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2013 Ford Expedition EL

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2013 Ford Expedition EL Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

In a country spanning three time zones, if you hit the road frequently you'll probably want to hit it with something big. And there are few bigger U.S. offerings than those put forth by Ford Motor Company. Its largest is the 2013 Ford Expedition, available in both standard (119-inch wheelbase) and EL (131-inch wheelbase) versions. Regardless of the Expedition's so-last-century architecture, there remain a lot of people hauling kids and towing trailers. And for those that regard a truck-based SUV as a necessary tool, the Expedition remains one of the best. In its competitive segment, cross-shopped against Chevy Tahoes and Suburbans, and – to a lesser extent – the Nissan Armada, Ford's standard feature list is arguably higher, and its mechanical spec more sophisticated.

You'll Like This Car If...

Should you and your family (or you and your business) require room for eight and 9,000 pounds of towing capability, Ford's 2013 Expedition responds to that need. The now-venerable Expedition offers an ambitious spec (overhead cam powertrain, all-independent suspension) to complement an aggressive menu of options and individualization.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your urban environs or suburban driveway limit your parking options, and you don't plan on towing large boats or trailers, 6,000 pounds of Ford Expedition may not be the answer.

What's New for 2013

The Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow package now includes an integrated trailer brake controller, available on XLT and standard on Limited and King Ranch. Working with the Expedition's ABS system, it provides improved trailer braking when compared to aftermarket units. For entertainment, Limited and King Ranch models offer a factory-installed DVD system for rear passengers and 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels.

Driving the Expedition EL

Driving Impressions Let's consider a basic law in automotive physics: A vehicle weighing some 6,000 pounds will rarely provide the same driving dynamic of a vehicle weighing 4,000 pounds. Most variants of...

the 2013 Ford Expedition and Expedition EL start out weighing almost three tons – when loaded with passengers and cargo they will weigh much more. To that end, anticipate the additional mass when steering, accelerating or braking. Thankfully, Ford's engineers have done their best to disguise the Expedition's heft without actually reducing or eliminating it. The big Ford's center of gravity is lowered with the incorporation of an all-independent suspension, while the SUV's 5.4-liter V8 supplies sufficient torque (365 lb-ft) to adequately move that mass. Directional control is provided by power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, while stopping is accomplished via 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.

Notably, if opting for 4-wheel drive, the Expedition's approach and breakover angles are slightly diminished, whereas the long-wheelbase Expedition EL's are (incrementally) enhanced. Be careful out there.

ENHANCED UTILITY
The Expedition 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.

KING RANCH TRIM
With more hide than will be found on some ranches, the King Ranch edition of Ford's 2013 Expedition is the most expressive combination of truck-like capability and upscale appointment currently on the market. We'd get ours in EL form, with more room to carry more saddles.

2013 Ford Expedition EL Details
2013 Ford Expedition EL photo Interior

While there's no official relationship between Ford's interior design team and Dwell magazine, with this generation of Expedition Ford was among the first to incorporate truly contemporary design themes into a truck-based architecture. In any of the 2013 Expedition's three trim levels, seats are comfortable and provide enough seat travel to comfortably accommodate passengers of virtually any size. As a bonus, the Expedition's third row provides room for real adults. And when not in use that third row folds flush into the floor, a benefit of the Expedition's fully independent rear suspension.

Exterior

A King Ranch Expedition may no longer get you the choice parking spot at the high-end steak place, but it retains a credible spot in the hearts and minds of those doing hard work during the week while playing hard on weekends. The 2013 Expedition's prominent grille and upright stance speak (cubic) volumes, whether clothing the base XLT or upmarket King Ranch. And with a wide-ranging menu of exterior colors and interior trims, the Ford Expedition has historically been every bit as expressive as its clientele. And if "enough" is never enough, opt for the Expedition EL, providing an additional foot of wheelbase, 14 inches of additional length and over 42 cubic feet of storage behind the Expedition's third row.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

With room for eight and the ability to tow up to 9,200 pounds (Expedition 4X2), the most notable piece of standard equipment on or in Ford's 2013 Expedition is its capability. And while "Built Ford Tough" is the product team's mantra, Ford hasn't forgotten creature comforts. Ford is the only domestic manufacturer to combine an overhead-cam powerplant with all-independent suspension for levels of performance and composure you can take to the bank – or the beach. And given its family mission, safety is front and center, with AdvanceTrac traction control working with Roll Stability Control to enhance your confidence while driving in unpredictable weather or circumstances.

Optional Equipment

Ford's 2013 Expedition and Expedition EL offer a total of 10 equipment levels, one of which should match your needs and/or budget. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is a factory-installed option on Limited and King Ranch versions of the Expedition, while drivers can stay connected with the outside world via MyFord Touch. With a menu of connectivity includes Wi-Fi capability, text-to-voice capability, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, and voice-activated navigation, your 2013 Ford Expedition can be every bit the nerd you are. Finally, new paint colors include Blue Jeans Metallic, Kodiak Brown Metallic and Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat.

Under the Hood

While the 2013 Expedition's 5.4-liter V8 is certainly adequate, Ford's one offering is overwhelmed by the multitude of choices available from Chevrolet and GMC. The Ford V8's 310 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque are well-matched to the chassis, and that power is enhanced by a 6-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 @ 5,100 rpm
365 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg (2-wheel drive), 13/18 mpg (4-wheel drive)

Please note: Fuel economy figures for Expedition EL are not available.

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2013 Ford Expedition EL Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 307 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

Great Vehicle for a large family!!!! Has it all!!

By on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,400

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Awesome, roomy, comfortable ride, good value"

Cons: "13 mpg city is brutal"

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

"I have owned this since new. It has served us well for 77,400 trouble free miles. I mean not one service related issue. Normal wear and tear and it is still a great ride and comfortable for a family of 6."

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."

4 people out of 7 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 17 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

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