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in 2011 Affordable Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $20,882 - $33,648
Original MSRP: $36,205 - $52,305
MPG: 14 City / 20 Hwy
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2011 Ford Expedition Performance

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One of the most massive of the large SUVs, the 2011 Ford Expedition still has pleasant performance, thanks mostly to its independent rear suspension, which smoothes out bumps. However, you can't overcome the laws of physics and the Expedition handles like the giant SUV that it is. Still, most reviewers say that the Expedition is nimble enough for most driving.

  • "There's no denying that the 2011 Ford Expedition -- all 17-plus feet and more than 5,500 pounds of it -- is one heck of a big truck. Oddly enough, though, it doesn't really feel like it from behind the steering wheel. "--Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

The Expedition comes with a 5.4-liter V8 engine. The Environmental Protection Agency only rates Ford Expedition's fuel economy with rear wheel drive at 13 miles per gallon in the city and 18 miles per gallon on the highways. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Some reviewers complain that the engine has trouble handling the Expedition’s bulk.

  • "It nailed the 60-mph mark in 8.4 seconds versus an 8.9 best for the Suburban and toured the quarter mile in 16.2 seconds at 84.2 mph against a 16.6-second/84.4-mph best for the Chevy." -- Motor Trend
  • "The 5.4-liter V8 under the hood is sufficient for everyday driving, but performance suffers when you've packed up the Expedition with full load of passengers and cargo and/or towing a trailer. The six-speed automatic transmission is smooth and produces quick shifts, but it has some trouble finding the right gear in certain situations."--Edmunds
  • "Expedition and Navigator have sufficient power for any situation. The alert 6-speed automatic transmission is always in the right gear." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

There are mixed feelings on the Expedition's handling. Some reviewers say it’s comfortable and easy to drive, but others complain that it drives like the big, heavy, truck-based SUV it is.

  • "Expedition and Navigator display impressive agility for large SUVs. Nicely weighted steering has a natural feel. There's relatively little lean in corners for such large trucks. Except in close-quarters maneuvering, extended-length versions give up little to the shorter regular-length models." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It goes without saying that you have to take corners with care in a vehicle like this, but body roll has been reined in fairly well." -- Cars.com
  • "Ford claims that the new Expedition 'doesn't handle like a big truck,' but what does it handle like, then? A thirty year-old school bus riding twenty pounds low in the tires is probably a good approximation." -- Car and Driver
  • "Though the Expedition has decent brakes, you still need room to come to a complete stop." Automobile Magazine
  • "The ride quality is good overall, though some competitors feel a bit smoother on the highway. Relatively precise and responsive steering also makes the Expedition more nimble than you'd expect."-- Edmunds

Towing

Most reviewers are impressed with the Expedition's towing capabilities. Edmunds even tested the Expedition's towing abilities against its main competitor, the Chevy Tahoe and gave the nod to the Expedition. The Expedition can tow up to 9,200 pounds and the extended-length Expedition EL can handle up to 8,900 pounds.

  • "The Tahoe's fewer gears led to a mid-hill bout of gear hunting, which wasn't evident in the Ford [Expedition]. The Chevy's 20-hp advantage showed itself higher up at the steepest portion where both trucks were at wide-open throttle. Here the Tahoe maintained 58.3 mph, while the Expedition faded slightly to 55.8 mph." -- Edmunds
  • "A new trailer-sway control feature is standard and works in conjunction with the electronic stability system to detect trailer movement and apply braking, as well as reduce engine torque to keep the vehicle in control" -- Cars.com
  • "One of the main reasons that people buy these huge SUVs is for their towing capability. In this respect, the Expedition is certainly not lacking." -- The Family Car

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