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STYLING | 7 out of 10
a classic full-size SUV
Car and Driver
plethora of hard-plastic panels cheapens Expedition's interior ambiance,
my test car's was finished in black, like the rest of the car, making the Expedition look pretty intimidating (as if its hulking size weren't enough)
the front end looks tough with a prominent three-bar grille and a "humped" powerdome hood
The 2014 Ford Explorer has aged with the years, now looking like a remnant of past years of SUV glory. That's largely because it hasn't kept up with the F-150 truck on which it's based–where the F-150 has gone through several iterations and improvements over the several years, the Expedition has seen little change. It's rounder now than the F-150, which has much edgier, crisper lines.
Inside, it's a bit worse; because Ford has come so far in such a short time with respect to interior design, the Expedition's cabin really is the relic of another era. There are quite a few subpanels and trim pieces meeting at squarish and straight edges, punctuated with round vents, and a shelf running full length across the dash. Of note is the now-dated mix of faux-wood, dull plastics, and matte-metallic surfaces that are used as trim.
The 2014 Ford Expedition hasn't changed much in appearance for years; but those who buy this model for its truck roots aren't going to mind.