What We Drove
Fun to Drive
Instruments are hard to see and find at night. Elements of the instrument panel are great, with big black-on-white lettering in circles, but the gas gauge is hard to spot and very small in the corner; considering how thirsty the Expedition is, hiding it is probably a good thing. Or is it bad? We did enjoy the chrome touches throughout the cabin. Brushed aluminum up front came across nicely, and we liked the idea of the top dash tray, but not its execution. The hard plastic made everything slip around and created quite a racket. Turn hard enough or go fast enough, and what you’ve got up there may well fly right out.
2nd Opinion – So
The Ford Expedition offers a smooth ride and nimble handling thanks to its front and rear independent suspension. Steering felt light but direct. Wind noise was atrocious over 40 mph. Despite its size, I can’t help thinking the Expedition was designed for smaller drivers in mind. The front seats are comfortable, but a non-telescoping steering column and pedals with a narrow adjustment range make for a driving position that’s awkward and uncomfortable, especially for taller drivers. What’s worse is the brakes are so heavy you get a workout just coming to a stop. My foot got tired and I resorted to shifting to neutral at stops. Still, the Expedition drives better and offers more utility than Chevy’s Tahoe.
2nd Opinion -- Wardlaw
Ford’s inability to sell cars and trucks is a failure of marketing. With few exceptions the Expedition is a superior vehicle to the big ‘utes from GM. Here are a few reasons why: It’s more comfortable, with a wide ledge on the upper door panel that makes a perfect armrest during a road trip; the independent rear suspension is a huge selling point because it provides a better ride; a third-row seat that is actually comfortable for adults; and lots of cargo space. Some materials are cheap, and the fake wood is terrible, but this is a solid SUV. Fuel economy is even in the ballpark with GM. Test drive this before buying a Chevy or GMC.
Photos courtesy of Ron Perry, Ford Motor Company