The extra-long version of Ford's full-size SUV, the Expedition EL remains one of the largest and most capable vehicles you can buy. While most families today prefer car-based crossovers to traditional SUVs, the Expedition EL is rolling proof that the biggest of the breed are very much alive.
What's New for 2017
The Expedition EL continues with minimal changes. A thorough revamp is expected for the 2018 model year.
Choosing Your Ford Expedition EL
After a lifetime of V8 power, the Expedition switched to a turbocharged V6 engine in 2015. Fear not, the 3.5-liter puts out 385 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, good enough to allow the Expedition to 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 come equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and heavy-duty towing package. 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.
Like the regular Expedition, the EL offers plenty of room for eight passengers. The second row slides and reclines, and the third row folds neatly into the floor when not needed. The difference lies behind the third row of the EL, where you get an astounding 42.6 cubic feet of cargo space (versus 18.6 with the standard model). With both rows folded, the EL can swallow up to 130.8 cubic feet of stuff, more than any other SUV on the market.
As before, the Expedition EL 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 Expedition buyers gravitate toward the Limited, and we concur with their decision. It feels very much like a luxury SUV in every way except price.