With an additional 12 inches of wheelbase and almost 15 inches of overall length, the Expedition EL provides a huge improvement in capacity over the standard Expedition with little increase in cost or reduction in fuel efficiency. If you’re searching for full-size SUV comfort with seating for up to eight and a tow rating of up to 9,200 pounds, the Expedition EL does not disappoint.
What's New for 2014
The most notable improvement for the 2014 Expedition EL is a rear load-leveling suspension that is now mechanical, not air. In addition to some minor color changes, an integrated trailer brake controller is now available on XLT and standard on Limited and King Ranch models.
Choosing Your Expedition EL
All Expedition ELs use a 5.4-liter V8 with a rather modest 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. The sole transmission is a six-speed automatic and fuel economy is 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive, or 13 mpg city and 18 mpg highway with four-wheel drive.
Third-row seats fold flat at the touch of a button, increasing cargo space to a maximum 130.8 cubic feet.
Optional ControlTrac four-wheel drive provides sure-footed control on any road: 2H (4x2) setting for normal, dry on-road driving, 4A (4x4 Auto) setting for all on-road conditions, 4H (4x4) setting for slippery roads and 4L (4x4 Low) setting for pulling a boat out of the water or moving at low speeds.
Not many families need quite this much space and utility, but for those who do we recommend the mid-range Limited for its balance of features and price.