Introduced in 1997, the first generation Ford Expedition set the standard for what to expect in a full-sized SUV by offering a comfortable and spacious interior. Redesigned for 2003, the Expedition includes an optional three-row seating, genuine leather seats, illuminated running boards, climate control, and a power moon roof. The 4.6-liter V8 engine, provides 215 horsepower, but was dropped in 2005. That is a good year to start your search, since in 2005 Ford increased the 5.4-liter V8's output to 300 horsepower and smoothed out the feel of the six-speed automatic transmission. The Ford Expedition has been refreshed for 2014, with that 5.4-liter V8 engine now supplying 310 hp. With power steering and a reverse warning system, you will have peace of mind maneuvering through tricky parking lots or changing lanes. Power isn’t the only factor to consider when buying a used Ford Expedition. Look for a voice-activated navigation system, air-conditioning with rear climate control, power door locks and rear child safety door locks, and MP3 playability through the audio system.
The current models of this vehicle include three trims—the XLT, Limited, and King Ranch lines. Starting at an MSRP of $41,635, standard features in the base-line XL model include rear-wheel drive with an option for four-wheel drive; trailer sway control so you feel confident about what you are towing; 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, and AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability control—important for helping prevent rollovers. For comfort and convenience the Expedition offers illuminated entry lighting, a message center, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. You can upgrade your audio system to include a subwoofer if you choose and can opt for HD radio on top of the standard Sirius XM Satellite radio and SYNC with App Link.
If you opt for the Limited or King Ranch models, you will find upgraded amenities across the board, such as the option for 20-inch chrome clad aluminum wheels, and a chrome roof rack and side mirrors.
FORD EXPEDITION SAFETY RATINGS
Quality safety features give the Ford Expedition a strong base in protection and prevention from collision. Six standard airbags, a sturdy safety shell, and standard traction control work together to protect you. If a collision does occur, the SOS Post Crash Alert system kicks in when airbags are deployed, with the horn and flashers activated to help first responders get to your vehicle quickly; these elements can be turned off with the key fob.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2014 Ford Expedition five out of five stars for side crash protection, and four out of four stars for an overall safety rating. The Expedition was given the highest frontal driver and passenger safety rating by the National Highway Transportation Safety Adminstration for the third consecutive year in 2003—so if you are browsing preowned models, 2000 or later good bets.