While the Expedition received a freshening for 2015, it was still vastly outdated and outclassed compared to its competition. This huge coach does has some high points, but falls short in some key areas. It's noisy and has a low-rent interior and a frustrating infotainment system. Fuel economy, at 14 mpg, is also slightly behind the curve. On the other hand, power delivery from the 3.5-liter turbo V6 is effortless.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
NA
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
NA

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
NA
2009
NA
2010
NA
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
2004
2005
NA
2006
2007
2008
2009
NA
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags available 2001-2002, standard from 2007. Head protection air bags and ESC available from 2003, standard from 2007.
Road Test

While the Expedition received a freshening for 2015, it was still vastly outdated and outclassed compared to its competition.

This huge coach does has some high points, but falls short in some key areas. It's noisy and has a low-rent interior and a frustrating infotainment system. Fuel economy, at 14 mpg, is also slightly behind the curve. On the other hand, power delivery from the 3.5-liter turbo V6 is effortless. The third-row seat is as comfortable as the second row and suitable for full-sized personnel.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended SUV
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 turbo (365 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Ford Expedition owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Intermittently doesn't work. Sometimes I have to tap the camera to get it working, other times it starts working again. From some online forums this seems not to be uncommon with Ford."

Anonymous, IA (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. An expensive repair so we've been told, so we're living with it (or without it)"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Camera only works sporadically. Have taken to Ford dealer twice. The last time they said they could not find a trouble code and as such no repairs were made. I have since contacted the manufacture's rep for assistance. I have told them it appears to be a connectivity issue as the picture on the camera is clear when it works"

David F., TX (2015 Ford Expedition King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Display screen difficult to see

"Way too much stuff on the screen. It is a safety hazard to try and adjust the rear AC while driving due to high level of difficulty and too many clicks to arrive at the desired function"

John H., TX (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Hardware replacement

"The radio unit went out and was replaced."

Anonymous, OK (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Navigation system died. Took to ford and they corrected problem"

Ann G., IL (2015 Ford Expedition 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth audio at times does not sync with the phone. I have been forced to turn it on and off several times and sometimes it goes back on it’s own"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"Right hand side of steering wheel controls quit working"

Jerry E., PA (2015 Ford Expedition King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Voice control commands

"System too complicated to learn. Not able to load phones"

Thomas D., FL (2015 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Voice recognition is spotty. It is better to use the voice recognition on my iPhone versus the one with the vehicle"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Voice command has a hard time understanding me"

Anonymous, LA (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"The automatic climate control sensor had to be replaced so that the fan blower would activate in any setting."

Hector C., TX (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower bearings going out smelled when turned on hear or AC. Now that the blower has been replaced, the smell is still there."

Michael B., IL (2015 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"An electronic panel on the dash board broke and caused the blower motor to not work."

Anonymous, AL (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The problem with the blower occurred just before summer. Due to the fact we could not adjust its speed, we were hesitant to take the vehicle on any long car trips. Once the issue was addressed, we felt confident about traveling again."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Blower stopped working completely in winter. Tried to get the car in but the virus prevented us from getting it in. A month later my wife kicked the fuse panel in the passenger side and it started working again. We'll see how long it keeps working and if it was just a loose fuse."

Anonymous, AK (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"It was taken to the dealership and was a relatively simple fix."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"The passenger seat stopped heating or cooling. Turned out to be a sensor in the seat had to be replaced."

John S., PA (2015 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"Rear A/C liquid line had pin hole corrosion causing $1600 repair."

Anonymous, MI (2015 Ford Expedition King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The back window seal came loose. Dealership temporarily glued it back while waiting for a whole new back window with a new seal. Seems they don't just replace a lose seal but replace the entire rear window. When replacing the rear windshield wiper the repair person cracked the plastic trim on the top of the tailgate. Dealer replaced the plastic trim. No cost for anything."

Patricia L., MI (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Windshield moulding detached from vehicle during drive home from dealership. Fixed under warranty, but still a hassle"

David T., PA (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The driver's seat molding on door side fell apart. We fixed with some ratcheting click ties from Home Depot"

John H., TX (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Seat trim on left side of drivers seat is cheap plastic. As you leave vehicle you put strain on trim. It will ultimately break plastic clips . I have replaced 3 times."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Rear lift door paint was cracking and peeling from poor painting of aluminum at the factory. Now the hood is doing the same thing."

John S., PA (2015 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Rust

"Rust spot on back passenger door. Took to dealer and they refused to correct problem. Said paint broke from outside source. There is nothing to suggest anything hit door"

Ann G., IL (2015 Ford Expedition 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Shortly after I bought the car the check engine light came on. The dealership never fixed it, they couldn't figure out the problem. I took it to the local ford dealer and they rewired the whole computer set up. The car warranty had run out, so I had to pay a 200$ fee on my extended warranty . I hate autonation Scottsdale, where I originally bought the car."

