It’s no secret that SUV models have been popular since they first arrived on the showroom floor. Over the years, automakers have come out with all kinds of specialty models. The 2002 Ford Expedition follows suit by fitting in the middle. It stands larger than the Explorer, yet remains smaller than the Excursion. The Expedition makes a good fit for the car buyer looking for comfort and reliability without too much bulk.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8, 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Expedition XLT, Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
The majority of the changes made to the 2002 Ford Expedition involve the package options available. However, Ford adds the BeltMinder audible warning system to the Expedition. This system informs the vehicle’s occupants if seat belts do not properly engage. Additionally, the XLT offers the optional rear video entertainment system. The Eddie Bauer editions can be spruced up even more with the Premier Group packaging. This package offers 17-inch alloy wheels, second-row captain’s chairs, and a moonroof. It also includes fog lights, illuminated running boards, and monochromatic exterior paint.
While not the largest SUV Ford offers for the 2002 model year, the Expedition certainly seems big enough to make an impression. The 2002 Ford Explorer retains its characteristic good looks and rugged qualities. The front end and the grille of the Expedition look distinctive and looks a lot like the front end of the Ford line of trucks. This feature adds to its rugged appeal and impressive demeanor. The front fenders look rather bulbous over the tire wells. Ford offers the Expedition in several colors. The options for both trim levels remain the same. Some of the more popular choices include Arizona Beige Metallic, Laser Red Tinted Clearcoat, and Black.
The 2002 Ford Expedition features a well-designed cabin. It offers bucket seats with cloth upholstery for the XLT and leather upholstery in the Eddie Bauer. The Eddie Bauer gets six-way power chairs with height adjustment. The split-folding rear seat allows for more storage space and accommodates awkward cargo. The Expedition comes equipped with power door locks and windows. Convenience marks an important part of the Expedition’s design and cruise control comes standard as well as air-conditioning. Cup holders sit in the front and rear of the cabin. The front console offers interior storage space along with the front seatback storage and front door pockets. The overhead console also features convenient storage. Access to the rear seat proves easy and convenient as well. The upper trim levels also offer a tilt-adjustable, leather-clad steering wheel. The instrument dash comes complete with a compass, a clock, and external temperature display. For listening entertainment, this SUV includes a 290-watt audio system with seven speakers and a CD playing, AM/FM stereo.
Performance & Handling
While the Expedition handles better than some of Ford’s older products, such as the Bronco, it still acts truck-based. Most drivers describe the performance and handling much like that of a fully loaded, full-size pickup truck. With the comfortable cabin, most passengers haven’t found a reason to complain.
Proper safety features mark a long-standing tradition for Ford and the 2002 Expedition has plenty of make the driver and passengers feel secure. This SUV comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes and child seat anchors. The 2002 Ford Expedition also includes front airbags as well as an engine immobilizer. The front and rear of the cabin come equipped with height-adjustable headrests. These headrests limit the damage to the head and neck in the event of an accident. Electronic brake force distribution comes standard on the Expedition, as well.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Expedition 4.6 liter V-8: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Ford Expedition 5.4 liter V-8: 14/19 mpg city/highway
- Offers a great deal of versatility
- Nice hauling capabilities
- Exceedingly comfortable
- Attractive body design
- Optional back-seat entertainment system
- Impressive crash-test scores
You Won't Like
- Allowances for on-road comfort hurt off-road capabilities
- Loose handling when pushed
- Very large body too big for some garages
An good SUV if you can overlook the twitchy steering.
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