In the plus-size SUV arena, the Expedition EL is the only other mainstream game in town to the popular Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL twins. While the Expedition was freshened for 2015, it is still vastly outdated and outclassed compared to the competition.

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).
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).

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.
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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.
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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

In the plus-size SUV arena, the Expedition EL is the only other mainstream game in town to the popular Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL twins. While the Expedition was freshened for 2015, it is still vastly outdated and outclassed compared to the competition.

This huge coach has some high points, but for a vehicle with a super-sized price (our extended-length EL Limited model rang in at $63,080), it falls short in some key areas. For example, it's noisy, comes with a low-rent interior, and has a frustrating infotainment system. Fuel economy of 14 mpg is also behind the GM competition; the gargantuan Suburban returned 16 mpg overall in our tests. That's not to say the Expedition has no strong points. Power delivery from the 3.5-liter turbo V6 is effortless, surpassing GM's general issue 5.3-liter V8. The third-row seat is as comfortable as the second row, and it is suitable for full-sized secret service personnel. And, yes, we got ours in covert government black, too.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , AWD , 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 2016 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

Display screen freezes up

"After they replaced an elecrical unit, it still had problems. Turns out they apparently had plugged something in properly at the factory. Took multiple attempt to figure it out, but we havent had a problem since."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"When iPhone is connected to vehicle entertainment system via Bluetooth, the phone seldom responds to voice inputs."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"After replacing the entire media console, I still have problems with the media console not reading my iPhone music data when plugged into the USB port"

Anonymous, VA (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Navigation system would not update properly, then became inoperable. Had to replace computer module. Warranty covered the expenses"

Anonymous, MN (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Failure to pair up via Bluetooth on car startup every time"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Loses connection periodically"

Anonymous, SD (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Rarely works"

Jack N., WA (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Routine software updates

"Originally, would not accept updates, so could not use cell phone apps (Waze)."

Anonymous, (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"Cruise control buttons and trip tracking buttons only work intermittently. Trip tracking/odometer reset button, currently, will not work at all. So, I'm unable to use the Trip 1 and Trip 2 functions."

Anonymous, (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"My cruise control button does not work consistently. I occasionally have to "smack" the cruise control button area to get it to function. The dealership has indicated I need to leave my car for 3 days to get it fixed; however, if they can't get the problem to show up I will be responsible for the cost of the rental car."

Anonymous, (2016 Ford Expedition Platinum 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

"Front windshield molding came loose during highway driving. Ford dealer applied sealant and problem occurred again. Waiting for permanent solution, such as window/seal replacement"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Ford is repairing under warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The paint on the hood started peeling. We purchased a new 2016 in 2017. It had been sitting on a lot near the ocean. Think that was the problem. Ford replaced the hood completely with no questions asked. Excellent service!"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ford Expedition Platinum 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Rust

"Bottom outside edge of tailgate is rusting. Paint is bubbling. Noticed mid 2019, vehicle had about 40,000 miles."

Anonymous, NC (2016 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"There is corrosion on the tailgate. Ford won't do anything about it unless it perforates the metal and mileage under 100M. It just turned 100M a few weeks ago."

Anonymous, DC (2016 Ford Expedition King Ranch 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Vehicle was purchade in July of 2017 with less than 100,000 kilometres on it and the tailgate had already started corroding. Three years later and the paint is chipping off everywhere on the tailgate as well as on the hood. The tailgate looks like it's seen 15 Canadian winters worth of corrosion which is unacceptable for such an expensive SUV that's only 4 years old. We tried to resolve the issue with Ford over 2 years ago and they were completely unhelpful and said we were past the corrosion warranty because the vehicle had over 100,000 kilometres. What does the amount of kilometres have to do with the tailgate being corroded on a 2 year old vehicle that cost $70,000 new? Completely unacceptable and terrible quality paint on the aluminum."

Anonymous, (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 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

Air or water leaks

"Sunroof leaks when moderate pressure is applied (i.e. heavy rain, car wash). Water saturates headliner. Depending on angle parked, water drops on middle row seats or down windshield into dash. Issue continues even after Ford replaced sunroof."

Anonymous, IL (2016 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Factory equipped luggage rack was not secured properly and water leaked in the passenger compartment from the roof bolts"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"channel on roof clogged causing leak into car"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Lots of road noise, water slowly leaks in to the rear flip up window."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Water was pouring into the car through the roof vent. They said it was a defect with the sunroof and roof liner. They had to completely replace both the sunroof and the roof liner. After some arguing we were able to get Ford to agree to pay for this since the car was barely a year old"

Anonymous, CA (2016 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Wind noise

"Its more than wind noise; on the internet the road noise is so high its difficult to have a conversation. we drive long distances frequently and although this car is comfortable I regret purchasing it because of the noise. My Lexus is completely silent in head to head comparison."

