The Ford Expedition full-size sport-utility seats up to eight people, hauls a mountain of gear, and can pull heavy trailers. When equipped with four-wheel drive, the Expedition will get there whether the road is dry, wet, snowy, or even when there's hardly any road at all.
The Expedition makes an excellent tow vehicle. With the optional towing package, the standard 4WD Expedition is rated at 9,000 pounds, the 2WD at 9,200 pounds, the 2WD EL at 8,900 pounds, and the 4WD EL at 8,700 pounds.
Inside are rich materials and generous space for passengers in all three seating rows. The second- and third-row seats fold flat to create a useful rear cargo area.
With its independent rear suspension, the Expedition offers a smooth ride that is more car-like than most big, truck-based SUVs. That's nice on long drives. With its combination of utility, a smooth, stable ride and a pleasant interior, the Ford Expedition is a fine choice for families that tow or take driving vacations.
The Ford Expedition comes in two lengths, the standard model with a 119-inch wheelbase, and the Expedition EL with its 131-inch wheelbase. Extended-length Expedition EL models add more cargo-carrying capacity, especially noticeable when trying to load groceries or gear behind the third-row seats.
Expedition is powered by a single-overhead-cam 5.4-liter V8 rated at 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment. There's a choice of rear-wheel drive (2WD) or electronically engaged ControlTrac four-wheel drive (4WD) that can be driven on dry pavement and includes low-range gearing. We recommend getting the four-wheel drive.
All Expedition models include AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system with Roll Stability Control (RSC), including standard Trailer Sway Control that detects trailer sway motion and takes corrective measures to bring both the vehicle and the trailer under control, a good feature.
Changes for the 2012 model year are minor. Front park assist is now standard on Limited and King Ranch. Heated rear seats are now optional on XLT. And all versions come with standard spotter mirrors. The current-generation Expedition was launched as a 2007 model.