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2005 Ford Expedition Sport Utility

5.4L XLT

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  • $35,505 original MSRP
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2005 Ford Expedition Sport Utility

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2005 Ford Expedition Sport Utility


2005 Ford Expedition

Source: New Car Test Drive


Ford Expedition is a benchmark for full-size SUVs. It's smooth, stable and refined with responsive handling given its size and weight. Its four-wheel-independent suspension is unusually sophisticated in this class, providing better ride and handling, on-road and off.

The Expedition is best exemplified by the popular Eddie Bauer model with its luxurious and inviting interior and feature details that make for a more comfortable and convenient vehicle. A new 2005 Expedition Limited model kicks it up a notch with special trim colors and more standard features.

All 2005 Ford Expedition models come with a new V8 engine that increases horsepower substantially yet improves fuel economy and reduces emissions. Expedition is loaded with safety features, and 2005 brings an optional Roll Stability Control system, which is designed to sense an approaching rollover situation then take action to help prevent it.

What the Expedition does best is move large quantities of people and gear. It can be equipped to tow up to 8900 pounds making it a good choice for families that need to pull a boat or a horse. Its perfectly flat cargo area makes it particularly adept at hauling. The available PowerFold third-row seat folds perfectly flat with the press of a button.

Able to carry up to eight passengers, it's good at hauling children. The second row features a small center seat that slides forward to give parents in the front seat access to a small child. A rear-seat DVD system is available for entertainment. And the Reverse Sensing System can alert the driver as the Expedition is backed toward an object such as a parked car, a short pole, or a child on a tricycle.

Model Lineup

The 2005 Ford Expedition comes with one engine, a 5.4-liter sohc V8 that uses variable valve timing and three valves per cylinder to develop 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a four-speed automatic. The new engine replaces both engines used last year.

Four trim levels are available: XLS, XLT, Eddie Bauer, and Limited. Each of these is offered with rear-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD).

XLS ($32,720) and XLS 4WD ($35,290) are the value-conscious models. They come well equipped, but offer little in the way of options. Standard features on XLS include four-wheel-disc brakes with ABS, air conditioning, tilt steering column, cruise control, privacy glass, fold-away power mirrors with approach lamps, power locks with remote keyless entry and SecuriLock security system, automatic headlamps, AM/FM/CD stereo, a Class III trailer hitch with a four-pin connector, and 17-inch steel wheels. Seats are three cloth-covered benches: split 60/40 in the first row with six-way power for the driver; split 40/20/40 in the second row to allow the CenterSlide feature; and split 60/40 in the third row.

XLT ($34,745) and XLT 4WD ($37,495) add auxiliary rear air conditioning and heat controls, overhead console with storage, auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors, color-keyed door handles, the tire-pressure monitoring system, fog lamps, running boards, and aluminum wheels. Many more options are available on XLT than XLS.

An appearance package called XLT Sport ($850) adds Dark Shadow Grey exterior cladding and wheel-lip moldings, high-gloss Dark Shadow Grey tubular step bars, and a two-tone grille treatment.

NBX ($38,595) outfits XLT 4WD models for the backcountry, with all-terrain tires, unique 17-inch chromed steel wheels, skid plates, and Sachs shocks tuned for off-road performance. NBX models are distinguished by their tubular steel running boards and blackout reflector headlamps. Inside are front captain's chairs with six-way power, heavy-duty rubber floor mats and a soft liner for the cargo area.

Eddie Bauer 2WD ($38,910) and 4WD ($42,060) add automatic climate control, leather captain's chairs with power and memory for the driver and manual lumbar support on both sides, power adjustable pedals with memory, power heated exterior mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and climate controls, floor, message center, audiophile stereo with an in-dash six-CD changer, and a keypad for the keyless entry system. Externally, Bauer Expeditions are distinguished by 17-inch machined aluminum wheels, Pueblo Gold running boards and generous helping of Pueblo Gold trim.

Limited 2WD ($40,710) and 4WD ($43,860) differ from the Eddie Bauer primarily in color scheme, but add power folding heated mirrors with turn signals and memory; eight-way power and memory for the front seats; and a wood-and-leather steering wheel. Seats are monochromatic leather; complex-reflector headlamps are blacked out; wheel lips, cladding, and mirrors are body color; and the wheels, exhaust tip, and roof rails are chromed.

Safety is enhanced by a big, rigid frame, a low front bumper, adjustable pedals to give smaller drivers a safer seating position, and a tire-pressure monitor. Anti-lock brakes (ABS) and other active safety systems help the driver maintain control of the vehicle and reduce the chance of skidding off the road.

Optional safety features include the Safety Canopy air curtain system ($850), designed to offer head protection for first- and second-row passengers in the event of a rollover or side impact; the package includes the reverse sensing system. AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control ($595), Ford's electronic stability control system, monitors traction at all wheels, plus the rate of change of body lean, and automatically cuts power or selectively applies one or more wheel brakes to correct a skid or prevent a rollover; it's only available on Eddie Bauer and Limited m


Ford Expedition is larger than Chevy Tahoe, but smaller than Suburban. It's larger than Toyota Sequoia and considerably larger than Dodge Durango.

