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2016 Ford Expedition Performance Review

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


Performance: 7.7

The 2016 Ford Expedition accelerates nicely for such a large vehicle, according to automotive writers. Most agree that the engine provides good power and that the automatic transmission is smooth and efficient, although some say the transmission sometimes struggles to find the right gear. Critics note that the Expedition offers responsive steering. They add that the vehicle’s size makes maneuvering a challenge in tight spaces.

  • "The Ford Expedition is an old-school full-size SUV with rugged body-on-frame construction. Although this setup means the Expedition is heavier, thirstier and less agile on the pavement than most crossovers, it also boasts towing and off-road abilities that more efficient unibody crossovers can only dream of." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The 6-cylinder engine certainly feels more than capable of moving the nearly 3-ton SUV in a hurry. Our drive included both highways and steep mountain roads; the EcoBoost performed impressively, with strong acceleration off the line and quiet cruising at higher speeds." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "After spending a day behind the wheel of Ford's largest available 'ute, we came away with the impression that it's new-but-well-known turbocharged V6 engine is a hearty performer, even in this heavyweight application." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "Although the 2015 Ford Expedition is a sizable beast, its independent rear suspension gives it a smooth ride quality for a traditional full-size SUV. Precise and responsive steering also contributes to its easy-to-drive nature, but its considerable dimensions are a notable limitation when trying to negotiate tight spaces." -- Edmunds (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The Expedition features a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 365 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. When equipped with the available towing package, the Expedition can tow up to 9,200 pounds, which is better than many class rivals. The Expedition gets average fuel economy for the class, earning an EPA-estimated 16/22 mpg city/highway.

Test drivers say the Expedition’s V6 engine generates good power and has little trouble getting the vehicle up to speed. Some praise the turbocharger for its power-boosting abilities, but others say there is a noticeable turbo lag that can affect acceleration from a stop. The transmission shifts smoothly, critics say, but they add that on curvy uphill grades it occasionally has to hunt for the correct gear.

  • "The 2016 Expedition's new heart helps both its performance and efficiency. The modern twin-turbo V6 ('EcoBoost,' in Ford speak) is both more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the V8 it replaced. As big as the Expedition is, this relatively small (3.5-liter) engine easily gets Ford's full-size SUV up to speed." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The turbocharged V6 engine is surprisingly well suited for this big SUV. The turbocharger lights quickly, and the immediate shove it produces will convert even the most stubborn critic bemoaning the loss of the V8." -- Edmunds
  • "One problem with turbocharged engines is that they don't produce their quoted power numbers until the turbocharger has spun up to speed, and that takes a bit of time, particularly when the engine is idling. As such, the Expedition doesn't jump off the line if you nail the throttle from a stop quite like it did back in its V8 days. Granted, it picks up fairly quickly - say, halfway across an intersection - and pulls strongly after that, and this ‘lag’ isn't an issue in normal driving, but it's something some people might notice." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "The standard six-speed automatic transmission flatters the engine with smooth shifts, a tow/haul mode, and a manual mode that is selectable via a rocker switch on the console-mounted shifter. The only time the powertrain seemed to get tripped up happened during some twisty uphill runs, when we would come off the gas and receive an upshift, then get back on it, prompting a downshift followed by some turbo lag before unleashing a torrent of power. This problem was quickly solved simply by shifting to manual mode and changing gears on our own schedule." -- Autoblog (2015)

Handling and Braking

Rear-wheel drive is standard on the 2016 Expedition, and four-wheel drive is available. Test drivers report that the Expedition has a smooth ride, and they like the available adjustable suspension settings. Most agree that the steering is reactive and precise. A few critics note that the Expedition’s size makes it difficult to maneuver in tight spaces.

  • "Although the Ford Expedition is a sizable beast, its four-wheel independent suspension gives it exceptionally smooth ride qualities for a traditional full-size SUV. This cannot be said of similarly sized SUVs with live-axle rear suspensions. Opting for the 2016 Expedition's three-way adaptive dampers makes its excellent manners even better. Precise and responsive steering also contributes to an easy-to-drive nature, but the Expedition's considerable bulk is a notable limitation when negotiating tight spaces." -- Edmunds
  • "Handling isn't exactly nimble - remember that this is a big, truck-based utility vehicle - but the available electronically controlled shock absorbers do help smooth the ride and give the driver the flexibility of three different driving modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A new electrically powered steering system also aims to improve efficiency. Steering feel is commendable, delivering the right amount of feedback, nice weight at high and low speeds, and good on-center feel." -- AutoTrader (2015)
  • "We have no complaints about Expedition's ride, handling, or steering feel, either. Our preview drive route contained a surprising number of twists and turns, which wouldn't normally be the case with a full-size SUV." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

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