New For 2014
The only change for 2014 is a mechanical load-leveling suspension system that replaces the prior air system, resulting in quieter operation.
The Expedition comes from a time when giant, trucklike SUVs still made sense. It launched as a larger version of the Explorer (though it wasn’t quite as mammoth as the Excursion), but the Explorer has since migrated to a more carlike, unibody platform. Sadly, little about the Expedition has changed since its introduction, and it now feels like an anachronism. It does, however, redeem itself with incredible cargo room, spacious three-row seating, and tow ratings that easily trump those of more modern three-row crossovers. The current version of the Ford Expedition was introduced at the 2006 Chicago auto show and has received only minor updates since then. Sales are pretty slim, in part because of poor fuel economy, but the Expedition serves a useful niche for shoppers who need plentiful interior room, optional four-wheel drive, and the ability to tow heavy loads.
The Ford Expedition is a big, big vehicle, with ample space in all three rows of seats and abundant storage behind them. If the regular model isn’t enough, the Expedition EL adds 14.8 inches in length and provides as much as 130.8 cubic feet of cargo room when the second and third rows are folded flat. That landed the SUV on our list of the ten three-row vehicles with the most cargo room. With a tow rating that ranges from 8700 to 9200 pounds, it’s easy to see why buyers pick the Expedition for hauling goods, families, boats, or all three.
The only powertrain choice is a 5.4-liter V-8 and a six-speed automatic transmission. It’s pretty thirsty compared to more modern three-row crossovers, although ratings of up to 14/20 mpg for rear-wheel-drive models are about on par with competitive truck-based, large SUVs. Because the Expedition is one of Ford’s oldest vehicles, you can’t get as many modern safety or convenience features as on other models. However, a backup camera, trailer sway control, curtain airbags, a trailer brake controller, heated and cooled front seats, power deploying running boards, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, power folding third-row seats, a basic touchscreen navigation system, and headrest-mounted DVD players are available.
Because the Ford Expedition has independent rear suspension, it presents a flat load floor that is more useful than that of the Chevrolet Suburban. However, last time we drove an Expedition, we found that it still feels slow despite the big V-8 under hood, mostly because the automatic transmission is lethargic and the big SUV weighs between 5549 and 6078 pounds, depending on configuration. It’s tough to see the value in picking the Expedition when a Ford F-150 can tow and haul similar amounts of cargo and treats drivers to a better cabin and higher fuel economy numbers.
- Enormous inside
- Trucklike tow ratings
- Four-wheel-drive has 4-Low range
You won’t like:
- Trucklike driving experience
- Overdue for a refresh
- Expensive, thirsty
- Chevrolet Suburban
- GMC Yukon XL
- Nissan Armada
- Toyota Sequoia