Everything else? Car-based crossovers.
Back in 1997, Ford launched the first Expedition, the full-size big brother to the Explorer. Both were body-on-frame chassis SUVs at the time. Today only the Expedition remains a true SUV while the Explorer has switched to a crossover. Seriously, it’s based on an old Volvo sedan platform. The Expedition, meanwhile, rides on the same platform as the previous generation F-150. A complete redesign is expected very soon, but we think right now is a great time to snag a 2017 Expedition because there are good deals to be found.
Our tester, a fully loaded Expedition Platinum, is powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, with power going to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic. What about a V8 option? Forget it. The previous 5.4-liter Triton V8 has been permanently canned.
But that’s OK because the new V6 is even more powerful and more fuel efficient. With three rows of seating for up to eight passengers, the Expedition is anything but small, and we like that. However, there are a few signs of this SUV’s age (this generation launched in 2007) like some cheap interior plastics. But oh well. The 2017 Ford Expedition is the SUV that’s here to stay. Special thanks to Future Ford of Sacramento for letting us film the car.