The Ford Expedition has been one of the most popular and acclaimed full-size SUVs for decades. Ever since sports utility vehicles became popular in the mid to late 90s, the Expedition has been setting the standard in terms of performance and technology.
All that looks like child’s play compared to the innovations included in the 2017 version of the Expedition, however. According to Ford’s statements on the 2017 Ford Expedition, it’s “the smartest, most capable and most adaptable”[i] version ever, which is a perfectly fitting way to celebrate the Expedition’s 20th birthday (the first Expedition debuted in 1997).
The most notable thing about the 2017 Expedition is the sheer amount of technological innovations. The 2017 Ford Expedition has more driver-assist technology than any other full-size SUV. According to Ford, there are more than 40 unique features and driver-assist technologies included with this vehicle.
While we don’t have time to list all of them, here are some of the most important:
- Enhanced parking assist, including 360-degree camera view.
- Lane-keeping technology to reduce unintentional drifting.
- Radar and camera-assisted adaptive cruise control, which monitors traffic and automatically keeps a set distance between vehicles.
- Collision detection and blind spot monitoring.
- Wireless charging for electronic devices and in-vehicle Wi-Fi.
- Pro Trailer Backup Assist for towing.
Let’s focus on the Pro Trailer Backup Assist because it’s really impressive. It’s not exactly shocking to hear that many SUV owners choose to drive a sports utility vehicle because of its power and ability to tow heavy loads.
According to one survey, 50% of Expedition customers value towing, and 15% tow on a weekly or monthly basis. Anything that makes towing easier—whether it’s a trailer, a boat, or any other heavy load—is sure to be a feature that Expedition drivers will appreciate.
Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes driving and backing up while towing easier than ever before. The driver simply rotates a knob to indicate how much the trailer should be turned, and then the technology automatically steers the Expedition and turns the appropriate amount. Furthermore, the system can also limit vehicle speed.
Anyone who’s tried to back up a trailer into a tight parking spot or a destination with an obstructed view knows how time-consuming and stressful it can be, which is what makes Pro Trailer Backup Assist such a blessing.
When combined with the Expedition’s collision detection and 306-degree camera viewing, this wonderful piece of technology takes almost all the stress out of towing, not to mention making parking and backing up fly by like a breeze. If you’re one of the Expedition drivers who tows regularly, you’re sure to appreciate this amazing piece of technical wizardry.
Want to learn more about the 2017 Ford Expedition? Contact our Bloomington Ford Bloomington Lincoln dealership today at 812-331-2200 or stop by the lot to schedule a test drive and speak with one of our knowledgeable sales team members.