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2009 Ford Expedition EL SUV - Overview

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$35,265 – $50,500 MSRP

$32,439 – $45,645 Invoice

12 / 18 MPG City/Hwy


2009 Ford Expedition EL SUV

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What Changed for 2009:

  • More standard convenience and luxury features
  • Flex-fuel (FFV) capable 5.4-liter engine is standard
  • Sync communication and entertainment system standard on three of four trim levels
  • Standard anti-theft perimeter alarm system
  • Next-generation navigation system with traffic, weather updates
The Ford Expedition was first introduced in 1997 and most recently redesigned in 2007. For 2009, Ford's largest sport utility vehicle (SUV), which is built on the same body-on-frame platform as Ford's F-Series pickup truck, boasts the most convenience and luxury options offered among large SUV entries, according to Ford. New features include a perimeter alarm, SOS post-crash alert, a patented easy capless fuel-filler system, rain-sensing wipers, and second-row heated seats. Eight versions of the Expedition are available this year, including the King Ranch Edition. The Expedition is designed for families that need to do a lot of towing and hauling; it can tow between 8700 and 9200 pounds, depending upon whether it is a regular or EL model and whether it is 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive (2WD or 4WD).

Model Lineup
Ford offers four trim levels of the 2009 Expedition: XLT, Eddie Bauer, Limited and King Ranch. All four are available in regular and extended length (EL) versions, with 2WD or 4WD. The Expedition is loaded with standard equipment, including: running boards; speed control; keyless entry keypad; leather-wrapped steering wheel; floor shifter; full-length overhead console; cloth captain's chairs; and dual-zone automatic temperature control in the rear (except on XLT and XLT EL). The Eddie Bauer editions add a power-folding third-row seat; 17-inch machined aluminum wheels (18-inch machined aluminum wheels are standard on Eddie Bauer EL); dual-zone climate control; leather seats; power front seats with driver memory; running boards; body cladding; upgraded stereo system; and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. The Limited adds monochromatic paint, 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels; rear parking sensor; wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel; perforated leather seats with front heating and cooling; power-adjustable pedals; and power rear-quarter windows. The King Ranch models add another level of personalization beyond the Limited: 18-inch machined aluminum wheels bearing King Ranch center caps, and Western fine-grain leather seating in all rows.

Convenience and safety options that make the 2009 Ford Expedition nearly a premium utility include power-folding running boards; rear-view camera; power liftgate; convenience package; heated and cooled seats; second-row captain's chairs; and a third-row power-folding seat (on XLT and XLT EL). In addition, a 4x4 off-road package is available on XLT (skid plates and black tubular step bars), while 4x4 skid plates (transfer case and fuel tank) also are available, except on the Limited. A heavy-duty trailer towing package with Class IV trailer hitch receiver is offered on all models. Wheel choices run the gamut from 17-inch aluminum wheels standard on both XLT models to 18-inch optional aluminum wheels (standard on Eddie Bauer EL); 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels (standard on both Limited versions); in addition to the special 18-inch machined aluminum wheels for both King Ranch editions; and 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels.

The 2009 Ford Expedition is powered by an engine that is flex-fuel capable, which means it can operate on ethanol. The Expedition's 5.4-liter, 3 valves-per-cylinder V-8 engine produces 300 hp and 365 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission with two overdrive gears (fifth and sixth) that has smaller steps between gears and offers better shift quality, faster acceleration, and improved fuel economy, Ford claims. There are two gas tank capacities: 28 gallons on regular models and 33.5 gallons on EL versions. Two-wheel drive is standard, with 4WD optional. Ford's ControlTrac 4x4 system is also available. A 3.31 non-limited-slip axle is standard, with a 3.73 non-limited-slip axle available as an option. EPA fuel-economy estimates are 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway for regular-length Expeditions. The EL versions are not rated by the EPA due to weight and vehicle classifications.

Ford's Advanced Trac with Roll Stability Control (RSC) system is standard on 2009 Expeditions. All 2009 models also are equipped with Ford's Safety Canopy (including front-seat air bags; side-impact air bags; and large second-generation side curtain air bags for all outboard passengers in all three rows); rearview camera; and reverse sensing system. New for 2009 is the standard SOS post-crash alert system, where the horn and emergency flashers activate when an air bag deploys.

For seven straight years, the Expedition has earned 5-star ratings in frontal driver and passenger crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); the Expedition also earns 5-star ratings for front and rear protection in side crashes. In rollover testing, both models (regular and Expedition EL) received a 3-star rating for 2WD and a 4-star rating for 4WD. Currently, no crash test ratings have been posted on the 2009 Expedition by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

For 2009, technology upgrades are available to keep Expedition owners connected. The Sync voice-activated hands-free communications and entertainment system now is a standard feature on the Eddie Bauer, Limited and King Ranch editions. A voice-activated next-generation navigation system with a Sirius Travel Link feature allows customers to access up-to-the-minute information and content through the Expedition's navigation system. Information includes current gas prices available from at least 120,000 service stations in the U.S. and current traffic information for 78 markets. Updates on weather conditions, sports scores and movie listings will also be available. In addition, Ford offers a variety of higher-end audio systems for the 2009 Expedition, including an Audiophile 340-watt stereo system with in-dash 6-disc and audio auxiliary jack, clock, 6 premium speakers plus sub-woofers. Another system featuring the next-generation navigation system features an AM/FM 6-disc, in-dash CD changer (340-watt peak); voice-activated control and touch screen; RDS-equipped; with MP3 capability, which is optional on all but the XLT versions. There's also a rear-seat DVD video entertainment system with wireless headphones; 8-inch drop-down screen; and MP3, CD-R, CD-R/W, DVD-R, DVD-R/W capability (requires 6-disc CD changer and front captain's chairs).

Available Trims for the 2009 Ford Expedition EL SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
SSV (920A) (Fleet Only) 6 speed automatic $35,265 300-hp / 5.4L 8-cyl 14/20
XLT (130A) 6 speed automatic $38,370 300-hp / 5.4L 8-cyl 14/20
Eddie Bauer (310A) 6 speed automatic $42,830 300-hp / 5.4L 8-cyl 14/20
Limited (500A) 6 speed automatic $45,660 300-hp / 5.4L 8-cyl 14/20
King Ranch (320A) 6 speed automatic $47,600 300-hp / 5.4L 8-cyl 14/20

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