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By Cars.com Staff
August 11, 2009
Vehicle Overview The Ford Expedition is a truck-based full-size SUV that can carry up to eight people. The SUV comes in XLT, Eddie Bauer, Limited and King Ranch trim levels. It competes with the Chevrolet Tahoe, Toyota Sequoia and Dodge Durango. There's a longer version called the Expedition EL. It's about 15 inches longer and has a standard third-row seat. It competes with the Chevrolet Suburban.
New for 2010 For 2010, the Expedition receives trailer-sway control standard, to help prevent trailer sway during towing.
Exterior The front features a squared-off four-bar grille and angular headlights, and the rear window can open independent of the liftgate. Regular- and extended-length Expeditions sport the same exterior styling.
Standard capless fueling system
Standard fog lamps
Standard exterior keypad system
Standard power, heated mirrors
Standard 17-inch wheels
Optional rain-sensing wipers
Optional power moonroof
Optional power running boards
Optional 18- or 20-inch wheels
Optional power liftgate
Interior The Expedition can seat up to nine occupants across three rows of seats. The steering wheel, gauge clusters and climate controls are similar to those in Ford's F-150 pickup truck. Thanks to an independent rear suspension, the third-row seat folds flat into the floor — a feature not offered in all competitors. A power-folding mechanism for the third-row seat is optional on lower trims and standard on higher ones.
Standard auto-dimming rearview mirror
Standard power locks and windows
Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel
Optional Sync multimedia system
Optional heated and cooled front seats
Optional power-folding third row
Optional navigation system
Optional DVD entertainment system
Under the Hood When properly equipped, the Expedition can tow up to 9,200 pounds. Unlike the Tahoe and Suburban, the Expedition comes only as a half-ton truck. The sole powertrain is now a flex-fuel engine that can run on E85.
Standard 310-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 with 365 pounds-feet of torque
Standard six-speed automatic transmission
Optional part-time four-wheel drive
Optional load-leveling air suspension
Safety The Expedition has not been crash-tested by our preferred source, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It scores five stars in government front-crash tests, which is the highest rating possible. A new trailer-sway control feature is standard and works in conjunction with the electronic stability system to detect trailer movement and apply braking, as well as reduce engine torque to keep the vehicle in control. A standard MyKey system allows parents to impose vehicle restrictions on teen drivers. Parents can limit the vehicle's top speed, add a persistent seat-belt reminder, limit the volume on the stereo to 44 percent of its maximum volume, and have a speed chime activate at 45, 55 or 65 mph.
Standard front-seat side-impact airbags
Standard side curtain airbags
Standard electronic stability system with anti-rollover technology
Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
Standard SOS Post-Crash Alert System
Standard trailer-sway control
Optional rearview camera
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