2017 Ford Expedition EL

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$49,835–$69,895 MSRP range

Key Specs

of the 2017 Ford Expedition EL base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Interior space
  • Power-folding third row available

The Bad

  • Interior plastics feel cheap
  • Disappointing fuel economy
2017 Ford Expedition EL exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2017 Ford Expedition EL

  • New Limited Appearance Package available
  • Full-size SUV seats up to eight
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Adaptive suspension available
  • 9,200-pound maximum towing capacity

2017 Ford Expedition EL Overview

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Vehicle Overview
What it is: The Ford Expedition EL is about 15 inches longer than the regular Expedition at 220.8 inches overall and has more cargo room. It competes with the Chevrolet Suburban.
 
What's Special
  • More shoulder room and hip room in the third row compared with the regular Expedition
  • 42.6 cubic feet of cargo room behind third-row seat
  • 130.8 cubic feet of total cargo room
  • 33.5-gallon fuel tank
Here's info on the regular Expedition:

What it is: The Expedition is the largest SUV in the Ford lineup, and it can seat up to eight people in three rows of seats. It competes with the Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Sequoia and comes in four trim levels: XLT, Limited, King Ranch and Platinum. It's also offered in extended-length EL form.

New for 2017
A new Limited Appearance Package adds black and dark gray accents, 20-inch painted wheels and a unique grille. Adaptive suspension damping and 22-inch wheels are now standard on Platinum trims.
Significant Standard Features
  • 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Backup camera
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • 28-gallon fuel tank
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Power driver's seat
  • Ford MyKey programmable key
  • Roll stability control
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
Significant Available Features
  • Fou...
Vehicle Overview
What it is: The Ford Expedition EL is about 15 inches longer than the regular Expedition at 220.8 inches overall and has more cargo room. It competes with the Chevrolet Suburban.
 
What's Special
  • More shoulder room and hip room in the third row compared with the regular Expedition
  • 42.6 cubic feet of cargo room behind third-row seat
  • 130.8 cubic feet of total cargo room
  • 33.5-gallon fuel tank
Here's info on the regular Expedition:

What it is: The Expedition is the largest SUV in the Ford lineup, and it can seat up to eight people in three rows of seats. It competes with the Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Sequoia and comes in four trim levels: XLT, Limited, King Ranch and Platinum. It's also offered in extended-length EL form.

New for 2017
A new Limited Appearance Package adds black and dark gray accents, 20-inch painted wheels and a unique grille. Adaptive suspension damping and 22-inch wheels are now standard on Platinum trims.
Significant Standard Features
  • 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Backup camera
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • 28-gallon fuel tank
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Power driver's seat
  • Ford MyKey programmable key
  • Roll stability control
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
Significant Available Features
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Limited-slip rear differential
  • 20- or 22-inch wheels
  • Front parking sensors
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and second-row seats
  • Cooled front seats
  • Push-button start
  • Remote start
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Power liftgate
  • Power moonroof
  • Sync 3 multimedia system
  • Navigation system
  • Adaptive suspension

Latest 2017 Expedition EL Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Own a new now owned last one almost 20 years

by Hinkletwinkle from Fresno, CA on May 22, 2018

Great suv it is the second one I've owned I am a Ford girl can hardly wait to take it fishing and up to mountains Read full review

(4.0)

Big bus that also tows big

by NavyERDoc on May 17, 2018

This big vehicle is expensive and gets only about 17 mpg....poor compared to many compact vehicles, but better than most for a full size SUV that tows as much or more than most pickups....9000 lbs! ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Ford Expedition EL currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 Ford Expedition EL has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Expedition EL received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker