“More significant change is under the hood. Forging ahead with EcoBoost technology, Ford has retired the Expedition’s V-8 and replaced it with a twin-turbocharged, direct-injected 3.5-liter DOHC V-6. The boosted V-6 provides an adequate 365 horsepower (55 more than last year) and a daunting 420 lb-ft of torque (55 lb-ft more than the outgoing, 5.4-liter V-8). With a torque peak lowered to a handy 2500 rpm, a gentle brush of the throttle delivers an endearing swell of thrust that seldom requires downshift assistance from the six-speed automatic transmission. With torque instead of horsepower as your ally, cruising in a higher gear is practical, reducing fuel consumption and driveline noise. EPA estimates rise by 2 mpg-both city and highway-to 15/20 mpg with four-wheel drive. Part of that gain, however, is attributable to new electric power steering. As usual, actual road feel is not included.” -- Car And Driver
2016 Ford Expedition: More horsepower, torque, with a V-6, to tow a battleship
“Ford's decision to use its new Sync 3 infotainment system in place of the previous MyFord Touch system makes the 2016 Ford Expedition even more user-friendly than its predecessor. The only significant drawback to owning an Expedition is its sheer size. This is a big SUV, and some may find it a real beast in tight spaces and even on the open road. Plus, there's a difference between wanting a big SUV like this and actually needing one. We recommend looking at some easier to drive and more fuel-efficient crossovers (such as Ford's Explorer) if you don't need to haul house-sized trailers, battleship-sized boats or seven other folks and all their gear on a regular basis.” -- Edmunds.com
“Powertrain is only part of it, though. Ford has also added a continuously damping suspension to the Expedition, a first on a Ford-brand vehicle. In the Expedition it offers three modes -- comfort, normal, and sport -- and along with new electric power steering, only boosts the Expedition's reputation as a brute 'ute that rides and handles better than most of its rivals. It's a shame the new adaptive shocks only are offered on the most expensive versions, in a pricey option package.
The two lengths of the Expedition -- standard and long-wheelbase (EL) -- carry over for 2016. With the Expedition EL you gain 14.8 inches longer overall, with longer rear fenders and glass. It's one of the biggest SUVs on the planet, frankly, and its wheelbase of 131 inches is longer than the full length of either a Smart Fortwo or Mitsubishi i-MiEV. With either version you get an almost van-like interior and loads of passenger space in the first two rows, but cargo space is more abundant and third-row access is much easier in the EL. Just beware that you’ll pay the price in maneuverability and parking ease.” -- thecarconnection.com
“As big as the Expedition is, this relatively small (3.5-liter) engine easily gets Ford's full-size SUV up to speed. 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. Given the largesse of the Expedition -- and especially the even longer Expedition EL -- we recommend the available blind-spot monitoring system.” -- kbb.com
“Interior room nearly matches that of a full-size van. With the third row raised, a standard Expedition has almost 20 cubic feet of cargo space, expanding to 108.3 if second-row seats are down. An EL offers a total of 130.8 cubic feet of cargo space
Front occupants get comfortable captain’s chairs, with power-adjustable pedals. Even smaller drivers shouldn’t have trouble finding a good position, helped by a high-mounted seat that provides a fine view ahead.
Leg and knee space in the first and second rows is expansive. Adults can even manage in the third row, at least for short journeys, though arriving there may demand some less-than-graceful maneuvers.” -- newcartestdrive.com
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