Ford Expedition

In 1997, Ford introduced the Expedition, a full-size SUV. The vehicle was immediately a hit with drivers who needed ample seating, while still being able to fit inside a standard-sized garage. When equipped with a front bench seat, first generation versions of the Expedition could accommodate up to nine passengers.

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Ford Expedition Origins

Ford introduced the second generation of the Expedition in 2003. This generation offered a vastly-improved driving dynamic and featured several improvements over previous year models, including an independent rear suspension and powered rear seats that folded into the floor.

In 2007, Ford introduced the third generation of the Expedition. This generation featured a major refresh inside and out with a reduction in the number of passengers the vehicle was capable of carrying.

About the Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition is well known as a capable full-size SUV that’s capable of carrying up to eight or nine passengers, depending on the year model. Throughout its production run, the Expedition was available in a variety of trim levels and with rear or four-wheel drive.

The vehicle’s massive size and durability made it the preferred sport utility vehicle for large families and others who value its features. In fact, it is based on Ford’s full-size pickup truck platform; Because of this, the Expedition’s status on the larger side of the SUV market segment grew. Large, towering and on the heavy side, the Expedition features a comfortable, expansive interior and is powered by a hearty V-8 engine.

One of the features that sets the Expedition apart from other similarly-sized SUVs, is its surprising drivability. However, because the Expedition is an SUV based on a pickup truck platform, fuel economy is not its strongest suit. The Ford Expedition was regarded as Ford’s answer to the Chevrolet Suburban, which offers similar gas mileage.

Ford Expedition Features

The Ford Expedition is known as one of the largest full-size SUVs on the market, and the 2012 version is no exception. Massively large, rugged, yet comfortable, the Expedition remains a reliable workhouse for anyone who transports passengers or sizable quantities of cargo on a day-to-day basis.

The Expedition is, in fact, available in both large and extra-large, also known as EL, sizes. Both models are capable of accommodating up to eight passengers. However, the EL version has an extended body that offers additional rear cargo space. Expeditions of both sizes are available in four trim levels. These are base XL, midrange XLT, luxurious Limited and ultra-deluxe King Ranch. Seating for eight is standard except for the XL, which is capable of only seating five.

Regular length XL versions are equipped with 17-inch allow wheels, while base model ELs feature the same 18-inch alloys that are standard on the XLT model. XL models also feature foglamps, automatic headlights, keyless entry, running boards, cruise control, air conditioning, leather-wrapped steering wheels, a six-speaker sound system with CD player, and auxiliary audio jack.

In addition to larger wheels, the XLT also boasts rear parking sensors, power rear-quarter windows, power-adjustable pedals, trip computer, a voice-operated Sync system, an upgraded sound system complete with iPod/USB interface and satellite radio. The XLT is also available with a Sport Appearance package that includes a body-colored grille as well as black interior trim and running boards.

Both the Limited and the King Ranch editions roll on 20-inch alloys. The Limited features front parking sensors, power-folding mirrors, a power liftgate, rearview camera, leather upholstery, and a heavy-duty tow mechanism. The King Ranch features a more western style and offers essentially the same features as the Limited. However, the King Ranch boasts two-tone paintjob, improved headlights, wood trim, and “Chaparral” leather upholstery.

Ford Expedition Evolution

First and second generation models of the Ford Expedition that date from between 1997 and 2007 are capable of accommodating up to nine passengers, while newer models can only hold eight. First generation models of the Expedition were available in the base XLT trim level as well as the more upscale Eddie Bauer edition. While both offered good ergonomic interiors, some of the hard plastic materials utilized have not stood the test of time well.

Early model Expeditions are also slightly underpowered by either a 215-hp 4.6-liter or 230-hp 5.4-liter V-8s that in either case were never quite up to the job. This situation was rectified in 1999 when Ford increased the horsepower of both engine options.

Second generation models of the Expedition offered better drivability through an independent rear suspension. Models from this period also featured improved engines with Ford eventually dropping the smaller V-8 altogether and increasing the 5.4-liter V-8’s rating to 300 horsepower.

Since the introduction of the third generation in 2007, there have been few substantial changes made to the Ford Expedition.

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