It’s been a mainstay of the Ford lineup for years, hauling trailers, cargo and people all across the globe. Yet, it also received the 2015 Vincentric Lowest Cost of Ownership Award that measures depreciation, fuel costs, insurance costs and other ways it might cost you. If you’re looking for an SUV that can do it all, the 2016 Ford Expedition is the place to turn when it’s time for heavy-duty activities.
Hit the gas, and you’ll feel the 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V-6 surge forward with a growl. It turns out 365 horsepower, can haul up to 9,200 pounds, and is paired up with a six-speed automatic with SelectShift. It also turns in 16.2 L/100km in the city and 11.9 L/100km on the highway. Ford’s engineers also made the ride more comfortable with a continuously damping suspension with three modes to choose from: Comfort, Normal, and Sport. You also get a choice between standard rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive for off-road work. With the addition of new electric power steering, the 2016 Ford Expedition is, as The Car Connection noted, “a truly quick vehicle, despite its mass and height.”
Jump up into the cabin that easily holds eight people, and slide into one of the two captain’s chairs in front. The driver gets power-adjustable pedals, a power tilt-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a six-way power driver’s seat. Ford’s SYNC infotainment system with AM/FM/SiriusXM satellite radio along with a single-disc CD/MP3 player and USB port comes standard as well teamed with a 4.2-inch touchscreen in the centre stack. You also get air conditioning, cruise control, power windows and locks, and even a universal garage door opener.
There’s no lack of cargo space either. Even with the seats up, the base Expedition has 18.6 cubic feet of space behind the last row. Drop the second-row 40/20/40 and 3rd-row 60/40 fold-flat-to-the-floor split bench seats, and you get an astounding 108.3 cubic feet of space for luggage, tools or even a small motorcycle.
Ford offers the 2016 Expedition in five different trim levels for Canada: the base XLT, the Limited, Platinum, Limited MAX and Platinum MAX. Options available include a power-folding rear seat, leather-trimmed heated and cooled bucket seats, a power liftgate, keyless entry with push-button start, and a power moonroof. Of course, safety hasn’t been ignored with front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and stability and traction control.
Edmunds said it best when they wrote, “Sometimes, you just need a vehicle that can tow a trailer and haul a big load of passengers and gear all at the same time. That's when traditional, full-size SUVs like the 2016 Ford Expedition step in…This is one of the few vehicles that can handle most anything you can throw at it.”