The Ford Expedition is a full-size sport-utility vehicle based on Ford's popular full-size pickup truck platform. With seating for up to eight or even nine adults (depending on the model year) when equipped with a third-row seat, the Ford Expedition has been on the short list for full-size families as well as anyone who needs the combination of versatility and grunt provided by a large SUV.
Big, tall and heavy, the Ford Expedition is every inch a truck, its big body wrapped around a comfortable, spacious, ergonomically sound cabin and set atop a sturdy ladder frame. Big V8 torque makes it a good tow vehicle, too. Moreover, particularly in its current iteration, the Ford Expedition doesn't feel as cumbersome to drive as its extravagant dimensions and hefty weight suggest.
The Ford Expedition is available in four trim levels: Ford Expedition base XL, Ford Expedition midrange XLT, upscale Ford Expedition Limited and top-of-the-line Ford Expedition King Ranch. The well-equipped Ford Expedition XL has air-conditioning, full power accessories and a CD audio system. The Ford Expedition XLT's highlights include reverse park assist, power-adjustable pedals, the voice-operated Sync system and an upgraded stereo with satellite radio. The Ford Expedition Limited trim level gets monochromatic paint, 20-inch polished wheels, a back-up camera, a power liftgate and a truly luxurious interior. The Ford Expedition King Ranch adds unique wheels and leather upholstery as well as wood accents.
The Ford Expedition features fold-flat second-row seats as well as available power-folding third-row seatbacks that together create a wide, flat cargo floor. Families with infants will appreciate the sliding center position of the Ford Expedition’s second-row seat, which can bring a child in a safety seat up to 11 inches closer to the front-seat passengers.
Ford's full-size SUV is surprisingly pleasant to drive, thanks to precise steering, a smooth engine and a ride quality that feels more like a big car than a big SUV. All Ford Expeditions are powered by a 5.4-liter V8 that produces 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. As with most full-size SUVS, the Ford Expedition is offered with a choice of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.