2016 Ford Expedition

Starting MSRP: $45,435 - $66,025

Estimated MPG: 16 city / 22 hwy

2016 Ford Expedition Review

The 2016 Ford Expedition is one of a handful of body-on-frame SUVs still on the market, which means that it’s a bit more truck-like, in terms of both capabilities and driving experience, than typical crossovers.

The Expedition is a three-row, full-size sport-utility and powered by a standard turbocharged V6 engine in all trims. It can be configured with four-wheel drive, and is available as an extended-length model (Expedition EL). Four trims are offered, including the base XLT, followed by Limited, King Ranch and Platinum editions.

Refreshed last year, the Expedition welcomes Ford’s next-generation Sync 3 infotainment system as standard equipment above the base XLT grade. A new exterior finish for the 2016 Expedition is Shadow Black.

Exterior

Exterior

The strong, traditional appearance of the Expedition is enhanced by standard style cues ranging from LED front fog lamps, to a chromed exhaust and 18-inch machined aluminum wheels. A standard capless fuel-filler system, running boards, trailer-hitch receiver and a roof-mounted luggage rack (with crossbars and side rails) also boosts functionality in the base model. Uplevel trims can be ordered with up to 22-inch wheels, along with power-deploying running boards, a power liftgate and a power moonroof. Options also include power-adjustable heated sideview mirrors with integrated turn signals and approach lighting.

Interior

Interior

The standard seating configuration for the 2016 Expedition provides room for eight, with second- and third-row bench seats. Second-row bucket seats are available, reducing seating capacity to seven. Also standard for the Expedition are a leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel and power-adjustable pedals, as well as the expected power door locks and windows.

In the range-topping Expedition Platinum, standard leather-trimmed seating includes heating and ventilation for the front row, heating for outboard second-row positions and a power-folding third row. The Expedition’s total cargo capacity (108.3 cubic feet), extended-wheelbase cargo capacity (130.8 cubic feet) and third-row legroom (37.7 inches) deliver large advantages over its primary rival, the Chevrolet Tahoe.

Performance

Performance

The turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that drives all Expedition trims delivers 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. That’s more power than the Tahoe provides, and it’s also enough for a maximum tow rating of 9,200 pounds. Fuel economy ratings for the Expedition are 16/22 mpg city/highway with rear-wheel drive. With a four-mode, four-wheel-drive system (which includes a dedicated low-range setting) EPA ratings for the Expedition are at 15/20 mpg.

Technology

Technology

Despite its old-school chassis, the 2016 Expedition is well-stocked with technology. A rearview camera, rear parking sensors, satellite radio and a USB port are included with the base model. Ford’s voice-activated Sync system is also standard, and it incorporates Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming. There’s also a subscription-free feature that can automatically contact 911 in case of an emergency.

Ford’s Sync 3infotainment system is optional on the base model and standard in higher trims. This system is faster, more accurate and easier to use than the outgoing MyFord Touch infotainment system found in earlier models. Owners can opt for available features like a Sony sound system and a rear-seat entertainment package. The former features 12 speakers and 390 watts of power, while the latter has independent monitors built in the back of the front-seat headrests.