The new Expedition gets a single engine choice, but it's a good one: a 3.5-liter V6 with a couple of turbos that produces 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, mated to a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. Both are borrowed from the F-150 pickup truck and are enough to make the big Expedition move pretty quick for a vehicle its size, and able to tow a payload of up to 9,300 pounds when properly equipped.
Two wheel drive is standard, but four-wheel drive is optional. While it can't match true off-road heroes like the Land Rover Discovery or Toyota Land Cruiser, an Expedition equipped with the FX4 Package should be able to handle more than it's owners will ever throw its way.
The Expedition, like the rival Chevrolet Tahoe, is one of the few SUVs on the road that are built with a body-on-frame design, like a pickup truck. This allows the Expedition to blend the best qualities of trucks and cars into a large body, and it does this well. Supporting the Expedition is an independent suspension that allows for a smooth ride, but don't expect it to handle like a sports car in the corners.
Still, the Expedition drives smaller than it really is. Light, direct steering makes it easy to place on the road, although that praise is relative. This is still a huge vehicle – it just doesn't remind you of it every time you turn the wheel.