Wedged in between Ford's Explorer and Excursion, the Ford Expedition is a full-size five-door SUV that effectively replaced the Bronco. Wheeled out in 1997, the Expedition’s became extremely popular with the public, despite the fact that they don’t get very good fuel economy. As a way of counter-acting the gas-guzzling backlash, the Ford team came out with an Expedition for the 2007 model year that’s better equipped, quieter on the road, and more refined than the previous models.
In spite of the poor fuel economy ratings, the Ford Expedition proved highly valuable, thanks to its massive towing capacity, extensive interior roominess, and generous additional space for hauling cargo, and relatively inexpensive price tag. Given these qualities, it’s no surprise that many local law enforcement and fire departments took a keen liking to Expeditions, known as the Special Service Vehicle (SSV), modifying it to great effect to suit specific agency needs.
Body Styles: five-door full-size SUV
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic transmission with two overdrive gears and manual shift capability
Models: 2007 Ford Expedition SSV Fleet, Ford Expedition XLT, Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer, Ford Expedition Limited
Ford extended the warranty for its Expedition to five years or 60,000 miles. Additional upgrades or changes include larger brakes to improve stopping distance, a new power steering pump, new chassis, redesigned front and rear suspension, six-speed automatic transmission that replaces 2006's four-speed, standard airbags covering all seats, a stronger air-conditioner, extra sound proofing material, and a slew of enhancements in the electronic arena.
For 2007, the most significant changes to the Ford Expedition’s exterior are on its front end, now fitted with a pair of more angular-shaped headlights and a new chrome four-bar grille, which is also available in black to match the rest of the car. There are also some much-needed standard running boards on both sides and a pronounced roof dome. The base line aluminum wheels measure 17-inches across, but if that’s not quite enough, then there’s the option of upping it to 18-inches or even 20-inches. The only trim that offers a power lift gate is the Limited.
All the trim levels for the 2007 Ford Expedition come well-equipped in the amenity department, save the base Fleet. Upgrading to the XLT gives considerable perks such as cruise control, automatic headlights, six-speaker stereo system, and a driver's seat with six-way power adjustments. The Eddie Bauer trim seats eight and comes equipped with dual-zone climate control, leather seats, trip computer, and a 10-way power driver seat with memory. The Limited level is where it all comes together though: perforated leather seating, 10-way power passenger seat, DVD navigation system, 340-watt stereo, and MP3 functionality. There’s plenty of passenger room throughout, and if handsome cargo space is needed, just drop down the third row of seats; that’ll nab 55 cubic feet. Drop the second row and that upped it to a spacious 108 cubic feet of room.
Performance & Handling
One engine comes standard across all trims of the 2007 Ford Expedition: a 5.4-liter V-8 that’s capable of generating 300 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque, good for hauling a maximum of 9200 pounds. For an SUV that tops out at well-over three tons, the 2007 Ford Expedition accelerates steadily and handles itself with marked agility on turns, providing a smooth ride for all aboard. The 2007 Ford Expedition’s overall road performance is a noticeable improvement over the 2006 model.
Awarded a top-rating of five stars in front impact collisions by the NHTSA, the 2007 Ford Expedition is loaded with a host of standard safety features: an Advance Trac Stability Control System to help prevent rollovers, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, front/rear multi-adjustable headrests, child seat anchors/rear door safety locks, and air bags throughout. Some optional safety features include power-adjustable pedals and rear parking sensors.
EPA Fuel Economy
2007 Ford Expedition V-8, two-wheel drive: 14/19 mpg city/highway
2007 Ford Expedition V-8, four-wheel drive: 14/17 mpg city/highway
- Tons of passenger space
- Ample cargo room
- Excellent towing capability
- Low sticker price for its class
- Good vehicular handling
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Some low-grade interior materials
Tons of room, a towing capacity that approaches 10,000 pounds, and highly cost-effective.
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