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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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