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2015 Ford Expedition – XLT RWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 Auto Trans (Base Trim)

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We liked
  • Powerful New EcoBoost Engine
  • Updated Styling
  • Two Available Sizes
We disliked
  • Refreshed, But Still in Need of a Full Redesign
  • Real-World Economy Not Much Better Than V-8
  • Probably More SUV Than Most Buyers Now Need
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MSRP
$44,585
MPG
16 / 22
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ENGINE
3.5L V6
HORSE POWER
365 hp
@ 5,000 rpm
TORQUE
420 ft lb
of torque @ 2,250 rpm
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Fullsize SUVs are no longer the sales giants they were 10 to 15 years ago, but they’re still healthy profit-makers for the automakers, with average transaction prices often higher than $50,000 or $60,000—even for mainstream models. The ’15 Ford Expedition gets a fairly comprehensive update that includes Ford’s well-regarded 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 as the standard and only engine option, a redesigned interior, and a slight exterior nip and tuck to make it look fresher next to GM’s all-new fullsize SUVs. While the EcoBoost V-6 is significantly more powerful than last year’s 5.4L three-valve V-8, its real-world fuel economy is about the same in our experience. The changes inside and out are welcome, but the Expedition is starting to show its age, especially compared to the new GM models. An all-new model is likely coming within the next few years, with aluminum bodywork akin to the F-150 a distinct possibility.

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2015 Ford Expedition Platinum First Drive

