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2016 Ford Expedition Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Ford Expedition was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2016 Ford Expedition boasts an attractive interior, according to reviewers, but they find that a mix of high- and low-grade materials lessen the cabin’s upscale feel. The Expedition has average cargo space for the class, although the Expedition EL’s cargo space is well above the class average. Critics agree that the seats in the Expedition are comfortable and spacious in all trim sizes, and they praise the user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system.

  • There's plenty of room and an attractive look inside the 2016 Ford Expedition. The Limited, King Ranch and Platinum models are especially classy, but there are a few low-budget surfaces that don't fit the upscale cabin theme." -- Edmunds
  • Inside, the Expedition boasts a sizable and comfortable cabin, although some of the materials feel a bit low-rent." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The overall package suggests quality and durability, if not outright luxury. The faux wood in our Expedition Platinum test vehicle is more realistic than some competitors', but Ford still uses plenty of hard plastic on the Expedition's door panels, dash and console." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • Dated as it can look even in Platinum grade, the Expedition's cabin is nonetheless a nice place to spend time." -- Autoblog (2015)

Seating

The base Expedition seats eight, but that number drops to seven with the available second-row bucket seats. Cloth upholstery, sliding and reclining second-row seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and power-adjustable pedals are standard in the Expedition. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats are available. The seats are comfortable, and all three rows provide enough legroom for adults to sit comfortably, according to critics. They add that the interior is quiet. Some say that visibility overall is decent, but the rear side pillars impair the driver’s rearward field of vision.

  • "Everyone in a 2016 Expedition, regular or EL, has a good amount of room to stretch out. The standard 40/20/40-split second-row seat both slides and reclines for greater comfort, and includes a center section that can be scooted forward to put small kids within reach of mom or dad. The available second-row captain's chairs are a small luxury, even though they drop seating capacity to seven passengers." -- Edmunds
  • "Both the standard Expedition and the extended-length Expedition EL have the same amount of legroom for passengers, including an adult-friendly 37.7 inches for those in the third row." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We were also impressed by the quiet passenger compartment, which benefits from a host of noise-eradicating measures, including an acoustic-laminated windshield and new sound damping materials in the cabin pillars, center console, and headliner, as well as new carpeting with enhanced noise-canceling properties. Combined with a comfortable driving position and fully functional third-row seat that's comfortable enough for actual adults and folds as flat as a billiard table, the 2015 Expedition interior makes the most of its voluminous cabin. …" -- Car and Driver (2015)
  • Visibility is good to the front and rear corners, and okay over the shoulder, but the rear-side pillars (next to the rear seat backs) are thick and block a lot." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Expedition include satellite radio, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors and the voice-activated SYNC infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display screen, Bluetooth and smartphone app integration. Available features include push-button start, a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD Radio, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, front parking sensors, a blind spot information system with cross traffic alert and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with enhanced voice recognition, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation and Siri Eyes Free.

Automotive writers praise the SYNC 3 system, which responds to smartphone-style touch commands, for being user-friendly. They add that it reacts quickly to commands. Some complain, however, that the touch screen is not easily reached.

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  • "The latest edition of Ford's touch-based information/entertainment system has rectified past wrongs that included too-small type and lagging response time. Our experience with SYNC 3 so far has shown it to be more intuitive and easy to use, whether it's streaming audio from Spotify or running the optional navigation system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Ford's decision to use its new Sync 3 infotainment system in place of the previous MyFord Touch system should make the 2016 Ford Expedition even more user-friendly than its predecessor." -- Edmunds
  • "Partly due to the wide dashboard, the 8-inch touchscreen - through which some audio and climate functions are accessed - is out of easy reach. Furthermore, the remaining rotary controls and pushbuttons are mounted a bit low on the dash, requiring a somewhat long look from the road to adjust." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

Cargo

The Expedition offers 18.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seats, 55 cubic feet behind the second row and 108.3 cubic feet behind the first row. This is slightly above average for the class. However, the Expedition EL trim offers the most cargo space in the class, with 42.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 85.5 behind the second and 130.8 behind the first. A power liftgate and power-folding third-row seats are available. Reviewers praise the fold-flat third row seats for the additional cargo space they provide.

  • "The third-row seat also folds flat into the floor when you need more cargo room, useful for any family going on a luggage-heavy vacation." -- Edmunds
  • "Space behind the 3rd-row seat in EL models is vast." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "Cargo space is abundant in the Expedition, especially with the power-folding third-row seat lowered." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "And when not in use that third row folds flush into the floor, a benefit of the Expedition's fully independent rear suspension." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

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