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Used Car: 2012 Ford Expedition Review

Review Last Updated: 9/2/14

Though reviewers liked the 2012 Ford Expedition's poised handling and roomy third row, they said it doesn't feel as powerful as most rivals and its cabin is built with cheap materials.

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Powered by a V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the 2012 Ford Expedition's acceleration is adequate for daily driving, test drivers reported, but most agreed it lacks the gusto of rivals that have more powerful engines. The 2012 Expedition gets an EPA-estimated 14/20 mpg city/highway, which is on par for the class. The Expedition's ride is smooth and car-like, and it has agile handling for its size, according to test drivers. They also liked its accurate, responsive steering. The Expedition can tow up to 9,200 pounds, which is good for the class.

Critics noted an abundance of cheap interior materials in the 2012 Ford Expedition. It can seat up to eight, though available second-row bucket seats reduce capacity to seven. Automotive writers said the Expedition's front seats are comfortable and supportive. Many agreed that the third row is comfortable and spacious for adults, which is a rare compliment for the class. The 2012 Expedition comes standard with a six-speaker audio system and an auxiliary input. Available features include navigation, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, satellite radio and Ford’s SYNC voice-controlled infotainment system with Bluetooth and a USB port. Test drivers noted that the navigation system's touch screen is small said it doesn't operate very intuitively. The regular-wheelbase Ford Expedition has up to 108.3 cubic feet of cargo space, while the extended-wheelbase EL model has up to 130.8 cubic feet behind the first row, which is very good for the class. Reviewers appreciated the convenience of the Expedition's flat-folding third row of seats.

Other SUVs to Consider

The 2012 Toyota Sequoia earned reviewer praise for its adult-friendly third row and powerful V8 engine. The Sequoia offers more cargo space than the regular-wheelbase Expedition. Reviewers liked the Sequoia's comfortable ride and added that it is fairly easy to maneuver in tight spaces for a large SUV.

Test drivers were impressed with the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe's powerful V8 engine, which they said offers lively acceleration. The Tahoe can seat up to nine, and it drew high marks for its handsome cabin, solid interior build quality and straightforward navigation controls.

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