2011 Expedition EL New Car Test Drive
The Ford Expedition is a full-size sport-utility vehicle. It seats up to eight people, hauls a mountain of gear, and can tow trailers in the 9,000-pound range. When equipped with four-wheel drive, the Expedition will get there whether the road is dry, wet, snowy, or even when there's hardly any road at all.
The cabin features rich materials and generous space in all three seating rows. The second- and third-row seats fold flat to create a useful rear cargo area.
Extended-length Expedition EL models add even more cargo-carrying capacity, especially noticeable when trying to load groceries or gear behind the third-row seats.
Thanks in part to independent rear suspension, the Expedition offers a smooth ride that is more car-like than most big, truck-based SUVs. That's nice on long drives. With its combination of utility, a smooth, stable ride and a pleasant interior, the Ford Expedition is a fine choice for families that tow or take driving vacations. Ford's 5.4-liter V8 powers all models.
There are few changes for 2011 Expedition models. Expedition was last redesigned for the 2007 model year.
The Ford Expedition comes in two lengths, the standard model with a 119-inch wheelbase, and the Expedition EL with its 131-inch wheelbase. Every Expedition is powered by a single-overhead-cam 5.4-liter V8 rated at 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment.
Every Expedition model is available with either rear-wheel drive (2WD) or electronically engaged ControlTrac four-wheel drive (4WD) that can be driven on dry pavement and includes low-range gearing. Four trim levels are available: The XL, the upscale XLT, the luxurious Limited, and the top-of-the-line King Ranch.
All Expedition models include AdvanceTrac electronic stability control system with Roll Stability Control (RSC), including standard Trailer Sway Control that detects trailer sway motion and takes corrective measures to bring both the vehicle and the trailer under control.
The 2011 Ford Expedition XL ($35,590) and 4WD XL ($38,490) come with cloth upholstery with front captain's chairs, second-row 40/20/40 split bench reclining fold-flat seat with CenterSlide, third-row 60/40 split bench fold flat-to-the-floor seat, full-length overhead console, large center console, power door locks, power windows, heated power mirrors, carpeting, auto-dimming mirror, three power points, leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, keyless entry, AM/FM/CD/MP3 with audio input jack, fog lamps, luggage rack, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
The Expedition EL XL ($39,115) and Expedition EL XL 4WD ($42,015) are equipped the same.
Options include SYNC voice-activated communication and entertainment system ($395), heavy-duty trailer towing ($395), and remote start ($345).
The Expedition XLT ($38,200) and XLT 4WD ($41,100), Expedition EL XLT ($40,910) and EL XLT 4WD ($43,810) add reverse-sensing system, SYNC, Premium sound system, power-adjustable pedals, universal garage door opener, and a large selection of other trim and convenience features. XLT options include moonroof ($995), power running boards ($995), air suspension ($485), rear-seat entertainment ($1,995), leather ($2,265), and voice-activated navigation ($2,105). The XLT is also available with three comprehensive packages with increasing levels of features, the 201A ($4,425), 202A ($5,610), and 203A ($9,705).
Expedition Limited ($44,870) and Limited 4WD ($47,770), Limited EL ($47,520) and Limited EL 4WD ($50,420) add heated and cooled front seats, power rear quarter windows, dual-zone climate control, memory for driver's seat and exterior mirrors, rear-view camera, rain-sensing wipers, power liftgate, PowerFold rear seat, leather, 20-inch alloy wheels and a wide range of additional convenience and trim features. Limited Decor Group 301A ($4,590) features navigation system, rear-seat entertainment, moonroof, and power running boards.
Expedition King Ranch ($46,140) and King Ranch 4WD ($49,040), King Ranch EL ($48,790) and King Ranch EL 4WD ($51,690) feature Chaparral leather upholstery, King Ranch badging, and gold exterior accents. The leather trims the center console lid, steering wheel and door panels, while wood trim can be found on the center console, shifter handle and instrument panel. There is also a King Ranch Decor Group 401A ($4,590), which includes navigation, rear-seat entertainment, moonroof, and power running boards.
Safety equipment includes front airbags, torso-protecting front side airbags, three-row head-protecting side-curtain airbags with rollover deployment, tire-pressure monitor, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with brake assist, and AdvanceTrac electronic stability control with Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Trailer Sway Control. A rear obstacle detection system is standard on Limited and King Ranch.