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2017 Ford Expedition Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Ford Expedition was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

Your first impression of the 2017 Ford Expedition will probably be that it's big. Like, really big. Beyond that, you'll notice the cabin has an appealing look, but the hard plastics mixed in with higher-quality materials prevent the Expedition from feeling more luxurious.

All three rows of seats have enough space to accommodate adults, and the sliding and reclining second-row seats give you the flexibility to make passengers more comfortable or put small children in closer proximity to the front seats. Cargo space is plentiful as well, particularly if you choose the longer Expedition EL.  

The Expedition may not have the most features in the class, but the ones it does have are useful and user-friendly. The available SYNC 3 infotainment system is especially nice – it's intuitive and includes voice recognition, a touch screen, and Siri Eyes Free.

  • Inside, the 2017 Ford Expedition is classy and roomy. The Limited, King Ranch and Platinum models are especially well-trimmed and attractive, but there are some 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 (2016)
  • 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 Expedition seats eight if you stick with the standard interior setup, which has a second-row bench that slides and reclines. Or you can opt for second-row bucket seats, which drops the seating capacity to seven, but makes it easier to get in and out of the third row.

Cloth upholstery is standard, as is a power-adjustable driver's seat, which can help you find a comfortable driving position. Leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, and heated outboard second-row seats are available.

The cabin is well-insulated from outside noise, and all three rows have enough legroom for adults to ride in comfort. The sliding and reclining second row provides added flexibility and makes it easier for everyone to get comfortable. The front seats have plenty of space and support, but drivers will note rear visibility is limited. Parents of young children will appreciate the Expedition's LATCH system, which provides several tie-downs for car seats.

  • "Whether you get a standard or extended-length Expedition, there's plenty of room to stretch out in all three rows. The standard 40/20/40 split second-row seat slides and reclines for greater comfort, and includes a center section that can be scooted forward to put small kids within reach of the driver. If you can go without the extra seat, the second-row captain's chairs are a nice luxury and provide easier access to the third row." -- Edmunds
  • "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 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. Ford's MyKey, which allows you to program speed and volume limits for drivers, is also standard.

Available features include push-button start, a power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with enhanced voice recognition, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, and Siri Eyes Free.

The standard SYNC system responds to voice commands and includes smartphone app integration, but you still may want to upgrade to the SYNC 3 system. SYNC 3 responds to a wider array of voice commands and includes an 8-inch touch screen. It includes Siri Eyes Free, which pairs with an iPhone to read your texts and emails aloud (among other functions). SYNC 3's touch screen is responsive and user-friendly, but it still isn't perfect – for some, the screen isn't easily reachable from the driver's seat.

Parents of teens will like Ford's MyKey, which they can use to keep their kids from driving recklessly when they aren’t with them.

See 2017 Ford Expedition specs and trims »

  • "The 2017 Expedition is available with several trim levels and options packages that make it as modern as any family sedan. Sync 3, Ford's latest infotainment interface, is much improved from previous iterations, making the Expedition's touchscreen easy to use." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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

Aside from being able to fit more passengers, one of the biggest benefits of having a large SUV like the Expedition is the cargo space. The Expedition has an above-average cargo capacity, providing 18.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 55 cubic feet of space with the third row folded, and 108.3 cubic feet of space with the second and third rows folded.

If you still want more space, you can opt for the long-wheelbase Expedition EL. It offers 42.6 cubic feet of space with all seats in use and has a maximum capacity of 130.8 cubic feet. That's one of the highest max capacities of any vehicle – save for large cargo vans – including other very large SUVs like the Toyota Sequoia and Chevrolet Suburban.

A power liftgate is available, letting you raise and lower the rear hatch with the touch of a button. Optional power-folding third-row seats afford you the same luxury. You’ll appreciate that the second and third rows fold flat, providing extra cargo space and a convenient loading floor for the cargo hold.

  • "The third-row seat also folds flat into the floor when you need more cargo room, which makes loading luggage a simple task." -- Edmunds
  • "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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