Ford Expedition EcoBoost 4WD offers comfortable 3rd row seating compared to rivals

2015-05-08 11:25:50
Ford Expedition EcoBoost 4WD offers comfortable 3rd row seating compared to rivals
Ford Expedition EcoBoost 4WD offers comfortable 3rd row seating compared to rivals

The Ford Expedition was nudged out of the limelight by the rock-stars Mustang and F-150 when it was facelifted for 2015 but could attract much publicity. Things turned in favor when the gas prices plummeted, and the economy recovered and it boosted sales for SUV of full sizes. For the 2015 Ford Expedition, it is time to resurge as it has more towing capabilities and seating capacity.

Some of the change that has come with the refresh includes a tastefully designed front fascia with new headlights, carryover sheet metal and reduced amount of chrome. The Expedition also gets a new liftgate for the new year. But major changes are to be found under the hood and keeping in line with the current trend EcoBoost technology Ford has replaced the old V-8 with a new 3.5 Liter V-6 direct injected engines with twin-turbo. The V-6 produces substantial power in 365-hp  which is 55hp higher over the last year model and a solid 420 pounds of torque which is also 55  pounds more than what the 5.4 Liter V-8 produced.

The torque comes handy at a lowered rev of 2500 rpm and just by feeling the throttle you can feel the thrust rising endearingly and hardly requires downshifting from the six-speed automatic. With the torque acting as your ally, you can easily cruise at high speed and still save fuel and also reduce noise on the driveline. The fuel economy rating according to EPA is 15/20 mpg, and that is 2mpg rise with four-wheel drive. The credit should be partly awarded to the electrically assisted steering. You don’t hear road noise as usual as Ford has equated the comfort quotient wit acoustic glass, additional insulation and improve door seals.

The short sprint takes 6.4 seconds which allows the Expedition to go to the passing lane. The big hauler showed its liking for hauling load when a 26-foot ski boat weighing 7000 pounds was hitched to the trailer. It was effortless in spite of such heavy load. With the Expedition, you can hitch 9200 pounds according to Ford. The Ford rating of its vehicle is not comparable directly with its rivals who follow the SAE towing norms, as no pact has been signed by Ford.

The independent rear suspension has long been identified with the Expedition as it distinguishes it from rivals of the hauling class. Ford has mounted the rear differential to the frame in place of it bouncing with the wheels which has increased production cost but in turn has given several advantages such as improved riding on rough pavements and stability on bumpy corners. The packing of the frame, floor and fuel tank has been excellently tight thus sparing more seating space.  The third-row seating in the Ford is more comfortable than the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe and the cargo space spared is 19 cu-ft over 15 cubic feet.

You get two versions of Ford Expedition in terms of length, and they are the regular 119.0 inches and the extra-long wheelbase with 131.0 inches.

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