No matter which trim you choose, the 2013 Ford Expedition is powered by an incredibly strong 5.4-liter V8 engine. It pairs up with a six-speed automatic to put out 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. The engine is specially engineered to deliver torque wherever it happens to be needed the most, making it a top pick for those with a load to tow. In fact, Expedition can safely handle 9,200 pounds, when properly equipped. Zero to 60 mph is accomplished in approximately 8.9 seconds, which is below average for this segment, but this is a big heavy vehicle; do you really need to go faster? As you would expect, fuel-economy is pretty much absolutely horrible, returning 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway and that is for two-wheel drive. The four-wheel drive models are even worse at 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway, so expect to fill this thirsty vehicle up a lot. As for the ride, you may be surprised at how smooth and comfortable it really is, despite its massive footprint. The short-and-long-arm front suspension and independent rear suspension ensures that the wheels will respond favorably to uneven or rough surfaces.
• HD Radio - Even FM radio delivers CD-quality sound due to digital broadcasting. This feature is included when you have the navigation system.
• SYNC - Stay connected while on the road with the SYNC AppLink. This feature will read your text messages to you, and provide you with hands-free calling via Bluetooth and voice-activated audio controls. You can even control Stitcher, Pandora and Orangatame Open Beak.
• Navigation - This available feature comes with Travel Link and SiriusXM to combine 3D map and GPS technology. You also get local gas prices, alternate route suggestions, movie listings and a 10GB digital jukebox.
Crash tests have not been performed on the 2013 Expedition, and they were not done on the previous model year either. It does come with the MyKey system that lets parents program maximum stereo volume and speed limits of younger drivers. Other safety features include:
• Four-wheel ABS
• Tire-pressure monitoring
• Post-collision safety system
• Emergency brakeforce distribution
• Traction control
• Rear door safety locks
• Dusk sensing headlamps
• Stability control
• Front seatbelt pretensioners
• Engine immobilizer
• Child seat anchors
• Trailer sway control
Even though Expedition is an extremely long vehicle, it manages to offer a modern look with contoured lines and a fierce front end. This SUV is available in two lengths, with the longer one offering an additional 15 inches. Higher trims have 20-inch painted alloy wheels available that almost make it worth upgrading on their very own.
Depending on if you get the regular or EL model as well as which seating configuration you choose, the 2013 Expedition will welcome five, seven or eight-passengers. The standard seat in the second row is a 40/20/40 split, but second row bucket seats can be selected instead. The third row seat offers a surprising amount of room, and unlike Chevrolet’s Suburban and Tahoe, this seat folds down with ease, so you don’t have to fight to remove it, if you need more cargo space. Although this SUV does use some nice materials, you will likely agree that the controls on the dash are extremely outdated and the touchscreen seems to get swallowed up by the size of the cabin.
Standard Expedition offers 18.6 cubic feet of space behind the third seat, but EL customers enjoy 42.6 cubic feet. Behind the front seat, cargo space is plentiful at 108.3 and 130.8 cubic feet respectively.