2017 Ford Expedition Introduction

The Ford Expedition hasn’t had a serious redesign in more than a decade, yet it continues to thrive. It has made adjustments along the way that help, including replacing its V8 with a twin-turbo V6 in 2015, while changing the infotainment system to make it less frustrating, and making adaptive suspension available. It can work like a full-size van, as it can seat eight people. Changes for 2017 are not significant.

The Expedition comes in a standard length, and the Expedition EL (extra long) with a massive wheelbase of 131 inches and an overall length that’s 15 inches more, seen in the rear fenders and glass. It offers more cargo space and easier access for the third row. Naturally it’s harder to maneuver around town, but, despite being one of the biggest vehicles available, its handling on the road is manageable.

We think the Expedition is a bit better than the GM utility vehicles, including the Escalade, Yukon, Tahoe and Suburban. The turbocharged V6 is impressive, making 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque that comes at low rpm; this greatly helps with towing up to 9200 pounds. This land yacht will accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in less than six seconds. And sound good doing so, throughout the smooth shifts from the 6-speed automatic.

And if you’re easy on the throttle, it will get 21 miles per gallon on the highway. At least that’s what the EPA says. We haven’t seen numbers higher than 17.8 mpg, and that was on a long highway run. For unknown reasons, the mileage in Ford’s EcoBoost engines hasn’t been meeting the EPA’s test scores. The EPA gives the Expedition 15 City, 21 Highway, and 18 Combined miles per gallon with rear-wheel drive, a touch less with the heavier EL model, and a second touch less with available four-wheel drive.

The Expedition gets five stars from the NHTSA in crash tests, despite only three stars in rollover scores, not surprising given its height and size (the four-wheel drive models get four stars in rollover). The IIHS hasn’t yet tested it. Side airbags, rearview camera, and trailer sway control are standard, with blind-spot monitors available, but no available adaptive cruise control or forward-collision warnings with automatic braking, not even with the expensive Platinum model, even though it’s considered to be like a Lincoln Navigator.

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