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MSRP: $41,975 - $58,855
Invoice: $39,142 - $54,883
MPG: 14 City / 20 Hwy
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Ford Expedition Performance

The 2014 Ford Expedition's engine isn't quite as powerful as some rivals’, and some test drivers report that the Expedition can struggle when hauling passengers and their cargo. However, others maintain that it produces adequate power in most driving conditions. Some critics note that the Ford Expedition's steering is heavy and slow to respond. Still, reviewers are generally pleased with the Expedition's handling and say that it offers a soft, comfortable ride.

  • "Although not nearly as powerful as the V8 engines found in the Sequoia and Armada, the Expedition's V8 still has more than enough muscle to move a full load of passengers and gear without worry." -- AutoTrader
  • "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)

Acceleration and Power

The Ford Expedition comes equipped with a 310-horsepower, 5.4-liter V8 engine, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates that the 2014 Ford Expedition gets up to 14/20 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class.

While large SUVs like the Toyota Sequoia are a bit more powerful, some reviewers say that the Expedition has adequate power for most situations. However, a few think the Expedition struggles when towing a heavy trailer or when hauling a full load of passengers and cargo. The Ford Expedition's transmission impresses one reviewer who claims it's alert and accurate.

  • "The Expedition's 5.4-liter V8 isn't the most powerful in its class, but it provides sufficient torque (365 lb-ft) to adequately move the vehicle, which comes in both 2-wheel drive (2WD) and 4-wheel drive (4WD)." -- 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
  • "The standard V-8 engine is good for normal driving, but it begins to gasp for air when the Expedition is loaded with cargo or passengers and when it is towing a trailer." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "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

The Expedition comes with rear-wheel drive, while four-wheel drive is optional. Though some critics say that the Expedition’s steering is slow and heavy, most agree that it handles as well as other large SUVs. A few reviewers also write that the Expedition corners better than you’d expect considering its size, thanks to an independent rear suspension, which they say improves handling and gives the Expedition a smooth, comfortable ride.

  • "On the road, the Expedition's steering feel is heavy but not laboriously so. The ride is smooth and the cabin quiet, but if you catch a strong crosswind, you'll have to hold on to the steering wheel or make quick course corrections." -- AutoTrader
  • "As the Expedition starts out tipping the scales at nearly three tons, we can tell you that for what it is, the Expedition's ride and handling are on par with other vehicles in this class. The steering is heavy and somewhat slow to respond, but the cornering is actually better than expected. An independent rear suspension helps lower the Expedition's center of gravity and aids in better cornering and emergency maneuvers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Despite its large dimensions, the 2013 Ford Expedition feels a lot smaller when driving and does not feel like the 5.5-ton monster that it is. This is mainly due to the independent rear suspension, which also contributes to a pleasant ride quality." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "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)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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