2015 Ford Expedition XL Platinum Review

The Expedition XL might be easy to forget to consider… probably just because it’s been around for a while without any shocking/significant aesthetic overhaul. But it has been updated along the years in a less ostentatious way, and when you take a step back and look at it, it is quite a striking truck that has evolved well with the styles & times.

2015 Ford Expedition XL Platinum cargo room

The headlights, front grill, and tail lights fit slickly with the truck’s massive, smooth body panels. The Expedition XL Platinum comes with a factory 22-inch wheel package – which gives the truck a strong presence. Window-seams meet cleanly to the body panels, and the Expedition XL has just the right amount of chrome – almost Chip Foose-esque in design.

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It’s an executive SUV – something you would see as a limo outside of a Trump hotel. But also something that can handle some heavy workload. It’s one of the last real ‘truck’ SUVs left.

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The dash is a bit plasticy for the price tag in my opinion… but it’s not a deal breaker. People like to tap on plastic and raise an eyebrow like it’s a sign of low quality. But you know what – plastic lasts – and the Expedition feels solid for the long haul.

2015 Ford Expedition XL Platinum dash

The Platinum seats are very nicely trimmed in leather. And the Ford Sync infotainment system is one of the better & easier to use. 3rd row seats fold flush into the floor with the push of a button, and the 2nd row seats fold flat to create a shelf even with the rear – great for loading/packing purposes. The rear hatch has automatic open/close. And our vehicle had motorized running boards.

2015 Ford Expedition XL Platinum seats interior review

2015 Ford Expedition XL Platinum seat review

We loved the EcoBoost power plant in the Expedition XL. Matter of fact – the EcoBoost has been a winner in every vehicle we’ve tested it in. It may seem easy to believe that a 6-cylinder would be a little small for a truck of this size, but don’t drink that Kool-aid, because the turbos more than rise up to the demand for extra ooomph. You know what they say – “there’s no replacement for displacement”… except a turbo. Plus – we got 18mpg average in the Expedition XL with 1,500lbs of cargo in the back… and had more than enough torque whenever we needed/wanted it. The XL’s longer wheelbase provided a very smooth, stable, and wobble-free ride, even with the mentioned 1,500lb cargo – making the Expedition XL Platinum a tough but polished, take-on-whatever type of road-tripper.

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2015 Ford Expedition XL Platinum

2015 Ford Expedition XL Platinum interior

2015 Ford Expedition XL Platinum 2nd row

2015 Ford Expedition XL Platinum gauge

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