2017 Ford Expedition
Plenty of prophets of doom out there thought traditional truck-based full-size SUVs wouldn't survive in an era of high fuel prices and the advent of the hybrid. The good news is they didn't just survive it; models like the 2017 Ford Expedition are now positively thriving. With better fuel economy and more capability and flexibility than ever, the Expedition offers buyers the best of multiple vehicle worlds.
Upgraded in the last few years, the 2017 Ford Expedition benefitted from several improvements, including the replacement of an aging V-8 engine for an efficient and contemporary V-6 turbo. You'll also notice an adaptive suspension system, an updated and upgraded infotainment system, and more luxury trims and materials.
You'll get just a single engine option with the 2017 Expedition, which is probably the most notable and important update to the vehicle for some considerable time. In the place of an outdated V-8, the V-6 Turbo is one of the very best engines that Ford has to offer right now. The superb 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 twin-turbo is obviously better on gas than its predecessor, but there's no compromise on power. An impressive 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque means a tow rating you just won't get with a similar sized crossover, which is a pretty impressive 9,200 pounds (far more for the EL 4x4 version). For a full-sized SUV, the Expedition is a surprisingly nimble and swift vehicle.
It's hard to believe there have been no massive changes to the way the Expedition looks for around 15 years now, but styling doesn't have to be cutting edge for vehicles of this type to still look good. Basically? Don't mess with what works. The grille has been recently changed, along with some smoothing out of sharp angles in the body, which combines to create a slightly more streamlined look to today's model than those pre-2015. But with wheels of up to 22 inches and that distinctively truck-like presence, the Expedition still feels very much like an old friend you're always glad to see.
Being big on the outside should result in a vehicle being big on the inside, and very few potential buyers will find the Expedition anything other than spacious. The three rows of seats offer comfortable accommodation for up to eight people, but there's also a best-in-class maximum cargo space of 130.8 cu.-ft. as well. The interior can be formulated with bench seats, to accommodate the full eight passengers, or with comfortable bucket seats in the second row.
Expedition Platinum EL
Standard features in the extended length Platinum EL trim of the 2017 Ford Expedition look like a laundry list of luxury items, including things like leather throughout with heated/cooled front row and heated second row seats, 22-inch polished aluminum wheels, rain sensing front wipers, chrome and woodgrain accents, and an impressive infotainment and Sony sound system. You can add four-wheel drive, a dual headrest entertainment system and tow hooks (since the Expedition Platinum EL can haul a whopping 12,800 as a 4x4 model). But don't forget the purpose to the EL--an enormous 42.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row. Haul people and their stuff, and tack on a trailer--the Platinum EL can and will do it in style.
The 2017 Ford Expedition proves that buyers still want a full-sized SUV with this type of capability, versatility and durability. With room for eight passengers and plenty of cargo room as well, you can move from daily commutes to heavy duty hauling with relative ease and capability. It's hard to beat that kind of combination.