2016 Ford Expedition Expert Review

4.0 Overall Score
Performance 3.9 Comfort 4.1 Styling 4.0 Value 3.9

Editor's Overview

The 2016 Expedition is Ford's biggest SUV, a rugged 3-row utility vehicle that seats up to eight and can tow up to 9,200 pounds. Likes its main rivals the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, the Expedition excels at hauling families and towing heavy loads but compromises overall driving manners for those capabilities. The EL version is even longer.

You'll Like The 2016 Ford Expedition If...

If you want a big sport-utility vehicle that can tow heavy loads, easily haul large families and their gear, and offers traditional 4-wheel-drive (4WD) capability, the Ford Expedition is among the remaining body-on-frame SUVs that can do it all.

You May Not Like The 2016 Ford Expedition If...

If you don't plan to tow a boat or could care less about low-range gearing, you're probably a better candidate for a crossover SUV like the Ford Explorer or Flex. They aren't as bulky and drive more like a sedan than a truck.

What's New

After a revamp last year that gave the Expedition a modern twin-turbocharged V6 engine and interior/exterior freshening, the most notable change for the 2016 model is the addition of SYNC 3. This latest edition of Ford's touch-screen infotainment system is easier to see and use.

Interior Features

All 2016 Ford Expeditions have three rows of seats and can accommodate up to eight passengers. A pair of bucket seats can be had in the second row in lieu of the standard 3-person bench. Both the standard Expedition and the extended-length Expedition EL have the same amount of legroom for passengers, including an adult-friendly 37.7 inches for those in the third row. The primary difference is cargo capacity behind the third row. In standard models there's 18.6 cubic feet. EL models boast 42.6. Fold the second and third rows, and those numbers grow to 108.3 and 130.8, respectively.

Exterior Features

Where others have gone softer and rounder, the 2016 Ford Expedition retains its classic, boxy shape that puts an emphasis on cargo capacity and utility. Last year's freshening that included revised headlights, an updated grille, relocated fog lights and new taillights help keep the Expedition about as fresh as can be expected. Four-wheel-drive models can be distinguished by their tow hooks up front. Standard-length Expedition models are a long 206 inches in length. The even-longer EL versions are 220.8 inches. If you plan to park one in your garage, measure first.

Driving Impressions

The 2016 Expedition's new heart helps both its performance and efficiency. The modern twin-turbo V6 ("EcoBoost," in Ford speak) is both more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the V8 it replaced. As big as the Expedition is, this relatively small (3.5-liter) engine easily gets Ford's full-size SUV up to speed. Handling isn't exactly nimble – remember that this is a big, truck-based utility vehicle – but the available electronically controlled shock absorbers do help smooth the ride and give the driver the flexibility of three different driving modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport. Given the largesse of the Expedition – and especially the even longer Expedition EL – we recommend the available blind-spot monitoring system.

Pricing Notes

The 2016 Ford Expedition has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just over $46,000 for a 2WD XLT model. A long-wheelbase Expedition starts at $49,000. Adding 4WD costs about $3,000. At nearly $62,000, the top-line 2016 Ford Expedition Platinum ends where its luxury-badged sibling, the Lincoln Navigator, begins. A top-line, 4WD Expedition EL can breach $70,000. At these prices, the Ford's full-size SUV is in line with its nearest competitor, the Chevrolet Tahoe and its extended-length variant, the Suburban. It's also near the starting price of the Toyota Sequoia but several thousand beyond the Nissan Armada. Many 3-row crossover SUVs such as the Ford Explorer and Flex provide ample room for families at thousands less. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for their new Expedition. The Expedition's resale value is expected to be fair, trailing its Chevy competition and the Toyota Sequoia.

Notable Equipment

The 2016 Ford Expedition is available in four trims: base XLT, Limited, King Ranch and the range-topping Platinum. Standard on the base model are 6-way-power driver's seat, power-adjustable pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel, rearview camera and 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with Bluetooth wireless connectivity and USB port. For those wondering, the all-important cup-holder count comes to nine. We find a solid value in the Limited model, which adds leather interior, heated/cooled front seats, 20-inch wheels and power liftgate and the SYNC 3 system. The King Ranch adds yet more leather, blind-spot monitoring, navigation system, power-deployable running boards and exterior chrome accents.

Notable Options

The range-topping Expedition Platinum includes power moonroof, leather-and-wood console, stainless running boards and micro-perforated leather seats. All models can be had with 4-wheel drive instead of the standard rear 2-wheel-drive (2WD) layout. Optional on base XLT models and standard on the rest is a tow package that increases towing capacity from 6,600 pounds to 9,200. Other options vary by trim and include navigation, moonroof, 2nd-row bucket seats and Sony premium audio system. If you like to truly roll big, wheels up to 22 inches are available.

Favorite Features

ECOBOOST

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


SYNC 3

The latest edition of Ford's touch-based information/entertainment system has rectified past wrongs that included too-small type and lagging response time. Our experience with SYNC 3 so far has shown it to be more intuitive and easy to use, whether it's streaming audio from Spotify or running the optional navigation system.

Under the Hood

Last year the Ford Expedition replaced its long-serving 5.4-liter V8 with a smaller, more efficient – and more powerful – twin-turbo V6. This is the only engine available in the Expedition, so if you're the type who must have a V8 under the hood, say hello to the competition. But if cylinder count is just a number – and these days it's just that – know that this 3.5-liter 6-cylinder is really good. Another positive is that this engine runs just fine on regular unleaded, something not all turbos are known for. The engine remains connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission, and 4WD with a low-speed transfer case is also available on all trims of the 2016 Expedition.


