The full-size Ford Expedition has been updated for 2015 with a fresh face, a new engine and an updated interior. The 2015 Ford Expedition offers seating for up to eight and is available in rear- and four-wheel drive configurations. An extended-wheelbase version returns, which more than doubles the Expedition’s standard cargo volume.
The largest of Ford’s utility vehicles is the 2015 Expedition, which is sold in rear- and four-wheel drive layouts. Standard and extended-wheelbase models are available. For 2015, the Ford Expedition has been updated with a fresh look and a new engine driving this SUV.
The 2015 Ford Expedition represents the start of the fourth generation of this model. The change, however, is more evolutionary than revolutionary as the latest version shares the same dimensions as the previous edition.
The most significant changes are evident with the front fascia, dominated by a broad, three-slot chrome grille accented by HID headlamps and integrated fog lamps. A sporty lower grille opening is offset by LED daytime running lights. The top end of the grille forces the center section of the hood up, giving this SUV a more muscular appearance.
The Expedition’s profile is marked by flared, oversized wheel wells, rocker panel embellishments and expansive rear side windows. Higher end editions are swathed in chrome, which is included on the side mirror caps, around the windows and on the roof rail. To the rear is an oversized liftgate, a built in step and a chrome finisher.
The Ford Expedition shines in the interior room compartment, offering generous space for both first- and second-row passengers. The third-row seat does support three, but thigh support is fair and legroom is tight. Consider this row for your smallest children.
Slip behind the wheel of the Ford Expedition and you have one of the largest driver areas in the industry. Everything seems super-sized, from the seat to the steering wheel and from the dashboard to the glove box.
The Expedition’s instrument panel is marked by an oversized, analog speedometer flanked by a pair of digital driver’s read outs for audio, oil pressure, fuel level and other functions. Immediately to the right of the steering wheel is the engine start/stop button, the trailer control function and a coin holder slot.
The center stack is marked by a color display with buttons and switches underneath managing audio and climate control functions. At the base of the stack is an open storage compartment followed by the transmission shifter and two cup holders. An oversized arm rest doubles as a storage compartment, which contains a pocket net to hold a smartphone along with the requisite USB and auxiliary input connections.
The driver and front passenger seats are plush, bolstered and offer 10-way power control. Heating and cooling elements are included. The second row seat is a 40/20/40 reclining bench layout that can also be upgraded to a pair of bucket seats. The third row seat is a 60/40 bench design. Both the second- and third-row seats can be folded into the floor extending standard cargo volume from 18.6 cubic feet to 108.3 cubic feet (42.6 cubic feet to 130.8 cubic feet in the Expedition EL).
Additional standard equipment in the 2015 Ford Expedition includes: illuminated entry, power-adjustable foot pedals, a tilt and telescopic steering column, cruise control, cloth seats, air conditioning, power accessories, SYNC entertainment, power rear quarter windows, nine cup holders, four power points, a rear view camera and illuminated visors.
Available equipment includes: an upgraded telematics system, leather-trimmed seats, a power-folding third-row seat, heated and cooled bucket seats, zoned climate control and a 110-volt power outlet.
For 2015, Ford has replaced its aged V8 engine with a modern, turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine. This engine, widely used in other larger Ford vehicles, produces 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Ford pairs the engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Ford Expedition, when properly equipped, can pull up to 9,200 pounds.
The 2015 Ford Expedition offers good off the line acceleration, with sufficient boost kicking in as needed. The engine is quiet, the transmission shifts smoothly and turbo lag is kept to a minimum.
Ford provides three selectable drive modes: comfort, normal and sport. This vehicle also offers a continuously controlled damping system to mitigate body roll.
Handling for the current model is consistent with other models in this class. The current edition seems better planted when pushing up hills, navigating curves or otherwise pressing through a straightaway. The electric power steering is fairly agile and braking is firm with average fade detected.
Recent changes in the MyFord Touch infotainment interface has made this system easier to use. Still, it is more complicated than it needs to be as it lacks the full switch or button access competing systems offer. Nevertheless, Ford’s navigation system provided accurate and clear turn-by-turn instructions; my smartphone synced without an issue.
A number of technologies are available with the 2015 Ford Expedition through various packages. These include: keyless entry with push-button start, an upgraded Sony audio system, and forward and reverse sensing systems. The test Platinum edition came with all three features.
The Ford Expedition has not been crash test rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In tests conducted by the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA), the Ford Expedition achieved the highest score, five stars, in front and side crash testing. In rollover tests, the 4×2 model achieved a three-star rating and a four-star rating for 4×4 editions.
Ford equips the Expedition with numerous safety features that include: stability control and traction control, safety canopy side-curtain airbags, and a crash alert system.
Available safety equipment includes a blind sport information system with cross-traffic alert. A forward and reverse sensing system is also available.
Ford prices the standard wheelbase 2015 Ford Expedition 4×2 from $44,585 and the extended-wheelbase EL 4×2 from $47,295. This model is available in XLT, Limited, King Ranch and Platinum editions.
As tested, a Platinum EL model was supplied, priced from $63,640. Two options, 22-inch polished wheels ($2,180) and second-row bucket seats ($795) brought this vehicle’s final price up to $67,810 after destination and delivery charges. Upgrading to four-wheel drive adds about $3,000 to the price of this SUV across the model line.
The Ford Expedition competes in a small and shrinking full-size SUV segment. Its chief competitors include the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, Toyota Sequoia and the Nissan Armada. Its new engine provides more power, consumes less fuel and provides the towing capacity that buyers in this segment require. The EL edition provides no passenger room advantage, but expands storage capacity to give large families enough room to bring what they need on an extended trip.