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Although Ford's Expedition (and other large, truck-based SUVs) may be in market decline, there remains a need for vehicles with their capabilities. In the 2010 Expedition and extended length Expedition EL, Ford 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 industry still in recovery mode, those willing to take a risk may find now is the best time to make a great deal.
If you have a big family, boat or trailer, you'll revel in the space and versatility provided by the 2010 Ford Expedition. Virtually every dynamic aspect, except straight-line performance, has recently been enhanced, as have both active and passive safety features and characteristics.
For 2010, the Ford Expedition gains standard Trailer Sway Control and the programmable MyKey system.
Driving Impressions With the recently updated enhancements made to structure, suspension, steering and braking, the 2010 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.
The 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 Keypad
No 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.
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 upgraded materials. Additionally, seat-track travel for the driver's side can accommodate people from 4'11" to 6'4" tall. In the Eddie Bauer package, driver and passengers will enjoy tone-on-tone leather, attractive and legible instrumentation, a stylish center stack on the instrument panel and cup holders galore. 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 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
The 2010 Ford Expedition carries over with only minor exterior changes after undergoing a complete makeover in 2008. While retaining the same basic architecture as the 2006 model, the newest Expedition's modifications are immediately recognizable. The most prominent alteration is the 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, new headlamps and large wheel "lips." Finally, 20-inch rims are optionally available from the factory, so there's no need to seek out the aftermarket variety.
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 programmable MyKey system – which allows parents to limit vehicle speed and audio volume, among other things – are added this year. Occupant protection is enhanced with seat-mounted front-side air bags 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.
Expedition buyers can choose an optional PowerFold third-row seat that folds flat with the touch of a button. In combination with an also-optional power liftgate, the departure from the mall or hardware store needn't be so arduous. The independent rear suspension makes the flat-folding third row possible, because it takes up less space under the vehicle, and PowerFold and a powered liftgate make it convenient. 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.
While the 5.4-liter V8 is certainly adequate, Ford's one offering is overwhelmed by the multitude of choices available from Chevrolet, GMC and Dodge. The V8's 310 horsepower and 365 lb.-ft. 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), GM's 6.0-liter V8 and Dodge's 5.7-liter HEMI V8.
5.4 liter V8
310 horsepower at 5100 rpm
365 lb.-ft. of torque at 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (gasoline, 2WD), 9/13 (E85, 2WD), N/A (4WD)
By Candy on Tuesday, March 17, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very roomy and spacious"
Cons: "Gets 15 mpg on average day to day driving.."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I'd love to sell this Expedition EL. It has been an excellent SUV. Clean and never smoked in. It still looks new. Drives and rides good. Just want something new. Kids are now driving their own vehicles and don't need something so big to haul them in."
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By SunshineHillbilly on Thursday, March 05, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Size, comfort, safety, dependability."
Cons: "Small design issues, expensive to buy."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This is my 5th Expedition, I would drive them forever if I could. I had to give up my 1998 Expedition last year, it broke my heart. It was the best vehicle I ever owned. The overall quality of the 2008 falls somewhere in the middle of the 5 Expeditions I have owned. Like all of them, it is a great vehicle, but it probably will be my last one, I can't afford to buy another."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Charlie on Thursday, March 05, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great cargo space"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"This is the 4th Expedition I've owned. All was fine until it got over 50,000 miles when things started going down hill- seal in transmission, running boards not retracting, rear wiper motor going. Never had such problems with my other Expeditions."
By Long Legs on Thursday, February 19, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Lots of cup holders & USB ports."
Cons: "Suspension not good on rough roads."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"Reliable SUV with little repairs in last three years of owning my Expedition. Third-row seats are comfortable with plenty of space to haul items when needed. Automatic third-row seats are very handy instead of manual. Only issue has been Instrument panel lacks lighting during day-time. When sun shines on it, panel is really difficult to see info that is on display. Radio system is great, and satellite plus hands-free phone system works well. Navigation maps are a really nice feature, too."
6 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By George on Tuesday, January 20, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Wish I'd added heated steering wheel & AWD"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Excellent machine -- too large for our garage. Love the 20" wheel height, outstanding 360 visibility. Need a work horse, this is one.............. City 14mpg. Hwy 22mpg............"
33 people out of 56 found this review helpful
By rev on Thursday, January 08, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Really enjoy the extra cargo room. I have 4 kids, all in car seats, and the space is great! Great engine, performance, and value in my book."
12 people out of 25 found this review helpful