The Expedition has undergone a substantial redesign for 2007. With a bold new exterior design patterned after the F-150 pickup, the Expedition rides on a new frame with an upgraded suspension and larger brakes. Improved sound-deadening materials, a considerably more powerful climate-control system, a more stylish dashboard, ergonomically-improved seats, additional standard safety features, a new 6-speed transmission, and reduced pricing are among the many highlights.
The Ford Expedition made its debut into the full-size SUV market a decade ago and continues to fill a need for consumers who demand a roomy, powerful vehicle capable of simultaneously hauling people, cargo, and a trailer. It can seat up to 9 passengers across 3 rows of seats and still carry 18.6 cubic feet of cargo in the rear. Folding the second and third rows flat expands cargo capacity to 108.2 cubic feet. The 2007 Expedition delivers a new level of interior comfort, refinement and quality. For example, Expedition's seats have been redesigned from the floor up with improved contours, larger bolsters, softer cushions, and upgraded materials to provide increased comfort on long trips. The new Expedition also features a more angular, partitioned dashboard with a prominent center stack. The redesigned steering wheel, gauge clusters, and climate controls are similar to those in Ford's F-150 pickup truck. Up-level models have real wood trim and three-zone automatic climate control.
Expedition engineers set aggressive targets for reducing noise, vibration, and harshness. Normal conversation is easily discernible from the front row all the way to the third-row seat, thanks to improved sound-deadening materials in the carpet and headliner, increased insulation behind the dashboard and door panels, thicker side glass, and a specially engineered acoustical windshield-all designed to help reduce interior noise. And it doesn't stop there. Bigger, softer body mounts and improved engine and transmission mounts isolate the cabin from unwanted vibration. Wind tunnel-tuned-and-tested outside mirrors further reduce wind and road noise. Even Expedition's tires have been specifically tuned to reduce road noise.
The Expedition comes in three trim levels: entry-level XLT, outdoorsy Eddie Bauer, and luxurious Limited. All feature anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes, Ford's AdvanceTrac anti-skid system with rollover sensors, and curtain side air bags with rollover deployment for all 3 rows of seats. Notable options include a power liftgate, a power-folding third-row seat, 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, a navigation system, Sirius Satellite Radio, and a DVD entertainment system. Sole power for the 2007 Expedition is the same Triton 5.4-liter V-8, which puts out 300 hp and 365 lb.-ft. of torque. In lieu of last year's 4-speed automatic transmission, however, is a new 6-speed automatic with manual shift capability. coupeed with the vehicle's other enhancements, this gives the Expedition a best-in-class 9,200-pound maximum towing capacity-an increase of 300 pounds over last year. A Class III trailer hitch is standard.
All models are available with either two- or four-wheel drive. Replacing the former double-wishbone rear suspension is an independent suspension with a new multi-link design for improved ride and handling. Designed to be stronger and tougher than its predecessor, the 2007 Expedition features an all-new chassis. Engineered to F-Series tough truck durability standards, Expedition's chassis uses revised front geometry and increased box section thickness to provide a 10 percent improvement in torsional rigidity and bending stiffness. Improved mounts for the engine, transmission, and body contribute to the new Expedition's quieter ride. In addition to the basic 3-year/36,000-mile warranty, Ford now offers a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The Ford Expedition competes in the Large Utility segment, which consists of eight models. Buyers in this segment look for comfort, performance, and exterior styling, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study. SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Chevy Tahoe (161,491 units sold), Ford Expedition (78,953), and Chevrolet Suburban (77,211). The Ford Expedition's 78,953 sales in 2006 represent a decrease of 30.8 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Large Utility segment include the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, Toyota Sequoia, and Nissan Armada. Joining the segment in 2007 is the Ford Expedition EL.
|SSV (900A)||6 speed automatic||$26,740||300-hp / 5.4L 8-cyl||14/20|
|XLT (130A)||6 speed automatic||$29,245||300-hp / 5.4L 8-cyl||14/20|
|Eddie Bauer (310A)||6 speed automatic||$35,645||300-hp / 5.4L 8-cyl||14/20|
|Limited (500A)||6 speed automatic||$37,095||300-hp / 5.4L 8-cyl||14/20|