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2011 Ford Expedition

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Rear-wheel drive



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

  • Trailer-sway control
  • 310-hp V-8
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Stability system with roll stability control

2011 Ford Expedition review: Our expert's take

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. A longer version, called the Expedition EL, is about 15 inches longer and has a standard third row. It competes with the Chevrolet Suburban.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes for 2011.

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. Exterior features include:

  • Standard capless fueling system
  • Standard fog lamps
  • Standard exterior keypad system
  • Standard 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

The Expedition can seat up to eight 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 power-folding mechanism for the third-row seat is optional on lower trims and standard on higher ones. Interior features include:

  • 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 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

A 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. Safety features include:

  • Standard front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Standard MyKey
  • 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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7
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Most recent consumer reviews


2011 Expedition XLT - Very Reliable

I've owned my 2011 Expedition XLT regular wheelbase since 2012 (leftover). Basic cloth seats, manual A/C and heavy duty towing. This SUV has been super reliable. Preventative maintenance and I do all myself. Oil at 5k using Ford blend 5-20 for 100k and now 5-30. 3rd set of plugs and 2nd set of coils. This is the brown plug boot engine which I believe all 2008+ Expeditions use. Trans fluid changed at 60k, 110k and now ready. Front brakes have been replaced many times as it's just the way these brake. No problem as I do it myself but some may not like this. Liftgate the usual paint peeling and I don't care. Hood also has some under the front and think the bug shield has prevented it from peeling in the top of the hood. I just added a nice touchcreen with back up camera since the green LED radio got real dim. I plan on driving this one for another couple yrs and up to at least 200k. It appears the 2010-12 are overall very reliable and since they have a steep depreciation, not bad to pick one up. Not IF AND ONLY IF the oil was maintained with proper and FREQUENT oil changes! The 2008+ Ford 5.4L 3Valve in general is a decent engine ONLY IF THE OIL has been changed!!! If not, set aside $7k for an engine swap.


Depreciating rapidly !

Our 2011 Expedition XLT has 98k miles and is paid off - yay ! No plans to trade in - $$ offers are not good at all, and we’ve babied this truck.


Great Vehicle & last forever if taken care of

Great vehicle for large families or all around if needing a big SUV...would definitely buy another one!!! Mine sounded like it was roaring under the Right Front sounding like the wheel & was told it was the Torch Converter & added Shudderguard & it quit because Fords have this issue, so if it starts to Roar like the wheel Rotar or shaking try Shudderguard 1st... I also had my check engine light come on & was showing P0130 code & P0150 for the Oxygen Censor bad, but ended up that Most Ford Trucks & SUV’s from a 2007-2011 needs Reprogramming because it’s causing these codes to come up even though it wasn’t the problem because once it was reprogrammed for only $90, check engine light went off & been good ever since!

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Based on the 2011 Ford Expedition base trim.
Risk of rollover
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Blue
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 150,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
Dealer certification required
139-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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