Let's be honest here, not too many of us really thought traditional truck-based full-size SUVs would manage to survive the $4 per gallon gas prices of the last recession. But they didn't just survive that deep and damaging recession, models such as the excellent 2017 Ford Expedition are positively thriving in today's market. The Expedition did benefit from a light refresh a couple of years ago and it does offer better fuel economy than in the past, but it's the capability and flexibility it delivers that's now seeing it enjoying its best sales results for more than a decade.
Recent upgrades to the 2017 Ford Expedition included a number of mechanical enhancements, such as swapping the ageing V-8 for an efficient and altogether more contemporary turbocharged V-6. The Ford now employs an adaptive suspension system, the infotainment system is now right up-to-date, and the Expedition also benefits from more luxury touches than it's had in the past. Plenty of its retro credentials remain intact though, as the manufacturer has stopped well short of anything as revolutionary as the aluminum body the F-150 recently embraced. The most recent enhancements were also timed to perfection as some of the Ford's major competitors were also being refreshed at the same time with more fuel-efficient powertrains, additional safety and technology features and updated styling.
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Compared to the Expedition models of a few years ago, the updated engine Ford has chosen to go with is probably the most noticeable and intrinsic change to the SUV for some considerable time. The previous V-8 may have been what was expected in a vehicle like this but times move on, even for body-on-frame SUVs, and that one has now been retired to be replaced with a considerably more 21st century V-6, and it's not just any V-6 for that matter either. The 2017 Ford Expedition now boasts one of the very best engines Ford has to offer right now in the form of superb 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 twin-turbo. The turbocharged V-6 is obviously going to get you better fuel economy than the old V-8, but it certainly doesn't compromise on power as it puts as much as 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque under your foot.
That amount of power and torque means the 2017 Ford Expedition still gets a pretty impressive 9,200-pound tow rating, and despite the obvious size of the Ford, it's also actually very quick for a vehicle of such dimensions.
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Being as big as it is on the outside means we'd expect the Expedition to be big inside as well, and not too many potential buyers are going to be disappointed with what they find here. The three-row seating offers comfortable seating for up to eight people, but there's also the luxury of best-in-class maximum cargo space totaling some 130.8 cubic feet. If you want a substantial amount of cargo capacity while transporting a full complement of eight people at the same time, there's even a long-wheelbase Expedition EL version giving and impressive 42.6 cu.-ft. of available space for cargo behind the third row. That's a best-in-class feature of the current Expedition, and you'll also find there's an adjustable Cargo Management System for keeping things neat and tidy back there.
Anyone who still thinks traditional body-on-frame, full-size SUVs have had their day obviously hasn't been up close and personal with the 2017 Ford Expedition yet.