By KBB.com Editors
KBB Expert Rating: 7.3
If you frequently venture over vast stretches of the country, you'll likely want to do it in a vehicle big enough to stretch out, move around and even stay in overnight if necessary. The 2014 Ford Expedition offers both a standard 119-inch and extended 131-inch-wheelbase models, both equally adept in towing and off-road adventuring. With room for up to eight people and a tow rating up to 9,200 pounds, the Expedition bests every other full-size SUV in its class. And with its numerous trims and long list of amenities, the Expedition is able to take on challengers from the most basic Chevrolet Tahoe to the most luxuriously equipped Nissan Armada or Toyota Sequoia.
If you have big needs in the areas of towing, passenger accommodation and cargo capacity, the 2014 Ford Expedition makes a great solution. Unlike GM's SUVs, there is no need to remove the 3rd-row seats to create a level loading floor as the Expedition's seats fold flush into the floor.
If you need the interior room of a big SUV but not the gargantuan size, hefty fuel costs or massive towing ability, a crossover SUV like the Ford Flex or Explorer makes a much better choice.
Changes to the 2014 Ford Expedition are limited to a new mechanical rear leveling system that replaces last year's air-suspension system.
Driving Impressions It's pretty much common sense that a vehicle weighing 6,000 pounds isn't going to ride or handle like a smaller, lighter car or SUV. As the Expedition starts out tipping...... the scales at nearly three tons, we can tell you that for what it is, the Expedition's ride and handling are on par with other vehicles in this class. The steering is heavy and somewhat slow to respond, but the cornering is actually better than expected. An independent rear suspension helps lower the Expedition's center of gravity and aids in better cornering and emergency maneuvers. The Expedition's 5.4-liter V8 isn't the most powerful in its class, but it provides sufficient torque (365 lb-ft) to adequately move the vehicle, which comes in both 2-wheel drive (2WD) and 4-wheel drive (4WD). If opting for 4WD, the Expedition's approach and breakover angles are slightly diminished, whereas the long-wheelbase Expedition EL's are (incrementally) enhanced. Be careful out there.
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 2014 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.
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 2014 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 2014 Expedition's prominent grille and upright stance speak (cubic) volumes, whether clothing the base XLT or up-market 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.
With room for eight and the ability to tow up to 9,200 pounds (Expedition 2WD), the most notable piece of standard equipment on or in Ford's 2014 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.
Ford's 2014 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 2014 Ford Expedition can be every bit the nerd you are.
While the 2014 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.
310 horsepower @ 5,100 rpm
365 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg (2WD), 13/18 mpg (4WD)
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2014 Ford Expedition XLT is just over $41,000, some $10,000 below the base sticker of the King Ranch EL. In all trims – XLT, Limited and King Ranch – the EL variant costs roughly $3,000 more than its shorter sibling. Of course, with a wealth of options and accessories available, along with functional adds such as 4WD, that sticker can easily be elevated by some $10,000. At the upper end of the Expedition's food chain, the Limited and King Ranch offer interior appointments and exterior enhancements fully competitive with Lincoln's Navigator and GMC's Yukon Denali. Before you buy, be sure and check KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what consumers are paying for Expeditions in your area. At the other end of the ownership cycle, Expedition owners can anticipate a return on investment similar to that offered by GM (Tahoe, Suburban and Yukon) and Nissan (Armada).
By Eagar1 on Thursday, September 11, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good value, does everything you would expect"
Cons: "mileage could be better, poor spark plug design"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Great balance of utility and luxury. Worked well towing, and hauling our family of five to and fro, vacations etc. almost never let us down. Only repairs so far have been to the rear a/c vent, to replace the Spark Plugs was a very large expense, $800 due to poor engineering which has since been fixed in later models, fuel pump, brakes, tires, batteries, transmission fluid swap, basic maintenance. Air conditioning now needs repair, have not determined the problem as of yet."
8 people out of 14 found this review helpful
By ADKTraveler on Friday, August 22, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Versatility, Power & Performance"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought my 2008 used/lease surrender, in 2009. I LOVE IT! It's huge and a beast in the snow...in fact it's nick-named Yheti (after tearing thru a huge snow drift on a girl trip to the Finger Lakes in February - lots of icy snow). In fact this was a trade in for a 2004 Expedition (which was hit by a guy running a stop sign clipping my back end) That's a funny story...My mom and 5 year old were in Ole Blue, and wanted to know why I was pulling off the road...they didn't even realize we had been hit!! $7000 worth of damage/repair and it was back on the road...until the Yheti was spotted at the dealership! Poor Blue...he had to go. I take it off road in the Adirondacks all the time, tow a boat, jet ski, landscaping trailer and drive it like a TRUCK - much to my husbands dismay!!! He considers it a luxury vehicle...which it IS all that and more! It has the versitility of a truck and beauty & etras to take to Saratoga to rub elbows with the $bags$. And, yeah it may be a gas guzzler but if you need the extra-power & pickup plus room for the kids & dogs (2 - 80# labs take up the back quite comfortably with no issues/fighting)....not to mention the entertainment package and Sirus - it's a win, win..and like I said...I don't want to trade in - just was curious on value (2 offers to buy Yheti already!) - I'd rather trade in the hubby...ok maybe not -or maybe?!"
4 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By HAmpty on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 210,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Everfything is good"
Cons: "I have no sunroof, but everything else"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This vehicle, high mileage, but with normal servicing and normal replacement, ie tires, wipers, alignment, etc., is the best I have ever had. The interior is still in high quality, the exterior, no wrecks, is in very good condition. Gas mileage is what I consider good, highway is right at 18mph, and town is right at 20mph. HAve absolutely no complaints about this vehicle and would drive it anywhere."
10 people out of 19 found this review helpful