The Ford Expedition hasn’t seen any major changes in the last several years, but for buyers who need a lot of space and utility, this large SUV is a viable option. Available in four Trim Levels, the Expedition can be had in either regular or extended-length (EL) versions and with rear- or four-wheel drive. The EL is 14.8 inches longer than the regular Expedition and offers even more cargo-carrying capacity — up to 130.8 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded flat. The Expedition’s tried-and-true 310-hp, 5.4-liter V-8 is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and is capable of running on E85 fuel. The Expedition handles better than you might think a large SUV would thanks to its independent rear suspension, which helps to smooth out rough surfaces. There are lots of options available, including the Sync multimedia system, which allows the driver to use voice commands to control Bluetooth-enabled phones, digital media players, the navigation system, and more. Another useful feature is MyKey, an optional programmable key system that allows parents to limit top speed and stereo volume, among other parameters, when their teenage children are driving. Standard equipment includes trailer-sway control, a capless fuel-filling system, keyless entry, Sirius satellite radio, and a 40/20/40-split second-row bench. Full-size-SUV sales are up a little this year, but there should still be room for negotiation if you’re in the market for an Expedition.

Drive: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel
Trim Levels: XL, XLT, Limited, King Ranch
Body Style: SUV, 7- or 8-passenger
Engine: 5.4L V-8, 310 hp, 365 lb-ft (E85 capable)
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Passenger Volume: (regular/EL) 160.3/168.3 cu ft
Capacities: Towing 8700-9200 lb; cargo (behind third/middle/front seats) 18.6-42.6/55.0-85.5/108.3-130.8 cu ft

The 2012 Ford Expedition is much the same as the 2011 model, save for a couple of minor changes. Integrated blind-spot mirrors are now standard. Heated second-row seats come with the XLT premium package, and front park assist is standard on the Limited and King Ranch models.

Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are ABS, traction and stability control, integrated blind-spot mirrors, programmable MyKey, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. The SOS Post-Crash Alert System sounds the horn to alert bystanders if the air bags have deployed.

All: 13-14 mpg city/18-20 mpg highway

  • Serious towing capabilities
  • Lots of Cargo Space
  • Independent rear suspension
  • Hasn’t been updated in several years
  • Only one engine

A Ford F-150 in SUV clothing.

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