Review: 2006 Ford Expedition

The Manufacturer

Ford offers a relatively basic warranty--three years/36,000 miles--on all Expeditions. If you need to haul trailers, the Expedition has an 8,900-pound capability when properly equipped in two-wheel-drive form; that figure falls to 8,600 pounds in all-wheel-drive models. The Expedition has a good service record and is reasonably secure SUV when all the safety options are selected.

Ford stands tall in the full-size SUV arena, with generous safety gear, a well-executed cabin, a standout suspension, and a solid, overall package.

What's Hot

  • Huge interior
  • Lots of safety features
  • Large model range

    What's Not

  • Still underpowered
  • Minimal base equipment
  • Options can be expensive

    After adding a larger, more powerful engine for the 2005 model year, changes to the '06 Expedition are relatively minor. There's a new interior color added to the Limited model, two new exterior colors, and standard chrome-tipped exhausts on the King Ranch version. The reverse sensing system and side-curtain airbags are now available individually.

    The stability and rollover-control system is desirable in a vehicle, and for added peace of mind, the side-curtain airbags are a must-have. The optional load-leveling air suspension is extremely useful if you want to haul large trailers. In the Snow Belt, all-wheel drive is essential--it also helps if you tow boats or other large loads in the sunshine states. Finally, if you have young 'uns, the optional DVD rear entertainment system helps alleviate that bane of all long journeys: "Are we there yet?"

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