Ford's Expedition EL is a huge SUV capable of carrying nine passengers, their luggage and still tow a heavy trailer. For the most part, the EL succeeds. It has a roomy third-row seat, it handles reasonably well, and it accelerates strongly while towing our 5,000-pound test trailer. However, the Expedition's ride is stiff, it gets low fuel economy and the engine frequently sounds coarse and strained.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags available 2001-2002, standard from 2007. Head protection air bags and ESC available from 2003, standard from 2007.
Road Test

Ford's Expedition EL is a huge SUV capable of carrying nine passengers, their luggage and still tow a heavy trailer. For the most part, the EL succeeds. It has a roomy third-row seat, it handles reasonably well, and it accelerates strongly while towing our 5,000-pound test trailer. However, the Expedition's ride is stiff, it gets low fuel economy and the engine frequently sounds coarse and strained. A rear-view camera is optional.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended SUV
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 5.4-liter V8 (310 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Ford Expedition owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"Air conditioning compressor quit working"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"A pressurized lubrication tube to the compressor failed"

Stephen K., OH (2010 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"some kind of little electronic gadgets to open and close vents keep going out"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Clicking of vents when the car is started when the temperature is set differently than ambient temperature"

Eric E., CO (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"sensor on door switching from air to heat would not work one side of dash was warm the other was cold.could not control. 290.00 to repair"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Both blend door actuators failed at separate times"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Drivers Side Blend Door broke"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The problem with this system and it is common in Ford expeditions as I have owned 3 is the climate Blend Door. When switching from hot to cold or vice Versa. The blend door in the vent system sticks and clicks loudly until failure then you cannot change from hot to cold"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Today air conditioning stopped functioning"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"could only get heat out of passenger side"

Anonymous, UT (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Blower has begun to work intermittantly. I will be taking it to Ford dealership to be repaired"

James H., IL (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Fan would only blow on high & then would not blow at all. It was some regulator (resistor) for the fan that failed"

Edward W., CA (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The fan motor locked up and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, IA (2010 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Electrical failure

"Blend doors were clicking and wouldn't control the temperature correctly. Mechanic said it was a voltage problem. Thankfully we bought an extending warranty that covered all but $100 of the repair"

Bill B., TX (2010 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Blendor actuator failed. $16 part; $400 labor to replace. Dealer had to remove dashboard to replace"

Vernon F., VA (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"The temperature could not be regulated, it was either off or on it highest heat"

Anonymous, IA (2010 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"I question whether the problem was the vehicle or the dealer. After the vehicle went in for an oil change it had an issue first with the heating system than the cooling. It was supposedly a computer issue and some part had to be replaced. The heater issue was not found out for a couple of months due to time of year and outside temperature and the same for the cooling which happened after the heating system fixed"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Blower motor failed"

Stephen K., OH (2010 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"Loose nut on high side blow oring"

Ted P., TX (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint is blistering on the hood and tailgate because they are made of aluminum. Ford will not stand behind the problem, although they know the problem exists with their aluminum parts"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"left rear fender trim paint peeled"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Paint bubbled up around license plate holder on tailgate. Ford repaired at nc due to my extended warranty"

David Y., KS (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"paint peeling off"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"paint has blistered cracked an peeled extensively only on the back lift gate. I notice this is prevalent on other vehicles of the same make"

Richard M., ON (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Paint on tailgate blistering like so many other expeditions I've noticed"

David F., ON (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Paint peeling off of hood and rear hatch. It looks like a galvanic issue and that Ford didn't properly prepare the Aluminim prior to painting. Aluminum is trickier to paint and steel! While we received a quote we haven't fixed it yet"

Steven B., RI (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"On-going paint peeling problems began in the first year of ownership"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Rust

"paint is peeling and rusting had to bring it back and had it repainted in spots"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"When the truck was three years old the rear hatch developed rust under the paint in an area about 5 inches by 3 inches. Contacted FORD and sent pictures. They refused to make any repairs because the rust was not completely through the hatch"

