Think of an SUV, and an image of a big and monstrous vehicle comes to mind. But with the Ford Expedition, that’s only half the picture. What completely defines it is an addition of unlimited supply of ideas for extras and features to the raw power of the car. Not only is this car a perfect utility vehicle, it is also ideal for a big family to comfortably ride in luxury. Ford’s thirst to push the limits of these qualities makes the Expedition one of the go-to cars in its class.
First generation (1997-2002): Arrival of a new Ford full-size SUV
The all-new Ford Expedition was released as a replacement to the old Ford Bronco. With the introduction of a new model, Ford didn’t hesitate to come out with a bang. The car made its presence felt with a V8 engine that gave the car as much as 230 hp. Add a 4-speed automatic transmission across all trims, and an optional Ford Control Trac 4-wheel drive system, heavy loads and cargo were not a problem for the car. For a beast-like engine, its interior was as homey by comparison. Luxury seats, leather upholstery, power roofs, climate control, a superb sound system, and many more features gave the Expedition all the amenities it needed.
Second generation (2003-2006): In and out improvements
Working from the success of the first generation Expedition, things just got better as years passed. One major change was the independent rear suspension—believed to limit towing capability—for new models. Despite the issues, it seemed an independent suspension improved the car’s ride especially through tricky terrain. This was a big advantage for an SUV. Engine power was also significantly increased to give 232-385 horsepower. An Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) classification added another high point. Exterior trims were improved as new bumpers, grille, lights, and trims were added. Some interior changes included easier accessibility and modification of seats, a navigation system, and an entertainment system.
Current generation (2007- ): Complete package
Currently, Ford integrates designs from the successful F-150 to the already excellent Expedition. In terms of looks, the Expedition shares some of the F-150’s—as seen with parts like the grille, dashboard, and center console. Inside, the cabin is more spacious than past models. Tons of electronic assists and amenities are also included. But where the current Expedition really excels is in the mechanical and technical department. With an always reliable and powerful engine, new 6-speed automatic transmission, and improved suspension, this easy-to-drive SUV has everything an owner would ask for.