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5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
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1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2014 Ford Expedition OVERVIEW
The Ford Expedition is a traditional body-on-frame, full-size SUV capable of hauling around people and gear on highways and off-road. Now in its third generation, the vehicle features an independent multilink rear suspension that contributes to a comfortable ride and overall roominess. The Expedition’s equipment groups offer a wide range of comfort, convenience, capability and appearance options. Expedition EL, an extended length version of the SUV is also offered.
Lincoln recently unveiled a refreshed Navigator for 2015, and that increases the likelihood of a revised 2015 Expedition in the near future. Changes to the Lincoln are largely cosmetic, but include a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that's more powerful than the V8 it replaces. An Expedition will probably see similar updates. If you want to stick with the purchase of a 2014 Expedition, use the imminent arrival of a new model as a bargaining chip.
What's New for 2014
The new mechanical load-leveling system is quieter than the outgoing air-based system, and is new for 2014. The only other changes are minor trim and color options.
Choosing Your Ford Expedition
The 2014 Expedition is a rear-drive vehicle with optional four-wheel drive. Despite its size and weight, it is possible to achieve up to 20 mpg highway. Every Expedition comes with a flex fuel-capable 5.4-liter V8 engine packing 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque and a six-speed automatic transmission.
Control Trac four-wheel drive provides sure-footed control on any road: 2H (4x2) for normal, dry on-road driving, 4A (4x4 auto) for all on-road conditions, 4H (4x4) for slippery roads and 4L (4x4 low) for pulling a boat out of the water or at low speeds. Standard trailer sway control, which uses selective braking and engine management to tame unwanted trailer movement, is a great feature.
Ford offers the Expedition in Three Models
Our choice for most buyers is a rear-wheel drive Expedition in mid-level Limited trim. Those who live with inclement weather will want four-wheel drive, however, and we won't argue if springing for the super-luxe King Ranch makes you the coolest cowboy or cowgirl in the neighborhood.
Not unlike the Ford F-150 line of pickups, the Expedition’s option list is long with everything from navigation systems to off-road packages to heavy-duty trailer equipment.
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