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2008 Ford Expedition Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Ford Expedition was new.

Automobile Magazine reports "the main thing to note about the Expedition's interior is its massive size."  That size helps the 2008 Expedition earn a very good interior score that beats most of the competition.

From the quality of the materials to the overall space to use them in, auto writers enjoy their experience inside the Expedition. As the Chicago Tribune notes, there's "no shortage of room for people or their possessions and you sit up high ... so you can see what's coming down the road."

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Seating

The 2008 Ford Expedition's bucket seats are especially a hit with reviewers. Cars.com discovers the front low-back captain's chairs "have soft cushioning but are supportive enough for extended highway driving," and goes on to reveal, "the outboard backrests, which are oddly sculpted to accommodate lowered head restraints when the seat is folded, might get irritating on a long trip, but this is a minor issue; seat comfort and roominess is otherwise good. Nice job, Ford."

As the reviewers traveled back in the Expedition's cabin, they still remained pleased with space and comfort. When climbing into the back, the Autoweb reviewer reports "grab handles are conveniently placed on the A- and B-pillars to aid entry." Autoweb also likes how the second-row bench seats slide back and forth, calling them, "handy when a child seat is in place." Car and Driver decided to test Ford's theory that adults up to 6'2" would fit in the rear, "but we did them five better and stuffed a 6'7" goose in the back. He didn't mind, saying he'd even tolerate riding back there for shorter trips." Car and Driver also likes the third row, calling the space "generous, easily besting the GM offerings," to which Edmunds agrees when comparing the Expedition's third-row space with that of the Chevrolet Tahoe. As the reviewers find, the Expedition's third row has enough space "to actually keep knees at the seat bottom level rather than forcing a fetal position with knees closer to the chest."

Interior Features

Opinions vary on the quality of the interior materials for the base model Expedition. While Automotive.com appreciates that the materials have been upgraded to a higher quality from previous models and The Family Car says the imitation wood has a "rich look and feel," Autoweb says the materials "leave something to be desired," and Automobile Magazine suggests "you need to go up through the trim levels to turn it into a luxurious vehicle."

There were other standard features that the reviewers agree were quality. Consumer Guide, for example, enjoys the "large, easy-to-read gauges." To Motor Trend meanwhile, the cooling and warming seats are a key feature, and superior to the Chevrolet Suburban's heated-only seats. For 2008, Ford also includes an overhead console, illuminated visors and a leather wrapped steering wheel standard on all Expeditions. A rearview camera is available as an option for all trims except the XLT and XLT EL.

Stereo and Entertainment

Many reviewers have something to say about the 2008 Ford Expedition's entertainment options. The XLT and EL XLT feature a 160-watt radio/CD player with six speakers, while all other trims receive a 340-watt audio player with a subwoofer. SIRIUS ® satellite radio is an option and a rear seat DVD Video system with wireless headphones is an option for all trims. CNET says music lovers might be disappointed that the Expeditions audio system "sounded very bass-heavy and lacked the clarity of separation needed for crisp reproduction of classical music," but is pleased with the "surprising range of media," the rear-seat entertainment system can play. Unfortunately, the DVD player loses points with CNET because loading "has to be done above head height on the disc slot on the right-hand side, which is inconvenient, especially for kids who will have to get up out of their seats to change movies." The Washington Times is further inconvenienced, finding "when the screen for the rear entertainment system is deployed, it partially blocks vision to the rear."

Cargo

As Auto Mall USA says, "what Expedition does best is move large quantities of people and their gear. Its perfectly flat cargo area makes it particularly adept at hauling." Reviews positively receive the cargo space the 2008 Ford Expedition has to offer, which in standard trim is 18.6 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats up, 55 cubic feet with the third row lowered, and 108.3 cubic feet with the second row lowered. For the EX trims you can expect 42.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 85.5 cubic feet behind the second, and 130.8 cubic feet behind the first. In fact, there is so much space that Car and Driver estimates the EL "will gulp 131 cubic feet of hockey gear, Home Depot scores, double cheeseburgers, or whatever trappings of the suburban life are crammed in."

One of Kelley Blue Book's favorite features is the Expedition's power folding third-row seat that "makes it easy to expand the cargo area," but the reviewers are less complimentary of hauling capacity with the third-row in place. "The Expedition does not offer as much cargo space as the larger Chevrolet Suburban, an important fact to keep in mind if your family is larger than five people," its reviewers note.

There is another grievance for a handful of reviews, best expressed by the Chicago Tribune, who found that all that cargo space can work against you. "The hatch lid has a handle on the outside for easy opening. But the lid rises high for loading and unloading and to close it you have to reach far inside to grab a pull cord."

For storing small stuff, reviewers list the Expedition's slots for pens, Palm Pilots, PDAs, cell phones, headphone jacks, coins and more.

Navigation

The Ford Expedition offers a navigation system option for a number of trims, something CNET reviewers tested at length. "While the Expedition's voice-recognition system doesn't understand spoken addresses (the Honda/Acura system is the only one that we've seen that can), it will understand spoken directions to a specific point of interest category...we were able to punch in our address directly on the screen. Adding to the speed of programming destinations is the system's ability to process each selection almost instantly, ensuring that we didn't have to endure the frustration of waiting around for the processor between menu screens."

Unfortunately, CNET also finds nits. On its list of grievances is the in-dash LCD screen's small size for reading the navigation menus.

Review Last Updated: 3/10/09

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