With four trim levels offered in either the standard edition or in the long-wheelbase EL, the 2012 Ford Expedition still reaches out to pure utility buyers, while giving fans of tech and leather some interesting lifestyle options.
The versions include the basic XL, a well-trimmed XLT edition, the luxe Limited, and our favorite, the King Ranch. All versions come with keyless entry; heated power mirrors; air conditioning; an electrochromic rearview mirror; an AM/FM/CD player; and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. SYNC, Ford's Bluetooth-driven voice controller for communications and entertainment systems, is standard on XLT, Limited, and King Ranch Expeditions. The latter get their own marvelous untreated leather interior: it looks and feels and even smells like a baseball mitt, and requires upkeep, showing the warts and scuffs accumulated through the miles.
Ford offers some of its advanced tech features on the Expedition. There's an optional DVD-based navigation with a 6.5-inch color touchscreen and voice activation, as well as a 340-watt AM/FM stereo with MP3 playback, six speakers, a subwoofer, and an iPod jack. The nav system is paired with Sirius Travel Link is also offered, providing access to up-to-the-minute information and entertainment content such as traffic and weather updates; and the new SYNC Traffic, Directions & Information system allows even those without the nav system to use a Bluetooth-compatible phone to get directions.