Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.
The standard features of the Ford Expedition XL include EcoBoost 3.5L V-6 365hp twin turbo engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, Safety Canopy System curtain 1st, 2nd and 3rd row overhead airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 17" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control electronic stability.
Starting at: $41,135
|$41,135||365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||16 / 22|
|XL Search New||$44,055||365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||15 / 20|
|XLT Search New||$45,435||365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||16 / 22|
|XLT Search New||$48,360||365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||15 / 20|
|Limited Search New||$55,145||365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||16 / 22|
|Limited Search New||$58,185||365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||15 / 20|
|$59,375||365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||16 / 22|
|$60,335||365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||16 / 22|
|King Ranch Search New||$62,295||365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||15 / 20|
|Platinum Search New||$63,375||365-hp 3.5L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||15 / 20|
Crisp handling and light, but precise, electric power steering belie the Expedition’s mammoth dimensions, making it quite easy to drive. Especially in upper trim levels, ride quality is pleasing.
Ample power and response from the twin-turbo V6 is another unexpected bonus. Not only does the engine deliver copious power at lower speeds, but it has a distinctive sound quality that many drivers are likely to appreciate. The 6-speed automatic transmission is both smooth-shifting and responsive to the gas pedal.
Expedition is impressively manageable given its size. The adaptive suspension performs effectively in controlling so much weight, delivering a luxury-SUV riding experience. Expeditions with the standard suspension aren’t likely to be quite as easygoing when pavement turns rougher. This is a vehicle that’s better on the road than off.
Expedition has an unabashed utilitarian appearance. Because of its steel structure, the Expedition is no longer related to the aluminum F-150 pickup. Even so, with their blunt front end, massive grilles, square angles and numerous straight edges, both clearly belong to the same truck family. At the same time, styling details convey a softer, relatively streamlined theme, such as the wide chrome strip across the rear.
Interior room nearly matches that of a full-size van. With the third row raised, a standard Expedition has almost 20 cubic feet of cargo space, expanding to 108.3 if second-row seats are down. An EL offers a total of 130.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
Front occupants get comfortable captain’s chairs, with power-adjustable pedals. Even smaller drivers shouldn’t have trouble finding a good position, helped by a high-mounted seat that provides a fine view ahead.
Leg and knee space in the first and second rows is expansive. Adults can even manage in the third row, at least for short journeys, though arriving there may demand some less-than-graceful maneuvers.
Most models have switched to SYNC 3 infotainment control, with its eight-inch screen on the center stack, trimmed in metal and woodgrain.
Past Expeditions have suffered limited visibility. Now, glass areas are taller, minimizing obstructions.
The Ford Expedition is a comfortable full-size SUV that can pull a trailer. Platinum and King Ranch versions are authentic luxury vehicles, but you can still get a basic XLT edition for actual work.
Driving impressions by The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.
Ford Expedition comes in four trim levels, in regular or extended-length form, with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
Expedition XLT ($45,435) and Expedition EL XLT ($48,145) come with power-adjustable pedals, cloth seating, front/rear climate control, satellite radio, SYNC, Bluetooth, AppLink, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and 18-inch tires. Major options include leather and a power tailgate.
Expedition Limited ($55,145) and Expedition EL Limited ($57,795) add new SYNC 3 infotainment, perforated-leather heated/ventilated front seats, automatic climate control, heated second-row seats, woodgrain trim, power-folding third-row seat, front parking sensors, and 20-inch wheels. Options include a sunroof, navigation, and powered running boards.
King Ranch ($59,375) and EL King Ranch ($62,025) get their own untreated leather interior, which requires upkeep, as well as a power tailgate, remote start, and blind-spot monitoring. Options include 22-inch wheels, a load-leveling rear suspension, and second-row bucket seats. Platinum ($60,335) and EL Platinum ($62,985) are loaded.
Standard safety equipment includes side airbags, a rearview camera, and Trailer Sway Control. Blind-spot monitoring is optional, other active-safety features are not.
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