When Size Really Matters

You know who you are. The one who for whom bigger is always better. You like it ruggedly handsome on the outside, soft on the inside. You have a lot to shove in the back, and as big as it is, you make room for it, too, whatever it takes. True versatility is what it’s all about. Well, that and size.

Obviously, I’m talking about full-size SUVs. (What were you thinking about?) And the latest and, in many ways, greatest of them currently on the market is the refreshed, reinvigorated 2015 Ford Expedition and its extra-long sibling, the Expedition EL. Styling is mildly updated front and rear, though for the layman, it is hardly recognizable as new. Ditto the interior, where no one who’s been in the current model will get disoriented in the new one. Two different top-dog trim levels take diametrically opposed routes to spoilstown: city-slicker Platinum and country-kitschy King Ranch (if you own even one pair of cowboy boots, you know which one is for you.

Up to eight butts can fit inside the huge interior, which may make you a go-to guy for Sunday Funday bar hopping, especially if you ordered the excellent, 700-watt Sony sound system. This may or may not be a good thing: if you’re a control freak like me who’s happy to not drink in order to drive myself everywhere, it’s fine; but if you like to libate to excess, perhaps you can find a trusted friend who can also, um, handle big things. Or just Uber it like the rest of us.

Especially with a full load, you’ll appreciate what Ford has done underhood by swapping out last year’s wheezy old V-8 in favor of a turbocharged V-6. Not only does it get better fuel economy than the thirsty old V-8, but it far outmuscles it too, It also outpowers the standard V-8s in the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, the Expedition’s prime competitors. And for those of you who have really big toys—ahem—the Expedition can now tow up to 9,200 pounds.

All told, the Expedition proves that big things come in handsome packages. And big packages sometimes come on handsome things. But that’s a whole different story.

2015 Ford Expedition/Expedition EL
Base Price: $45,040/$47,750
Power: Turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 (365 hp, 420 lb-ft of torque)
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Fuel Economy, city/hwy mpg (EPA est): 16/22 (2WD) 14/20 (4WD)

Or you could buy:
GMC Yukon/Yukon XL
Dodge Durango
Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban