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MPG 14 City / 19 Highway
  • Eight-passenger seating
  • Smooth ride on highway
  • High towing capacity
  • Communicative steering feel
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Brake pedal feels slightly spongy
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The Ford Expedition remains a tough, truck-based SUV that's ideal for lugging heavy trailers or doing some off-roading. But constant refinement to make it a civilized on-road cruiser have paid off and the big Ford is a relatively comfortable and quiet people mover who need more capability than the usual crossover.


The Expedition kicks off with the well-equipped XL, primarily aimed at fleet buyers or budget-conscious consumers. It comes standard with the now-ubiquitous Ford 5.4-liter V8 with 310 horsepower and 365 lb.-ft. of torque going to the six-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, though four-wheel drive with low-range is optional. XL also gets 17-inch alloy wheels, running boards, power windows, heated mirrors, locks with remote keyless entry, air conditioning for front and rear passengers, cruise control, automatic headlamps and six-speaker audio system with AUX input.

The XLT adds more content like rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, Sirius satellite radio and Ford's SYNC voice recognition system which incorporates phone and audio functions. The Limited trim adds more luxury to the Expedition, with standard leather seats, power-folding mirrors and power liftgate, 20-inch alloy wheels, heated and powered front seats, power-folding third-row seat and dual-zone automatic climate control. The King Ranch edition throws in special wheels, premium leather and wood trim and two-tone paint. All models are available in EL trim, which adds 15 inches over the standard body for more space in the third-row seat and cargo area.

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The Toyota Sequoia has a more powerful V8 but is a cumbersome vehicle with so-so interior quality. The Chevrolet Suburban matches the space in the EL model but has a less-sophisticated suspension that doesn't allow the third-row to fold into the floor. The GMC Yukon is sized like the standard Expedition, has a better V8 and offers a posh Denali trim but also gets expensive and the third-row doesn't fold flat. The Nissan Armada is well-priced and well-equipped, but its age shows in interior quality and fuel economy.

Buyers looking at large SUVs need to think about whether the vehicle meets their needs. If you're not going to do off-roading or towing very heavy objects regularly, a V6-powered crossover is probably the more sensible, and less expensive, choice. But the Expedition can haul 8 passengers in comfort and an EL model will hold all of their cargo – and then some. Its immense towing ability and plush interior on higher trims means it's also a nice place to be. If you need a vehicle that places an emphasis on hauling, the Expedition could be the pick.

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2013 Ford Expedition XLT

Recommended for: Buyers who want more comfort features

The XLT adds more creature comforts for buyers, as well as opens up the possibility for more luxury. XLTs get standard 18-inch wheels, SYNC with USB input, rear parking sensors, power rear quarter windows, power adjustable pedals, trip computer, steering wheel audio controls and body-colored bumpers. Options include the XLT Premium Package, with dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, power liftgate, leather upholstery, wood trim and a power-folding third-row seat. The Driver Vision Package adds a backup camera and rain-sensing wipers. The Sport Appearance Package adds a body-color grille and blacked-out headlamps. Navigation with Sirius TravelLink is also available.

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2013 Ford Expedition King Ranch

Recommended for: Buyers who want to make a big statement

The King Ranch adds some more style to the luxury of the Limited. King Ranch models add two-tone paint and special 20-inch alloy wheels outside. Inside, there is Chaparral premium leather seats with light wood trim. Options include navigation system, DVD Entertainment System, power moonroof and power running boards.

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2013 Ford Expedition Limited

Recommended for: Buyers who want a luxurious, big SUV

The Limited combines luxury features with the capability of the standard Expedition. Limiteds get 20-inch alloy wheels and leather upholstery as standard, along with the heavy-duty towing package, rain-sensing wipers, backup camera, front and rear parking sensors, cooled front seats, heated first and second rows, power-folding third-row seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, memory settings for the driver's seat and mirrors, power front seats, wood-trimmed steering wheel and a power liftgate. Options include a power moonroof, navigation system, second-row bucket seats with console and power running boards.

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