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- Superior ride and handling compared to most other truck-based SUVs
- Spacious third-row seat
- Premium leather in King Ranch model
- Single powertrain
- Rough engine
- Interior can feel cheap
The design of the latest 2010 Ford Expedition dates back to 2007, but the big SUV shows no sign of aging thanks to its aggressive looks, generous cabin, and excellent towing ability. The Expedition is a fully truck-based SUV and actually rides on a similar platform to Ford’s F-150 pickup.
Customers don’t have much choice when it comes to engine options, as the 2010 Ford Expedition is available with only a 310-horsepower 5.4-liter flex-fuel V-8. This is matched to a class-exclusive six-speed automatic transmission that drives either the rear wheels or all four wheels depending on the model.
Two body styles are available: a regular-length model and a long-wheelbase Expedition EL offering 14.8 inches of additional overall length and 130.8 cubic feet of cargo space—including 24 cubic feet more behind the third-row seat than the standard model. The wheelbase of the Expedition EL stretches 131 inches, making it one of the biggest SUVs on the market.
Despite its size, driving the Expedition is relatively easy thanks to its responsive handling and acceleration. However, the 5.4-liter V-8 can feel a little labored once the vehicle is fully loaded, and the ride is certainly no match for the newer generation of car-based crossovers.
For 2010, the Expedition gets a boost in its safety credentials thanks to the addition of Ford’s Trailer Sway Control as standard. Trailer Sway Control works in conjunction with the Expedition’s stability control to detect trailer sway through the motions of the vehicle and to take measures—such as applying precise braking and reducing engine torque—to bring both vehicle and trailer under control.