Ford Expedition Review
The 2015 Ford Expedition ranks 5 out of 6 Affordable Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Expedition, as well as reliability and safety data.
Reviewers praise the Ford Expedition’s powerful new engine and roomy seats, but they think it’s due for nicer cabin materials and a more straightforward infotainment system.
The 2015 Ford Expedition is powered by a new twin-turbocharged V6 engine that impresses reviewers with its strong power output and quick acceleration. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that reviewers say offers seamless shifts in most situations. However, some say that it can be slow to downshift when cornering at lower speeds. The base Expedition earns an EPA-estimated 16/22 mpg city/highway, which is great for a large SUV. Automotive writers report that the Expedition has well-weighted, communicative steering and a comfortable ride. As with many large SUVs, reviewers say the Expedition isn’t very easy to maneuver in small spaces. An available adaptive suspension system lets you choose between comfort, normal and sport modes. Some critics think it makes a noticeable difference in ride quality, while others think there’s no significant difference between modes.
The 2015 Ford Expedition seats up to eight, and test drivers like that its seats are comfortable and roomy in all three rows. They also appreciate its available power-folding third row and sliding second row, which they say makes it easy to adjust cargo and interior space. However, overall, they think its cabin is outdated and its materials don’t match the quality offered by some rivals. The 2015 Expedition comes with a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, a rearview camera, Ford’s voice-controlled SYNC system, Bluetooth, a USB port, rear parking sensors and power-adjustable foot pedals. Available features include remote start, front parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, navigation, a dual-headrest DVD system, blind spot monitoring and the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch-screen display. Some critics wish the infotainment system was more intuitive, and note that the touch-screen system and dashboard controls are not within easy reach from the driver’s seat.
- "Ford's EcoBoost engine lineup is a key part of its fuel-efficiency strategy, and for the first time, a turbocharged EcoBoost V6 powers the Expedition. It delivers more horsepower and torque while, according to Ford, using less fuel. That's not the only improvement to the latest version of Ford's largest SUV. Updated styling, new trim choices, and advanced safety and infotainment technology make the Expedition more capable than ever." -- AutoTrader
- "Although the ‘refreshed’ Expedition is facing off against completely redesigned GM rivals - which we certainly like - if you're shopping this league, it would be a mistake to overlook Ford's biggest SUV. It may be a distant finisher in the segment sales race, but it just might be a winner for you." -- Consumer Guide
- "After years of living in the shadow of GM's fleet of body-on-frame SUVs the Expedition is quietly reasserting itself not only as a rival, but also as a true contender for the domestic full-size-SUV crown. If your vehicular needs include loads of interior space and towing capability in a traditional SUV package, the rebooted and EcoBoosted Expedition deserves a serious look." -- Car and Driver
- "If you're in the market for a full-size SUV, the new Expedition absolutely deserves your full attention. The changes made for 2015 are purposeful and effective, breathing new life into this long-in-the-tooth SUV. With its newfound power and refinement, the Expedition is better than ever, and a serious contender for best-in-class status." -- Edmunds
Other SUVs to Consider
The Chevrolet Tahoe is fully redesigned for 2015 and earns reviewer praise for its high-quality cabin materials and easy-to-use interior features. Test drivers are also impressed with the Tahoe’s powerful V8 engine and comfortable ride.
According to reviewers, the Toyota Sequoia has comfortable, adult-friendly seats in all three rows. The Sequoia also has much more overall cargo space than the regular Expedition offers.
Details: 2015 Ford Expedition
The 2015 Ford Expedition seats up to eight and is available in two body styles: the base Expedition and the long-wheelbase Expedition EL. A 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard in all models. The Ford Expedition comes in four trim levels: XLT, Limited, King Ranch and Platinum. For 2015, the Expedition gains a new twin-turbocharged V6 engine, an available adaptive suspension system, a newly available MyFord touch infotainment system, optional blind spot monitoring and updated exterior styling. Aside from these updates, the Expedition carries over unchanged. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2015 model years.
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