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2010 Ford Expedition: Used Car Review

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In the world of full-size SUVs, the 2010 Ford Expedition has some laudable merits. Although it faces stiff competition from the Chevrolet Suburban/Tahoe duo, as well as the Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada, these rivals each fall short in areas that matter most to big families with big hauling needs. With a maximum tow rating of 9,200 pounds, the Expedition beats its Chevy and Nissan adversaries, while the EL trim offers more interior room than the Toyota. Thanks to a unique design routing the rear-drive axles through the frame rather than underneath it, the Expedition offers a roomy third-row seat that folds flush into the floor.  This same design permits the Expedition an independent rear suspension for improved handling, towing and ride comfort. Lastly, the Expedition is offered in a number of trims, from basic to near luxury, in standard- or long-wheelbase form and with 2- or 4-wheel drive (4WD).

On the flip side, the Expedition isn't big on power, with a V8 engine that falls short of the horsepower ratings from GM and Toyota's full-size SUVs. It isn't particularly quick either, and its interior can only hold eight passengers (GM's SUVs can hold up to nine). Nitpicks aside, the Expedition is a complete package, offering safety, comfort and style in a vehicle the whole family will love.

What We Like

Strong tow ratings; available power fold-flat third-row seat; excellent legroom in all three rows; advanced safety features; class-exclusive keypad entry feature

What We Don't

V8 could use more power; smallish climate-control buttons; poor fuel economy when running on E85

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

There is only one engine choice for the Expedition: a 5.4-liter V8 good for 310 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for the 2-wheel-drive (2WD) model is rated at 14 miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg combined. When running on E85, those figures drop to 9 mpg city/13 mpg hwy and 11 mpg combined. Adding 4WD to the mix lowers fuel economy to 12 mpg city/17 mpg hwy and 14 mpg combined. E85 figures are unchanged from the 2WD Expedition.

Standard Features & Options

The 2010 Expedition and extended-length Expedition EL are offered in four trims: XLT, Eddie Bauer, Limited and King Ranch.

The XLT trim includes power windows, power locks, heated power mirrors, remote keyless entry with keypad access, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, front and rear air conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a 6-way power driver's seat, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary audio input, 40/20/40-split rear seats with a forward-sliding center section, a Class IV trailer tow receiver with a 4-pin connector, fog lights, flip-up rear lift gate glass, a MyKey programmable key fob (allows owners to set limits on speed, radio volume and other settings), roof rails, rear privacy glass and side running boards. EL trims gain the third-row seat (it's optional on standard-wheelbase models). Standard safety equipment includes electronic traction and stability control, trailer sway control, front side-impact, 3-row side-curtain airbags and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

The Eddie Bauer trim adds 18-in wheels, a chrome grille, gold-painted lower-body side molding, leather seating, rear backup sensors, a 10-way power driver's seat with a memory feature, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-folding third-row seat, steering-wheel audio controls, power adjustable pedals, 340-watt premium sound with seven speakers, a 6-disc CD changer, SiriusXM radio and the SYNC system.

The Limited trim adds a body-colored grille with blackout headlight treatment, rain-sensing wipers, body-colored running boards, power-folding side mirrors, a power lift gate, power rear quarter windows, a rear backup camera, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats and a heavy-duty trailer package.

The top-line King Ranch trim brings Chaparral leather seating, King Ranch logos and wood trim interior.

Many of the features in the upper-level trims can be ordered in packages on the XLT and Eddie Bauer trims.

Other options vary by trim and include navigation, a power-folding third-row seat, 20-in chrome wheels, an auto-leveling rear air suspension, second-row bucket seating, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a power passenger seat, a power moonroof, power retractable running boards and daytime running lamps.


The 2010 Expedition holds average resale values, on par with the Chevrolet Tahoe and Nissan Armada but below those of the Toyota Sequoia. To get a good idea of the Expedition's price range, we suggest checking the used-car values at You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are currently for sale in your area.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued no recalls for the 2010 Ford Expedition.

Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you. You can also check the NHTSA website; simply enter your vehicle's identification number for a list of performed recall repairs.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The Ford Expedition earned five out of five stars in the NHTSA front- and side-impact crash tests. In the rollover roof-strength test, the 4x2 model earned only three out of five stars, while the 4x4 model earned four stars.

The Expedition left the factory with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. In addition to the new-vehicle warranty, second owners can purchase extended coverage when they buy from a certified pre-owned (CPO) Ford dealership. CPO vehicles come with a 169-point inspection and a 6-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty starting from the time the vehicle enters service.

Other Cars to Consider

2010 Chevrolet Suburban/Tahoe -- Chevrolet's SUVs offer more power, an equally comfortable ride and a few more high-end features. Suburban models can seat nine passengers, but neither the Suburban nor Tahoe can match the Expedition's tow ratings or fold-flat rear seats.

2010 Nissan Armada -- The Armada isn't as large as the Expedition EL, and its ride is more trucklike. The Expedition's third-row seat is larger and more comfortable, as well.

2010 Toyota Sequoia -- The Sequoia offers superior reliability and resale values, more power from its optional 5.7-liter V8 and front knee airbags. However, the Sequoia's styling is rather bland, as is its interior. The Sequioa's third-row seat isn't as roomy or versatile as the Expedition's.

Autotrader's Advice

As many of the upper-level trim features are options on the XLT, we'd say look for a loaded XLT EL. If you can't find an XLT, the Eddie Bauer model should suffice nicely. The EL doesn't cost that much more and adds an additional 12 inches to the Expedition's wheelbase and 15 inches to its length, providing much-needed cargo space with the third-row seat up. 4WD is recommended for anyone who tows or lives where snow is a regular occurence.

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