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2009 Ford Expedition

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2009 Ford Expedition Review

Lots of space in a refined package .

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The 2009 Ford Expedition is a full-sized sport utility vehicle (SUV) manufactured by Ford Motor Company. The SUV was launched to replace the Ford Bronco, and it was first placed between the larger Ford Excursion and smaller Explorer. However, since 2005, the Expedition was the largest off-road, tow-capable, truck-based SUV by the company. Previous versions of the Expedition were assembled in Wayne, MI. However, the 2009 Ford Expedition and all future models would be produced in Louisville, KY.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2009 Ford Expedition is significantly different from the previous model year. The SUV now comes with perimeter alarm, capless fuel filler, satellite radio, rain-sensing wipers, Sirius Travel Link, and the Ford Sync voice control system. The V-8 engine also comes with flex-fuel capability to work with ethanol-mixed fuel. The six-speed transmission was also upgraded.


The 2009 Ford Expedition is the last truck-based SUV in Ford’s lineup, and this shows in its exterior. It is the largest SUV offered by Ford, and it is significantly larger than the more preferred modern crossover SUVs. Its competitors are more inclined toward smooth lines and angular exterior design elements, but the Expedition’s exterior stays away from these modern elements to look more like the traditional SUV. While its large size may not be preferred by those who want economical SUVs, the Expedition does a fine job and has serious work capabilities.


The 2009 Ford Expedition claims to seat up to eight passengers, so the interior is expected to be spacious. The second-row seat has a standard 40/20/40 split. The row’s middle section can be moved in front for access to children. The highlight of the Expedition’s interior, however, is its third row. The third-row seat has a 60/40 split, and it is one of the most comfortable ones in its class. The seat can also fold flat using an easy system.

In higher trim levels, its height can be adjusted with a power arrangement. The space of a third-row seat comes at the price of the luggage space. With the third-row seat up, the Expedition has only 18.6 cubic feet of cargo space. However, the space can be increased to 55 cubic feet after folding down the seat. When the second row is folded down, the space increases further to 108 cubic feet, which is quite an impressive number.

The 2009 Ford Expedition is also fitted with some useful electronic equipment, and the interior looks quite modern. However, some buttons are a little too small for comfort, and feel cheap. The XLT trim version receives certain interior features, such as air-conditioning with rear control, power driver’s seat, front captain’s chairs, full power accessories, six-speaker stereo system, and cruise control.

Performance & Handling

All models are fitted with a 5.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers 300 hp of power and 365 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. There are no other engine options available, but you can choose between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive systems. A four-wheel drive Expedition can go from zero to 60 mph within 8.9 seconds, which is good enough for a large SUV.

The 2009 Ford Expedition, when equipped properly, can tow approximately 9200 pounds, which is one of the biggest numbers for an SUV. Another impressive aspect about the Expedition is its handling. Despite its large size, the steering is quite responsive. In simple terms, the Expedition rides and handles like a car even though it is a three-ton SUV. Moreover, the engine feels quite composed, which helps instill some confidence in the driver. The overall ride quality is quite smooth, even with a full load, but it loses some of its refinement on highway speeds.

The cabin noise insulation is quite good for the 2009 Ford Expedition, so driving it around can be a quiet experience. The automatic gearbox complements the V-8 quite well, but gearshifts can be slightly problematic while turning and passing.


The 2009 Ford Expedition is fitted with some major safety equipment as standard. This equipment includes anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, front-seat side airbags, stability control system with rollover sensing, and full-length curtain airbags. Optional safety features include power-adjusted pedals and rear parking sensors. The 2009 Ford Expedition scored full marks in government frontal impact and side-impact crash tests for both passenger and driver safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

2009 Ford Expedition: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Refined handling for an SUV of its size
  • Large towing capacity
  • Spacious interior and third-row seat
  • Reasonable price tag

    You Won't Like

    • Low quality parts inside
    • Complicated controls

    Sum Up

    Lots of space in a refined package .

    If You Like This Vehicle

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