2015 Ford Expedition Snags Top Safety Award
The 2015 Ford Expedition picked up the highest vehicle safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The full-size SUV received a five-star overall vehicle score in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program.
The latest and greatest Expedition now offers AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags, SOS Post-Crash Alert System, tire pressure monitoring system and traction control.
The 2015 version seats up to eight people and is now available in a pricey, Platinum edition.
The luxury model sports 20-inch aluminum wheels, power-deployable running boards, leather seats, moonroof and plenty of annoying driver-assist technologies that you will probably or eventually want to learn how to shut off. For instance, take the radar-based Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert that is touted.
“BLIS can help detect when a vehicle is in a driver’s blind spot and flashes a warning light in the appropriate sideview mirror,” says Ford.
They are great for folks that actually need it (like your grandparents) but others may find this system quite annoying and opt not to use it. Ever.
Other new goodies in the truck include a rearview camera (a plus), push-button start (who cares), and front and rear parking sensors (good, but annoying.)
Sadly, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is the only engine available for the terrific truck but that’ll still get you 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft. of torque.
The 2015 Expedition retails for $43,845 – $61,280 and gets 16/22 mpg estimated city/highway miles with two-wheel drive. Actual mileage will vary, especially if you use the cheap stuff.
Overall the latest Expedition is a blast to drive but it certainly feels heavier than a new F-150.
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Blurry photos by Ed Tahaney