When equipped with four-wheel drive, the Expedition will get there whether the road is dry, wet, snowy, or even when there's hardly any road at all. Still, the Expedition's overall driving performance is quite refined for its class. We give it a couple of points above average for its muscular drivetrain, and call it a 7 here. Most of the advantage comes from the synergy between a rigid frame, high-pressure gas shocks that afford excellent wheel control, and a second-generation, link-type independent rear suspension. The Expedition still has copious body lean and dives into corners, but in a very well-controlled way, without surprise. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment.
The Expedition is very capable as a family travel mobile. To research used Expedition models, read our , , and reviews. A standard MyKey system allows parents to impose vehicle restrictions on teen drivers. A PowerFold third-row seat is optional, allowing it to fold flat with the touch of a button, while a new, redesigned power liftgate is also available. In this regard, the Ford Expedition tracks down the highway with excellent straight-line stability, negotiates forest roads with surprising agility, and absorbs impacts from bumps or broken pavement without straying from its path.
Change or go the way of the Aztek. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. Exterior The front features a squared-off four-bar grille and angular headlights, and the rear window can open independent of the liftgate. The second row has adequate headroom and legroom for taller adults, and most passengers will find the third row accommodating for short trips. Suspension, f: independent, double wishbones with coil springs over gas-charged shock absorbers, anti-roll bar Suspension, r: independent, multi-link with coil springs over gas-charged shock absorbers, anti-roll bar Ground clearance: 8.
Should I Buy the Ford Expedition? The second- and third-row seats fold flat to create a useful rear cargo area. Head room is a bit tight for very tall passengers, but the power-fold and power-recline seat can accommodate with minor adjustments. Also available is Ford's MyKey system, which allows parents to program a speed limiter, speed alert chimes, and additional belt reminders. We Did the Research for You: 14 Reviews Analyzed To make our car rankings and reviews as consumer-oriented as possible, we do not rely on our personal opinions. The on-screen buttons are large, and the display responds quickly to inputs. A PowerFold third-row seat is optional, allowing it to fold flat with the touch of a button, while a new, redesigned power liftgate is also available.
Upgrades include massaging front seats, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated and power-folding second-row seats, and a heated steering wheel. Very smooth 6 sp trans. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. The Navigator gets a little more horsepower from its twin-turbo V6, and it has a smoother ride, a slightly more upscale cabin, and more standard features than the Expedition. Both the long and regular-length versions of the Expedition use many of the components from the Ford F-150 pickup. However, a base Expedition won't be as well-equipped as a base Navigator.
The biggest departure comes at the center console; in the Expedition, the console grows busy with a rotary shifter and the controls for the shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system. We've found the load-leveling air suspension works very well. It builds on the Limited trim with the 302A package, adding wood accents, massaging front seats, and active noise cancellation. The engine has enough power to pass quickly or tow. The transmission seemed to actually enjoy towing. Expedition was last redesigned for the 2007 model year. Ford has moved the mechanism away from the ceiling, eliminating the hump that could obscure the driver's vision while backing up.
Its turbo V6 makes ample power for towing or effortless passing on the highway. The suspension does a splendid job of soaking up irregularities while keeping the back wheels glued to the road over rough surfaces, with none of the nervous hopping that characterizes solid-axle designs. That space expands to as much as 63. Most of the advantage comes from the synergy between a rigid frame, high-pressure gas shocks that afford excellent wheel control, and a second-generation, link-type independent rear suspension. We care about cars, but we care more about providing useful consumer advice.
In the Expedition Platinum, the same rorty powerplant snorts out another 25 hp and 10 lb-ft, for a total of 400 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Although the 2011 Ford Expedition lacks up-to-date crash-test results, it continues to have a strong set of safety features. The layout of the gauges and controls is easy to understand and no controls are too far out of easy reach. Ford would not stand behind it. Both the long and regular-length versions of the Expedition use many of the components from the Ford F-150 pickup. This is a good identity to have, because Ford trucks continue to have an outstanding reputation for utility, reliability and durability. There are several different wheel designs, including 20-inchers with a chrome finish.
An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year. The result is a lot of reliable power. Currently the Ford Expedition has a score of 7. Introduction The Ford Expedition is a full-size sport-utility vehicle. 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. We give it a 5 out of 10 for features.