2014 Ford Expedition Review

May 13, 2014
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The 2014 Ford Expedition can be had with either a standard wheelbase (119 inches) or a longer one (131 inches). Both models are capable in towing and off-road duties. With a passenger seating capacity of 8 and a maximum towing capacity of 9,200 pounds, there’s no doubt that the Expedition is one of the leading vehicles in the full-size SUV segment.

NEW FOR THE 2014 EXPEDITION

  • mechanical rear leveling system in replacement of last year’s air suspension system

UNDER THE HOOD

Powering the 2014 Ford Expedition is a 5.4-liter V8 engine that makes 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels. All-wheel drive is available.

The Expedition can tow up to 9,200 pounds, a big number for the class. But even if some of its rivals have smaller numbers here, they are more powerful.

The fuel economy of the 2014 Expedition is rated at 14 mpg/20 mpg/16 mpg (city/highway/combined) with rear-wheel drive system. Models with all-wheel-drive get 13/18/15.

ON THE ROAD

The ride is smooth despite the Expedition’s massiveness; thanks to the new rear suspension. Steering is responsive and precise and it partly makes the full-size SUV easy to drive. But since we’re still talking about a big vehicle here, the Expedition can still be difficult to maneuver around tight spaces.

The V8 engine performs fine. But it isn’t that capable especially when you load the Expedition up with 8 passengers or make it pull a large trailer. Many competing vehicles are more powerful and more efficient in towing and off-road work.

INSIDE THE 2014 EXPEDITION

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The higher trim levels have classy interiors but there is still the presence of low-quality materials. Gauges and controls, however, remain simple and easy to use across the lineup.

There’s no question about the Expedition’s interior space. It is ample for 8 people and their stuff. Everyone has enough room to stretch out. All seats are spacious and comfortable. The cargo area offers plenty of space too. Behind the third row, it measures 18.6 cubic feet in the standard wheelbase model and 42.6 cubic feet in the Expedition EL. With both the second and third rows folded down, the maximum cargo space in the standard Expedition is 108.3 cubic feet and 130.8 in the EL.

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Ford Expedition and Expedition EL have three trim levels namely, XLT, Limited and King Ranch.

The XLT trim includes capless fuel filler, split-folding second-row seat with slide-forward center section, auto-dimming rearview mirror, auxiliary audio input jack, cruise control, 9 cup holders, voice-activated SYNC, leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio, tilt steering column, automatic headlights, fog lights, reverse sensing system, keyless entry, 6-way power driver seat with manual lumbar adjustment, split-fold-flat third-row bench seat, cloth upholstery, 6-speaker audio system with MP3 capability and CD player, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and blind spot mirrors.

The XLT Premium package adds 10-way power driver seat with power lumbar and memory, 6-way power front-passenger seat, power third-row seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped shift knob, 7-speaker audio system, wood interior trim, side-mirror-integrated turn signals, power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, and rearview camera.

The Limited trim has most of the standard features of the XLT plus heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, leather upholstery, and forward sensing system.

The Western-style King Ranch dresses the Expedition up with Chaparral leather interior trim and equips it with voice-activated navigation system and HD radio.

Optional features include but not limited to power sunroof, remote start system and rear entertainment system.

Photo credit: ford.com

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