Ride & Drive: 2015 Ford Expedition
By Neal White
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Receiving a number of upgrades and enhancements for the 2015 model year, the Ford Expedition is at the top of any list for those in the market for a full-size utility vehicle that can do it all.
With seating available for up to eight passengers and up to 130.8 cubic feet of available cargo room — as well as the ability to tow up to 9,200 pounds, the Expedition is up for just about any challenge.
Since its introduction in 1996, the Expedition has gone head-to-head with the Chevy Suburban, which invented the full-size utility segment.
Available in rear- or four-wheel drive configurations, as well as regular or extended wheelbase body styles, the new Expedition makes a solid case for why it should retain King of the Hill status in a growing segment.
In addition to refreshed exterior stylings and new interior appointments, one of the new features is the addition of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 — which now powers the lineup. Producing 365 horsepower and 420 lbs.-ft. torque, is the same engine setting sales records in the F-150 pickup. Mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission and requiring regular unleaded gasoline, the EcoBoost engine delivers V-8 performance and power, yet with the improved fuel economy of a V-6.
The new Expedition is also the first Ford nameplate to offer a continuously controlled damping suspension that allows the driver to select from three drive modes — comfort, normal and sport.
The system works through a suite of sensors that detects 46 unique body, steering and braking inputs. By monitoring body motion, the system can automatically adjust damping in milliseconds.
The 2015 Expedition also features Ford’s electric power-assisted steering, which provides drivers improved maneuverability at low speeds, improved feel at high speeds while also helping save fuel over traditional pump-driven systems.
And yes, it is also highly connected, featuring Ford Sync and MyFordTouch keeping drivers connected with the touch of a button through the Sony audio system and 4.2-inch screens on the console.
With a base price starting at $43,390, consumers have their choice of four very distinct trim levels — XLT, Limited, King Ranch and Platinum (all available in regular or extended wheelbase and rear- or four-wheel drive).
This week I evaluated the Expedition Platinum extended wheelbase model.
While it truly is a capable full-size vehicle that sets benchmarks for passenger comfort for all eight seating positions, cargo capacity and towing, I have to admit I felt like I was driving a stretch limo because it was so nicely equipped. As I mentioned earlier, there’s a reason it’s at the top of the test drive list.
The nuts and bolts
2015 Ford Expedition
Rear-, or four-wheel drive
Regular or extended wheelbase
XLT, Limited, King Ranch, Platinum
3.5L EcoBoost V-6
(365 hp/420 torque)
6-speed auto w/SelectShift
FUEL: Regular unleaded
AdvanceTrac stability control with roll stability control
LENGTH: 206/220.8* in.
WHEELBASE: 119/131• inches
WIDTH: 78.8 inches
HEIGHT: 77.2 inches
WEIGHT: 5559-6091 lbs.
FUEL TANK: 28/33.5* gallons
TIRES: 17-, or 20-inch
CARGO: 18.6/42.6 - 55/85.5 - 108.3/130.8* (behind 3rd/2nd/1st row).
TOWING: Up to 9,200 lbs.
* Denotes regular/extended wheelbase
Neal White has been covering the automotive industry for more than 20 years and is affiliated with the Texas Auto Writers Association. Contact Neal at firstname.lastname@example.org or 469-517-1470.