Although it's a long way removed from its early 2000s heyday, the 2017 Ford Expedition remains a deeply popular choice among full-size SUV buyers in the US. And with its cavernous cabin, spacious cargo area, and potent powertrain, we can see exactly why buyers flock to it.

Pricing and Equipment

The Ford Expedition starts at $47,125 for the XLT trim with rear-wheel drive. Because this large SUV caters to more established buyers, we expect the most popular trim to be the Limited, which starts from $56,045. This midrange trim comes standard with:

  • Twenty-inch wheels
  • Heavy-duty towing package
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power front seats with driver’s side memory
  • Twelve-speaker audio system

Buyers looking for a little more room – OK, maybe a lot more room – can opt for the EL model, which is 14.8 inches longer than the base model and has 24 cubic feet more cargo room with the third row upright. With this larger SUV comes a larger price tag that starts from $49,835.

All Expeditions use a 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque while returning 15 miles per gallon in the city and up to 21 mpg on the highway.

Performance Pros

Ford Expedition
  • A big SUV with a V6 engine may seem like a mismatch, but the turbocharged EcoBoost six-cylinder is up to the challenge, scooting the Expedition to 60 miles per hour in under six seconds.
  • Drives much smaller than it is at speed, thanks to its sharp electric power steering.
  • Adaptive suspension is smooth but still manages this land yacht well in the corners.

Performance Cons

  • A smaller engine doesn't do the big, heavy Expedition any favors at the pump.
  • Large footprint makes it a bit of a struggle to park.

Interior Pros

  • EL model has a roomy third row and 42.6 cubic feet of cargo room with the third row upright.
  • Front- and second-row seats are very comfortable.
  • The additional sound-deadening material helps keep the cabin quiet.
  • Plenty of features from top to bottom.

Interior Cons

Ford Expedition
  • Some hard plastics in the cabin.
  • Third row seats are not easy to access.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

This large SUV’s performance is nothing short of surprising. Not only does the turbocharged V6 launch it to 60 mph in hot-hatchback-like time, but the optional adaptive suspension is well-tuned to handle curves and still deliver a comfortable ride. This is an odd combination, given the Expedition's size.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

With a V6 engine that has “eco” in its name, one would expect great fuel economy. In EPA testing, however, the Expedition could only deliver up to 21 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive. Switch to four-wheel drive, and this drops to up to 20 mpg highway.

The Bottom Line

In its final year of production, the current Expedition remains a strong choice for larger families. It has plenty of features for any buyer, a potent powertrain, up to 9,200 pounds of towing, and fully loaded upper trim levels. But with an enormous redesign looming and a raft of newer, more impressive competitors, like the Chevrolet Suburban, the current Expedition is a difficult vehicle to recommend.