2010 Ford Expedition Road Test Review

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It's tough out there for full-size sport-utility vehicles right now.  As the vast SUV market continues to collapse in the face of the economic downturn, the vehicles that were once considered the height of suburban fashion have been relegated to the back of the showrooms, emerging only when a hybrid-electric version can be touted. 

As unpopular as these vehicles are at the moment, however, there's some evidence that while the sales numbers may drop, full-size sport-utes will be with us for quite some time.  After all, Chevrolet's Suburban was a steady seller long before it became trendy, and now that buyers who need a truck-based cargo beast have had a taste of the Ford Expedition, it's unlikely that they're going to let it go anytime soon. The Expedition, therefore, saunters quietly into 2010 with a round of safety and technology upgrades. 

The Expedition's not the most fuel-efficient vehicle in the lineup, but buyers who need this kind of capability are finding efficiency in different ways. The Expedition does the job of several vehicles.  It's able to haul up to eight adult passengers, for starters, and they're transported in comfort thanks to a spacious interior.  Ford's seats are excellent for long-distance comfort, and the Expedition's large console will swallow the many small items that accumulate inside of an errand-running vehicle.  Second-row heated seats are now standard, and Ford's SYNC infotainment system, rear-seat DVD player, Sirius Satellite Radio and voice-activated navigation are available.  Friendly touches like a capless fuel filler system make the Expedition easy to live with.  Ford's MyKey system allows parents to program vehicle restrictions such as a limited top speed, belt reminder chime and reduced audio system volume into the Expedition.  With the touch of a button, the available power-folding third-row seats drop into the floor and open up 1,557 litres (55 cubic feet) of space.  With all of the seats folded, the Expedition will swallow almost twice that amount.  The extended-wheelbase Expedition EL will haul a minivan-humbling 3,681 litres (130 cubic feet) of cargo. 

When it comes time to move something too big to fit inside, the Expedition's 5.4-litre V8 engine comes into play.  With 310 horsepower, three valves per cylinder and variable cam timing this big SUV can tow up to 4,173 kilos (9,200 pounds).  The big V8 also gives the Expedition flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) status as standard, enabling it to run on ethanol as well as gasoline.  A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and offers economy-improving close-spaced gear ratios.  Rear- and four-wheel drive are available. 

While the suspension is designed for strength, Ford has also made the Expedition comfortable enough to use as a daily driver.  Double wishbones up front and an independent multilink rear give the big SUV responsive and controlled handling, reducing the head toss and harshness common to truck-based sport utes.  The Expedition's AdvanceTrac stability control with Roll Stability Control is now equipped with Trailer Sway Control as standard, so the Expedition remains well behaved even with a heavy trailer out back.  AdvanceTrac is able to mitigate trailer instability by applying the truck's brakes and throttle where necessary.  Anti-lock brakes are standard. 

Healthy sales during the past decade have made the Expedition a common sight, giving the 2010 model a degree of anonymity on the road.  That's not a bad thing, however, as this truck's subdued good looks and familiarity prevents it from being a target of sneering hybrid owners who don't understand that some people need a large vehicle day-to-day.  The Expedition's styling comes from the previous generation of Ford trucks, with a bold, chrome-bar grille and upright lines.  The Eddie Bauer, Limited and King Ranch trim levels bring varying degrees of luxury and style to the Expedition lineup, and are designated by unique colours and badging. 

Expedition pricing starts at $45,999.  Step up to the larger Expedition Max, that starts with upgraded Eddie Bauer trim, and the starting price also goes up to $56,799.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: SUV, Ford, 2010, Expedition, Expedition Max, Expedition EL, $30,000 - $39,999, $40,000 - $49,999, $50,000 - $74,999,

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