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2017 Ford Expedition Review

The 2017 Ford Expedition ranks well among large SUVs. It has a smooth ride and a class-leading interior with plenty of room for adults in three rows. However, some interior materials are low grade.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious seating in all three rows
  • Excellent cargo capacity in the EL model
  • Smooth ride, powerful engine
  • Some low-grade cabin materials

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Ford Expedition's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Large SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best Large SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2017 Best Large SUV for Families award. Currently the Ford Expedition has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 88 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Ford Expedition Overview

Is the 2017 Ford Expedition a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Ford Expedition is an outstanding large SUV. It has a twin-turbocharged V6 engine with robust horsepower and strong towing capacity. The Expedition also has a spacious, comfortable interior. Below-average ownership costs, a near-perfect predicted reliability rating, and high safety ratings only add to its appeal.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 88 professional evaluations for this 2017 Ford Expedition review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 Ford Expedition?

Based on roughly 1,400 listings for this vehicle on our site, you can expect to pay between $26,000 and $45,000 for a used 2017 Ford Expedition. The average list price is $33,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Ford Expedition Cost to Own?

Predicted five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Expedition are estimated to be $29,386. That’s below average for the large SUV segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Expedition?

The 2017 Ford Expedition's average price is well below the fully redesigned 2018 Expedition’s starting MSRP of $51,790. The 2018 model has a more fuel-efficient and slightly stronger engine. It also offers more room up front and more rear legroom than the 2017 Expedition, along with more cargo space with the seats up. While the 2018 Expedition is a better SUV, you can save a lot of cash by opting for the 2017 model.

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You can’t find a new 2018 large SUV for the price of a used 2017 Expedition. Instead, you'll need to drop down to a midsize SUV like the 2018 Kia Sorento, which is our 2018 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money. Though it lacks the passenger and cargo space of the Ford, the Kia has a nicer interior overall.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Expedition Is Best?

Although there were no significant changes for 2017 model, the Expedition was fully redesigned for 2018. The 2016 Expedition gained an available SYNC 3 infotainment system. The 2015 Expedition saw the introduction of a more powerful and fuel-efficient twin-turbo V6 to replace the older V8. This model was also refreshed inside and out. These changes are significant enough that you'll want to limit your shopping to models from 2015 and later.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Ford Expedition?

The 2017 Ford Expedition has an almost-perfect predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Ford Expedition Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Ford Expedition has no open recalls.

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Which Used Ford Expedition Model Is Right for Me?

The Expedition comes in four trims: XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum. The base XLT trim has 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.

The Limited adds features like HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear climate control, heated and cooled front seats, leather upholstery, heated second-row seats, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. This trim provides a good blend of comfort features and good interior technology, making it the best trim for most folks.

For more features, check out the King Ranch and Platinum trims. The King Ranch offers upgraded leather upholstery, power running boards, and voice-activated navigation. The Platinum trim adds an active suspension system that continuously smoothes out your ride.

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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 awarded the 2017 Ford Expedition five out of five stars in the frontal and side crash tests. The rear-wheel drive Expedition received three stars in the rollover test, while the four-wheel drive model scored four stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not crash test the 2017 Expedition.

Standard active safety features in the Expedition include a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Blind spot monitoring is available.

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2017 Ford Expedition Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Expedition or 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe and the 2017 Expedition are closely ranked. Both have almost perfect predicted reliability ratings and smooth rides. The Tahoe has more standard features, including an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, tri-zone automatic climate control, five USB ports, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot with 4G LTE, and a 110-volt power outlet. However, the Expedition is more comfortable for passengers and holds more cargo. The Tahoe is the better choice for its standard technology, unless you need to haul lots of people and their stuff.

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Expedition or 2017 Ford Explorer?

The 2017 Ford Explorer in many ways is the midsize SUV equivalent of the 2017 Expedition. They share a similar amount of standard features, including Ford's SYNC infotainment system with a 4.2-inch color display, six speakers, Bluetooth, a USB port, and voice recognition. The Explorer seats seven, while the Expedition can comfortably accommodate eight. The Expedition also has a much higher towing capacity and more cargo space. If you don't need the extra space and higher towing limit, the Explorer is a good choice. You'll save some money and still get a quality interior with enough room for five people and their luggage.

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2017 Expedition Performance

How Does the 2017 Ford Expedition Drive?

A twin-turbocharged 365-horsepower V6 engine powers the 2017 Expedition. A smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission comes standard. Though it’s smaller than the V8 engines found in most rivals, the Expedition’s V6 has no problem meeting the needs of most drivers. The Expedition has a smooth ride and responsive handling that feels secure through curves, especially for a large SUV. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available on the Expedition.

Does the 2017 Ford Expedition Get Good Gas Mileage?

The rear-wheel-drive 2017 Expedition and Expedition EL get 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, while four-wheel-drive Expeditions return 15 mpg in the city and 19-20 mpg on the highway. Those fuel numbers are average for a large SUV.

2017 Ford Expedition Towing Capacity

The 2017 Expedition can tow up to 9,200 pounds when properly equipped, which is more than most competitors in the class can handle. Trailer Sway Control – which helps keep your trailer in line behind the vehicle – comes standard.

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2017 Expedition Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Expedition Seat?

The 2017 Expedition has standard cloth upholstery and seating for eight. That drops to seven with the available second-row bucket seats. Leather upholstery is available. All seats are comfortable and offer plenty of legroom for adults. An added benefit is the Expedition’s sliding and reclining second row, which makes accessing child seats easier from the first row.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Ford Expedition?

The 2017 Expedition has complete sets of upper and lower LATCH connectors in the second-row outboard seats. In the third row, there is one upper tether anchor in the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Expedition’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use, citing tether anchors that are in a hard-to-find location.

2017 Ford Expedition Features

Standard amenities include the voice-activated SYNC system – featuring Bluetooth and smartphone app integration – as well as three 12-volt power outlets. You can upgrade to the easy-to-use SYNC 3 infotainment system, which offers an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, and Siri Eyes Free. Other available features include a 12-speaker stereo with HD Radio, dual-zone climate control, a 110-volt power outlet, and rear-seat DVD system with two screens.

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2017 Ford Expedition Dimensions

Ford Expedition Cargo Space

The 2017 Expedition has 18.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 55 cubic feet when the third row is folded, and 108.3 cubic feet behind the first row. The Expedition EL has 42.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 85.5 cubic feet when the third row is down, and 130.8 cubic feet when the second row comes down. The standard Expedition’s cargo space is average for a large SUV, while the EL has one of the largest cargo capacities available, exceeded only by cargo vans.

2017 Expedition Length and Weight

The standard-wheelbase 2017 Ford Expedition is 17.2 feet long, and the Expedition EL is 18.4 feet long. The Expedition’s curb weight ranges from 5,562 to 5,789 pounds, while the Expedition EL’s weight ranges from 5,841 to 6,091 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Ford Expedition Built?

Ford built the 2017 Expedition in Kentucky.

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