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2016 Ford Expedition Review

The 2016 Ford Expedition ranks near the top of the large SUV segment thanks to its above-average safety score, high reliability rating, and lower ownership costs than class rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious seats in all three rows
  • Great towing capacity
  • Extended-wheelbase model’s cavernous cargo area
  • Above-average reliability rating
  • Some low-grade cabin materials
  • Tough to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Fewer advanced safety features than rivals

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Ford Expedition's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Large SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2016 Best Large SUV for Families award. Currently the Ford Expedition has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 85 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Ford Expedition Overview

Is the 2016 Ford Expedition a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Ford Expedition is a good SUV. Its roomy third row makes it an anomaly in the class, and it can tow more than many of its rivals. Still, competing SUVs have nicer cabins, offer more features, and are easier to drive. The Expedition is a good large SUV if you need a workhorse. If you’re looking for a suburban hauler, shop around.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 85 Ford Expedition reviews to give you an idea of this SUV’s pros and cons. We’ve also included information on fuel economy, safety, and reliability to help you decide if the 2016 Expedition is the right SUV for you.

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How Much Is the 2016 Ford Expedition?

Based on the more than 600 listings on our site for the used 2016 Expedition, you can expect to spend about $30,400 to buy this SUV. Prices range from $24,800 to $42,500, and they can vary with each vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location. Extended-wheelbase Expedition EL models generally cost a few thousand dollars more than comparable standard-wheelbase models.

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How Much Does the 2016 Ford Expedition Cost to Own?

Most drivers will pay around $26,100 for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs over five years of owning the 2016 Expedition. That's around $5,200 per year. These expenses will be lower with a 2016 Ford Explorer, while the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2016 Chevrolet Suburban will cost quite a bit more.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Expedition?

Ford fully redesigned the Expedition for the 2018 model year, so the new model is much different than the used 2016 model. The new Expedition gets better gas mileage, has a higher towing capacity, and is available with many more safety features than a used Expedition. The 2018 model also has a much higher starting price of around $52,000 for the base model. That's more than $20,000 higher than the average price of a used model. You're better off sticking with a 2016 model; you'll likely get many more features than the base 2018 trim, but spend much less.

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There are no new large body-on-frame SUVs that come close to fitting in the same price range as a used 2016 Expedition. All models in the class have base prices that are well above $40,000. If you can forgo some of the engine power and towing capacity that you'd expect in an SUV of this type, you may find a three-row crossover that has a comparable price to a used Expedition. Models like the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, 2018 Honda Pilot, and 2018 Mazda CX-9 have adult-friendly third rows. The 2018 Dodge Durango is a powerful 3-row crossover that can tow more than nearly every competitor.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Ford Expedition?

The 2016 Expedition has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2016 Ford Expedition Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls on the 2016 Expedition.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Expedition Is Best?

The Expedition is part of a generation that began with the 2007 model. For 2016, the available SYNC 3 infotainment system replaced the original, hard-to-use SYNC infotainment system. (The available SYNC 3 setup is not to be confused with the standard voice-activated SYNC infotainment interface in the base 2016 model.) Ford extensively updated the Expedition for the 2015 model year, refreshing the interior and exterior and replacing the old V8 engine with a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6. Opting for an older model will likely save you some money, but you'll miss out on these updates.

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Which Used Ford Expedition Model Is Right for Me?

The Ford Expedition comes in four trims: XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum. The Expedition XLT has a power-adjustable driver’s seat, power-adjustable pedals, satellite radio, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, the voice-activated SYNC infotainment interface, a 4.2-inch display screen, Bluetooth, and smartphone app integration.

You should step up to the Expedition Limited trim, which adds leather seats, a power-folding third row, and the SYNC 3 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system. King Ranch and Platinum models come with even more luxury upgrades, like power running boards, a power liftgate, and a moonroof.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. According to our analysis, Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Expedition?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration evaluated the Expedition in three crash tests: frontal, side, and rollover. The Expedition received a perfect five-star rating for its overall crashworthiness, as well as in the frontal and side crash tests. It got three stars in the rollover test.