Jean B., AZ (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"$860 to replace throttle body which seems to be a known issue with Ford. Stranded on road."

Ginger B., TX (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Engine dropped to idle mode while driving at speed and was unresponsive to throttle requiring dangerous unexpected stop on the roadside. This happened twice to us before the dealer replaced the throttle body assembly which was not communicating properly with the drive-by-wire throttle pedal. No fault indicator was saved to aid diagnosis. It was a very dangerous failure in our opinion."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Crankcase pressure monitor failed and had to be replaced."

William M., MI (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"While at 55 mph, the engine suddenly returned to an idle and was unresponsive to throttle position causing us to pull over on narrow shoulders. This dangerous situation happened twice, but only on the second occurrence did a fault indicator show up for the dealer to diagnose. The throttle body was replaced after the second failure"

Anonymous, CO (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Water pooling in the door and sloshing around when driving"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Back hatch door rubber seal tore and started coming out."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Water would get into the door and not drain but instead slosh around"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Wind noise

"There was a whistling noise coming from the ac vent area in the front. However the dealership fixed the problem and I haven’t had an issue since then."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Expedition King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The noise from the radiator fan is extremely loud and seems abnormal"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"Intermittent rattling noise that goes away once 4wd is engaged. Service bulletin shows it's the IWE. Ford says it can't find the problem; blamed it on a loose heat shield. They claim IWE noise is not intermittent. I found a service bulletin on the web for intermittent IWE noise. Still have to take it back again as it's under warranty (CPO vehicle warranty)."

Anonymous, MN (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"Had a leak in the driveshaft with one of the seals. $1500 later to replace a $10 seal it was fixed."

Anonymous, AK (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Electrical failure

"The sunroof leaked and the water grounded out the computer system. The entire car shutdown and would not respond to any input"

Anonymous, (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The A/C wouldn't come on. There is a short in the electrical wiring."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Air conditioning blower stops working periodically. Wiggling wires under passenger side with foot will start the fan again. Still not fixed. As driver I have to pul over, walk around and move wires then get back on the road. It's been 107º here and you can't just roll down a window- you need conditioned air. Online chat rooms helped find the kicking the wire solution. No one has permanent solution so far."

Jay W., TX (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Normal routine brake wear

"Dealership replaced."

Anonymous, WI (2015 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Premature brake wear

"Rear rotors needed to be replaced after 14,000 miles"

William M., MI (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"After first break pad change, the dealer insisted in rotation rotors. Then the second brake change came and said we had to change rotors."

M S., GA (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Fords are notoriously fitted with weak brakes, first repair was when the car was just one year old"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Squeaking

"After several trips to dealer the problem still persists"

Charles P., CA (2015 Ford Expedition King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Categorizing this is difficult given the available choices. The issue is the key fob and keyless starter. On multiple occasions the keyfob fails and the truck won't start or the doors won't unlock, lock, etc. This is in clear distinction to our F150 where the fob has been going for 4 years with no new battery or issues. Ford has replaced the keyfob three times and the battery twice. They say it is a known issue"

Paul M., ON (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Burned out"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Keyless entry

"unable to unlock doors with keyless door pad nor FOB .. this is a random problem that goes away after a few day or a few hours. 3 different Ford Dealers have no idea what is wrong nor will they help us."

M S., GA (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"See previous issue. It is a multiple keyfob failure, replaced thrice and batteries twice"

Paul M., ON (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Passenger door sloshes after heavy rain. This cannot be good."

Ginger B., TX (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Passenger front seat sensor shorted out and causes the driver seat not to work either"

John S., PA (2015 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Already discussed in my previous comment about the rear window seal."

Patricia L., MI (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Charging system light came on intermittently"

F M., LA (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"exceeded useful life - replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Check engine light came on- had to replace wires and spark plugs, ignition coil boots at 84000"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Recommend turbo coolant pipe and quick disconnect fittings be replaced. One side seeping."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Water pump

"the water pump had a very small leak"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Engine light came on just before a trip.. Too long to figure out problem and repair"

Thomas D., FL (2015 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Lost power but was able to get home by going really slow. After 3o minutes I was able to restart car and it seemed okay but I had it towed to a Ford Dealer to find problem and fix it."

Anonymous, (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Found it during dealer routine inspection. Leaking struts, repaired at facility"

Anonymous, (2015 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Tie rods

"Loose bolt caused steering problem"

Anonymous, KS (2015 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Sync is just horrible, Ford should be ashamed to install such as system. Difficult to use and the smartphone app is useless"

John H., TX (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"It made a noise one day when I went to start it, but it started just fine and ran just fine. The next day we left for the lake pulling the boat, and it just stopped in the middle of the road and would not start. After having it towed to the dealership and checked out, the mechanic said he could spend a lot more time and labor digging into it, but he could already tell the engine was falling apart and trying to lock up. He said all we could do was replace the engine."

Anonymous, SC (2015 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Change Vehicle