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.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Handles great for such a large vehicle."

Frank M., CA (2011 Ford Expedition)

"Ridde like a car versus a truck good acceleration"

C M., TX (2011 Ford Expedition)

"It drives very well and rides nice"

STEVE S., MD (2011 Ford Expedition)

"The Ford expedition is a very comfortable car and allows you to carry seven adult passengers with these. Accelerates well that handles very well and is very good in snow"

ROBERT F., OH (2011 Ford Expedition)

"Handles very well for such a big vehicle. Turn ratio is good and tows fantastic."

JAMES H., TX (2011 Ford Expedition)

"easy to drive in tight places"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford Expedition)

"Handles so easy and nice. Acceleration isn't as fast as I would like it when merging in to traffice on the Interstate"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Ford Expedition)

"Due to gas mileage standards, the acceleration is horrible when driving in mountainous areas. Can't use cruise control on the hilly sections of interstates because the vehicle practically comes to a crawl before shifting and jerking to maintain cruising speed. It's frustrating and ridiculous and sometimes unsafe."

CYNTHIA D., WV (2011 Ford Expedition)

"The comfort of the Expesition is excellent and complemented by the ride and handling. Then vehicle noise level could be improved but generally it is decent. However the air suspension system is poorly engineered and has been replace but still erratic and often shows 'service air suspension' but the dealer has no idea what is wrong."

Robert F., OH (2011 Ford Expedition)

"nice acceleration and handling for large vehicle could use better system in snow/ice...sluggish and heavy even with snow tires"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Ford Expedition)

"Acceleration is fine and it handles very well for as big as it is. I love the backup camera because this is the EL version."

Beverly B., CO (2011 Ford Expedition)

"Engine supplies more than adequate power; turning radius is much better than other vehicles. 4 wheel drive and all wheel drive modes are easy to use."

Colton M., WA (2011 Ford Expedition)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Alotnof space."

Frank M., CA (2011 Ford Expedition)

"Seats have worn more than normal."

Sam L., MS (2011 Ford Expedition)

"Nice heavy vehicle that absorbs most jolts on road. Big seats and plenty of legroom. I am 6'2" and over 200 lbs."

JAMES H., TX (2011 Ford Expedition)

"2nd & 3rd row seats do not lay flat when collapsed so cargo area is less useful."

Anonymous, TX (2011 Ford Expedition)

"Very comfortable seats,quiet ride. It's a great truck and I will buy another one !!!"

STEVE S., MD (2011 Ford Expedition)

"There was a problem with paint peeling off tailgate. Dealers tell me this is a widespread defect due to different metals being used in the tailgate. I'm very upset about this. Ford won't make it right. Also the electric running boards are a pain in the ass in Minnesota. They collect ice and snow and don't work right in Winter. I had them down all winter, but then in spring they would not work again until I greased them. I like how this car looks. The flexible interior is nice. I'm just very u"

DARREN L., MN (2011 Ford Expedition)

"The Ford expedition is very roomy well laid out the third row seats comfortable even for adults. The seats leave you well supported and it is a quiet ride. Although the Ford is a little bit of a stiffer more truck like right that other SUVs such as the Yukon."

ROBERT F., OH (2011 Ford Expedition)

"Great comfort, ride is excellent"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Ford Expedition)

"the head rests make me lean forward in a stoop shouldered fashion."

Anonymous, MO (2011 Ford Expedition)

"Back seat could use a little more leg room."

Anonymous, SK (2011 Ford Expedition)

"The driver's seat is very uncomfortable. No outside turn sign signal lights on side view mirrors. No hatch for towing."

Anonymous, VA (2011 Ford Expedition)

"The seats are very comfortable and the third row seating is excellent compared to a GMC Yukon. Ride is amooth but a little stiffer then a GMC Yukon."

Robert F., OH (2011 Ford Expedition)

"Very good ride and comfort. Excellent turning radius. Fold-down seats to create a large, flat cargo area is exceptional and has been worth the price alone."

Colton M., WA (2011 Ford Expedition)

"The seats are very comfortable because they are adjustable. No complaints at all about noise and the ride is very solid and stable."

Beverly B., CO (2011 Ford Expedition)

"For a truck, I'm very pleased with the comfort of the ride. It's not like my old Lincoln but the ride of this car is quite good, probably because it's heavy."

Rudolph B., CA (2011 Ford Expedition)

"best ride and room for big family - can seat 8 comfortably!"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Ford Expedition)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Virtually maintenance free except for routine service...now at 150,000 miles plus with no major or even minor issues. 4-wheel drive worked well in the few snows we were in this winter."

CHARLES N., AL (2011 Ford Expedition)

"How well it has held it's value over the years!"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Ford Expedition)

"Mechanically the Expedition has had no trouble for the years I have owned it. Services are done on schedule. It is dependable at all times and in any weather condition. Hold both passengers and cargo that I want or need to haul."

M A., NM (2011 Ford Expedition)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"There was a problem with paint peeling off tailgate. Dealers tell me this is a widespread defect due to different metals being used in the tailgate. I'm very upset about this. Ford won't make it right. Also the electric running boards are a pain in the ass in Minnesota. They collect ice and snow and don't work right in Winter. I had them down all winter, but then in spring they would not work again until I greased them. I like how this car looks. The flexible interior is nice. I'm just very u"

DARREN L., MN (2011 Ford Expedition)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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