2009 Ford Expedition

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$34,845

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2009 Ford Expedition

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Ride quality and highway stability
  • Third-row space
  • Steering feel and maneuverability
  • Power-folding third row option
  • Towing capacity
  • EL version as alternative to Suburban

The bad:

  • Fuel economy
  • Spongy brake pedal feel
  • Faux wood trim
  • Tilt-only steering wheel

4 trims

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Notable features

  • Rearview camera option
  • Optional power running boards
  • 300-hp V-8
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Stability system with roll stability control

2009 Ford Expedition review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The Ford Expedition is a ladder frame full-size SUV that can carry up to nine 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 of seats. It competes with the Chevrolet Suburban.

New for 2009
For 2009, the Expedition receives a standard flex-fuel V-8 engine and can get Ford’s Sync voice-activation system.

Exterior
The front features a squared-off four-bar grille and angular headlights, and the rear window can open independent of the liftgate. At 206.4 inches long and 78.8 inches wide, the Expedition is the longest of the group, though the Tahoe and Sequoia are wider. Regular-length and extended Expeditions sport the same exterior styling. At 221.3 inches long, the Expedition EL is about the same size as the Suburban.

  • Available 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels
  • Available power liftgate (standard on Limited and King Ranch)
  • Standard capless fueling system
  • Standard fog lamps
  • Standard exterior keypad system
  • Standard power heated mirrors
  • Optional rain-sensing wipers (standard on Limited and King Ranch)
  • Optional power moonroof
  • Optional power running boards

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. With the second- and third-row seats folded, the Expedition’s maximum cargo capacity is 108.3 cubic feet, which is about equal with most of the class, though the Sequoia beats all other competitors by a bit. The Expedition EL offers 130.8 cubic feet of volume, which is just a tad smaller than the Suburban’s space (137.4).

  • Standard auto-dimming mirror
  • Standard power locks and windows
  • Standard leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Standard Ford Sync (optional on XLT)
  • Automatic climate control (Eddie Bauer, Limited and King Ranch)
  • Optional power-folding third row (optional on XLT)
  • Optional GPS navigation system (Eddie Bauer, Limited and King Ranch)
  • 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 2500-series three-quarter-ton Chevys come with larger engines and higher towing and hauling capacities. The sole powertrain is now a flex-fuel system that can run on E85.

  • Standard 310-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 with 365 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission
  • Available rear-wheel drive or part-time four-wheel drive
  • Optional load-leveling air suspension system

Safety
The Expedition has not been crash tested by our preferred source, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It scores five stars in government frontal-crash tests, which is the highest rating possible.

  • Standard front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard electronic stability control with antiroll mitigation
  • Standard four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Standard SOS-Post Crash Alert System
  • Available rearview camera (standard on Limited and King Ranch)

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.9
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.9
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

I love my vehicle 2009 Ford Expedition

This is a very nice looking vehicle inside and out, very comfortable driving, very reliable. We just purchased it from McKee Motorsports, in Tulsa. It has all the bells and whistles.

4.7

Go Truck Solid

Safe SUV nice to drive, lots of room, well built, solid truck, still strong 9 years later, Enjoyable to drive, Ford Built Job one Enjoy

4.4

Great for getting around town in the cold

It's a great vehicle for daily driving in negative temperatures as well as lots of snow and ice. Shifting between 2 and 4WD is convenient. Large cargo area is great for dogs and storage.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Powertrain
7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Dealer certification required
Certified 172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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