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You'll Like The 2011 Ford Expedition If...

If you have a big family, boat or trailer, you’ll revel in the space and versatility provided by the 2011 Ford Expedition. Virtually every dynamic aspect, from styling to creature comforts to technology and passenger safety, is the best we’ve seen in the Expedition to date.

You May Not Like The 2011 Ford Expedition If...

If a vehicle weighing in excess of 5,500 pounds absolutely disgusts you, look at something else. If you’re carrying only passengers, the more fuel-efficient Ford Flex crossover SUV may better suit your needs.

What's New

For 2011, the Ford Expedition adds HD Radio and SIRIUS Travel Link to the optional navigation package.

Interior Features

The Expedition’s seats offer excellent support, with improved contours, big side bolsters (we’d still hope for a little more lateral support), soft cushions and, on Limited and King Ranch models, upgraded materials. Additionally, seat-track travel for the driver’s side can accommodate people from 4’11" to 6’4" tall. In the Limited and King Ranch trims, driver and passengers will enjoy plush leather seating surfaces, cup holders galore, attractive and legible instrumentation and a stylish center stack and instrument panel. Access to the third row is relatively easy and the seating is reasonably comfortable, even for adults. Opt for the EL variant and you’ll enjoy both a larger third row and lots of storage space behind it. Finally, some of the plastic textures, though not cheap, do not seem to quite match the expectations of a $40,000-plus price point.

Exterior Features

The Expedition’s big, boxy exterior is handsomely adorned in chrome, color-keyed trim and a lot of glass. Its tall ride height requires side running boards to make entry and exit easier, not to mention graceful. That same height, however, can make it difficult to move and secure items to the roof rack. A single piece rear hatch can be ordered with a power lift feature. The 2011 Expedition’s most prominent feature is its recently acquired nose job, where Ford’s now-signature four-bar grille sits front and center. What Ford describes as "crisply-defined surfaces and chiseled good looks" certainly remain, though augmented by the raised "powerdome" hood, unique headlamps and large wheel "lips." Finally, 20-inch rims are available as factory options, so there’s no need to seek out the aftermarket variety.

Driving Impressions

With the recently updated enhancements made to structure, suspension, steering and braking, the 2011 Ford Expedition is far removed from its truck-derived predecessors. Despite the tall seating position, the driving impression feels connected to the road, helped in no small part by steering with a good degree of precision. Over-the-road comfort is good and the handling feels balanced. While we weren’t overwhelmed by the 5.4-liter V8’s acceleration while towing, the Expedition seemed fully up to the task.

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer’s Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) for the two-wheel-drive 2011 Ford Expedition XL begins just over $36,000 and can climb as high as $57,000 for a fully-loaded four-wheel-drive King Ranch model. The EL extended-length version adds about $3,000 to the bottom line of each of the four (XL, XLT, Limited and King Ranch) trims. The very high-end Limited and King Ranch trims include interior appointments and exterior enhancements fully competitive with entrants from both Lincoln and GMC. Before you set out to purchase your new Expedition, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price, which shows what others in your area are paying for their new vehicles. As for resale, Expedition owners can expect to see values similar to the Chevy Suburban and Nissan Armada, but well below the Toyota Sequoia.

Notable Equipment

The AdvanceTrac stability control system with Roll Stability Control modulates braking and engine power to help maintain driver control in marginal conditions, particularly those involving slippery surfaces. Trailer Sway Control and the MyKey programmable key system –which allows parents to limit vehicle speed and audio volume, among other things – are also standard. Occupant protection is enhanced with seat-mounted front-side airbags and a three-row "safety canopy." Other standard features include keyless keypad entry, six-way power front seats, sliding center-section second-row seat, heated seats, rain-sensing wipers and a 310-horsepower V8 engine.

Notable Options

Expedition buyers can choose an optional PowerFold third-row seat that folds flat with the touch of a button. An optional power liftgate is also available. Stand-alone options include a rear backup camera, DVD navigation with SIRIUS Travel Link, the voice-activated SYNC communications and entertainment system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, auto-leveling rear air suspension and a 340-watt audio system.

