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2015 Ford Expedition EL Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.2

The full-size body-on-frame SUV isn't as popular as it once was, but these big beasts still have their place, and the 2015 Ford Expedition gets numerous updates to stay in the game. Gone is the ancient, fuel-sucking 5.4-liter V8, replaced with Ford's more powerful and more fuel efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Exterior design updates give the nose and tail a more modern look, while retaining the boxy-but-useful 7/8-passenger proportions the Expedition is famous for. Interior updates include MyFord Touch, Ford's integrated infotainment system. While not an all-new SUV, Ford effectively uses existing technology to counterpunch the new GM SUV twins, the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, plus bit players like the Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada, without sacrificing the Expedition's capability.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want to tow, haul, or just carry everyone you know plus their friends, the 2015 Ford Expedition may just be the ticket. The new engine should improve fuel economy – relatively speaking – and this big rolling box has excellent cargo space.

You May Not Like This Car If...

There's no getting around the bulk and ponderousness of a full-size SUV, and the Expedition is no exception. If you need the space, but don't need to tow heavy loads, a crossover SUV like the Ford Flex or Ford Explorer could be a better choice.

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  • 7.1
  • 6.7
  • 6.7
  • 7.7
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#39

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2015 Ford Expedition EL Low/wide front photo What's New for 2015

The 2015 Ford Expedition's interior now includes MyFord Touch, the exterior is refreshed front and rear, and the V8 from previous years is gone, replaced Ford's excellent EcoBoost 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6. The Expedition also gets selectable drive modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport – thanks to a new suspension.

Driving the Expedition EL
2015 Ford Expedition EL Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The addition of the EcoBoost V6 in the 2015 Ford Expedition promises to do two things which were previously impossible to do simultaneously. First, it will definitely improve performance, thanks...

... to an additional 55 horsepower and 55 lb-ft of torque. That torque comes on even lower in the rev range, sure to make this heavy beast feel more responsive, even if outright liveliness isn't in the cards. It can still tow up to 9,200 pounds, despite the smaller engine. But while the engine may be getting the headlines, there's more under the skin of the 2015 Expedition. The suspension, for example, now includes electronically controlled shock absorbers that not only help smooth out the ride, but give the driver the flexibility of three different driving modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport. The steering is now electrically boosted, further enhancing fuel economy.

ECOBOOST
The days of the giant, fuel-thirsty V8 are numbered, at least, they are over at Ford. The 3.5-liter V6 puts out more power and torque than the 5.4-liter V8 it replaces, maintains the same towing capacity, and with history as a guide, will get better fuel economy.

MYFORD TOUCH
While Ford's infotainment system isn't without its critics, there's no denying it's a big leap forward compared to the previous touch-screen interface. Its addition to the Expedition helps this big SUV seem a little less dinosaur-like.

2015 Ford Expedition EL Details
2015 Ford Expedition EL Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The 2015 Expedition's interior revisions may not catch your eye at first, but they're definitely noteworthy. MyFord Touch is nestled in the dash for the first time, bringing the Expedition into the rest of the Ford fold with its enhanced integration of smartphones, navigation and other technology. Opt for the new Platinum trim and you get soft leather in your choice of Brunello (red) or Agate (gray). All Expeditions have three rows of seats, and the rear two fold flat without compromising cargo space – especially in the longer EL models – thanks to the Expedition's independent rear suspension.

Exterior
2015 Ford Expedition EL photo

Exterior updates to the 2015 Expedition do a lot with a little. The new nose incorporates revised headlights, an updated grille and relocated fog lights, while the rear gets new taillights. Otherwise, the basic boxy silhouette is unchanged. New for 2015 is a Platinum trim level for the first time, which incorporates chrome highlights and special wheels. As before, if the standard Expedition isn't enough, there's always the extra-long EL model, with 14 inches of additional length and more than 42 cubic feet of storage behind the third row.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Expedition comes standard with room for eight, and the ability to tow up to 9,200 pounds in both the 2-wheel-drive (2WD) and 4-wheel-drive (4WD) versions – EL models can tow slightly less: 9,000 for 2WD and 9,100 for 4WD. Ford is the only domestic manufacturer to combine an overhead-cam powerplant with all-independent suspension for levels of performance and composure you can take to the bank – or the beach. And given its family mission, safety is front and center, using AdvanceTrac traction control working with Roll Stability Control to enhance your confidence while driving in unpredictable weather or circumstances.

Optional Equipment

New for the 2015 Ford Expedition is a host of advanced safety systems definitely worth getting on such a large vehicle. Blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alerts warn when a vehicle is hiding alongside or approaching as you backup. There's an upgraded Sony entertainment system, and a rear-seat entertainment system for road trips. One of the cooler options is Truck Apps. In addition to a host of off-road tools, Truck Apps allows you to program in settings for different trailers – such as brake control settings – and name each one for easy retrieval for the next time you hook up.

Under the Hood
2015 Ford Expedition EL Engine photo

This is the biggest news for the 2015 Ford Expedition. After suffering for years with an outdated and inefficient 5.4-liter V8, the new 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 is officially a Big Deal. With more power and torque than the V8 it replaces, this engine has already proven itself a workhorse in Ford's ubiquitous F-150 pickup, where it has become the engine of choice. The good news is that there's no loss of capability, with the new Expedition capable of towing just as much as its predecessor. The EcoBoost V6 in the Expedition comes connected to the same 6-speed automatic transmission, and 4-wheel drive with a low-speed transfer case is also available.

3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
365 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
420 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 mpg (2WD), 15/21 mpg (2WD, EL model), 15/20 mpg (4WD), 14/20 (4WD, EL model)

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the base XL model starts at a bit over $40,000, including destination, about $1,000 less than last year. The XLT starts at about $44,500, while leather-clad Limited models are right at the $54,000 mark. If you want the King Ranch, you're looking at more than $57,000, and the new Platinum starts north of $58,000. Four-wheel drive adds roughly $3,000 to the price, while EL models are about $3,000 more across the board. Things top out at more than $63,500 for a 2015 Ford Expedition King Ranch EL. That's a lot of scratch, but still competitive with the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. Be sure and check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what consumers are paying in your area, and expect a residual value that's comparable to the GM SUVs and the Nissan Armada.

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2015 Ford Expedition EL Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 6 Ratings for the 2015 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    7.7/10

Great SUV

By on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Quiet ride, MPG's, reliability, looks and quicknes"

Cons: "Poor center console assess. no DRL's"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"3rd expo I have owed with the previous 2 being turned in at 200,000 miles with no problems at all. The old 5.4 was one of the most reliable engines built but very poor on power and MPG> . The new 3.5 eco boost is fantastic. Very quick, more hp and power with great MPG. New sound deadening materials and windshield eliminate most road noise. Rides as quiet as my wife's Lexus. I can get over 30 mpg at 45 to 50 mph. Go with the Limited model for the upgrades, bigger wheels and nicer interior. Only cons to the car is the center console which is hard to get things out of and the no DRL's. Why Ford didnt equip this car with DRL's is beyond me. The fog lights are also poor and could have used brighter LED's. I converted them to DRL's and aimed them so they are more efficient. Looked at most other SUV's before purchase and stayed with the expo."

12 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Great Fullsize SUV

By on Thursday, October 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Easy to drive, Well Equipped, Quiet, Powerful"

Cons: "Interior Materials, No cargo tie downs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I will start by saying that my wife refers to me as a "research geek". I really research and dig into things, especially for large purchases like a vehicle. In this case I compared the Expedition, QX56, Yukon, and Tahoe. All have similar options. I am a fan of the rear bench seat because I don't like losing a seating position with the bucket seats. The Expy by far has the most leg room in the third row. It drives really easy and smooth. The Ecoboost engine really surprised me. The one odd thing is how quiet it is. It doesn't seem right at first if you are used to a large V8 vehicle. Don't be fooled, it moves along really well. Plus the torque is realized at a much lower RPM than the Yukon's and Tahoe's which is where you can actually use it when towing. Hitting peak torque numbers up around 4000 rpm is basically worthless for towing. The Expy hits peak torque around 2100 rpm. That is pretty good for a gas engine. I recently towed a 23 foot wakeboard boat and it was great. Smooth and had plenty of power. The one drawback is the interior finishing material. It's done well, its just more plastic material than the fancier woodgrain stuff you will get in an XLT or Denali Yukon. But that being said, it's still nice and the overall the controls are laid out well. The other drawback is that there are no tie downs in the cargo, which is odd. No d-rings to attached a strap or bungee cord to. Also, with the windows up, air off, and radio off you pickup a slight whine from the turbo's, but nothing annoying or overbearing. For reference, I purchased a 2015 Expedition Limited with the upgrades for power moon roof, power steps, and 22" rims. It's basically a Platinum without the platinum badge and seat stitching."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

I call my SUV " DUKE " my favorite actor & vehicle

By on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "the look, ecoboost V6. it tows like a super duty."

Cons: "Not the sexiest vehicle but, I am 68."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I sold Chevrolet's for 20 plus years, for political reasons when it was time for a new truck I bought a 2013 F150 Lariat Super Cab " loved it but needed more interior space " so traded for my 2015 Expedition XLT. I've had my Expedition for about 5 weeks & have 3000 miles on speedo. This is my 2nd 3.5 V6 ecoboost & is my favorite engine of all time, all the smooth power you will ever need, great mpg; I can honestly put the cruise on 60 & get 24 mpg, now when you get into town your mpg may vary. One reason is it is hard not to push that peddle at the stop light & leave almost everyone in the mirror. The seats are very comfortable the steering is light & the big ford handles quite well & I have zero problem in cramped spaces, very good field of vision & has rear camera. I feel safe & I feel good when driving " DUKE " so smooth & so quiet that unless I put the window down I can't hear the turbo's spool up. I really like the large easy to use redundant radio & a/c knobs & the 6 speed transmission is very smooth, after a bit of use learns my driving habits & shifts accordingly & as for the new front end style it has joined the F150 family with a manly, tough look. So in case you have not picked up on how I feel about " DUKE " I highly recommend the 2015-2016 Ford Expedition."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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