The end of the 90s were the golden times for the Expedition, selling over 200.000 units each year from 1997 to 2000. The full-size SUV was so popular back then, and now on.
Now the Expedition came with little aesthetical touches, engaging the same 3rd generation from nine years ago. It sounds like a refresh is coming soon, we dare to say. Even Ford has said that the new generation of Expedition will arrive in 2018.
The 2016 Expedition is almost exactly the same that the 2007 model. The front fascia has received renovated components, and the same happens with the rear. Minimal touches keeping the same form as nine years before. The interior is the same history, but with an advanced infotainment system, and cutting-edge features, mainly for driver’s and passenger’s comfortableness.
This year, the drastic change happens under the hood with the farewell of the 5.4 L V8 that has been the heart of this beast since its release, now incorporating the already usual Ecoboost 3.5 L V6 engine, found in almost every Ford’s SUV.
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Let’s review this opulent SUV.
V6 Twin-turbo Performance and Powertrain
The highlight in this review is the incorporation of the already announced Ecoboost 3.5 L V6. Ford has invested heavily in the change of two cylinders for two turbochargers in a more efficient way to power up the Expedition. The replacement would translate in a sluggish engine, but not. Actually, the new engine provides the Expedition with more horsepower and torque.
The new twin-turbo 3.5 L EcoBoost V6 engine delivers 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque at 2500 rpm, 55 horsepower more than the outgoing model. The huge quantity of lb-ft of torque allows a driving with higher gear, minimizing the fuel consumption and driving noises. The fuel efficiency has been slightly improved, not that much bearing in mind the changes on it. The fuel efficiency settles down in 15 mpg in city and 20 mpg on the highway this year.
A ride in an Expedition is smooth and comfortable. It has a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with selectable tow/haul mode. Also, it has two driver initiated modes: Full Manual Mode and Progressive Range Select.
The performance of the brand-new V6 EcoBoost is quite good, with an acceleration from standstill to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, and a top speed (electronically limited) that reaches 113 mph. The towing capacity is matchless with a maximum tow power of 9200 lb.
Antiquated but Classic Design and Interior
The silhouette of the Expedition is opulent and big. The aesthetic remains the same as nine years ago, but with a sophisticated touch. The front fascia is huge and the LED highlights have the same shape as the 2007 model. The LED foglights give a refreshed and futuristic look to the luxurious truck. The rear of the car is also exactly the same, with a chrome horizontal line accent through it. And not matter from which angle you stare at it, is an lavish and massive.
The interior is exactly the same as nine years ago as well. The interior is intimidating and opulent. But with a chunky center dash that is not stylish or something near to it, it looks like a truck with hard plastic materials. So no expect find upscale materials on it.
But the interior is comfortable and roomy as hell, and the technology features are impressive and highlight from the competence. The Expedition features twin 4.2-inch color displays that fill the instrument cluster, providing useful drive information to the driver. A second 8.0-inch screen centered on the dash completes the screen combo provided in the Expedition with Sync with MyFord Touch.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 Expedition is a huge, powerful and comfortable SUV with the boldness and opulence to pass through any obstacle.
Starting price at US$45.435.