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Ford Expedition

  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
The redesigned 2018 Expedition full-sized SUV shaves more than 200 pounds off its predecessor's weight to improve efficiency and performance, while piling on new comfort, convenience, and safety features. The 3.5-liter, turbocharged V6 engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and provides effortless motivation. We got 16 mpg overall, which is on par for this class. Handling is rather ungainly, and the ride is a bit stiff. The cabin is quiet and the third-row seat that is truly suitable for adults. Both the second- and third-row seats can be folded flat with the push of a button. The controls are easy to use, including the rotary knob gear selector. Available safety features include automatic braking, lane-keeping assist, active cruise control, and blind-spot monitors that can see all the way to a trailer's flanks. The extended-length version is called MAX.
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2015 Redesign Year
Ford Expedition 2017
Model year 2015 saw the introduction of a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 to replace the 5.4-liter V8 in the previous versions of the Expedition we tested. Even though it has less displacement and two fewer cylinders, the smaller engine makes considerably more torque. This significantly improves the way the Expedition drives. Other changes include mild exterior styling revisions and an updated dashboard, along with the addition of blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Of all of the variants, this is the one we recommend and particularly the EL version, as its cavernous interior is a standout in the marketplace.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 $28,775 - $38,775 $26,040 - $35,840
2016 $23,975 - $40,950 $21,310 - $37,840
2015 $22,650 - $37,225 $19,875 - $34,200
2007 Redesign Year
Ford Expedition 2014
For the 2007 model year, Ford expanded the Expedition lineup with a long wheelbase version called Expedition EL. Offering a spacious third-row seat, reasonably good handling and enough cargo capacity to handle luggage for all nine of its potential occupants, Expedition EL is a credible offering. Towing capacity is impressive as well. However, for both versions of the Expedition, ride quality is stiff, fuel economy is low and the engine sounds somewhat less than refined -- although it makes good power. A rear-view camera is optional and a six-speed transmission replaced the previous five-speed unit.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2014 $19,600 - $30,400 $16,740 - $27,360
2013 $17,550 - $25,800 $14,605 - $22,705
2012 $10,525 - $19,875 $7,820 - $16,820
2011 $8,950 - $16,750 $6,280 - $13,680
2010 $8,950 - $15,600 $6,220 - $12,520
2009 $7,900 - $14,350 $5,165 - $11,260
2008 $6,850 - $11,075 $4,165 - $8,165
2007 $6,100 - $9,600 $3,455 - $6,755
2003 Redesign Year
Ford Expedition 2006
The 2003 Ford Expedition offers a low floor for easier ingress, egress and cargo loading. The big Ford also has a spacious and comfortable, if somewhat dated looking, interior. Both rows of rear seats are comfortable and spacious for three adults, which is something of a rarity. Ride quality is steady and composed, and the Expedition feels relatively nimble for such a heavy vehicle. However, the Ford's 5,900-pound curb weight results in leisurely acceleration, abysmal fuel economy, and an engine that sounds strained at times. Still though, towing capacity is impressive.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2006 $4,525 - $6,425 $1,995 - $3,745
2005 $3,500 - $5,900 $1,170 - $3,245
2004 $3,300 - $5,200 $1,000 - $2,595
2003 $4,100 - $5,150 $1,710 - $2,620
Ford Expedition 2002
The huge Expedition debuted for 1997, based on the F-150 pickup truck. We tested the Expedition with the standard 4.6-liter V8, which performed well enough but slurped fuel. Also available is a more powerful 5.4-liter V8. This full-sized, seven-passenger SUV rides fairly well and corners capably for its heft. Parking this behemoth and maneuvering it around town can be trying. The Expedition's seating was roomy and quite comfortable, except for the optional third-row bench. Climbing in and out takes athletic ability. For 1999, full-time 4WD became available.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2002 $3,250 - $4,375 $1,075 - $1,965
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A