Like its predecessors and current SUV siblings, the Ford Expedition is a key player in the buyer's market due to its large size, comfortable cabin, immense power, and truck-like towing capabilities. It is a consistent favorite among large families and anyone who enjoys the versatility of a full-sized SUV. In terms of interior space, the Expedition is known for its comfortable cabin, which has enough room to seat nine passengers. Ford has also made it a point to keep the Expedition stylish, even with its powerhouse reputation and powertrain.
One shortcoming of many large automobile manufacturers is their inability to control the thirst of a full-sized SUV. Like others in its class, the Expedition can really drain your wallet at the gas pumps with its excessive fuel consumption. Its large gas tank, paired with its heavy weight and large engine size, puts the Expedition up there with some of the greatest gas-guzzlers on the road today. Especially with aggressive drivers, this trait is a well-known downside that should certainly be considered before purchasing an Expedition.
In many ways, Ford is directly responsible for the SUV craze that swept the country in the early 1990s and held fast into the new millennium. It started back in the 1960s with the introduction of the Bronco, and the trend has only been reinforced with the Explorer and, of course, the Expedition. The Ford Expedition makes the previous offering look absolutely miniscule in comparison. This model was designed for families who wanted the solid design and varied function of a SUV without the look or restrictions of a minivan. It is also popular with outdoor enthusiasts and others who are attracted to its large size, spacious cargo area, and long list of features and capabilities.
The first Ford Expedition made its presence known in the 1997 model year, and was offered in two trim levels: the XLT and the Eddie Bauer edition. It was based largely on the Ford F-Series pickup truck line and was immediately recognized as a serious competitor and a viable option in the SUV market.
Ford has been producing the Expedition continuously since its debut in 1997. For the 2013 model year, the Expedition features much of the same power and style as years' past, but with the modern look and amenities one would expect from today's emphasis on luxury. Always known for providing plenty of options, the 2013 Expedition is offered with even more features than previous models.
Consumers of the 2013 Expedition need to decide on the right body style for their individual needs. The Expedition is offered in two lengths – the standard length and the "EL" length. The EL option offers an additional 12 inches for the wheelbase and 15 inches for the overall length. After choosing the appropriate length for your needs, the time comes to select a trim level. For this model year, the Expedition is available in four different trim levels. While the base XL has plenty of standard features, buyers should still explore what the XLT and Limited versions have to offer. For those willing to splurge, the King Ranch edition is the top of the line. Under the hood, this edition offers 5.4-liter, V-8 engine coupled with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. This powertrain is capable of producing 310 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. Overall, the 2013 model promises to be an impressive addition to the long list of Expedition successes.
As noted above, 1997 was the first year of production for the Ford Expedition. From the moment it was presented, the Expedition received glowing praise from auto enthusiasts and consumers alike. Based on the F-Series truck, this SUV offered all of the power necessary to make an impression, while giving those in the cabin something to look forward to. Available in two trim levels, the XLT and the Eddie Bauer, the early models of the Expedition hit the market at the best possible time.
The second generation of the Ford Expedition was introduced in the 2003 model year. These versions offered less power than the current generation, and Ford chose to design it with a powertrain that put out less horsepower. Despite these downgrades, the Expedition still managed to stand up to the competition, for the most part. Many buyers were impressed with the enhanced safety features found in this model, which is indicative of the nature of Expedition drivers at the time – they were more interested in safety features than high power, which suggests they may have used the Expedition as a family vehicle.
Now in its third generation, the Ford Expedition underwent several design modifications and enhancements to get where it is today. Starting in the 2007 model year, this SUV saw greater power under the hood and more dramatic and stylish features, both inside and outside the vehicle. One of the biggest changes for this generation is the addition of bucket-style front seats, which limit the Expedition carrying capacity to eight passengers instead of the traditional nine.