Even longer than the standard Ford Expedition, the Expedition EL (extended length) is the largest of Ford’s passenger vehicles. Its 131-inch wheelbase is 12 inches longer than the standard Expedition and its overall length adds almost 15 inches. The extra length is carried in the back of the vehicle, primarily in the cargo area; interior dimensions, including third-row leg room, remain the same for both versions.
The 2014 Expedition EL remains largely unchanged from the previous year’s model with the exception of the addition of an available rear mechanical load-leveling suspension. Prospects for a complete redesign for 2014 have been put off until a later date.
The Expedition EL seats up to eight passengers in its standard configuration, and seven if the standard second-row bench seat is swapped out for a pair of available bucket seats. The standard second-row bench features a sliding center seat that moves forward almost 11 inches, putting small children within easy reach of a parent in the front row. In the back, the third-row bench seat folds flat into the floor to expand the rear cargo area. Behind that seat, cargo space measures 42.6 cubic feet -- with all seats down, cargo capacity maxes out at nearly 131 cubic feet. A cargo management system, a feature exclusive to the EL, provides a panel divider to help keep items organized and in place.
The Expedition EL’s exterior continues to look much as it has since the model’s debut in 2007. Rear doors that are longer than those on the standard model allow easier access to the third row.
Under the Hood
Despite the EL’s extra length and weight, it is powered by the same 5.4-liter V-8 as the standard Expedition. Producing 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque, this engine is adequate to the challenge of moving this vehicle along with anything it's towing.
Fuel estimates come in at 14 mpg city/20 highway/16 combined for the standard two-wheel drive EL, while the four-wheel drive version posts fuel economy figures of 13 mpg city/18 highway/15 combined. Both estimates are for gasoline only, although the Expedition EL’s engine is E85 fuel compatible.
With a weight of approximately 3 tons, the Expedition EL experiences different braking, acceleration, and steering dynamics from those in smaller SUVs. Anyone new to driving such a large vehicle should take extra care handling this behemoth. Unwieldiness is reduced somewhat by the independent suspension which lowers the vehicle’s center of gravity. Still, with the available heavy-duty trailer towing package, the EL can pull almost 9,000 pounds.
At the top of the Expedition EL line, the King Ranch trim includes nearly all available features as standard equipment. Only a few high-end items, such as a voice-activated navigation system or a rear-seat entertainment system, are available only as stand-alone options or as components of various equipment groups. The King Ranch trim is set apart by its signature badging, inside and out, and the inclusion of Chaparral leather on the front seats as well as the standard use of pale adobe exterior trim. The King Ranch is also the only Expedition to offer power-operated running boards as standard equipment.
The Limited style elevates the luxury level of the interior significantly as nearly all available features are on the standard equipment list. Included are such features as heated second-row outboard seats, a power liftgate, and dual-zone automatic climate control. An integrated brake controller, optional on the XLT, is now a component of the standard heavy-duty trailer towing package, while other safety upgrades include a standard rearview camera and the forward sensing system that not only alerts the driver to objects ahead but beeps faster as the vehicle gets closer to the obstacle.
The XLT is the base level Expedition EL trim, but it still offers a comfortable level of features including air conditioning, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player sound system, and power-adjustable foot pedals. Also included as standard is a cargo management system with dividers to keep small items in place, the only feature that is unique to the EL models of the Expedition lineup. Many equipment items that are standard on higher trims, such as leather heated/cooled front seats or the heavy-duty towing package, are available for the XLT as stand-alone options or in option packages.
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|Build & Price|
2014 Ford Expedition EL$39,988 | 6,201 mi
2013 Ford Expedition EL$30,972 | 40,317 mi
2013 FORD EXPEDITION EL$33,995 | 23,777 mi
2013 FORD EXPEDITION EL$34,999 | 23,084 mi
2013 Ford Expedition EL$40,998 | 16,832 mi
2012 Ford Expedition EL$27,500 | 41,126 mi
2012 FORD EXPEDITION EL$28,881 | 39,192 mi
2012 FORD EXPEDITION EL$32,890 | 42,196 mi
2011 Ford Expedition EL$29,877 | 45,525 mi
2011 FORD EXPEDITION EL$30,977 | 51,684 mi
2011 FORD EXPEDITION EL$32,369 | 61,335 mi
2010 FORD EXPEDITION EL$27,311 | 40,235 mi
2010 Ford Expedition EL$27,799 | 76,881 mi
2010 Ford Expedition EL$31,495 | 45,589 mi
2010 Ford Expedition EL$32,495 | 57,257 mi
2009 FORD EXPEDITION EL$17,995 | 89,917 mi
2008 FORD EXPEDITION EL$18,812 | 104,429 mi
2008 Ford Expedition EL$21,980 | 87,157 mi
2008 Ford Expedition EL$22,444 | 62,882 mi
2008 Ford Expedition EL$22,515 | 77,394 mi
2008 Ford Expedition EL$23,598 | 82,470 mi
2008 Ford Expedition EL$23,900 | 61,474 mi
2008 Ford Expedition EL$25,800 | 57,243 mi
2007 Ford Expedition EL$11,995 | 150,132 mi
2007 Ford Expedition EL$15,900 | 157,178 mi
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