Ford Expedition Review
The 2014 Ford Expedition ranks 5 out of 6 Affordable Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Ford Expedition, as well as reliability and safety data.
While the 2014 Ford Expedition isn’t as powerful as some rivals, test drivers like its comfortable ride and roomy interior.
The Expedition is equipped with a V8 engine, and some reviewers say that it can feel a bit strained when loaded with passengers and cargo. Still, others write that the 2014 Expedition has adequate power for daily driving conditions. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and auto writers agree that it shifts quickly and smoothly. The Expedition gets up to 14/20 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class, and less than what competitors like the Chevrolet Tahoe get. Test drivers say the Ford Expedition offers good towing capacity, and its ride is relatively refined over road imperfections. Some critics think the Expedition's steering is slow, and that its handling is comparable with other large SUVs’. However, others say the Expedition corners like a smaller vehicle and is fairly easy to maneuver for its size.
Some auto writers say the Ford Expedition’s cabin is inviting and that its controls are logically arranged, while others say some materials are cheap and that the buttons and gauges look outdated. Reviewers agree that the Ford Expedition’s seats are comfortable and spacious and that even its third-row seats offer plenty of head- and legroom for adults. The Expedition offers less cargo space than rivals, but some reviewers like that cargo space can be expanded with third-row seats that fold flat into the floor. Standard features on the Ford Expedition include a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Ford’s voice-controlled SYNC system with Bluetooth, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable foot pedals and an auxiliary audio jack. Optional features include a rearview camera, remote start, navigation, HD Radio, front parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row seats.
- "While it's true that the Expedition has the least powerful V8 engine in the segment, it does boast a class-leading tow rating of 9,200 pounds." -- AutoTrader
- "If you frequently venture over vast stretches of the country, you'll likely want to do it in a vehicle big enough to stretch out, move around and even stay in overnight if necessary. The 2014 Ford Expedition offers both a standard 119-inch and extended 131-inch-wheelbase models, both equally adept in towing and off-road adventuring." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Though aged, the 2013 Ford Expedition still meets the requirements for shoppers needing a vehicle with significant passenger, cargo and towing capacities." -- Edmunds (2013)
- "Although this setup means the Expedition is heavier, thirstier and less wieldy on the pavement than most crossovers, it also possess towing and off-road abilities that those wagons-on-stilts can only dream of." -- Left Lane News (2013)
- "Interior materials trail those of some competitors, but for useful power, cargo space, passenger room, and surprisingly adept handling, this Ford merits serious consideration." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Other SUVs to Consider
The Chevrolet Tahoe earns better fuel economy estimates than the Expedition, and test drivers like its user-friendly tech features. Reviewers are also impressed with the Tahoe’s powerful V8 engine and comfortable ride.
The Toyota Sequoia has more overall cargo space than the Expedition, and reviewers note that it has plenty of small-item storage spaces in its cabin. Reviewers say the Sequoia’s V8 engine is refined and produces quick acceleration, and its transmission is smooth and responsive.
Details: 2014 Ford Expedition
The 2014 Ford Expedition seats up to eight and is available in two body styles, which include the regular Expedition and the long-wheelbase Expedition EL. A 5.4-liter V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard in all models. The Ford Expedition comes in three trim levels: XLT, Limited and King Ranch. Not much has changed from prior years on the 2014 Expedition. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2014 model years.
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