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.

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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 2011 Ford Expedition owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"The air pump gave out and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Had the compressor replaced but the diagnostic panel continues report there is a problem with the air suspension. Also the pump seems to struggle at times running excessively. The dealer cannot isolate the problems to resolve. Never buy the air suspension system on an Expedition"

Robert F., OH (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"air suspension on rear wheels failed"

Charles M., FL (2011 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)

"Air suspension on rear wheels failed, repaired under warranty"

Terp P., ON (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Compressor issues- replaced twice"

Kerry M., BC (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering hose is seeping oil at the crimp joint which seems to be a poor quality hose"

Robert F., OH (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"Vehicle began to feel mushy over bumps with rear end tending to kick out over sharp bumps. Dealer replaced rear struts which cured the problem"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Wife hit pot hole, broke strut. Replaced all four, truck rides much better. Other non broken struts were worn out"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"I had to replace all four struts because of leakage"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Struts failed were replaced by Ford"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"25000 miles showing at time of purchase and front shocks were BAD! Unbelievable! Dealer was not punctual in replacing them!"

Jay W., TX (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Have had continuous of fluid leaksge"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"3 of the 4 gas struts failed at 50000 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)
Alignment

"Steering wheel not centered and clicks"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"Making noise"

Anonymous, AK (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Had to replace the blower speed controller. Did it myself"

Doug M., SC (2011 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"Fan worked on high speed only at times. Installation of new fan blower motor speed control solved the problem ($243 repair including diagnostic check)"

Anonymous, IA (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Blower motor was not working at 70,000. Ford dealership repaired under warranty"

David Y., OK (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Venting is dash malfunctioned"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Condenser

"car quit cooling"

Charles N., AL (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"condenser failed for second time since buying the car"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Problem with AC condenser was result of an object striking it and causing it to leak, not mechanical failure"

James K., WV (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Evaporator

"Had to replace leaking evaporator.... over $600 for parts and labor. Works great now"

Doug M., SC (2011 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"failure requiring replacement at 65000 miles; cost of repair ~$2000"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Automatic climate control

"blend door actuator went out- for the 2nd time. 1st time under warranty. This time, fixed myself"

David-Angela H., TX (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Valve which controls the air from cold to hot was stuck on hot air"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Heater blend door actuator failed, replaced"

Darren K., KS (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 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)

"Paint on rear gate is bubbling up. Not painted right at factory"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Rusting under paint on rear end"

Owen H., WI (2011 Ford Expedition Unsure 5.4-L V8)

"Rear tailgate under Ford logo paint bubbling, very common issue on expedition seen many around just like ours"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"aluminum hood and tailgate"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)

"Paint on rear door started to bubble up all over rear door , looked like rust spots but it's an aluminum rear door. Ford would not stand behind it. Started around 90000 miles. Truck has never sat outside"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Paint on the back door was bubbling like it was rusting under the paint in several areas. It was under warranty for paint problems still but when I took it in the service guy said that kind of problem was not covered under warranty?! Last Ford I will buy"

Gary M., AK (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Tailgate corrosion will cost me $900. Body shop said was from aluminum gate meeting steel screws, and a poor primer seal. Ford refused to fix it. Internet is full of similar complaints"

Darren L., MN (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"We observed that the paint is bubbline, peeling and flaking off of the hatch, approximately 1 year ago (June 2014). The warranty had expired the month prior (May 2014), therefore they won't cover the repair eventhough the problem clearly started pri"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"The paint has been peeling since 56000 and ford says it is not covered under warranty. I have found 5 other expeditions with the same problem"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Small bubble in paint"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Rust

"Paint rusted underneath rear panel on rear"

Owen H., WI (2011 Ford Expedition Unsure 5.4-L V8)

"live in fla"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford Expedition XL 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)

"Replaced security system module. Car would not start. Alarm system was locked"

D B., CA (2011 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)

"Wiper motor died and needed to be replaced. Took two tries for them to replace properly"

John S., ME (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Headlights

"In damp weather the headlights flicker and the message center says there is an electrical issue. Computer doesn't store the code and it hasn't done it while at the shop, so we are still hunting the cause of the problem"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Rear center brake light quit working"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Right rear turn signal bulb was burnt"

Alex M., CA (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 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

Rough shifting

"Rough downshift to first, fixed it of pocket expense ecu reprogramming to latest, $150"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Down shifting in mountain passes can be clunky and jerky at times"

Joe M., CO (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Sensor caused car to stop, auto brake, lose power"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 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

"Rotors were warped at 70,000. Ford dealership replaced under warranty"

David Y., OK (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Rotor or wheel hub caused extreme wear. Was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Squeaking

"under heavier acceleration at shift get squealing noise"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 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

Heated or cooled seat controls

"Driver side heated seat stopped working"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"seat heating and cooling system failed"

W W., MI (2011 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Mirrors

"Will not go back out in sync"

Anonymous, IN (2011 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

Display screen difficult to see

"LED display Illumination of data (MPG, miles to empty, etc) in center dash below speedometer is too dim to see in daylight"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Constantly bounces out when car is parked. Audio book on iPod does not resume, necessitating aggravating search for place where left off"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Engine began tapping noise warm and cold with loss of power on hills. Dealer replaced mass air flow solenoid and reset the timing phasers. Dealer advised repair to phaser may not last due to mileage on engine"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Repaired under power train warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2011 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

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.

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

Body Integrity

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

Drive System

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

Engine Major

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

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