If you're interested in a new full-size SUV and you've been looking at the 2017 Ford Expedition, you're probably also aware that an all-new 2018 model is on the way later in the year. What we don’t know at the moment is how much capability the new Ford Expedition will offer regarding towing, and perhaps more importantly what the new Ford SUV will cost. And that opens up the age-old question of whether it's best to wait for the new model or to take advantage of a potential bargain with a run-out 2017 version of the big SUV.
When a well-known existing model is getting a mid-cycle refresh it can be a lot easier to decide whether to wait and hit on the new one or stay with the current model, but it's not so easy when we're talking about an entirely new generation, especially when we don’t yet have all the facts. But we do have all the facts about the 2017 model, so it's probably a good idea to take another look at what could potentially turn out to be quite a bargain.
It's not all that long ago when high gas prices had plenty of observers predicting the end of full-size, full-on SUVs like the 2017 Ford Expedition. But now the Expedition isn't just surviving; it's positively flourishing. The current model is tried and tested, and as this is the very last model year of this generation, it's entirely fair to say this would be the best Expedition you've ever been able to buy if you chose to take the plunge.
There's nothing too complicated about the Expedition. It's a body-on-frame full-size SUV with three trim levels and just the one engine and transmission combination. The available trims start with the entry-level XLT and then go onwards to the Limited and Platinum models. The engine employed in the big Ford is the excellent 3.5-litre EcoBoost turbo, which in this application produces 365 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque sent to the wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
This generation of the Expedition may have been with us for a decade or so now, but it's only a couple of years on from a light refresh. There were some minor cosmetic changes to keep it current, but the majority of enhancements were to the interior and its features, equipment and technology. As a result, you'll be hard-pressed to find a vehicle with this much standard and available equipment, even in its entry-level XLT trim. The updates to the cabin introduced touchscreens and digital display along with the considerably enhanced Sync 3 infotainment system, which
are all mounted high on the expansive dash.
Perhaps the most notable change though was the replacement of the slightly tired old V-8 with the new, altogether more contemporary EcoBoost V-6. Not only did it deliver a welcome increase in power, but it also brought some better fuel economy figures. The 2017 Ford Expedition is therefore now rated at 15.9 L/100 km in the city, and 12.0 L/100 km on the highway, which although isn’t exactly Fiesta fuel economy, it's not bad at all for this much capability, style, practicality and comfort.
For more information on what could be a great SUV deal and to arrange a test drive in the 2017 Expedition, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us right away here at Merlin Ford Lincoln.