2015 Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator Get 5-Star NHTSA Rating
Score Improves One Point Over 2014-Model Ratings
Government safety ratings for the 2015 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator have been released, and both jumbo SUVs get a five-star overall rating, a one-point improvement over the 2014 models’ scores. The 2015 refresh, which replaced the 5.4L V-8 with the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6, is the most comprehensive refresh the models have received since their 2007 debut.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) criteria changed for the 2015 model year, with electronic stability control removed from recommended safety features, being a mandatory feature on all 2015 and newer vehicles, and a rearview camera being added in its place. The 2015 Expedition and Navigator add blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a standard rearview camera.
The Expedition and Navigators biggest competitors, the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon/XL, received a four-star overall score but matched the five-star performance for frontal and side crashes. Starting in 2011, NHTSA started factoring in advanced safety features such as emergency braking and forward collision warning systems as part of the overall vehicle safety score, as well as adding a side barrier test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) added a small front overlap test in 2012.