3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6

365 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm

420 lb-ft of torque @ 2,250 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 mpg (2WD), 15/21 mpg (2WD, EL model), 15/20 mpg (4WD), 14/20 mpg (4WD, EL model)

Editors' Notes

Ford's biggest SUV, the 2016 Expedition, is a rugged 3-row utility vehicle that seats up to eight and can tow up to 9,200 pounds. Those stats and its truck-like body-on-frame design set it apart from crossover SUVs such as the Toyota Highlander and the Expedition's own little brother, the Ford Explorer. For families needing even more room, the Expedition EL offers it with extended length. Like its main rivals the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, the Expedition excels at hauling families and towing heavy loads but compromises overall driving manners for those capabilities. The Expedition's sheer size also makes it cumbersome in confined places. But with more traditional SUVs going soft, the Expedition is steadfast in its mission to provide grunt in a contemporary package.

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The Ford expedition is classy with excellent safety features.

The Ford expedition is a roomie good looking comfortable vehicle. It has leather seats which are easy to clean. The rear camera is clear easy to see objects in the way. The sensors are very good at detecting things in your way. The dashboard has a touch screen that is easy to read and to use. The speakers sound is of high quality. The front seats have both heating and cooling built in. There are rear controls for climate. The back row seating goes down with the push of a button. It has good suspension which makes for a smooth ride. The Ford expedition is a nice looking vehicle which comfort all around.

- Kelli M

My SUV is really big, there is so much room inside, and it's so comfortable. It is very liberating to go from driving cramped sports cars to pretty much driving a mobile office.

I love my Ford Expedition. Before I had this SUV I had only owned sports cars my whole life, so I thought those were the kinds of vehicles I would be most comfortable in. Then a new Ford Expedition sort of just fell out of the sky and landed on me, and when I got behind the wheel for the very first time, it took about ten seconds to decide that I would never buy another sports car. I love the comfort and the roominess and the firm, comfortable leather seats, the big windshield and being somewhat higher up off the ground than with a Corvette or an old-school Trans Am. I love my SUV.

- Jesse S

Back up camera works okay and the leather seats are comfortable.

Great performance for a large vehicle. Comfortable seats that are all power. The cup holders on the doors are too small for my large water bottles. Also there's no place to put my purse when I am traveling with friends. I have to put my purse in the backseat, which is not convenient. Also for what it cost me, I believe that running boards should be included, not an extra expense. The heater and air conditioner in the backseat doesn't work well and my passengers complain because it's not warm in the winter and hot in the summer.

- Holly B

Everything you could possibly want/need in a vehicle!

I got this vehicle last week due to my growing family. The third row seating was a must, and it does not disappoint. We plan on keeping this vehicle indefinitely. The 9200 lbs. tow capacity was also a big selling point for us. We have four-wheelers, and plan on getting a camper in the near future. This vehicle has everything we want and need. My only critique is that there is not a whole lot of storage space in the back, but the third row collapses to make more room. Awesome vehicle!

- Sheila H

It is very comfortable to drive, regardless of your height.

I absolutely love my expedition. It is spacious, with plenty of room for kids, dogs and luggage all at once. It is very comfortable for both me (5'4") and my husband (6'4") to drive and ride in. We've had next to no problems with it. I love that it has a massive gas tank and so we can make 7+ hour trips without stopping for gas. The backup camera is a feature I didn't think I'd really care about, but has become super handy when parking because it is such a large vehicle.

- Julia E

Our Ford expedition is the just the right size for our family of 6.

This expedition is perfect for our family; it is very roomy, has a lot of extras added that make it fun and comfortable to drive. We really like the sunroof and the fact that it is tinted and you can pull a cover over it. The running boards go up and down automatically when you open or close your door; that was a little hard to get used to, but they come down quickly. The large screen for the built in GPS and the back up camera are an added safety feature I love.

- Cathy B

Heated and cooling seats are a nice touch. I love having a sunroof.

This is our 3rd expedition we've owned. It is extremely comfortable to drive for short and long distance. The automatic tailgate and folding 3rd row is so convenient especially when juggling kids and groceries. Our last expedition was a 2014, and my husband and little girls were hit head on by a drunk driver. They walked away from the accident without any serious injuries. That is how safe these SUVs are. Ours was totaled and we replaced it with a newer model.

- Rachel M

I love my seats, the fact that they have heated and cooled seats is great.

No problems at all but I do wish my trunk space was larger. I love my sunroof. I also love my heated and cooled seats. I also like my touch screen for everything. I have never had any problems with my touchscreen. I do wish my steering wheel had a volume button on it. I had a Ford before and it had it on there. I also wish it had DVD player I know I could have gotten it but I did not to save money. I wish I would have just done it.

- Lauren F

Smooth driving spacious vehicle for people or cargo

One of the biggest things I love about my Expedition is the space. It can fit 8 people and still some cargo room. If only using it for 5 passengers, it has a lot of cargo space which is great for luggage for vacation. It drives very smooth and I haven't had any issues with it yet. It also looks nice. I have the limited package that has many additional features like sunroof, heated seats, automatic back door, chrome extras and more.

- Moe O

A large family can fit in this vehicle with plenty of space, and if will pull boats and travel trailers.

I like the size, number of seats, ability to pull my boat, gas tank size. The fact that two car seats fit in the 2nd row and I am able to still pull down the seat so others can access the 3rd row. Cargo space is spacious enough to fit my double stroller even with the third row up. Gas mileage is pretty good. The only thing I don't like is the exhaust fan is too loud and the sync 3 system does not have CarPlay.

- Holly F

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