While smaller SUVs have been all but replaced by car-based crossovers, the biggest of the breed are still very much alive. Full-size rigs like the Expedition are simply too capable and accommodating to ever depart from the American scene.
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2016 Ford Expedition Overview
What's New for 2016
Following last year's significant refresh, the Expedition enters 2016 essentially unchanged.
Choosing Your Ford Expedition
After a lifetime of V8 power, the Expedition switched to a turbocharged V6 last year. Fear not, the 3.5-liter puts out 385 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, enough to help the Expedition outperform several V8 competitors. You can expect 18 mpg in combined city and highway driving, as good as it gets for this type of vehicle. All models carry a six-speed automatic transmission, and four-wheel drive with low range is available in place of the standard rear-drive setup. The Expedition can pull up to 9,200 pounds.
There's plenty of room for eight passengers and 108 cubic feet of cargo space with the back rows folded. The second row slides and reclines, and the third row folds neatly into the floor when not needed. The extended-length EL model can swallow 130 cubic feet of stuff, more than any other SUV on the market.
The Expedition is offered in four trim levels:
Second-row captain's chairs are available on all models, and the upper trims can get a rear entertainment system with dual screens. On the mechanical side, Ford offers an adaptive suspension system, automatic load leveling, and 22-inch wheels.
Most buyers prefer the Limited, and we can see why. It feels very much like a luxury SUV in every way except price.
2016 Ford Expedition Review
Powered by an efficient twin-turbo V6, the 2016 Ford Expedition offers best-in-class torque from a standard engine and comfortable seating for eight adults.
Pricing and Equipment
The 2016 Ford Expedition is available in four trim levels. Base prices range from $45,095 for the entry-level XLT to $62,645 for the top-of-the-line Platinum EL (longer wheelbase).
All models are powered by Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 engine coupled to a six-speed automatic with SelectShift that allows the driver to choose gears manually with a button mounted on the shift knob.
Base pricing for all trim levels includes standard rear-wheel drive; Ford’s Control Pac Four-Wheel-Drive is available as an option.
Ford’s stout 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6 uses advanced direct-injection and twin-turbochargers to wrangle an impressive 365 horsepower and an incredible 420 pound-feet of torque on regular unleaded gasoline.
- Acceleration is surprisingly powerful for a vehicle that comfortably seats eight and weighs around 6,000 pounds. An Expedition at full-throttle tears ahead with the energy of a hungry bear looking for dinner after a long winter’s nap.
- The six-speed automatic transmission provides smooth, crisp shifts, integrating with the V6's power perfectly.
- Maximum towing for the base XLT rear-wheel drive Expedition is 6,600 pounds. Those who need additional towing capacity can opt for the $520 heavy duty trailer package that comes standard on the Limited, King Ranch and Platinum. It increases max towing to an impressive 9,200 pounds.
- Ride comfort is excellent thanks in part to the Expedition's independent rear-suspension, which sets the it apart from the competition in many respects. Because of the design, the Expedition enjoys a smoother, more compliant ride and gains interior space and a gentler ride for third-row passengers.
- Unlike many turbo-charged engines that replace displacement and cylinders with forced induction (a fancy way of saying turbochargers), the Ecoboost V6 does not require premium-unleaded gasoline to make the rated horsepower and torque.
- Like many trucks and SUVs, the Expedition uses an awkward button located on the side of the shifter to change gears when driving in manual mode. While it does not hurt the Expedition’s performance, it does rob the driver of the satisfaction and ease of bumping the shifter or a steering wheel mounted paddle to change gears.
- Gas mileage, while quite impressive considering the power and utility of the Expedition and the thirsty competitors that it competes against, is not going to impress anyone on the merits of economy alone. The best you'll do is 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined with the standard wheelbase and rear-wheel drive.
The spacious interior of the Expedition comfortably seats eight adults, with a little cargo space to spare behind the third row. The long-wheelbase (EL) models add a little passenger space and doubles the rear cargo space to 42.6 cubic feet, enough room for every one of the eight passengers to bring an airline size carry-on bag for a fun weekend getaway.
- The fit and finish of the interior of the higher trim levels, like the Platinum EL that I reviewed is spectacular. The leather is attractive but feels like it will hold up well to the rigors that a family SUV often faces.
- I was able to spend some time with Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system, which is standard equipment on all but the base XLT models. The system is better than ever, offering excellent integration with many of popular apps like Pandora and connecting flawlessly with the iPhone, bringing the power of Apple’s Siri into the vehicle.
Even in the Expedition’s highest trim levels Ford still insists on using plenty of hard-touch plastics.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
The Expedition is fast. You walk up to the massive beast, especially in EL form, and you cannot even imagine that it can tear its way from 0 to 60 mph in only 6.4 seconds.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
The Expedition’s styling dates, essentially, from 2007 and doesn't hint at the technological advances that Ford has stuffed under the hood, nor its up-to-date safety and convenience features.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Ford Expedition is proof that the traditional body-on-frame SUV is far from dead. With comfortable seating for eight, incredible performance from Ford’s brilliant twin-turbo engine, and tech features that bring new life to an aging design, the Expedition is a segment-leading family-size vehicle that is fun to drive.
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