The 2001 Ford Expedition is essentially the middle of the road truck-based sport utility vehicle (SUV) offered as part of the Ford lineup. It is a little bit larger than the Ford Explorer but not quite as large as the Ford Excursion. The Expedition distinguishes itself primarily by offering a more comfortable, luxurious ride than the Explorer or Excursion. However, the new Ford Escape does offer better roadway performance at the expense of off-road handling. Overall, the Ford Expedition is the most well rounded offering in the line-up, with decent performance, handling, and comfort across the board.
Despite the truck roots of the Expedition, it still manages to handle quite well on roadways and highways as it does as an off-road vehicle. The versatility of the Ford Expedition is somewhat unusual compared to many other SUVs that specialize in on- or off-road driving at the expense of the other. The extra versatility can be a selling point for some drivers. Very few SUVs offer a luxury interior that can claw its way admirably through rough terrain when required.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.6-liter eight-cylinder, 5.4-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Expedition XLT, Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
The 2001 Ford Expedition changes some minor interior features on both models. A ""No-Boundaries"" options package makes some minor exterior and interior alterations.
The Ford Expedition is closely related to the Ford F-Series of pickup trucks than other Ford SUVs. The front end of the Ford Expedition is almost identical to the F-Series pickup as a result. The Expedition has a five door design with four swing doors on the side and a liftgate hatch on the rear of the vehicle. The body is set higher than most other vehicles to aid with off-road driving.
The interior of the Ford Expedition varies greatly between the models. The less expensive XLT has a nice interior that would not look out of place in a middle of the road passenger sedan. The higher end Expedition Eddie Bauer has a very extravagant interior by comparison that is more suited to a luxury vehicle with standard features like wood and leather trim, multiple zone climate control, and a six-disc CD player. The price difference is fairly significant between the XLT and Eddie Bauer as a result of the more extravagant luxury interior.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Ford Expedition has good performance on and off road and manages to avoid falling into being specialized in one type of driving like most other SUVs. When driving on roads and highways, the Ford Expedition is responsive with decent acceleration even with the smaller 4.6-liter engine. The major drawback to its performance is the large body size, which is a little cumbersome compared to the smaller crossover SUVs on the market. The Expedition is large enough that it might be too large to enter or maneuver under more constricted conditions. Compared to most off-road focused SUVs, the Expedition usually outperforms them on roadways, but it does not have the same handling as smaller crossover models.
The 2001 Ford Expedition's off-road performance is solid but not particularly exceptional. The Ford Expedition has a solid amount of power and traction, but it is set up and designed for roadway usage. As a result, the ride can get choppy, and it cannot get through all the terrain a more off-road dedicated SUV would be able to. However, the Expedition does outperform most crossover SUVs while off road.
The 2001 Ford Expedition makes room for safety, which is very surprising in an SUV. Standard equipment includes dual front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and electronic brake force distribution. Side curtain airbags are available as an option. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave it the highest five-star rating in collisions.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Expedition: 12/17 mpg city/highway
- Large interior
- Excellent towing capability
- Excellent safety rating
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Weak off-road capability
Something for everyone in this monster.
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