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1998 Ford Expedition Review
A seriously capable full-size SUV.
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The 1998 Ford Expedition classifies as a full-size SUV introduced in 1997 to replace the Ford Bronco. It falls in line between the larger Ford Excursion and the smaller Ford Explorer.
The Expedition name began before, in 1995, as a trim level of the Explorer Sport, but in 1997 it started on a separate line of models. All models come from Ford’s plant in Wayne, Michigan.
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8, 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Expedition XLT, Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
The Expedition debuted just last year, and it continues unchanged for the 1998 model year.
The 1998 Ford Expedition stands larger than the Chevrolet Tahoe or the Yukon. Based on the Ford U platform, the Expedition sits on a wheelbase of 119 inches and reaches an overall length of 204.6 inches. The four-wheel-drive version of the SUV has a height of 76.4 inches, while the two-wheel-drive version measures around 74.9 inches.
Expectedly, the large exterior size of the 1998 Ford Expedition translates to a large interior as well. While the Yukon and Tahoe hold six occupants, the Expedition holds up to nine. The interior of the Expedition not only looks cavernous, but also well designed.
The front and middle rows of seats offer a generous amount of legroom and headroom, and both also have reclining seatbacks. Shoulder room seems rather expansive too, especially up front, and three people fit comfortably without any problem. The transmission tunnel remains nearly invisible, so nobody has to straddle it and sit.
On the downside, the optional third row lacks enough legroom to make it feasible for adults. Children, on the other hand, may find themselves more comfortable here. The 1998 Ford Expedition offers a lot of cargo space with the third row removed. However, with the third row attached, the cargo area only measures about a foot in length.
Considering its size, the 1998 Ford Expedition offers a surprisingly easy entry and exit, especially in the two-wheel-drive versions. This largely results from the wide doorways and the moderate step-up into the interior. The four-wheel-drive version of the Expedition stands taller than the other versions, so entry and exit can be difficult. Some occupants may need to hoist themselves into the cabin of the SUV with the inside grab handle.
Performance & Handling
The Ford Expedition offers two engine choices. A 4.6-liter V-8 delivers 215 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque, while a 5.4-liter V-8 puts out 230 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Both engines only come with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The 1998 Ford Expedition has the highest towing and payload capacity in its class. Its towing capacity reaches 8000 pounds, and its payload capacity totals 8000 pounds. The 4.6-liter engine performs adequately with light requirements and with two-wheel drive. Add the same engine to an Expedition with four-wheel drive, and the driver notices a clear lack of passing power. The 5.4-liter engine, on the other hand, offers a good amount of acceleration and power in all situations, and it makes a better choice for towing.
The 1998 Ford Expedition earns four out of five stars for driver and passenger safety in frontal-impact crash tests conducted by the NHTSA.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Great acceleration with the 5.4-liter engine
- Lots of interior and cargo space
- Great visibility
- Best towing capacity
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
A seriously capable full-size SUV.
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