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.

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 2014 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 back of the vehicle lost air in it's suspension and the rear wheels were almost touching the wheel wells. The vehicle did not seem safe to drive. The suspension did not hold any air when the vehicle was turned off."

Anonymous, CO (2014 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Burnt smelling fluid. flushed and still smell"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"2 Struts failed causing the vehicle to bounce excessively"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"I had to replace all four struts at about 40K miles. I drive urban roads and don't haul any loads usually one or two total passengers. When the struts failed they went quickly and it was $1200 installed to replace them."

Anonymous, AR (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Normal wear and tear, the struts just wore out."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"One rear shock began to leak"

Anonymous, SD (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Per Mechanic at last check up one front and one rear strut are starting to leak a little and recommended they be changed. Have talked to a few other shops and at current mileage is recommended time to change, about 5 years and at least 60K miles. Mfg recommends at 60 buy most mechanics say drive until problems or at around 5 years. So replacing a little early, but in line with mileage expectations."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"The dealer replaced all four struts. The car would bounce driving down the street. This fixed the problem"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Replaced all four struts at 90,000 miles"

Michael F., TX (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"after 90000 miles the struts just wore out."

James K., TX (2014 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering fluid was collecting in the boots requiring replacement of' the rack and pinion system"

Michael F., TX (2014 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"the molding around the rear wheel has come loose."

James K., TX (2014 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"window and seat position controls are housed in plastic panels. Three of the plastic panels have broken loose from whatever they are attached to."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Expedition 5.4-L V8)

"Trim on rear window inside latch spontaneously broke"

Jim C., UT (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint is bubbling up in a small area indicating a rust problem"

John R., FL (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Had paint problem with corrosion on aluminum tailgate. Fixed under warranty. Corrosion under paint started again about a year later, Ford refused to fix again."

Michael W., MN (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"paint on aluminum tailgate started bubbling. Repainted under warranty"

Michael W., MN (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Rust

"A small area on the rear lift door is showing signs of paint detention due to underlying rust"

John R., FL (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Rust bottom of tailgate. This is my 4th Expedition and same problem on 3 of them, 2004, 2008, 2014"

Scott L., ON (2014 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

Premature brake wear

"Need to replace front brake pads. Seems a little early to need to do that"

Jason F., MN (2014 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"front pads needed replacing and rotors turned"

Jim V., TX (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Rotors

"19,000 miles. Large vibration at highway speeds. Dealer turned the front rotors. Problem got worse. Dealer replaced both front rotors at no charge"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Rotors have been turned twice, and also replaced over 40k miles of driving"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Squeaking

"Brakes constantly squeak"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"Brake pads are glazed. Ford says they have 70% of pad left, but would need to be replaced to eliminate squeaking. Cost to replace is very high and wasn't done"

John K., CA (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 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 goes blank

"Happened at 85,000miles in "˜19. Screen & in dash unit replaced within a week. Problem solved."

Anonymous, NM (2014 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)
Radio

"All those issues were part of theSAME problem. The in dash display/radio, etc., unit failed & was replaced. End of problem. This is the ONLY problem I've had. I plan to buy another soon."

Anonymous, NM (2014 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"GPS RECIEVER ON ROOF AND SIRIUS RECIEVER IN RADIO"

Robert N., GA (2014 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"Intermittent, random signal loss from Satellite radio. Was told it would cost over $1300 to replace the entire dash module (not just repair the antenna connection?). I cancelled Sirius subscription and now listen to FM radio or CDs."

John D., NY (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Voice control commands

"They do not function very well"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Expedition XL 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

"4 of 8 cylinders not compressing"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Power train warranty ended at 60,000 miles. I had to replace the end at approximately 75,000. Dealer related that the engine nhad an internal engine failure. Contacted Ford, and Ford related that they won't do anything because it's out of warranty."

Anonymous, TN (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"My engine started clicking and completely froze. All current with maintenance and oil changes. In the process of getting a new engine from Ford. Not under warranty. $10,000 to replace."

Dede G., UT (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Engine has problem with 4 of the 8 cylinders not hvaing enough compression. Dealer had to replace / rebuild the phase sensors"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Camshaft bearing."

Anonymous, FL (2014 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Left rear light quit working"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"The tail lights burn out every 6 months. The Electronic switch/sensor on the brake pedal that connects to the brakes malfunctioned so the car could not be moved out of park"

Martin C., NV (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Gauges

"Dash Lighting is very, very poor, black background of gauges makes it very, very difficult to read"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Horn

"Horn quit working. The horn went out on my 2010 expedition also"

Shann B., TX (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Interior lights

"Bulbs burn out quickly"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Belt tensioning pulley and arm. Also power steering pump was making noise."

Dennis P., MN (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Engine computer

"electronic fuel flow system malfunctioned."

James K., TX (2014 Ford Expedition King Ranch 5.4-L V8)

"The electronics that control the timing of spark plug firing failed causing jerky motion while driving."

Pat N., NC (2014 Ford Expedition XL 5.4-L V8)
Problem(s) fueling the tank

"Fill valve in fuel inlet pipe failed."

Anonymous, (2014 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

Glass defects

"Front windshield glass cracks easily. I have replaced twice this year"

Richard W., OH (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Windows

"Rear cargo area glass shattered inexplicably while driving"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"rear quarter panel window came loose from the latch"

Don S., MT (2014 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4-L V8)

"Window motors degrade with decreased temperatures. As the temperature drops, the motors slow down and become weaker. They stop working below 0"

Richard W., OH (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 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

"Intermittently stops working. Online found this is a common issue. Have to wiggle wire under dash. Haven't yet replaced the faulty connector."

Anonymous, WA (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Rear blower motor failed and was replaced under extended warranty."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Heater system

"works intermittently. unable to fix/diagnose"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 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

Air or water leaks

"Sunroof drain clogs and leaks"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"a car that's only 3 years old and is well taken care of should not have as many squeaks and rattles as it does"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

"The trouble was in the head liner"

L H., TX (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 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

Driveshaft or axle

"Seal on front axle differential to drive shaft was leaking, required replacement of seal under warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2014 Ford Expedition XLT 5.4-L V8)
Electrical failure

"SUV would randomly stop running......sitting at traffic lights, in parking lots, etc.......would shut down completely"

Anonymous, AL (2014 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light came on. Went in for service and tech replaced O2 sensor. Problem fixed."

Anonymous, MA (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 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

"Coils failed. Ran very bad accelerating. 120,000 miles"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Started slipping and complete failure took 2 weeks to replace"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Ford Expedition Limited 5.4-L V8)

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

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