Excellent Value if you need a lot of room
March 15, 2013
I was looking for a vehicle to carry me, my wife, my kids ( one 6'6", one 6'7" and still growing) and a couple of other family around + luggage. There really are only two choices - the Suburban/Yukon XL and the Expedition EL. The interior layout of the EL, particularly the fold down third seat and cargo area appealed to me greatly.
The high driving position is very nice and we have found all the seats to be comfortable on long trips. This is really true of the third row seats. The EL third row seats are comfortable for large adults, esp. compared to how they are sized and located in the Suburban/Yukon XL. The rated towing ability of 9000+ lbs is good, but we haven't used that yet. If you're not used to driving a big vehicle, the backup camera is pretty much a must have. Gas mileage is not great, but it's really not much worse than my old XL-7.
I've found it's very easy to drive and the EL gives me feedback about the road. Adjusting the drivers seat has a lot of flexibility, with the seat, steering wheel, and pedals all being able to move and adjust.