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MSRP: $43,390 - $63,640
Invoice: $40,461 - $59,344
MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
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Ford Expedition Interior

While reviewers find the 2015 Ford Expedition’s cabin to be spacious, quiet and comfortable, they agree that some of its materials, including lots of hard plastics, make the cabin feel outdated and of poor quality. They think some interior features, including some dashboard controls and the touch screen, are difficult to use and hard for drivers to reach. The Expedition’s cargo space is about average when compared to that of competitors.

  • "The overall package suggests quality and durability, if not outright luxury. The faux wood in our Expedition Platinum test vehicle is more realistic than some competitors', but Ford still uses plenty of hard plastic on the Expedition's door panels, dash and console." -- AutoTrader
  • "It's a comfortable place to spend time, although the overall theme, going on several years old, is showing its age." -- Edmunds
  • "Dated as it can look even in Platinum grade, the Expedition's cabin is nonetheless a nice place to spend time." -- Autoblog
  • "Inside, the Expedition boasts a sizable and comfortable cabin, although some of the materials feel a bit low-rent." -- Left Lane News
  • "Moreover, there are some low-quality materials used on the dash and in other areas of the cabin, and they can be quite disappointing to see, considering the cost of a premium car model." -- Motor Trend (2013) 

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Seating

The 2015 Ford Expedition seats up to eight in three rows. Models equipped with second-row captain’s chairs seat seven. Cloth seats come standard, while leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated and sliding second-row seats and power-folding third-row seats are available. Test drivers praise the 2015 Expedition’s comfortable first- and second-row seats and say even its third row offers a good amount of room to comfortably fit adults. Automotive journalists appreciate the available sliding second row that they say makes it easy to adjust interior space. They also report that the Expedition has a hushed, comfortable ride. Some also mention that the Expedition delivers good outward visibility in most directions. However, they say rearward visibility is hindered by wide rear-side pillars.

  • "We were also impressed by the quiet passenger compartment, which benefits from a host of noise-eradicating measures, including an acoustic-laminated windshield and new sound damping materials in the cabin pillars, center console, and headliner, as well as new carpeting with enhanced noise-canceling properties. Combined with a comfortable driving position and fully functional third-row seat that's comfortable enough for actual adults and folds as flat as a billiard table, the 2015 Expedition interior makes the most of its voluminous cabin. ..." -- Car and Driver
  • "Visibility is good to the front and rear corners, and okay over the shoulder, but the rear-side pillars (next to the rear seat backs) are thick and block a lot." -- Consumer Guide
  • "On the plus side, its seats are large and plush and invite you to sprawl out. Room in the third-row seat is especially generous thanks to the design of the independent rear suspension." -- Edmunds
  • "The Platinum's front seats are simply fabulous, as are the glove-soft King Ranch chairs. Second-row seats, however, are pan-flat both on the cushion and the setback - such is the price you pay for fold-flat versatility. Ditto the third row, though the headroom and legroom for both rows is pretty commendable on EL models. And while the third row is technically seats three adults, the seat is none too wide if those three are actually adults." -- Autoblog
  • "The interior's party trick is an available first-in-class PowerFold third-row seat and class-exclusive second-row CenterSlide that combine to allow interior space to be configured as needed quickly and painlessly." -- Left Lane News

Interior Features

The base Ford Expedition comes equipped with a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, a rearview camera, Ford’s voice-controlled SYNC system, a USB port, Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable foot pedals and an auxiliary audio jack. Available features include remote start, front parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, voice-controlled navigation, a dual-headrest DVD system, an upgraded MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch-screen display, blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert, power-adjustable running boards and a power moonroof.

While test drivers agree that MyFord Touch is easier to use than previous generations of the system, they still complain that the system isn’t intuitive and feels outdated compared to some rivals’ systems. Some also note that the touch screen isn’t within easy reach of drivers.  

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  • "Partly due to the wide dashboard, the 8-inch touchscreen - through which some audio and climate functions are accessed - is out of easy reach. Furthermore, the remaining rotary controls and pushbuttons are mounted a bit low on the dash, requiring a somewhat long look from the road to adjust." -- Consumer Guide
  • "This year's Expedition finally gets the MyFord Touch interface as an option. Backed by many redundant voice commands, it can be a powerful tool for configuring and controlling the vehicle and your smartphone. Even though the system works significantly better than when it debuted, there can be a steep learning curve for getting accustomed to even basic functions." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2015 Expedition's interior revisions may not catch your eye at first, but they're definitely noteworthy. MyFord Touch is nestled in the dash for the first time, bringing the Expedition into the rest of the Ford fold with its enhanced integration of smartphones, navigation and other technology." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The 2015 Expedition has 108.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row and 55 and 18.6 cubic feet behind the second- and third-row seats, respectively. The base Expedition has an average amount of cargo space for the class. Some rivals like the Chevrolet Suburban and Toyota Sequoia offer much more cargo room. Still, reviewers say cargo space is plentiful, especially with the third-row folded into the floor. With a cargo capacity of 130.8 cubic feet, the long-wheelbase Expedition EL has more overall cargo space than most SUVs in the class.

  • "Space behind the 3rd-row seat in EL models is vast." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The third-row seat also folds flat into the floor when you need more cargo room, useful for any family going on a luggage-heavy vacation." -- Edmunds
  • "Cargo space is abundant in the Expedition, especially with the power-folding third-row seat lowered." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "And when not in use that third row folds flush into the floor, a benefit of the Expedition's fully independent rear suspension." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
Review Last Updated: 10/6/14

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