Mitchel K., IN (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Master cylinder

"brakes failed. pedal went to the floor"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Antilock system (ABS)

"Light on dash for ABS came on, took to my mechanic, replaced with used ABS ($300+labor). They weren't able to get VIN inputted into computer, took to Ford Dealer(Causeway Ford in Manahawkin, NJ) they said it was a bad ABS system and it needed a new one (over a $1000+labor), then charged me $230 for diagnosis. I took back to my mechanic and he got a computer expert, my expedition was fixed within a hour of computer guy looking at it"

Joseph D., NJ (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Calipers were sticking"

Vernon F., VA (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Parking brake

"Will not hold on an incline"

Donald H., MD (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Rotors had to be replaced"

Vernon F., VA (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

"randomly makes several banging noises"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"At times, radio would not come on. Had to turn off car, open door, restart car to get radio working. Ford replaced Sync system, but still has happened on rare occasions"

David Y., KS (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"CD player started to give problems after a few years. at 5 years, it quit working and it was a struggle to get the CD's out"

Richard M., ON (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Unless it's dark out, the display behind the steering wheel is completely useless. Cannot see in regular daylight"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Steering wheel controls

"Steering wheel controls either do nothing, or do the wrong thing (e.g., volume up changes the input)"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Seal in rear driver's side door leaked and allowed water into the door frame. It was fixed by dealer"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Vehicle sounds as if it is falling apart"

Donald H., MD (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"its CONSTANTLY making some type of noise! weather the brakes are squeaking or its making a noise while i'm driving"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Within the dashboard, when the weather got warmer, something would make a bumping noise. Annoying. Took quite a while to get it fixed. Something was misaligned in there"

Anonymous, KS (2010 Ford Expedition Unsure 5.4-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Very poor quality interior finishes"

Mitchel K., IN (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Both front door motors failed and had to be replaced during winter months"

David F., ON (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"I have changed the electric window control motors on both front sides twice so far. The driver's side has failed again. No relief provided by dealer"

Richard M., ON (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Both front windows leak water. I have to keep cleaning the drain slots. I fear rust will develope between the door panels"

David A., NC (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Electronic or air suspension

"pump quit"

Keith L., OH (2010 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"Shock was leaking"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"i had 3 shocks that were leaking (needing replacement) after 150,000 km Far too soon for a 4x4"

Richard M., ON (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Alarm would go off unexpectedly. It happened four times"

Paul B., MN (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Gauges

"The information center (located between the speedometer) is very dim during the day. If I go over the right size bump, the intensity will brighten the display for a few seconds then dim out again"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Heated or cooled seats

"Controls blink but no heat or cooling output"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"vacuum issue"

Tbomas B., NY (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Water from a heater hose dripped on ignition wire/plug causing a misfire. The TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) failed intermittently causing the Expedition to lunge forward unexpectedly. Heater/AC motor control cable "melted" and had to be replaced and the air diverter valve started clicking under the dash causing a replacement. Driver door power window failed to roll up and had to replace the cable assembly. The data information center stays dim and cannot be read during daylight. At 60,000"

David A., NC (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Original battery had never been replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Expedition Unsure 5.4-L V8)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"The dealer wants $850.00 to change the spark plugs due to a faulty design allowing carbon buildup on the threads INSIDE the combustion chamber causing the plugs TO BREAK when removed for replacement!"

Michael A., FL (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

"major leak from a coupling.cost 500.00 to repair"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Would not shift out of park - bad sensor"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Transfer case

"HAD TROUBLE ENGAGING SYSTEM AND SOMETIMES IT WOULD DISENGAGE"

Anonymous, MO (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"SOMETIMES IT JUST DOES NOT WORK, OR START UP"

Anonymous, MO (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission problems. Wasn't shifting right. Dealer said it needed to be replaced. $6,000 to replace"

Cynthia W., FL (2010 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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