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2015 Ford Expedition

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/16/2014 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Ford Expedition gets minor cosmetic changes and gains the 3.5-liter twin turbocharged V-6 with 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque (replacing the old 5.4-liter V-8). A rearview camera is now standard. Mechanical updates include electric power steering for improved fuel economy and the addition of continuously controlled damping suspension with three modes. A new 12-speaker Sony audio system, keyless start, blind-spot warning with cross traffic alert, and ambient lighting are new optional features. The Platinum grade is a new high-end trim level added for the 2015 model year.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Ford Expedition is a full-size SUV sold in regular or extended-length body styles in rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations. It is available in XLT, Limited, King Ranch, or Platinum grades and with seating for up to eight passengers.


The 2015 Expedition is available with Ford's EcoBoost 3.5-liter twin turbocharged V-6 paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. This allows the SUV to remain competitive with its rivals. Impressive low-end torque and midrange power makes the 2015 Expedition better to drive on public roads with its accessible power band. Fuel economy is respectable for this size of vehicle at 15/21 mpg city/highway for rear-drive models and 15/20 mpg with four-wheel drive.

Interior space is generous and now features MyFord Touch and SYNC with a new 8-inch touchscreen and an instrumental with two 4.2-inch LCD screens. However, the cabin's design is dated and looks the same as when the current-generation SUV first came out in 2006. Platinum models come equipped with more convenience and tech features, such as second-row bucket seats, a DVD entertainment system, power-deployable running boards, Ebony Brunello leather upholstery, continuously controlled damping, and a navigation system.

UPDATE: The NHTSA gave the 2015 Ford Expedition a five-star overall safety score (out of a possible five stars).

What We Think

The addition of the EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 keeps the 2015 Expedition competitive with its redesigned competition, but its old chassis and outdated interior hold it back. Despite revisions, the interior layout remains "awfully familiar" because it hasn't changed much since the current generation's introduction in 2006, making it "last decade's truck." In a First Test, we said the twin turbocharged engine helps the SUV accelerate better than its V-8-powered competitors, making it "more enjoyable to drive" on real-world roads. The independent rear suspension also makes the cabin "a calmer place for passengers" and allows the Expedition to "track better through the twisties."

You'll Like

  • Twin-turbo V-6 power
  • Comfortable ride
  • 9,200-pound maximum towing capacity

You Won't Like

  • Dated chassis and platform
  • Old interior design
  • Exterior styling looks outdated despite minor changes

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban
  • GMC Yukon/Yukon XL
  • Nissan Armada


2 star


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