This second-generation Expedition shares almost nothing with pre-2003 models, though it looks a lot like them and is roughly the same size. Underneath, everything is new. The track was widened nearly two inches to give Expedition a well-planted stance.

Expedition has a towering presence, thanks to its raised hood. Standard 17-inch wheels enhance its bold look. The roof height is lower than in the previous generation. Bumpers are integrated more smoothly into the overall design. Door handles are the full-grip variety, making them easier for occupants to grab, whether left- or right-handed, gloved or not gloved. Expedition's low bumper beams are designed to prevent smaller cars from sliding beneath its frame in an accident.

Interior Features

Inside the Expedition you'll find an attractive cabin. This is particularly true with the popular Eddie Bauer models and the new Limited models. The Eddie Bauer is a very pleasant place to be, with handsome leather trim that's warm and friendly and metallic satin finish trim on the rings that surround the vents and door handles. Shapes are round, and controls are hefty for an easy grip. Lighter upholstery colors give the Expedition a lighter, more car-like air.

Lower-level models are nice, too, with padded door trim in nicely contrasting materials that looks and feels good. The light gray and dark gray cloth on our NBX seats was decent, though the hard plastic on the passenger's side of the dash looked a little too much like hard plastic. The round, rotating vents didn't look great but they seemed to work well. Our biggest complaint with the NBX was the urethane covered steering wheel, which felt cheap and colored our impression of the cabin.

Storage space is generous. The roomy pockets in all four doors have space for a 20-ounce water bottle. The center console (that comes in most models) can hold a small laptop computer. The console has a slot to hold pens and a Palm Pilot or other PDAs. Its lid is comfortably padded, and feels nice to the touch even on NBX and XLT models where it's covered in faux leather.

Innovations abound. The available power-operated third-row seats fold flat with the press of a button. The third-row seat is split 60/40 into two seats. Push a button on the wall of the cargo area, and one side powers down. Hold down the other button, and the other side powers down. The power-down buttons are convenient. The third row disappears into the floor, leaving a perfectly flat cargo area. It is a beautiful piece of engineering to watch as the seat folds down and flaps gracefully flop into place to cover the gap between the cargo floor and hinged seats. (Then again, we don't get out much.)

The power third-row seat proved invaluable during a variety of typical weekend chores. We changed the Expedition repeatedly from a people hauler to a cargo hauler and back again with just a simple press of the button. First, we loaded it with a day bed and other furniture for delivery to a summer cottage. After dumping that off, a pack of teenagers piled in to go to a punk rock concert. We determined the Expedition's third row is comfortable enough for a couple of full-size adults. The next day we picked up a high-backed wicker chair from the furniture store. The third-row headrests can be pushed down flush with the seatbacks, greatly improving rearward visibility when no one is seated back there.

With the seats folded down, the cargo floor is perfectly flat, in contrast to many SUVs, which have a slanting platform. The Expedition's flat floor, combined with the flaps that cover the gap where the seats hinge, makes it easy to slide objects in and out. Another nice feature is the window in the liftgate that pops open so you can lift groceries out, without having them tumble out of the vehicle and down a sloped driveway.

The second-row bench seat splits roughly into thirds. The middle section can be moved forward 11 inches, almost abutting it to the back of the front center console. That gives front-seat parents easier access to a small child or a child in a safety seat. The small center seatback can also be folded down and used as a work surface for the two people in back. The two outboard second-row seats fold easily forward for access to the third-row seat.

The Expedition can be outfitted with enough safety equipment to create a cocoon inside in case of an accident. Dual-stage front airbags are standard. An optional airbag canopy is designed to protect first- and second-row passengers in a side-impact crash or in a rollover. Power-adjustable pedals are available and are a great feature for shorter drivers, allowing them to sit a safer distance from the airbag-equipped steerin

Driving Impressions

The Ford Expedition is the standard bearer for its class. It's easy to drive with sharp steering, and smooth, robust acceleration from a new 300-horsepower Triton V8.

This new 5.4-liter V8 is a modern, sophisticated engine with aluminum overhead-cams and three valves per cylinder. It offers strong power, excellent fuel efficiency and low emissions. Specifically, it's rated at 365 pound-feet of torque, gets 14/19 mpg City/Highway (14/18 with 4WD). And it's rated to tow 8,600 (4x4) to 8,900 (4x2) pounds.

Ride quality is an important consideration for a family vehicle and the Expedition offers a good ride for the most part, even over broken pavement. Potholes and rough pavement are heard more than felt. It isn't not a magic carpet ride, though, and it's important to remember that the Expedition is a full-size truck. A Ford engineer told us the Expedition was designed to offer the driver good feedback rather than isolating him or her. This latest-generation Expedition benefits from an independent rear suspension, a design more common to cars than trucks. Though more expensive, the independent rear suspension offers better handling and a smoother ride than the live rear axle more commonly used on trucks and full-size SUVs.

