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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Reliability Trouble Spots
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
2 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 2013 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

Shocks or struts

"All 4 shocks leak and need to be replaced"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Oil leak"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Front left strut leaked. Replaced under warranty"

Richard B., CA (2013 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Shocks gave out at 30,000"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Alignment

"Alignment was not correct. Dealer worked on it Free of Charge. Now shop has pointed out there's a problem that will need to be addressed"

Howard Y., NJ (2013 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Ball joints

"Dealer reported a problem and fixed it Free of Charge. They did not elaborate on exactly what was wrong"

Howard Y., NJ (2013 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"Rear panel piece above back hatch came loose during a heat wave. It had been glued in place at the factory after one of the latches failed. Disappointed in problems of trim falling off this vehicle. Have to keep a roll of duct tape handy"

Richard B., CA (2013 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint is bubbling on tailgate near join with tailgate handle. Ford says there is no corrosion and that the paint is out of warranty. I think there is corrosion in that the bubbles seem to have a white powder under them that looks like aluminum oxide. The tailgate is aluminum"

Jay C., SC (2013 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)
Rust

"Small rust patched on rear Hath"

Anonymous, OK (2013 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Rust is another term for corrosion; since the corrosion is limited to the aluminum tailgate at this time, I simply wanted to indicate that corrosion was a problem, and "rust" was the only category available to choose"

Jay C., SC (2013 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)

"Tail gate with bubbling rust under tha paint near the license plate holder"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

"I trim piece was loose do to a damaged clip"

Anonymous, TX (2013 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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"After checking several 2013 systems with the help of local dealership, it was realized that navigation programming is incomplete. Ford deemed it not its problem, and advised us to contact the navigation company"

Anonymous, MS (2013 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)

"The navigation stopped working with no notification"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone pairing stops working and needs to be re- linked"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The phone would pair, but the microphone would not work and register anything being said in the vehicle"

Steven G., TX (2013 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Voice control commands

"Voice button does not always work during cold months of the year. Very intermittent but when it happens there is no way to play music from USB jump drive. Manual button on radio does not work. Turning off car, resets it and it will then work"

Anonymous, MI (2013 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

"do not function at all"

John H., AZ (2013 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Mirrors

"at times side mirrors squeal when closing"

Anonymous, OK (2013 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Seat controls - temperature

"do not function at all"

John H., AZ (2013 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Windows

"Window scratching when lowering. Problem supposedly corrected on 2016 models. Ford would not cover the repair"

Anonymous, GA (2013 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

"Seem to wear front breaks every 15K mile. Never had a SUV that bad on breaks before"

John P., GA (2013 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"Rotors were warped and really made the car shake when brakes were applied. Dealer turned the rotors under warrenty"

Bryan H., VA (2013 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Squeaking

"It's been in the Ford dealer several times for the squeaking and they have never been able to fix or say they have not been able to find the cause. Guess we will know more next week when I get it back"

Bill M., TX (2013 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"The only squeaking has been a brake issue"

Anonymous, TX (2013 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

Gear selector or linkage

"Had to replace the gear selector because it would not recognize the car was in park"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Slipping transmission

"caused by the transmission control module"

C M., TX (2013 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Transmission computer

"The transmission control module went kaput and it would not down shift or upshift---sent multiple systems into a non working mode--Cruise control, gas gauge, overdrive system, speedometer etc"

C M., TX (2013 Ford Expedition King Ranch 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

"There was an issue with the valve on a tire that was not found immediately and there is a water leak from the roof around the light fitting"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"brakes squeak each morning until used several times"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Has been for service on 2 occasions for brakes squeaking a different times, and the dealer has tried to fix it, but at times it will start again"

Anonymous, TX (2013 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

Condenser

"1400 to replace"

Anonymous, UT (2013 Ford Expedition Unsure 5.4-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"The blower unit for the rear (third row) zone, went out and had to be replaced"

Steven G., TX (2013 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"2 broken valve lifters"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Engine had to be replaced at 50,000 miles while, fortunately, still under warranty"

Anonymous, MS (2013 Ford Expedition XL 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

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Solenoid failure on cam shaft. Caused major running problems and $600 in engine repairs"

J W., NC (2013 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Weak hose clamp-bottom hose popped off"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford Expedition XLT 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

Fuel cap

"After repeated attempts to repair fuel cap, we replaced it. Maintenance light remains on due to lost vacuum issue. There is no fuel cap just a fuel "door""

David C., AL (2013 Ford Expedition Unsure 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.

Engine Minor

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

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.

Exhaust

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

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