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2008 Ford Expedition

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2008 Ford Expedition Review

A modern SUV with the features required of a family-oriented vehicle.

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Overview

The 2008 Ford Expedition has a well-deserved reputation as a family-oriented SUV with more than enough safety features and plenty of power. Drivers will like its car-like qualities, while passengers enjoy the cab's roominess.

The 2008 Ford Expedition's fuel efficiency will disappoint some drivers, but only if they're not used to driving a large SUV like this. If consumers need a vehicle that seats eight adult passengers, they have to get used to paying a little more when they fill up the tank.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic transmission
Models: Expedition SSV Fleet, Expedition XLT, Expedition Eddie Bauer, Expedition Limited, King Ranch

What's New

New for 2008, all Expeditions get keyless entry, an overhead console, and auxiliary air-conditioning. The XLT comes with a rearview camera, but it is optional on other models. Ford also adds the King Ranch trim level to the 2008 lineup.

Exterior

The 2008 Ford Expedition's size gives it authority on the road, so extra exterior features aren't necessary. Ford adds them anyway, just to make this SUV more attractive. The SSV and XLT have a somewhat Jeep-like appearance, but it looks much more substantial.

The Eddie Bauer edition has a more luxurious look than the lower trim levels. Looking over its long hood is almost like staring down an extremely tall Lincoln. Its grille holds the Ford emblem as if it's boasting its heritage. The Limited and King Ranch editions have a similar look. All three are long, since they have three rows of seats inside.

Interior

The 2008 Ford Expedition has plenty of interior room. Depending on the model, the SUV can sit up to eight adults comfortably. Even the XLT, which has two instead of three rows of seats, can sit five adults with plenty of room for them to stretch out.

For the Expedition, comfort is about much more than having enough space to relax. The XLT comes standard with a six-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary jack, an air-conditioner that features rear controls, full power accessories, front captain's chairs, and a power driver seat. The XLT also has a conversation mirror that makes it easy for parents in the front seats to keep tabs on kids in the back.

Bump up to the Eddie Bauer model to get even more features. It comes with a power folding third-row seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a steering wheel with audio controls, and leather seats. The 2008 Ford Expedition Limited gets perforated leather front seats with heating and cooling, adjustable pedals, and a steering wheel trimmed with wood and leather. The King Ranch tacks on even more leather upholstery and wood trim, making it a more glamorous, comfortable ride for everyone in the vehicle.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Ford Expedition comes with a 5.4-liter, V-8 engine that offers 300 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. That might not seem like much for such a large, heavy vehicle, but it gets the job done. It has the ability to tow a 9200-pound trailer and can hit zero from 60 mph in under nine seconds, which isn't bad for this vehicle class.

The Expedition offers a smooth ride, but there is enough road noise to bother sensitive drivers. The automatic transmission does well under most conditions, although it struggles when trying to pass cars on the highway. Overall, though, it has responsive steering and handles well under most circumstances.

Safety

The 2008 Ford Expedition has all of the safety features that a family-focused vehicle needs. Some highlights include anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, a stability control system that senses roll overs, and all-row side curtain airbags as well as seat-mounted side airbags. Given this level of safety features, it isn't surprising that the Expedition earned a five-star frontal-impact ration from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

EPA Fuel Economy

Expedition: 12/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good handling for a large SUV
  • Good towing capacity
  • Roomy third-row seating
  • Plenty of standard features

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel efficiency
  • Interior looks cheap

Sum Up

A modern SUV with the features required of a family-oriented vehicle.

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