The NBX may not ride as well as the other models, with its all-terrain tires and specially tuned Sachs shocks, but it should be fine for drivers who want a little more off-highway preparation. The 2005 NBX we drove was jouncy on rough neighborhood streets, and a particularly onerous stretch of Interstate 110 through downtown Los Angeles set up a harmonic that caused it to bob. We didn't go off the pavement, but the NBX should provide more protection on primitive roads than the standard Expedition. Its tires and skid plates looked like they were meant more for light off-highway use than serious off-road duty.

On the highway, the Expedition inspires confidence. It's stable at high speeds. We were conversing in a relaxed manner at 90-100 mph in a 2005 Expedition Eddie Bauer while whistling around a high-speed oval at Ford's proving ground in Michigan. The current model tracks better than pre-2003 Expeditions, which required constant steering adjustments to keep them in a straight line. When the road windy, the Expedition offers sharp steering response. Small inputs to the steering wheel are answered immediately by its car-like rack-and-pinion steering.

The four-wheel disc brakes are smooth and responsive. The Expedition comes standard with ABS and Brake Assist. Brake Assist is designed to recognize a panic-braking situation and maintain full braking force even if the driver mistakenly relaxes pressure on the brake pedal.


Ford Expedition remains a benchmark against a strong field of full-size SUVs. The Expedition features a smooth ride for passengers and responsive handling for the driver. It can haul a big load of cargo on its flat cargo floor and it can tow heavy trailers. Clever features such as the power folding third row make it enjoyable to live with.

Michelle Krebs filed this report from Detroit; with New Car Test Drive editor Mitch McCullough reporting from Los Angeles and Ford's proving ground in Michigan.

Model Line Overview
Base Price (MSRP)
Model lineup:
Ford Expedition XLS 2WD ($32,720); XLS 4WD ($35,290); XLT 2WD ($34,750); XLT 4WD ($37,495); Eddie Bauer 2WD ($38,910); Eddie Bauer 4WD ($42,060); Limited 2WD ($40,710); Limited 4WD ($43,860)
300-hp 5.4-liter sohc 24-valve V8
4-speed automatic
Safety equipment (Standard):
dual-stage front airbags with crash severity sensors, safety belt pretensioners and load-limited retractors, 3-point seatbelts for all seats, universal child safety seat latches; 4-wheel ABS, Brake Assist
Safety equipment (Optional):
Safety Canopy side air curtain airbag system, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control with Roll Stability control, tire pressure monitor, rear sonar park assist
Basic warranty:
3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:
Wayne, Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 2WD ($38,910)
Standard equipment:
leather upholstery, front captain's chairs with two tone-leather and 6-way driver power and memory, automatic climate control with rear A/C and auxiliary controls, premium AM/FM/CD/cassette audio, Arizona Beige lower body side cladding and running boards, floor console, overhead console, 11 cup holders, fog lights, privacy glass with, Homelink, electrochromic mirror, power outside heated mirrors with memory, security approach lamps and integrated turn signals, power adjustable pedals with memory, illuminated vanity mirrors, tire-pressure monitoring system, fog lamps, aluminum wheels; tilt steering wheel, speed control, second-row bench seat split 40/20/40, third-row 60/40 split-bench seat, power door locks, remote keyless entry, SecuriLock, rear liftgate with flip-up glass access, automatic headlamps, luggage rack, door trim map pockets with cupholders, illuminated entry with automatic dimming
Options as tested:
Safety Canopy ($850) includes reverse sensing system; power folding third-row seat ($495); power flip-out quarter windows ($125); rear-seat DVD entertainment system ($1,500); navigation system ($1,995); climate-controlled seats ($625); power moonroof ($860); air suspension ($815); 3.73 ratio limited-slip rear axle ($285); heavy-duty trailer tow package ($350)
Destination charge:
Gas Guzzler Tax:
Price as tested (MSRP)
rear-wheel drive
5.4-liter dohc 24-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
300 @ 5000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
365 @ 3750
4-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
14/19 mpg.
119.0 in.
205.8/78.7/76.7 in.
Track, f/r:
66.9/66.9 in.
Turning circle:
39.2 ft.
Seating capacity:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
39.7/63.0/41.2 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:
39.8/62.4/38.7 in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:
38.2/54.5/36.3 in.
Cargo volume:
110.5 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:
8900 lbs.
Suspension F:
independent, double wishbones, coil-over-shock springs, gas-filled shocks
Suspension R:
independent, double wishbones, coil-over-shock springs, gas-filled shocks
Ground clearance:
9.3 in.
Curb weight:
5352 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:
disc/disc with 4-sensor ABS, Brake Assist in.
Fuel capacity:
28.0 gal.

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2005 Ford Expedition Sport Utility

Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std


Anti-theft System Std
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2005 Ford Expedition Sport Utility

Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 3 Years/36,000 Miles

Ford Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.. See dealer for details. Rental Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2010-2015 with less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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