Anonymous, LA (2016 Ford Expedition Platinum 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 rear quarter panel on the passenger side started making a popping sound randomly. It would only pop for between three and 10 times each episode. We noticed that the mixing of hot and cold air stopped functioning well. We had it fixed when the air condition failed. There is a cheap plastic actuator in the panel with no access door. You need to takeoff the entire inside trim in order to get to it. The part is not expensive but the labor was a killer."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Evaporator

"Refrigerant smell was in my car for about a week before my air conditioner stopped working. There was a flapping sound coming from the rear quarter panel that started randomly the month prior. At the end of the week of smelling something, my A/C stopped cooling. I took it to an auto shop and they told me it would take $2300 and two days to fix. They said that it was a very common problem in my model and that I should hold onto the receipts in case there is some sort of class action or recall."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Evaporator developed a hole and leaks Freon. $1500 fix for a three year old vehicle is outrageous."

Ben W., TX (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"It appears there is an ongoing issue with ground wires overheating and melting a hole in the wire assembly. This is not just a problem for my model vehicle. The wiring should be redesigned and I believe it is in the process as my garage could not order the new part. They fixed it on their own."

Anonymous, KY (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"Refrigerant tubes to rear of vehicle (3 rows of seats) cracked while I was in Florida in 90 deg weather. parts not readily available, had to wait to get back to PA to repair"

Anonymous, PA (2016 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Rear A/C lines rotted when the truck was only 3 years old. Ford told us that the body had to come off the truck to repair the lines and wanted around $5000 to do the job. On a 3 year old vehicle! We decided to cap the front lines so that we could have A/C in the front and suffer without A/C in the back. Saved thousands of dollars but we shouldn't have had to on such an expensive vehicle that we paid $45,000 for used! Poor quality from Ford very disappointed."

Anonymous, (2016 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

"It was repaired after several trips to the Ford service dealer. It still shutters as I turn an accelerate."

Anonymous, MN (2016 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Differential

"See my first comment - all were related."

Anonymous, FL (2016 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Clutch packs In the rear end were burnt and stucK together and needed replacement At 47k miles. Replaced under 60k Manufacturer warranty."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"It was a right front axle leak"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Transfer case

"My problems were with the drive train - a number of systems. It tool 1 1/2 weeks to repair all under warranty. They would fix one thing, test it and find some other related issue then fix that and repeat. Overall a commendable job."

Anonymous, FL (2016 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

Master cylinder

"When I was driving my 2016 Expedition, the low brake fluid warning light came on. I was able to drive it to a safe location to see what the problem was. When I restarted the vehicle a short while later the light was still on and the brake pedal now was traveling all the way to the floor board. I had the vehicle towed to my local mechanic and was told that the problem was that all of the brake fluid had leaked from the master cylinder into the brake booster. I had to have the master cylinder and the brake booster replaced."

Anonymous, (2016 Ford Expedition Unsure 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Master cylinder brake fluid leaked into the Brake power booster unit causing a total loss of the braking system."

Anonymous, NY (2016 Ford Expedition XLT 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Had to replace master cylinder"

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Ford Expedition 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Rotors

"At approximately 25000 miles the rotor(s) warped and we’re turned under warranty"

Anonymous, SD (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"A mouse got under the hood. When I started the veh the mouse broke the radiator fan & the broken blades went thru the radiator"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Thermostat

"Wrench light came on while driving. Dealer determined it was a thermostat ussue"

Anonymous, (2016 Ford Expedition XLT 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

"While traveling on the highway at 70 mph the engine shut down. I had to coast over to the shoulder to get out of traffic. Help came and the car started right up. They drove it home from the location of the incident. Ford checked the systems and said there was no problem. We researched it and discovered it was a known issue and insisted they find and replace the problem. They did and it has not happened again."

Debbie K., IL (2016 Ford Expedition 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Engine knock or ping

"The check engine light illuminated and the engine began to run rough. The said it was a compression or valve that needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2016 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)

"Throttle Body had to be replaced. Engine would shut down every few miles until it was replaced."

Anonymous, GA (2016 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery went bad"

Steve S., NM (2016 Ford Expedition XLT 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"I have replaced two tail lamps in 12 months. This is completely abnormal considering I have owned other cars for over 10 years and not replaced any lamps"

Jack N., WA (2016 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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The lift gate was corroding at the bottom door edge"

Anonymous, OH (2016 Ford Expedition Platinum 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

Electronic or air suspension

"common problem in fords. ford knows about this and does nothing about it"

Michelle B., IL (2016 Ford Expedition Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Exhaust

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

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