Among full-size sport-utilities, the Ford Expedition stands apart with its superior driving comfort and utility package. Ford is right on target with its family adventure concept, and the Ford Expedition is one of the best vehicles for family vacation travel on the American road. It makes an excellent tow vehicle, smooth and stable, with tow capacities in the 9000-pound range.
Kirk Bell contributed to this report from Chicago, with staff reports from NewCarTestDrive.com.
Model Line Overview
Ford Expedition XLT 2WD ($35,085); XLT 4WD ($37,985); XLT EL 2WD ($38,610); XLT EL 4WD ($41,510); Eddie Bauer 2WD ($40,890); Eddie Bauer 4WD ($43,790); Eddie Bauer EL 2WD ($43,075); Eddie Bauer EL 4WD ($45,970); Limited 2WD ($42,660); Limited 4WD ($45,560); Limited EL 2WD ($45,310); Limited EL 4WD ($48,210); King Ranch 2WD ($45,190); King Ranch 4WD ($48,090); King Ranch EL 2WD ($47,840); King Ranch EL 4WD ($50,740)
5.4-liter SOHC 24-valve V8
Safety equipment (standard):
front airbags, torso-protecting front side airbags, three-row head-protecting side-curtain airbags with rollover deployment, tire-pressure monitor, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with brake assist, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control with Roll Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control
Safety equipment (optional):
rearview camera; four-wheel drive
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Ford Expedition Limited 2WD ($45,310)
leather upholstery; dual-zone automatic climate control with rear AC and auxiliary controls; front captain's chairs with heating/cooling feature; second-row 40/20/40 bench seat; third-row power-folding bench seat; leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio/climate controls; cruise control; power door locks and windows; power-adjustable pedals; remote keyless entry; keyless keypad; 10-way adjustable front seats; memory for the mirrors and driver's seat; 340-watt AM/FM tuner with in-dash six-disc CD-changer and auxiliary input; auto-dimming rear-view mirror; trip computer; conversation mirror; universal garage door opener, power rear quarter windows; automatic headlights; running boards; fog lights; roof rails; folding, power-adjustable outside mirrors; power liftgate with flip-up glass
Options as tested (MSRP):
Limited Rapid Spec Package 301A ($5,375) includes navigation, rear-seat DVD entertainment, power moonroof, 275/55R20 all-season tires, and running boards
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
5.4-liter SOHC 24-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
310 @ 5100
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
365 @ 3600
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
108.3 cu. ft.
independent, double wishbones with coil springs over gas-charged shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
independent, multi-link with coil springs over gas-charged shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
vented disc/vented disc with ABS and brake assist
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of November 19, 2009.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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