Take Me Home, Mountain Mama

Sue Mead
Feb 2, 2015
Glade Springs, West Virginia: The ’15 Ford Expedition isn’t profoundly different. However, its enhancements endow it with many notable differences. Getting behind the wheel of the newest model on the tight, twisty, and undulating country roads of West Virginia was the perfect locale to evaluate the bigger power that comes from Expedition’s smaller engine, as well as the handling changes that make this truck-framed SUV that weighs in at up to three tons handle like a less bulky, more nimble crossover.
Following on the heels of the redesigned Lincoln Navigator—its upscale stablemate built on the same platform—the Expedition gets a refreshed exterior, an updated and quieter interior, a collection of new technologies, electric power steering, a new engine with boosted power, and better fuel economy. The fullsize SUV has three rows of seating for up to eight and comes in two wheelbases, two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions, and four trims: XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and an all-new, top-of-the-line Platinum edition. The Expedition’s top competitors, the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, have been modernized recently, as well.
“Customers still have a need for a traditional fullsize utility vehicle, and the new ’15 Expedition delivers what those customers are looking for,” said Keith Wilson, Expedition marketing manager. “These are Ford’s more affluent customers who won’t compromise—They want space, performance, comfort and capability all in one impressive package.”
Photo 2/4   |   2015 Ford Expedition Rear Three Quarter
Introduced in 1996 for the ’97 model year as a replacement for the Ford Bronco, the Expedition slotted between the Explorer and the Excursion, which was discontinued in 2005. The Expedition is one of a small number of full-sized, truck-based SUVs in today’s market and is built on the chassis that underpins the F-150. While this segment of the overall vehicle market is a scant two percent, it still commands an important number of sales along with competition between the players, as these models not only ferry people but also tow up to 9,200 pounds, which is best in class. Of note, this is Ford’s measurement and has not yet conformed to the SAE J2807 towing standard.
"Top of the list of likes is the continuously controlled damping suspension with three drive modes"
Observing the outside, the Expedition largely resembles the previous version, although changes front and rear modernize the utility vehicle and freshen its appearance. Available halogen projector headlights and LED fog/running lamps brighten the front. Changes to the back include a revised rear hatch and subtle-but-stately chrome exhaust tips. A new set of wheels is available, including a 22-inch polished-aluminum wheel package for Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum. The Expedition is available in a short-wheelbase (119 inches) model that can stow 108.3 cubic feet of gear and competes directly with the Chevy Tahoe. There is also a 131-inch long-wheelbase model that parallels the Suburban, offering what Ford says is best-in-class cargo space of 130.8 cubic feet.
Inside is an updated cabin with greatly improved quietness, a result of acoustic front glass and the inclusion of more sound deadening materials throughout the vehicle and in the wheel wells for all trims. New carpeting absorbs sounds, and a new, special sealant reduces air leaks by 20 percent, which lessens unwanted road and engine noise. Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum trim levels add acoustic glass for driver- and passenger-side windows.
Photo 3/4   |   2015 Ford Expedition Platinum Interior
New is passive entry with push-button start and a center stack that houses new technologies, such as the 8-inch touch screen for the available Sync with MyFord Touch that bundles satellite navigation, HD radio, SiriusXM, and mobile phone support. Driver information in the gauge cluster is displayed on two full-color 4.2-inch screens. Other available new technologies are a Sony audio system and rear-view camera.
Among the luxury features are available upgraded premium perforated leather seating, a wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio, climate, and cruise controls, interior ebony wood trim, stylized headlamps and monochromatic paint finish with body-colored grille and chrome accenting that are standard on the high end Expeditions.
Designers incorporated different themes for each trim to reflect distinct customer lifestyles. The Limited has been penned as confident and elegant with refined and traditional accents and finishes, while the rugged King Ranch is still swathed in signature leather and tasteful King Ranch detailing. Platinum trims are treated with sophisticated styling cues and can be ordered with Brunello leather seats in a red wine color with tuxedo stripe accents and French stitching or tailored, plush Ebony leather with Agate Gray accents.
Photo 4/4   |   2015 Ford Expedition Platinum Dash
Additional features include Ford’s blind-spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, seven-color ambient interior LED lighting, and a Ford truck apps to help make trailer towing and off-road driving easier when equipped for towing with a trailer brake controller.
Under the hood of the newest Expedition is a single engine: The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with direct injection and twin turbochargers that has been a hit in the F-150 pickup. It generates 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque and provides more power, performance, and fuel efficiency than the 5.4L V8 used in the current generation model (it has 55 more horses and 55 lb-ft of torque). The engine is matched to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, with a manual mode that allows you to use a shift-mounted rocker switch to select a desired gear.
We drove the ’15 Expedition over a course of some 150 miles comprised largely of winding roads along with a small portion of highway driving. The first thing we noticed was its quietness and well-appointed, tasteful interior, with great entry, exit, and driving ergonomics, plus good visibility. We were impressed by the new powertrain that delivers instant power on tap and the well-matched six-speed automatic transmission that allows you to hold gears, if needed. Most notable is the fully independent suspension that gives improved ride and handling—especially important on the roadways we traveled with no shoulder. This suspension also permits a more convenient fold-flat third-row bench seat and low load-floor height. Top of the list of likes is the continuously controlled damping suspension with three drive modes: comfort, normal, and sport. This is engineered with a suite of 46 unique body sensors that detect body, steering, and braking inputs and can automatically adjust damping in milliseconds. Ford explains that this technology analyzes the weight of the vehicle, steering feedback, and road undulations and reacts accordingly to help control wheel and body motions so passengers experience an orderly, comfortable ride. This suspension is a $2,180 option that brings 22-inch wheels, and we’d say it’s worth the additional price.
The Expedition also uses Ford’s electric power-assisted steering, which reduces steering effort, allows for better maneuverability at slow speeds, and improves feel at higher speeds. It also aids fuel economy as it operates more efficiently than traditional pump-driven systems.
Expedition’s standard safety and security features include a six-airbag SRS system with 10-way occupant protection system. Other safety features include side-intrusion door beams, security approach lamps, SecuriLock with smart key and engine immobilizer, BeltMinder, three-point safety belts for all rows, post-crash fuel pump shut-off, tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS), AdvanceTrac electronic stability control (ESC) with roll stability control (RSC), traction control system (TCS), and four-wheel, four-sensor, four-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA).
2015 Ford Expedition
Base Price: $44,585 to $64,835
Vehicle Type: Fullsize 8-passenger SUV
Engine: 3.5L EcoBoost V-6
Power: 365 hp
Torque: 420 lb-ft
Trans: SelectShift 6 speed auto
Curb Weight: 5,559 to 6,091 lbs
Overall Length: 206 in (short wheelbase), 220.8 in (long wheelbase)
Fuel Capacity: 28 gallons (short wheelbase), 33.5 gallons (long wheelbase)
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2014 Ford Expedition

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$41,975
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5.4L V8
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2013 Ford Expedition

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$36,530
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$36,205
14 / 20
5.4L V8
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$35,585
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$34,845
12 / 18
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$31,345
12 / 18
5.4L V8
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5.4L V8
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4.6L V8
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$30,555
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4.6L V8
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2001 Ford Expedition

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$30,195
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2000 Ford Expedition

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$29,845
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4.6L V8
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$29,355
14 / 19
4.6L V8
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1998 Ford Expedition

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$28,225
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4.6L V8
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$27,620
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4.6L V8
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