2009 Ford Expedition EL

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Ford Expedition EL. 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
  • Towing capacity
  • EL version as alternative to Suburban

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2009 Ford Expedition EL

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

2009 Ford Expedition EL Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 a...
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)



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

roomy, reliable, work horse

by mink from Kenmore, NY on July 30, 2017

An essential car for a family. I can't tell you how many times it has been packed to the gills. Can cart almost anything...furniture, lumber, kids, dogs, camping equipment. Additionally, you feel very ... Read full review

(4.0)

Nice vehicle

by Jpat from PA on June 27, 2017

This car has great exterior styling, and great interior styling for being 8 years old. Reliable vehicle; has nearly 100,000 miles on it and it still chugs along. It did have an issue with the throttle ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Ford Expedition EL currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 Ford Expedition EL has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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 EL 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker