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2011 Ford Expedition EL

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2011 Ford Expedition EL Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car 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 This Car 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

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

Driving the Expedition EL

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.

Enhanced Utility
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.

2011 Ford Expedition EL Details
Interior

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

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard 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.

Optional Equipment

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.

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 V8
310 horsepower @ 5100 rpm
365 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (gasoline, 2WD), 9/13 (E85, 2WD), 12/17 (gasoline, 4WD), 13/18 (E85, 4WD)

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2011 Ford Expedition EL Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 306 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Absolute best vehicle for travel/vacations

By on Thursday, July 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,625

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Has been great vehicle, but I'm selling it in order to purchase a new 2016 Expedition Limited provided I can fin the same color and of course get a good deal from the Dealer."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great, reliable travel car. Roomy, comfortable

By on Saturday, July 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Room, gas milage, reliable!"

Cons: "Rides a little rough sometimes - but nothing bad."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I ordered this car in 2008, and have maintained it-by the book- since day one. It gets 21-22mpg driving at 70mph. Drive 65 and gets 22.6mpg. Have never had any trouble with it. Power third row seats make it very good for either children(uo) or cargo(down)."

6 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Very impressed overall

By on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Very roomy. Great towing. Smooth transmission."

Cons: "Paint on tailgate"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"2012 expedition EL Limited with 36,000 miles. Only issue was with paint bubbling on tailgate. Found out that the tailgates and hoods are aluminum and it is not rust but impurities in the metal when painted. Ford repainted without questions and looks great. Move the drive and the 6 psd tranny is very smooth. Have the bucket seats in 2nd row and would recommend to anyone. Gas mileage is the same as my previous three pickups and more functionality. Not sure why complain about mileage with these 5500 pound trucks.... Recommend to change oil at 4500-5000 ... Factory recommend is 7500 but the mechanics at a Ford dealership told me no way. They said if you change the oil at 4500 these 5.4 motors will last a long time. As big suv's go, this one gives you the most for your money."

16 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Best vehicle ever!!!

By on Sunday, May 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "affordable luxury, smooth, feels ahhhhhh"

Cons: "no cons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my second expedition and third SUV. My first SUV was before I was introduced to the amazing Expedition. My current Exp. is the love of my life (aside from my husband and beautiful children of course) :). I could go in detail for days about my love affair with the silver v8 tucked in all cozy in my garage, but at the risk of boring you, I won't. If you gave me 800 million dollars and said, "Go buy any vehicle you want (land or sea)". I would buy my Expedition. Seriously! I LOVE IT! ALWAYS HAVE, ALWAYS WILL."

15 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Great For Towing travel trailer

By on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive and very comfortable"

Cons: "The retracting running boards stick some times but"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This truck has been the best and most reliable truck I have ever had. It rides great we are getting 18MPG combined city and highway driving. It tows our 3500lb travel trailer like it is not there. of course the MPG does drop to 11-12mpg depending on the how steep the hills may be I would defiantly buy this truck again"

16 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Awesome vehicle!

By on Monday, May 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "CANNOT praise the vehicle enough."

Cons: "No complaints about it."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had this vehicle for 7 1/2 years and have NEVER had any mechanical issues. The biggest expense I had with it was replacing the tires. Oil changes maintained at required intervals. Awesome mileage (18 city - 21 highway) for an 8 cylinder. Because of it's 8 seat capacity - was always a favorite with the family for trips to the beach and vacations. You feel like the king of the road because of its size...don't realize you are doing 85 MPH until you look at the speedometer. Would love to keep it but the kids are all grown now - don't need anything this big anymore."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

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