you’re there. They also have same day. The Expedition is a lot boxier than the Explorer. It actually looks like an older model until you go inside.

  • I want to go to this museum so bad! And what a nice and stylish way to get there in that Expedition!

    • You will like the museum. Plan to spend the entire day there. We were on one level the whole day. There’s so much info.

  • Ayanna

    What a fun trip! My girls love when we have to go out of town and rent a car. Because of the size of the Expedition, i would have my hubby driving it too.

    • The trip was definitely fun. It was nice seeing our moms enjoy the museum and D.C. as well.

  • Nice ride, that is a gas guzzler for sure! I’m hoping to be able to visit the museum this summer. I have literally waited years for it to open.

    • I didn’t even notice the amount of gas it used, but my husband would agree with you that is is a gas guzzler. LOL
      Keep checking their site for tickets.

  • Tanya Harris

    I so need to take a trip to this museum. I should start looking for tickets now. Since I have a family of 3 now we wouldn’t need an SUV but once our family grows, I could see us purchasing this one.

    • You can get same day tickets to the museum. We are also a family of three, but we also take our moms with us almost everywhere. Taking two cars is getting kind of old.