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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD 4-Door Limited 13 18 $47,247 $50,820
4WD 4-Door King Ranch 13 18 $48,620 $52,330
4WD 4-Door XLT 13 18 $41,723 $44,750
4WD 4-Door XL 13 18 $40,089 $42,955
2WD 4-Door King Ranch 14 20 $45,981 $49,430
2WD 4-Door Limited 14 20 $44,608 $47,920
2WD 4-Door XLT 14 20 $39,084 $41,850
2WD 4-Door XL 14 20 $37,450 $40,055
2WD 4-Door 1500 LS
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door 1500 LS 15 21 $39,264 $42,220
2WD 4-Door 1500 LT 15 21 $42,761 $45,980
2WD 4-Door 1500 LTZ 15 21 $51,256 $55,115
4WD 4-Door 1500 LS 15 21 $41,910 $45,065
4WD 4-Door 1500 LT 15 21 $45,407 $48,825
4WD 4-Door 1500 LTZ 15 21 $54,046 $58,115
2WD 4-Door 2500 LS 10 16 $40,761 $43,830
2WD 4-Door 2500 LT 10 16 $44,240 $47,570
4WD 4-Door 2500 LS 10 15 $43,403 $46,670
4WD 4-Door 2500 LT 10 15 $46,885 $50,415
Pricing
Invoice Price
$37,450
$39,264
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$40,055
$42,220
Monthly Payment Estimate
$668 / month
$704 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Ford Expedition EL offers the most full-size truck XXXXXXXtoughness in a well-rounded, well-featured SUV package. Old-school, mostly in the right ways, the Chevrolet Suburban's survived the big-SUV shakeout for a reason.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 15 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 20 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type Liftgate Liftgate
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in) NA 49.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 63.7 65.2
Front Leg Room (in) 41.1 41.3
Third Head Room (in) NA 38.1
Front Hip Room (in) 60.2 60.5
Third Shoulder Room (in) NA 64.7
Second Leg Room (in) 39.1 39.5
Front Head Room (in) 39.5 41.1
Second Hip Room (in) 59.9 61.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 63.2 65.2
Passenger Capacity 5 9
Third Leg Room (in) NA 34.9
Second Head Room (in) 39.7 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Overhang, Front (in) 39.2 - TBD -
Step Up Height - Side (in) - TBD - NA
Rear Door Opening Width (in) 56.7 - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 35.3 31.8
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in) 221.3 222.4
Side Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - NA
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 8.7 9.1
Height, Overall (in) 77.7 76.8
Step Up Height - Front (in) - TBD - NA
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 34.1 31.8
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in) 51.1 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in) 131.0 130.0
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 8.7 10.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.8 79.1
Side Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 85.5 90.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 51.4 49.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 98.3 101.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 130.8 137.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA 35.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA 45.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in) - TBD - NA
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - 41.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 60.2 69.6
Brakes
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.5 x 0.9 13.6 x 0.8
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 1.2 13.0 x 1.2
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 33.5 31
Fuel Tank Location Midship - TBD -
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA NA
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock NA - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 45.3 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 20.0 17.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 43.9 43.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear 654 - TBD -
Spare Tire Size NA P265/70R17
Front Tire Order Code T8B QAN
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - 2135
Spare Tire Order Code NA ZRS
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front 654 - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P275/65R18 P265/70R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare NA - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - 2135
Rear Tire Order Code T8B QAN
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size P275/65R18 P265/70R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 1335 765
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 8900 5100
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 500
Weight Information
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 2951 2723
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 7540 7200
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 3700 3500
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 2893 2949
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 15000 11,000
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 4250 4200
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.5 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 13.0 16.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 650 600
Maximum Alternator Watts 2250 NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 150 160
Engine
Displacement 5.4L/330 5.3L/323
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 310 @ 5100 320 @ 5400
Engine Type Gas/Ethanol V8 Gas/Ethanol V8
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 365 @ 3600 335 @ 4000
Engine Order Code 995 LMG
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 16 17
Transmission
Trans Type 6 6
Trans PTO Access NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.86 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.40 3.06
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.34 2.36
Trans Order Code 446 MYC
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA NA
Trans Power Take Off NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.14 1.15
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Model NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.17 4.03
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.52 1.53
Summary
Vehicle Name Ford Expedition EL Chevrolet Suburban
Body Code 131" WB NA
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door 1500
Suspension
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) 4250 4200
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) 3500 3300
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.73 3.08
Axle Type - Front - TBD - Independent
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 34.9 46.0
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) 3500 3500
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.7 1.10
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) 4250 4200
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 34.9 46.0
Axle Type - Rear - TBD - Semi-floating
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Coil springs
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.4 1.41
Frame
Frame Type Fully Boxed Ladder
Doors
Side Door Type - TBD - NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 11.6 11.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 1 2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger -
Overall Side Crash Rating -
Side Barrier Rating -
Side Barrier Rating Driver -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat -
Rollover Rating -
 
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