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2005 Ford Expedition

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2005 Ford Expedition Review

Roomy and agile; an excellent choice among full-size SUVs.

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The 2005 Ford Expedition is second in size only to the Excursion in the Ford sport utility vehicle (SUV) lineup. In 2003, the Expedition was named the ?best on the road,? ?best in the dirt,? and ?best in snow.? It is available in five models, which are the XLS, XLT, SLT Sport, Eddie Bauer, and the Limited. All models have a 5.4-liter, Triton V-8 engine and are available in a four-wheel drive and a rear drive. It has the capacity to seat up to nine passengers.

The SUV has the ability to fulfill many requests in numerous situations such as a great vehicle for hunting and camping with room for all the gear, hauling the kids with all their friends and sporting equipment, a roomy and comfortable ride for a long family vacation, and much more.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door full-size SUV
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Expedition XLS, Ford Expedition XLT, Ford Expedition XLT Sport, Ford Expedition NBX, Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer, Ford Expedition Limited, Ford Expedition King Ranch

What's New

The 5.4-liter V-8 replaces the previous 4.6-liter V-8. Also new is the AdvanceTrac electronic stability system gains Roll Stability Control. AdvanceTrac has been added, which helps to control the vehicle during a skid or spin by applying the brakes to individual wheels. Also new is on demand ControlTrac four-wheel system that automatically distributes torque to the wheel that has the most traction.

The instrument cluster has been revamped, and the previous roof rack has been interchanged by raised roof rails. The instrument cluster has been revamped, and the previous roof rack has been interchanged by raised roof rails.


Standard exterior equipment on the XLS is 17-inch steel wheels, foldaway mirrors with approach lamps, automatic headlights, and a Class III trailer hitch with a four-pin connector. In addition are fog lights and running boards.

The XLT upgrades the wheels to 17-inch aluminum. An optional XLT Sport Package adds Dark Grey cladding and wheel-lip moldings, high gloss dark grey tubular step bars, and a two-tone grille.

The XLT four-wheel drive has all-terrain tires, a unique 17-inch chromed steel wheels, skid plates, and shocks tuned for off road.

The Eddie Bauer is distinguished by Pueblo Gold running boards and trim and 17-inch machined aluminum wheels.


There are numerous ways the seating can be configured, one of which allows up to nine passengers. With 110 cubic feet of cargo area, there is still an abundance of room for cargo. The second row seat has a choice of a split power folding bench seat or captain’s chairs. The second and third row seats have the ability to fold flat. The second row bench can slide forward 11 inches in the center.

The list of standard convenience features is extensive including cruise control with the controls mounted on the steering wheel, remote power locks, power mirrors, and speed proportioned power steering. Other conveniences include cup holders on all rows, front and rear door pockets, tilt adjustable steering wheel, and 12-volt outlets in the front and cargo areas. Also included are front reading lights, passenger vanity mirror, and cargo area lighting.

A navigation system and a rear seat DVD entertainment system are additional options.

The Eddie Bauer model comes with some notable interior features such as two-tone leather trimmed captain’s chairs, six-way power seats with memory and dual manual lumbar adjustment, and leather second row bench seats.

The Limited model adds eight-way driver and passenger seat adjustments, power lumbar adjustment, and power recline.

Performance & Handling

The Expedition’s ride is almost car-like. Uneven pavement bumps passengers around a bit. It handles curves reasonably well, and its off-road abilities are impressive.

The 5.4-liter, V-8 engine performs well under most situations, and the transmission has a good response.


The Expedition has a respectable list of standard safety equipment including tire pressure monitoring, anti-lock disc braking system with brake assist, which applies maximum power to the brakes to assist in an emergency braking situation, and electronic brake-force distribution.

Optional safety equipment includes a curtain airbag system and a reverse backing system that detects objects in the rear when backing up. Additional safety features are a remote anti-theft alarm system, auto delay and dusk sensing headlights, and engine immobilizer.

The NHTSA gives a rating five out of five stars for passenger and driver crash protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Expedition, all models: 13/17 mpg city/highway
Ford Expedition, XLT NBX: 13/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Plenty of room
  • Fold flat third row seat
  • Good handling for it size
  • Impressive crash test scores

You Won't Like

  • Bad fuel economy
  • Poor ride quality on rough roads
  • Some low quality interior materials

Sum Up

Roomy and agile; an excellent choice among full-size SUVs.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Dodge Durango
  • Toyota 4Runner
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See the New 2015 Expedition.

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