2016 Ford Expedition Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Roomy third-row seat
- strong and efficient turbocharged V6
- easy-folding rear seats increase interior flexibility
- tows more than similarly sized crossovers.
- Feels big from the driver seat
- difficult to park
- interior is looking dated.
Most helpful consumer reviews
XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
I replaced my 99 when it had 233k miles. It served us well, but it was time. I recommend you rent each car you are looking at. A day should be enough. Make sure you drive on the highway. I was almost sold on a Durango until I drove it on the highway in a cross wind. The newer Ford technology, independent rear, etc. is all good. Comfort is excellent. Gas mileage is 50% improved. Sometimes there is a little turbo-lag but when it sets in, it boogies pretty fast; much faster than the v8 (yes, believe it or not). Plenty of power. The voice recognition is pretty darn good. Making calls by voice command is pretty easy. The nav responds very fast & it's good. There is only 1 fairly major and unexpected complaint; wind noise. My 99 had this 16 beat. Once you pass 45mph, air entering the compartment or if there is a/c or heat on, pressurizes the cabin and pushes the driver and passenger doors out at the top. The end result is wind noise, and it's significant because otherwise this vehicle is like a quiet living room on 4 wheels. My 99 had weatherstrip on both the frame and the door. The 16 only has it on the frame. I am sure that is a factor. I made sure to get the XLT because the power floorboards are clearly a mistake that has gone on far beyond being recognized as such. The steering ratio is clearly different than my 99. It takes a little more turning to aim where you want to go, but you get used to it easily. The tilt-tele works well, but the wheel should go lower. It stops mechanically while still on quite an angle. My Chrysler 300 goes lower and that makes driving more comfortable. Dashboard visibility is excellent. The seats are not quite as comfortable as those in my 99, but I think that is because of all the mechanisms inside this one. Powerfold seats and mirrors get my vote. 4x2, 4awd, 4x4hl all shift well, quietly and solidly. Brakes are good but pumping them a bit makes them great. In rush hour stop and go, you need great brakes. Shifting and orchestration of lockout clutch are excellent. Control of gears is intuitive. Limit of up-shift can be set by buttons on shifter. Heat and cool operations work very, very well and I did notice that the reaction time of the system to respond to a change in the temperature setting is the fastest I've ever seen. Very responsive and cabin temps were very good; no swings beyond the high or low temperature thresholds for comfort. It zeroes-in on the temp you set very nicely. I did notice that water lodged on the roof after a rain and it was a significant amount. This is surprising because my driveway is sloped down, but each time after a rain, when I would back up or come to a stop, down came the river. The 99 didn't do that. So far, build quality is good and solid. Starts easily and idles quietly. Remote start enables the hvac to make if comfortable when I get in. I like that. The turn signal and warning/status chimes are a pleasing tone. Moonroof is solid, no rattles (unlike panoramic sunroofs - rattleboxes; stay away from those) The mechanism works nicely. Back side vent windows work nicely too. Entertainment system is pretty darn good, but lacks an SD card slot, which makes no sense in this day and age (I don't want to load my phone up with music). The wireless system works to contact passing open public wi-fi, but updates require that you permit it to blindly contact Ford for I/O. I can understand that it may need to download updates, etc., but there is a definite privacy issue. What other information goes back to Ford? Driving habits? Locations? Phone lists? Who knows??? I just left updates disabled for now. 110volt ac outlet was not sought after but turns out to be a nice feature which I used to charge a video camera battery on the way to my daughter's softball game. The addition of a driver's side grab handle seems like an obstruction at first but soon yields to function. It's great when standing in the doorway to get something on the roof or to clean the roof (and moonroof glass). Expect that many of the surfaces on the new one are squared-off whereas the older ones were rounded-out. There is no cargo net in these and no fasteners if you wanted to add one. My 99 had a nice net which worked great when carrying things that you don't want to roll around. The backup camera is excellent; day and night. The warning system is a bit nervous, but once you get used to it, it will help. Between the two, I can park the battleship within 4" of the curb, go back and forth and never touch a car ahead or behind. All in all, I'm happy but the wind noise thing really bugs me. There isn't any reason for that noise to be present in a vehicle like this. If you're coming from a trusted old Expy, you will like this but expect some changes; many, many good... some that are good but take time to adjust to, and a couple that are not so good. Overall, it's the kind of vehicle that you look forward to driving.
XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
Ok, bought the car to two a 7,000 pound travel trailer, compared to a Yukon/Tahoe and selected the Ford since it was 10 grand less expensive and towed more on paper...in practice the twin turbo engine didn't hiccup at all towing the trailer about 3,000 miles from sea level to 7,000 feet. Gas mileage without trailer at 80 is about 22 on the highway, with the trailer at 65, drops to 15. Other than that, which I suppose is to be expected when towing a big box that weighs more than the truck, the truck is a hoot. Great features, options, stupid quick when not towing a trailer. First Ford I bought since 1978. If something happened to it I would trot down and buy another one.
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
Had my 2016 expedition limited for about 3 years now. Use it for vacations, around town, towing ski boat. Absolutely fantastic. Quiet. Big. Powerful. Decent mpg considering - 17 - 18 combined, 20 mpg towing 5000lb at 60mpg, well over 20 mpg normal highway. Nice large gas tank means 500mi between fill-ups on long trips. Can tow in the mountains so easily that we use cruise control up and down. Great turning radius, easy to park ... but like all large vehicles best to back in so easier to pull out. The V6 is amazing, if you haven’t driven one definitely try it. Rear seat really folds, unlike Suburban/ Tahoe where the rear floor is artificially high to accommodate the folding seat, on the Expedition the the rear floor is at normal load height. This is because of the independent rear suspension which also gives a better ride. And compared to 2018 and newer Expeditions, the 2016-2017 model years have the same engine but easier to use shift and trailer mode, and better outward visibility. If you can’t find a 2016 - 2017 the newer Expeditions are still great. One other Ford-only feature I LOVE is the door code entry. Can lock the key in the vehicle woth a 2-number code, then just open w a 4-number code. So convenient- I love that I don’t even need to carry or touch a key if simply keep one hidden in the glove box, use the door code jump in and hit the start button and go - never have to worry about losing the key while hiking or boating or skiing, and can leave the vehicle for somebody at the train station or etc. Apple Car Play is a must have, and can be added easily by the dealer. Sit high, extra safe, does it all. No issues at now almost 80k mi. Absolutely love it. Update 9/2021 now over 90k miles, no issues whatsoever, still runs and looks new. Towed our 20 foot ski boat from Chicago area to Tennessee and back through the mountains, weekly towing to the local ramp, all effortless.
EL Platinum 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
I have owned 3 Suburbans, 2 Escalades, and now 2 Expeditions. Upgraded from 2010 with 105,000 miles on it to 2016 and was reluctant due to no V8 anymore. The turbo 6 is great - it accelerates better than V8 and gets 18 mpg on a long trip fully-loaded at high speed. The 2010 was better than any GM product I had owned and the 2016 is better than the 2010. Only thing that is not better is the Doppler radar on the navigation system - the 2010 was better.