Ford Expedition Performance
While the Ford Expedition doesn’t have the most powerful engine in the class, reviewers are impressed with its independent rear suspension, which they say makes it handle slightly better than the competition. Critics find that the engine provides adequate power, but some critics do feel that the Expedition would strain if loaded with cargo or passengers. Others say the Expedition should be able to handle most towing and hauling duties.
- "Despite being no fun, this has to rate as among the liveliest full-size SUVs on the market, with better-than-average steering and a supple ride. Will tow or accommodate pretty much anything you throw its way." -- Car and Driver
- "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 or you're towing a trailer, much less both." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "When it comes to driving, the Expedition feels big and heavy, which it is. As good as it is, the Expedition certainly isn't sporty and no one should expect it to be. Still, the Expedition's overall driving performance is quite refined for its class." -- New Car Test Drive (2011)
Acceleration and Power
All Expeditions have a 5.4-liter V8 engine that makes 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional. The Expedition gets up to an EPA-estimated 14/20 mpg city/highway, which trails competitors like the Chevrolet Suburban. The Expedition can tow up to 9,200 pounds when properly equipped.
Most critics say the Expedition is adequately powered in most situations. One critic says that GM’s large SUVs have more powerful engines and that Ford should replace the Expedition’s engine. One test driver says that the automatic transmission shifts smoothly and finds the best gear for the situation.
- "… the SUV's 5.4-liter V8 supplies sufficient torque (365 lb-ft) to adequately move that mass." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The 5.4-liter V-8 is adequate, but it's trumped by GM's engines and due for replacement." -- Car and Driver
- "Expedition and Navigator have sufficient power for any situation. The alert 6-speed automatic transmission is always in the right gear. A test Expedition EL coped well with a 5,000-pound trailer over hilly terrain." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Handling and Braking
Critics agree that the Expedition has a smooth ride, even over rough pavement. Reviewers say the Expedition is one of the better-handling large SUVs on the markets, thanks to its independent rear suspension. Some reviewers also say that the steering is firm and gives the driver good feedback.
- "The Expedition handles better than you might think a large SUV would thanks to its independent rear suspension, which helps to smooth out rough surfaces." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
- "Both regular- and extended-length versions are smooth and compliant over major road imperfections. Extended models are slightly better settled over broken surfaces." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
- "The steering setup is firm with good feedback to the driver. ..." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)
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