First introduced for the 1997 model year, the Ford Expedition offers an impressive amount of space, good towing capacity and an available four-wheel drive system.
2007 to Present: Ford Expedition
The third-generation Expedition was launched in 2007, which Ford styled to look more like the F-150. Power comes from a 5.4-liter V8 engine producing 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission gets the power to either the rear wheels, or all four wheels via an optional four-wheel drive system. Standard equipment included automatic headlights, a six-speaker audio system with an auxiliary input, cruise control, a power driver's seat and a trailer hitch.
For the 2009 model year, the Expedition gained Ford's voice-activated SYNC system and gained flex-fuel capability. The following year, Ford introduced the Expedition EL, which offers more cargo space and is about 15 inches longer than the standard model. The V8 also got 10 extra horsepower to help improve overall drivability. Minor changes would follow for the next few years with blind spot mirrors and a newly available rear-seat entertainment system.
A revised version of the Expedition was introduced for 2015, which features new front and rear end styling with a sleeker design. Inside, there's also a revised instrument cluster and controls for the center stack. The big change for the 2015 Expedition is under the hood. The 5.4-liter V8 has been kicked to the curb and replaced with a turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Producing 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the V6 produces more power than the V8 it replaces.
Earlier Ford Expedition Models
The Ford Expedition was launched in 1997, resembling a Ford F-150 with an enclosed bed and windows. The first-generation Expedition was between the size of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban. Inside, you had the choice of seating for seven to nine people. Power came from either a 4.6-liter V8 with 215 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque, or a 5.4-liter V8 with 230 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive was standard and four-wheel drive was available.
Ford would increase the power in both engines for the 1999 model year. The 4.6-liter V8 saw a 15 horsepower increase, while the 5.4-liter engine got an extra 30 horsepower. Other changes for 1999 include power-adjustable pedals and new color choices. Rear parking sensors and optional side air bags became available starting with the 2000 model year.
The second-generation Expedition was introduced for the 2003 model year. It looked like a bigger version of the Ford Explorer inside and out. The Expedition's engine options carried over, but Ford made improvements to yield more power and better fuel economy. One big change on the second-generation Expedition was Ford dropping the live rear axle for an independent rear suspension. This lowered the Expedition's weight by 110 pounds and increased the maximum tow rating to 8,900 pounds.
For 2005 the 4.6-liter V8 was dropped and the 5.4-liter V8 became the standard engine. A new four-speed automatic transmission and two new trim levels were also introduced. These include a Limited trim with body-color exterior trim, new interior trim, power-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery. Second was a King Ranch model that came with unique trim, model-specific leather upholstery and new wheels.