Favorite Features

Enhanced UtilityThe EL’s 12-inch longer wheelbase and nearly 15 inches of additional length provide a huge improvement in capacity with little increase in cost or reduction in fuel efficiency. Sure, your garage may not accommodate the extra length, but that’s a small price to pay if you’re actually intending to use your full-size SUV.Keyless Entry KeypadNo more worrying about where to hide your keyfob; with the keyless keypad entry system you can simply lock your keys and other items safely inside the vehicle. A preset combination entered via the door-mounted keypad unlocks the doors.

Under the Hood

While the 5.4-liter V8 is certainly adequate, Ford’s one offering is overwhelmed by the multitude of choices available from Chevrolet and GMC. The V8’s 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque are well-matched to the chassis, and that power is enhanced by a six-speed automatic, but the package falls short of GM’s 5.3-liter V8 (at least in horsepower) or GM’s 6.0-liter V8. 5.4-liter V8310 horsepower @ 5100 rpm365 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (gasoline, 2WD), 9/13 (E85, 2WD), 12/17 (gasoline, 4WD), 13/18 (E85, 4WD)

Editors' Notes

Although the Ford Expedition (and other large, truck-based SUVs) may be in market decline, there remains a need for vehicles with their capabilities. In the 2011 Ford Expedition and extended-length Expedition EL, the automaker hopes to meet or exceed that need. Against rivals from Chevrolet, Nissan, Toyota and GMC, the Expedition stacks up well, offering innovative features like a power flush-folding third-row seat, the SYNC audio system and an external keypad locking/unlocking feature. With the auto industry slowly recovering, those willing to take a risk that fuel prices won’t spike again may find now is the best time to make a great deal.

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2011 Ford Expedition XLT

Love! Vehicle has been very reliable. We bought vehicle used 15,000 miles. We have been diligent on regular maintenance and oil changes which has greatly increased the life. Wish it was better in snow. Does ok, we have found over time that the tires make a big difference on performance in snow. Vehicle if very roomy and fits our family perfect. Wish we would have bought the one with heated seats. We did have a problem with a 'clunk' when we took it to the ford dealer they said it was possibly the tires or possibly the transmission adjusting to the new driver because it has an auto adjust. Not sure if they knew what the problem was so they made up a story. Checked a couple of places but could not find anyone that had a fix. Over time the problem has fixed itself. Not sure what the problem was or the fix was. We live in a very remote area and have put a lot of miles on our vehicle. It is very comfortable and has been a very reliable car. I would recommend the ford explorer to the family that likes to travel in comfort and confidence.

- Diane F

The turn by turn radius is amazing! No other SUV could make these turns!

2011 Ford Expedition

I love the all leather interior seats. It comes with the warm feature for when weather gets gold. I enjoy the windshield wipers. Once you turn the knob to the first setting, it becomes automatic. The windshield wipers senses so the speed changes on its own to a higher or lower speed depending on the frequency of rain hitting your windshield. You do not need to change it as you would with other vehicles. It automatically stops on its own too when there is no more rainfall. I enjoy the automatic trunk button feature. Press the button on your fob to open it and there is also a button inside to close the trunk when you are finished. Reverse camera is always a help when backing up with sensors.

- Jenna D

there dual air conditioning lot of plugs for devices and CD and DVD players

2011 Ford Expedition Limited

I love the Ford Expedition because it has a lot of room it's comfortable dual air conditioning front and back seats are comfortable also has extra seat belt in the middle for the children and really good gas mileage on long trips it stands up for itself I wouldn't have any other vehicle. The kids enjoy it we get to go on Long Journeys with it and compared to any vehicle that we've had before this is the one that has a lot of legroom space a lot of connection for phones it has a CD player a video player with screen so over all this is a great vehicle

- Janet R

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