2017 Ford Expedition Review
Pros & Cons
- Roomy third-row seat
- strong and efficient turbocharged V6
- Easy-folding rear seats increase interior flexibility
- Tows more than similarly sized crossovers
- Undeniably bulky size makes it difficult to park
- Interior looks a bit dated
Edmunds' Expert Review
Despite its significant size, the Ford Expedition is pretty manageable on the road. The four-wheel independent suspension gives it an exceptionally smooth ride relative to rivals. Similarly sized SUVs with live-axle rear suspensions are much stiffer. Opting for the Expedition's three-way adaptive dampers makes its excellent manners even better. Precise and responsive steering also contributes to an easy-to-drive nature. As with pretty much every vehicle that's this big, the Expedition's considerable bulk makes it a handful in tight spaces and crowded parking lots.
Even though it's up against competitors with big V8's under the hood, the Expedition is one of the quickest cars in the class. The turbocharged V6 engine is surprisingly well suited for this big SUV with plenty of power to pull it up long grades, even when it's fully loaded or pulling a reasonably sized trailer. The turbocharger doesn't delay acceleration, nor does it make you miss the old, thirsty V8.
Inside, the 2017 Ford Expedition is classy and roomy. The Limited, King Ranch and Platinum models are especially well-trimmed and attractive, but there are some low-budget surfaces that don't fit the upscale cabin theme. Sync 3 has replaced the old MyFord Touch touchscreen that we've lamented in the past and overall, it's a big upgrade. The graphics aren't as pretty but functionally, it's much easier to learn and use, especially when you're pairing with your smartphone.
Whether you get a standard or extended-length Expedition, there's plenty of room to stretch out in all three rows. The standard 40/20/40 split second-row seat slides and reclines for greater comfort, and includes a center section that can be scooted forward to put small kids within reach of the driver. If you can go without the extra seat, the second-row captain's chairs are a nice luxury and provide easier access to the third row. The third-row seat also folds flat into the floor when you need more cargo room, which makes loading luggage a simple task.
If it's cargo room you're after, the Expedition does well, especially in the extended-length trims. The standard 2017 Expedition has 18.6 cubic feet behind the third row, which isn't much by class standards, but the Expedition EL sports a whopping 42.6 cubes behind the third row. Fold down both rows of rear seats and you get a flat load floor with 108.3 cubic feet in the regular-size Expedition and 130.8 cubic feet in the Expedition EL. For comparison, that's about 10 cubic feet more than the Sequoia and Suburban.