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2015 Ford Expedition EL 4x4 King Ranch can tow half of Texas (pictures)

The Expedition EL has wide open spaces inside.

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The 2015 Ford Expedition's size lends it an imposing presence.

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There's no shortage of brightwork on the front end of this King Ranch model.

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You're forgiven if you didn't notice that Ford has given the Expedition a facelift for 2015.

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An extralong wheelbase on this EL model lends the Expedition a smooth highway ride.

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The rear end of the Expedition EL looks cavernous, even with the hatch closed.

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The rear of the Expedition is nondescript save for the big chrome billboard on the lift gate.

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These headlamps just don't cut it -- HIDs should be available.

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Unusually, the tail lamps are longer on the vehicle's side than they are from the rear.

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Note the King Ranch crests on the wheel caps.

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Yes, Virginia, those really are 22-inch wheels.

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The King Ranch is available with contrasting lower cladding, but our test vehicle was monochrome.

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Wide, power-folding mirrors are capped in chrome on King Ranch models.

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Lane-departure warning is welcome in a big beast like the Expedition.

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Ford's timeless blue oval.

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King Ranch badging pays homage to the legendary South Texas farm -- all 825,000 acres of it.

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Subtle EcoBoost badging hints that the Expedition doesn't have a V-8.

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Cabin is comfortable, but dated, with lots of hard plastics and uninspiring switchgear.

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Major controls are easy to locate.

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The King Ranch's deluxe leather seats are all-day comfortable.

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Twin 4.2-inch screens can be used to call up all manner of vehicle information.

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MyFord Touch mapping is graphically feeling its age.

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Mercifully, most HVAC functions have hard buttons; you don't have to use the screen.

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The Expedition's touchscreen is often slow to respond.

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The King Ranch comes with push-button start, but there's no proximity key available.

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Manual shifts can be had via a rocker switch on the gearshift.

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The armrest can leave a King Ranch-size imprint on your elbow.

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Shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive is an available option.

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Even the floor mats get King Ranch branding.

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HVAC controls are well organized, though some buttons are small.

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Ford's integrated trailer brake control is included.

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Audio is provided by Sony on this uplevel King Ranch model.

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The second row is plenty roomy.

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Access to third-row seats is better than most large SUVs.

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Yes, full-size adults can fit in the way-way-back seats.

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Second-row occupants get their own HVAC and audio controls.

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Lots of space, even with all of the seats up.

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You can seat five people and still carry a week's worth of vacation gear.

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With both rear rows folded, the Expedition's cargo hold can act like a weathertight pickup.

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It may not look like much, but the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is an absolute beast.

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