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2017 Ford Expedition Walk Around


The Expedition’s square-ish profile hasn’t changed much in 15 years, but its edges and details have kept pace with modernization, to soften it. It has a bluff grille with big chrome bars, and a thick chrome strip across the back that visually lowers it.

Interior

The Sync 3 infotainment system, now in its third year, is frustrating, but not so much as the previous version was in 2014, if that’s any consolation. However it still looks like it came from 2014, if not earlier, as its 8.0-inch screen is plunked right in the top center of the dash. Two 4.2-inch color screens flank the gauges behind the steering wheel.

A clean centerstack brings some cohesion to the rest of the instrumentation. The wood and metallic trim give it a look of quality. There’s still a lot of black plastic on the dash and door panels, but the fit is generally good.

The seats are wide and well cushioned, and the seating position works for smaller drivers, thanks to power adjustable pedals, telescopic steering wheel, and a high driving position.

Leg and knee room is good in the second row, and the third row can hold grownups for short trips, although access isn’t graceful or even easy. It can be power folded on some models, and a power liftgate is also available, so the cargo-loading potential is vast. Especially with the EL, having 20 cubic feet behind the third row, and a total of 130.8 cubic feet behind the first row. That’s a lot of cargo. Even the regular-wheelbase Expedition has 108 cubic feet.

Visibility is a solid step ahead of the big Cadillac Escalade or GMC Yukon, with window glass that is tall and unobstructed by pillars or headrests.

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