1999 Ford Expedition

  • 1999 Ford Expedition XLT Utility

    XLT Utility

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1999 Ford Expedition Review

Balances comfort and function in a large package.

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The 1999 Ford Expedition is part of the first generation of full-size sport utility vehicles (SUV) manufactured by Ford Motor Company. It was launched in 1997 to replace the Ford Bronco and was built in Wayne, Michigan. The vehicle can seat up to nine passengers and is fitted with a V-8 engine.

The Range

Body Style: SUV
Engine: 4.6-liter V-8, 5.4-liter V-8
Transmission: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Expedition XLT, Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer

What's New

The 1999 Ford Expedition improves its Triton V-8 engine to squeeze out more performance in order to compete with the Vortec engines on GM full-size trucks. Both trims also have revised feature packages with the addition of power adjustable brake and accelerator pedals. The Command Trac four-wheel drive has been updated to include automatic four-wheel-drive operation in the right conditions. Moreover, the color chart is modified with four colors from previous models, which are replaced by new ones.


The exterior of the 1999 Ford Expedition stands out among other vehicles because of its sheer size. It's larger than its competitors, the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to see it seat nine people, compared to the eight-occupant limit on the Tahoe and Yukon. The deep rear and side windows and sloping hood give an aerodynamic feel with good visibility in all directions.


The 1999 Ford Expedition is a mammoth, so it makes sense to include certain standard features, such as the tilt steering wheel, automatic climate controls, power driver’s seat, and a symphony hall-like sound system. A toggle switch mounted on the dash will allow drivers to move the pedals forward or back by three inches, which helps accommodate shorter drivers. Other luxury features include entry keypads on the driver’s side door, automatic headlights, and speed-compensated volume. The rear seat sits a little higher than others do, but headroom and legroom are still enough for adults to sit comfortably.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Ford Expedition has an improved powertrain with a 4.6-liter V-8 that delivers 240 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque, which is better than the previous engine that delivered 215 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. The 5.4-liter engine also sees a nice improvement from 230 to 260 horsepower and 325 to 345 lb-ft of torque. It can be driven in automatic all-wheel drive or it can be locked in four-wheel drive. Fuel economy is pathetically low at 12 mpg combined, but drivers cannot expect more from a vehicle of this size.

The 1999 Ford Expedition has considerably good handling characteristics. The vehicle steers and maneuvers easily, and drivers will only be aware of its weight during tight corners. It's very stable and its control and ride quality are similar to a car. Cabin noise filtration is also excellent.


The 1999 Ford Expedition received above average scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It scores four out of possible five stars in terms of driver and passenger safety for front-impact collisions.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Expedition: 11/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Highest towing capacity in its class
  • Large and comfortable
  • Easy to drive
  • Great off-road capabilities

You Won't Like

  • Difficulty to get in and out
  • High price tag

Sum Up

Balances comfort and function in a large package.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Dodge Durango
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • GMC Yukon

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