Ford redesigned and re-engineered the Expedition for 2003 and the result was a vastly superior product. The Ford Expedition is smooth, stable and refined. Its handling is precise and responsive given its size and weight. These are benefits of its rigid chassis and sophisticated independent rear suspension. By comparison, the old (pre-2003) Expedition had a rough ride and a sloppy truck-based suspension. The interior was redesigned for 2003 as well. A small center seat on the second row slides forward to give front-seat parents access to a small child. Safety is enhanced with a lower front bumper, an optional safety curtain designed to protect occupants in a rollover, adjustable pedals to give smaller drivers a better seating, and a tire-pressure monitor. AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and other active safety systems are available to help the driver maintain control of the vehicle to reduce the chance of skidding off the road. The Expedition is packed with features, including the availability of the PowerFold third-row seat, which folds perfectly flat with the press of a button. The Reverse Sensing System can alert the driver as the Expedition is backed toward an object such as a parked car, a short pole, or a child on a tricycle. Most of these features, including a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, are now available on the less-expensive XLT as well as the top-of-the-line Eddie Bauer models. Towing capability is impressive. When properly equipped, the 5.4-liter, two-wheel drive Expedition is rated to tow up to 8,950 pounds.