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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; 'good,' rear impact; 'acceptable,' roof strength
Not yet tested
With the infant seat behind me, I couldn't scoot my seat back any farther, so plan accordingly.
Without new crash-test data since changes to scoring in the 2011 model year, the Ford Expedition has to lean on past performance and its current list of safety gear.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn't re-rated the Expedition since it added a roof-crush score to its regimen in 2011. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which redesigned its testing program last year, also has left the Expedition off its testing list thus far--though before 2011, the big SUV received five-star ratings in all front and side impact categories.
Other than the mandatory standard features, Ford also fits the Expedition with standard side-impact airbags, and the Expedition's curtain airbags extend protection to all three rows of seats. There's an option for a backup camera, which we strongly recommend due to the Expedition's poor rear visibility. Also available is Ford's programmable MyKey system, which allows parents to program a speed limiter, speed alert chimes, and additional belt reminders.
The Expedition added Ford's Trailer Sway Control as a standard feature in the 2011 model year. This system works in conjunction with 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.
Crash-test scores are unavailable, but the 2012 Ford Expedition has bulk and tech in its corner.