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2017 Ford Expedition Performance Review

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

Scorecard

Performance: 7.8

Though the 2017 Ford Expedition is a large SUV, its twin-turbocharged V6 engine still has enough power to get the big vehicle moving quickly. The Expedition also has one of the better towing capacities in the class. Don't expect it to be easy on your wallet, though. The Expedition's fuel economy ratings are worse than even some V8-powered rivals'.

As for handling, the Expedition is probably better than you'd expect. (Note this doesn't mean it's sporty. Its sheer size can make it hard to maneuver in crowded spaces.) The Expedition also delivers a smooth ride and has an adjustable suspension you can tailor to your preferred driving style.

  • "What's more, it goes down the highway with a surprising amount of comfort and stability, particularly if it's fitted with the optional adaptive suspension. So, go ahead and settle down for that long family road trip -- this Ford is ready." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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)

Acceleration and Power

The Expedition comes standard with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 365 horsepower, and it’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine may be smaller than the V8s you'll find in class rivals like the Chevrolet Tahoe, but it still has enough muscle to move the Expedition down the highway, jet around town, and even travel uphill without complaint. The transmission delivers smooth shifts in general, but sometimes it is a bit jumpy when climbing hills.

Even with the V6 engine, the Expedition only gets an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway, which is slightly worse than some V8-powered rivals like the GMC Yukon.

The Expedition is a capable towing machine. When properly equipped, it has a maximum towing capacity of 9,200 pounds – greater than many rivals’. Trailer Sway Control, which helps keep your trailer in line behind the vehicle, comes standard.

  • "Even though it's up against competitors with big V8's under the hood, the Expedition is one of the quickest cars in the class. The turbocharged V6 engine is surprisingly well suited for this big SUV with plenty of power to pull it up long grades, even when it's fully loaded or pulling a reasonably sized trailer. The turbocharger doesn't delay acceleration, nor does it make you miss the old, thirsty V8." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)
  • "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)

Handling and Braking

Large SUVs aren't known for their handling prowess, and the rear-wheel-drive Expedition is no different. The steering is sharp, and the Expedition does have decent handling compared to some other large vehicles, but it's still a bear in parking garages and other tight areas.

The Expedition's ride is smoother than a lot of other large SUVs, and it gets even better with Ford’s Continuously Controlled Damping System, an available feature that automatically reads road conditions to optimize ride comfort, and lets you choose from three driving modes that affect driving dynamics. Four-wheel drive is also available.

  • Despite its significant size, the Ford Expedition is pretty manageable on the road. The four-wheel independent suspension gives it an exceptionally smooth ride relative to rivals. Similarly sized SUVs with live-axle rear suspensions are much stiffer. Opting for the Expedition's three-way adaptive dampers makes its excellent manners even better. Precise and responsive steering also contributes to an easy-to-drive nature. As with pretty much every vehicle that's this big, the Expedition's considerable bulk makes it a handful in tight spaces and crowded parking lots." -- 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 (2016)
  • "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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