2013 Ford Expedition

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Ford Expedition. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Ride quality and highway stability
  • Third-row space
  • Steering feel and maneuverability
  • Power-folding third-row option

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2013 Ford Expedition

  • Seats up to eight
  • 310-hp V-8
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control
  • Available integrated trailer-brake controller

2013 Ford Expedition Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Ford Expedition is a truck-based, full-size SUV that can carry up to eight people. 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 2013
A factory-installed dual-screen entertainment system is now available for Limited and King Ranch trim levels while the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package now includes an integrated trailer-brake controller.
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. 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

Interior
The Expedition can seat up to eight in three rows of seats. The steering wheel, gauge cluster 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. The Expedition EL comes with a cargo organizer that divides the space to suit what is being carried. Interior features inclu...

Vehicle Overview

The Ford Expedition is a truck-based, full-size SUV that can carry up to eight people. 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 2013
A factory-installed dual-screen entertainment system is now available for Limited and King Ranch trim levels while the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package now includes an integrated trailer-brake controller.
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. 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

Interior
The Expedition can seat up to eight in three rows of seats. The steering wheel, gauge cluster 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. The Expedition EL comes with a cargo organizer that divides the space to suit what is being carried. 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 Suburban, which is available with heavy-duty payload ratings, the Expedition comes only as a regular-duty, half-ton truck-based SUV. The sole powertrain is a flex-fuel engine that can run on regular gas or E85 ethanol. Mechanical features include:

  • 310-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 with 365 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard rear-wheel drive; optional four-wheel drive
  • Optional load-leveling air suspension

SafetyA 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 chime activate at 45, 55 or 65 mph. A backup camera is optional. Standard safety features include:

  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system with anti-rollover technology 
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes

Latest 2013 Expedition Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Almost Maintenance Free

by Dave in Houston from Houston on August 26, 2018

The main engine computer had issues at 22,000 miles but was covered by Ford, the front rotors needed resurfacing early and I put a battery in it right after the battery warranty expired. I don't think ... Read full review

(5.0)

I will never be without an Expedition

by SEAWEED from NORTHPORT, FL on March 28, 2018

Made in the U.S. Totally impressed with this vehicle. Very smooth ride for a truck and feels sturdy. We actually feel very safe in this vehicle. Plenty of space when traveling with our three ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Ford Expedition currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Ford Expedition has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Ford
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Expedition received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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