2017 Best Trucks/SUVs for the Money: 2017 Ford F-150 and 2017 Ford Expedition

When you are shopping for a new truck or SUV, it is possible to find ones that are not that expensive. However, this could mean sacrificing certain features and options you would like but have to compromise on to get a better deal.

On the other end of the car-buying experience are trucks and SUVs that come packed with every feature and amenity you could imagine, but with a much higher price tag. Then there are trucks and SUVs that give you good value for your money and the features and options you desire most.

Finding these types of trucks and SUVs is where the U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Awards can help you significantly. This annual award recognizes those trucks and SUVs that provide value to fit your budget and, at the same time, do not skimp on the included features and options.

For the 2017 model year, both the 2017 Ford F-150 and 2017 Ford Expedition received the U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Award. Let’s take a look at what makes both models great choices and provides you the best value for your money when you shop at our Indianapolis Ford Lincoln dealership.

2017 Ford F-150

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The F-150 is a full-sized pickup truck that has been the leading pickup truck in its class for more than forty years running. The F-150 comes in several different trim packages that fit with just about any budget. Within each trim package are numerous features and options everyone will enjoy.

So, whether you are looking for a good-quality and affordable pickup with the basic amenities or one that provides you all the luxuries of a high-end vehicle, you will find the F-150 with the trim package to suit your style, taste, and desires here at our Indianapolis Ford Lincoln dealership.

F-150 Quality Is #1

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The 2017 F-150 got rave reviews because of some minor changes and quality improvements. Ford made the F-150 lighter to boost fuel economy but did not shy away from using high-quality military grade aluminum alloy bodies over a solid steel frame in its construction. This update also helped Ford push the towing capacities and payload capacities of the F-150 to new all-time record highs!

F-150 Value Is #1

If you were to compare the base prices of different trim packages to the competition, you would quickly see that Ford’s prices run, on average, around five to six percent less. Base trim packages start around $27,000 and top out with the Limited trim package around $60,000. For those that are keen on the sporty Raptor trim package, it tops out around $49,000 for a fully loaded Raptor.

F-150 Performance Is #1

Ford designed the 2017 F-150 with several different engine options and either its six-speed standard transmission or the new ten-speed transmission. The base 3.5-liter V-6 delivers 282 horsepower with an estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

If you move up to the new 2.7-ltr. twin-turbo-charged V6, it provides more horsepower and 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. There are also two different turbo-charged V6 engine options, which is great if you intend to use your F-150 for towing.

F-150 Interior Comfort and Space Is #1

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The F-150 is very roomy with plenty of space for everyone. The front seats provide high-end comfort and styling typically found in luxury SUVs. On the SuperCrew and SuperCab models, rear seats provide plenty of room for adults. Both model options boast more rear legroom than you will find on most full-sized sedans on the market today!

F-150 Technology Is #1

Ford is constantly pushing the boundaries when it comes to technology in all of its vehicles, and the F-150 is no exception. Depending on the trim package, you will find 8-inch touchscreens, Siri Eyes-Free features, GPS navigation, wireless connectivity for several devices, the Ford SYNC3 system, and more. Plus, parents can set driving parameters and monitor teen drivers with the MyKey app.

F-150 Is #1 at Hauling and Towing

The F-150 offers three different capacity beds to address your hauling needs. It can handle a maximum payload of 3,270 pounds in the rear bed. If you want to tow a boat, camper, or trailer, properly equipped F-150s can tow up to 12,200 pounds.

F-150 Is #1 in Safety

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Compared to other full-sized trucks, the F-150 scored the highest ratings in all crash test performed by the IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) and a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

Aside from the standard airbags, anti-lock brakes, and child safety seat latches, the F-150 features several advanced safety features, depending on trim package and upgrade options, such as:

  • Back Up Cameras
  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist
  • 360 Rear Cameras
  • Blind Sport Detection and Monitoring
  • Forward Collision Alert and Prevention
  • Lane Keep Assist

With all of these #1s, it is no wonder why the F-150 has been and will continue to be the top-selling and leading full-sized pickup truck.

2017 Ford Expedition

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The Expedition is Ford’s full-sized SUV. While the full-sized SUV segment has been shrinking in recent years, thanks to the growing crossover SUV segment, the 2017 Expedition still performed better than the competition to be the best SUV for the money.

#1 Full-Sized SUV in Quality

The Expedition features powerful engines in all of its trim packages, along with ample and comfortable seating in all three rows. Not to mention, it provided one of the best handling experiences in this vehicle class for cornering and steering responsiveness. Plus, it offers one of the largest towing capacities for a full-sized SUV vehicle.

#1 Full-Sized SUV in Value

The Expedition has one of the lowest starting price points in all of its trim packages and comes in at several thousands of dollars less than the competition. In addition, its total cost of ownership over a five-year period had the least amount of maintenance and repairs.

Combined with fuel costs and insurance, on average, owners spent around $8,600 on top of the purchase price. The Expedition even beat out the Toyota Sequoia when it came to the total cost of ownership, and it was still several thousands of dollars less!

#1 Full-Sized SUV in Performance

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Ford put the F-150’s 3.5-ltr. V6 EcoBoost engine in the Expedition to make it one of the most powerful SUVs on the market today. It boasts 365 horsepower at 420 pounds of torque per foot, which is well-suited for towing and hauling.

The Expedition Is #1 in SUV Space and Comfort

The Expedition has one of the largest interiors found in full-sized SUVs. Depending on seating configurations and trim packages, it will comfortably handle either seven or eight adult passengers. The third row also folds neatly out of the way to make hauling cargo a breeze.

Expedition Is Tops in Features, Technology, and Safety

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The 2017 Ford Expedition includes a wide array and variety of features, options, and technology, depending on the trim package. From touchscreen infotainment centers and Ford SYCN3 to rear backup cameras and adaptive safety monitoring features, the Expedition comes well-equipped.

The NHTSA rated the 2017 Expedition with an overall five-star crash rating—one of the best for a full-sized SUV. While the 2017 model does not have advanced adaptive features, largely because these technologies only recently became available, it does have blind spot and lane departure warning systems.

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With all the great features, low pricing points, and options in the Expedition, you can clearly see why it offers great value for your money. We would not be surprised to see both the Expedition and the F-150 win the 2018 U.S. News Best Cars for the Money Awards next year, too.

To check out and test drive the Ford F-150, Expedition, or another Ford or Lincoln vehicle, please feel free to stop by your authorized Ford and Lincoln dealership in Indianapolis, Community Ford Lincoln, for a visit today or call us at 812-331-2200!


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