KBB Editors' Overview
By Keith Buglewicz
- Updated Date: 7/11/2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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