2016 Ford Expedition Review Apr 20, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
For drivers who want a three-row SUV that can truly tow with ease and provide enough room for family and cargo, the 2016 Ford Expedition is a great option. The base model starts at $45,435, but that price tag comes with a powerful engine and all the amenities most drivers want. If you’re looking for more features, selecting the Platinum trim costs more but gives you a model that can compete with some of the more affordable luxury brands while still offering distinct savings.
The Ford Expedition truly excels when it comes to interior space. In particular, the EL models are great for those who need a little more legroom since they add an extra 15 inches in length. Most drivers agree that this is more than worth the additional $2,500 or so in price. Without making any adjustments, all 2016 Expeditions have room for eight passengers, but you can swap the second row out for captain’s chairs and seat seven instead. To make it more versatile, all models have a third-row seat that folds flat at the touch of a button and the standard second-row seat splits 40/20/40 and reclines. The Expedition has more cargo room than most people will know what to do with. The base model gives you 18.6 cubic feet even with all seats occupied. The Expedition EL trims increase this to 42.6 cubic feet. Maximum cargo space in EL models is a whopping 130.8 cubic feet. Even the normal versions have 108.3 cubic feet with a flat-load floor.
Engine, Power, and Capabilities
Although every 2016 Expedition runs on the same 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine, you aren’t likely to need more power. This engine generates 365 horsepower along with 420 pound-feet of torque. It comes standard with rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive featuring low-range gearing and a 6-speed automatic. Drivers love the towing abilities that accompany the standard engine. This SUV can handle up to 9,200 pounds using the recommended equipment and attachments. Despite the impressive towing capacity, the Expedition remains among the quickest models in its class, according to Edmunds testing. Expert reviews agree that you will get even better handling with the optional 3-way adaptive dampers. As a full-size SUV, you do need to take care when maneuvering the Expedition in tight spaces, but overall the vehicle is easy to drive especially compared to other similar models.
Technology and Entertainment
Given the starting price, it should come as no surprise that all 2016 Ford Expeditions have plenty of features. The standard technology includes more than just Bluetooth audio and phone, a USB interface, and an auxiliary jack. You also get a CD player, a 4.2-inch screen, rear audio controls, satellite radio, six speakers, and the voice-control system known as Ford Sync. Higher trims can add 12 speakers of Sony sound, an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, and a rear-seat entertainment system with two screens.
The 2016 Expedition provides impressive capabilities and features that justify the model’s initial price if you’re looking for a full-sized SUV that can fit the whole family in comfort.