Car shoppers looking for a solid, three-row SUV should put the 2016 Ford Expedition at the top of the list. Unlike today's full-size crossovers, the Expedition continues to be built on a body-on-frame chassis normally underlying tough pickup trucks.
For the 2016 model year, Ford offers the Expedition in standard and extended length, or EL, models. Both are available in four trim levels. Base XLT Expeditions come with automated headlamps, a rearview mirror and Bluetooth connectivity for both phones and the audio system.
The Expedition Limited comes equipped with everything from the XLT. This includes the lower trim's options, which are detailed below. Items exclusive to this trim level include larger tires (20-inchers versus 18-inch), front parking sensors and heated seats for the second row just to name a few.
The King Ranch Edition, as can be guessed from its name, takes on a western theme. This can be seen in the SUV's wood grain interior accents, the upgraded leather on the seats and exclusive two-tone exterior paint job. The Platinum ditches the theme and comes with its own unique set of equipment like a standard sunroof.
Option packages are available on most trim levels to allow buyers to customize their vehicle to their hearts' content. This is especially true with the XLT. Dual-zone climate control, a trailer package, and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and column setup are just some of the advance features available on the XLT's 202A package. The 301A Package, which can be had on the Limited, adds on a navigation system, sunroof and side running boards that retract underneath the vehicle. For 2016, Ford offers the latest version of its advance Sync infotainment system on select Expedition trim levels.
Standalone options like 22-inch wheels and captain's chairs for the second row seats can also be had on the SUV.
"For some," points out Autotrader, "the 2016 Ford Expedition is a hugely appealing old-school SUV. Most people don't need a full-size SUV with seating for eight, towing capacity in excess of 9,000 pounds and frequent visits to the gas station. But those who do -- a large family with outdoorsy pursuits and a boat on a trailer, for example -- will find the Expedition to be an excellent choice."
Powering the 2016 Expedition is a 3.5-liter V-6 turbo. New last year, this engine is cribbed from the automaker's line of powerful and fuel-efficient turbo-charged engines. The generated 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque are channeled to either the rear or all four wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy ranges from as high as 22 mpg in highway driving in 2WD models to 14 mpg in city streets in those Expedition ELs equipped with 4WD.