The 2016 Expedition comes standard with rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. It's available with front parking sensors, a blind spot information system, and rear cross traffic alert. Other large SUVs have more available safety features, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and more.

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2016 Ford Expedition Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Ford Expedition or 2016 Ford Explorer?

The 2016 Ford Explorer is a midsize 3-row SUV. While it has the same number of seats as the Expedition, it's not as spacious. The Explorer's front seats aren’t very comfortable or supportive, and the second and third rows have little room for adults. Since it's a smaller SUV, the Explorer also has less cargo space than the Expedition. A used Explorer typically costs less than a used Expedition, so it may be appealing if you're on a stricter budget. Still, the Expedition is the better SUV overall.

Which Is Better: 2016 Ford Expedition or 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe?

As long as you don't plan on seating adults in its cramped third row, the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe is a better SUV than the Expedition. It has one of the most upscale, quiet cabins in the class. Additionally, its first- and second-row seats are comfortable and have plenty of space. The Tahoe's dashboard controls are easy to operate, and the 8-inch touch screen is sharp and user-friendly. The Chevy Tahoe also has a smooth ride, and it's one of the more maneuverable SUVs in the class. Its reliability score is slightly higher than the Expedition’s.

Which Is Better: 2016 Ford Expedition or 2016 Chevrolet Suburban?

The 2016 Chevrolet Suburban will check nearly all the boxes for most large SUV shoppers (with a few notable negatives). It has a potent V8 engine and gets 1 mpg more on the highway than the Expedition. It also comes standard with Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a Wi-Fi hot spot, five USB ports, and a user-friendly 8-inch touch screen. The Suburban handles like a smaller vehicle than it is, and it has a quiet and luxurious cabin. However, it has much lower reliability, safety, and ownership cost ratings than the Expedition, resulting in its lower position in our rankings.

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2016 Expedition Performance

How Does the 2016 Ford Expedition Drive?

On the road, the Expedition delivers a smooth ride, and its available adjustable suspension allows you to customize your driving experience. The Expedition's steering is fairly quick, but this SUV isn't quite as easy to maneuver as some of its competitors. The Expedition has a twin-turbocharged, 365-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. It produces more than enough power to move the large SUV across highways with ease. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Does the 2016 Ford Expedition Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Expedition gets average fuel economy for the class, returning 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

2016 Ford Expedition Towing Capacity

With the available towing package, the Expedition can tow up to 9,200 pounds, which is one of the highest capacities in the class.

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2016 Expedition Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Expedition Seat?

Depending on its configuration, the Expedition seats seven or eight. The seats are comfortable and spacious even in the third row (rare for the class), and the second row slides and reclines for added back-seat comfort.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Ford Expedition?

The Expedition's second row has three sets of LATCH connectors for child safety seats. In the third row, there is just one upper tether anchor in the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Expedition's LATCH system an Acceptable rating for ease of use.

2016 Ford Expedition Features

Standard features include satellite radio, a 4.2-inch display screen, Bluetooth, and smartphone app integration. Notable upgrades include the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD Radio, and a Sony audio system. The SYNC 3 infotainment system is straightforward and easy to operate.

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2016 Ford Expedition Dimensions

Ford Expedition Cargo Space

At up to 108.3 cubic feet, the Ford Expedition's cargo hold has an above-average amount of space for a large SUV. There's 18.6 cubic feet of room behind the third-row seats, and 55 cubic feet with the third row folded. The Expedition EL (extended wheelbase) leads the class in cargo capacity, at up to 130.8 cubic feet. The EL model has 42.6 cubic feet of room behind the third row and 85.5 cubic feet behind the second row.

2016 Expedition Length and Weight

The standard-length Expedition is more than 17 feet long, while the extended-wheelbase model is over 18 feet long. The Expedition's base curb weight is 5,559 pounds (a rear-wheel-drive, standard-wheelbase model), while a four-wheel-drive, extended-wheelbase Expedition weighs in at 6,091 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Ford Expedition Built?

The Expedition was assembled in Louisville, Kentucky.

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