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New Ford Expedition Has Size When it’s Needed Most

2015 Ford Expedition

As many vehicle shoppers are moving toward smaller, more agile and more fuel efficient models, there is still a need for some for the larger more cumbersome SUV’s. The Ford Expedition is such an SUV and has gained a ton of great updates to continue to offer a leading edge on the competition which includes the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada. Some of these leading items include replacing the large V8 engine with an EcoBoost V6 to offer much more fuel efficiency than ever before. Add some interior updates along with some very attractive body style changes and the Expedition offers plenty of great features for any owner to fully enjoy the new modernized SUV.

With a great deal of cargo space and room for up to eight passengers, the Expedition continues to be a leader in the large SUV class. For 2015 the updates include MyFord Touch, a refreshed front and rear and the change to a smaller more fuel efficient engine. Add to this the inclusion of selectable drive modes to choose from Comfort, Normal and Sport which helps the suspension provide the ride feeling the driver is looking for.

Speaking of the suspension, the one found in the Expedition is very impressive. This suspension that has the drive modes to choose from is very smooth to handle any and all road abrasions and uses electronically controlled shocks to give the most comfortable ride possible. Add the steering system which is finely-tuned and very responsive especially for this large of a vehicle that is more agile than it would appear. All this excellent control gives the Expedition a driving feeling that rivals smaller SUV’s in many ways and is a great experience for anyone who owns this large SUV.

The single engine offered for the Expedition comes in the form of a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 offering a very strong 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Surprisingly, this EcoBoost V6 engine offers more horsepower and torque than the outgoing V8 engine making it one of the absolute best changes this large SUV could make. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and is offered with available four-wheel drive to give drivers plenty of choices for what they want in their SUV. The Expedition can even haul up to 9,200 pounds making this a great choice for both work and play.

As expected, the interior offers a ton of space to enjoy giving occupants the opportunity to stretch out and relax during the ride. In higher trim levels, leather is available a couple different colors and the MyFord Touch infotainment system is securely placed in the center of the dash for all to enjoy. The control systems are easy to utilize and offer plenty of great feedback to the driver in order to assist in keeping all riding along safe and secure. With three rows of seats in which the rear two rows fold flat the Expedition offers a massive amount of cargo space for hauling gear home or to the job site.

On the outside and at first glance, the Expedition doesn’t look much different than before, but something certainly feels different. That feeling comes with the incorporation of new headlights and a redesigned grill. On the rear the vehicle adds new taillights and rounder edges. Other than these changes the outside remains basically the same with the large boxy creature space that allows all the space occupants can enjoy. Some chrome accents are added and the dual star spoked wheels are sharp and stylish offering great looks of strength and power.

The Expedition offers a great deal of excellent standard features to enjoy. This list includes eight passenger seating, a towing capacity of 9,200 pounds for both the two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models, AdvanceTrac traction control, Roll Stability Control and a host of other great features including a very enjoyable audio system and excellent driving manners. Anyone looking for a large SUV that can do it all can make the Expedition their choice and enjoy the peace of mind knowing they have a vehicle that can handle just about any situation thrown its way.

The optional features offered for the Ford Expedition include blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alters, and upgraded Sony entertainment system, a rear-seat entertainment system, Truck Apps added to the MyFord Touch infotainment system which allows an owner to program the settings for different trailers and name these trailers to allow retrieval whenever these trailers are hooked up to the Expedition. Whether heading off road or keeping this awesome beast on the pavement, the Expedition can give owners a driving experience and offer capabilities that are enjoyable and the ability to enjoy a vehicle that is full of tools to make the job much easier.

For the Ford Expedition the base XL model shows up with a price that starts just above $40,000. The XLT model will as for a price of $44,500 with the Limited model coming in around the $54,000 price tag. Moving up to the King Ranch will ask for a price above $57,000 and the Platinum Edition asks for a price higher than $58,000. The four-wheel drive will increase the price at any model by $3,000 and this SUV tops out around $63,500 but at that price all optional features are aboard making it close to a luxury model.



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