The 2015 Ford Expedition has been awarded a five-star crash safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association’s (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), the safety agency’s highest-rating available.
NHTSA’s testing procedures include front and side impact crash tests, along with a rollover test. The 2015 Ford Expedition, which was refreshed for the 2015 model year, aced the front and side impact tests, but only received three stars in the rollover test. The full-size SUV features several standard safety features, including AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags, SOS Post-Crash Alert System, a tire pressure monitoring system, and traction control.
The refreshed 2015 Expedition also debuts new driver-assist technologies such as available radar-based Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross-Traffic Alert. Using sensor-based radar technology, BLIS detects when a vehicle is in a driver’s blind spot and flashes a warning light in the appropriate sideview mirror. Cross-traffic alert, meanwhile, assists the driver when backing out of a driveway by alerting the driver of an obstacle or vehicle as the car creeps in the reverse.
The five-star safety rating should help Ford sell more units of the model. That’s something that it needs, as The General’s Chevy Tahoe and Chevy Suburban ate the Expedition’s lunch in 2014, outselling it by 107,641 units for the year.