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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impact protections and side impact protection; four stars, 4WD rollover rating
All major safety equipment is standard on the 2008 Ford Expedition
Occupant protection is enhanced with seat-mounted front-side air bags
Kelley Blue Book
Large SUVs like the 2008 Ford Expedition look safe, thanks to their large dimensions and road presence, but safety ratings don't always support these visual impressions. Fortunately for Ford Expedition buyers, this full-size SUV can back up its safe appearance with strong crash-test ratings and an impressive list of safety features.
The 2008 Ford Expedition has been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the government's crash-test agency, and the results certainly inspire confidence. After subjecting the Ford Expedition 2008 lineup to its complete range of tests, the NHTSA awarded the Ford Expedition a full five stars in every impact category, including driver and passenger protection during both front and side impacts. The one blemish on the 2008 Ford Expedition's crash-test scorecard comes in the rollover rating, where the NHTSA awarded only four of a possible five stars. However, it is rare for an SUV to score a five-star rollover rating, so even four stars can be considered impressive. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested the 2008 Ford Expedition.
In terms of safety features, the Ford Expedition 2008 doesn't disappoint. Edmunds writes "all major safety equipment is standard on the 2008 Ford Expedition, including antilock disc brakes with brake assist and a rollover-sensing stability control system." Kelley Blue Book elaborates by saying that "the AdvanceTrac stability controls system with Roll Stability Control modulates braking and engine power to help maintain driver control in marginal conditions, particularly those involving slippery surfaces." Cars.com adds "side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats are standard."
One area of particular concern in large SUVs like the Ford Expedition 2008 is driver visibility. On the Ford Expedition, "visibility is hampered by thick roof pillars and large headrests, particularly over the left shoulder," according to ConsumerGuide. For the Ford Expedition, 2008 brings a pair of optional visibility assistance features, including "a back-up radar system to help making parking this giant a bit easier," according to ForbesAutos, that J.D. Power says complements the optional "rear-view camera." Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com overwhelmingly recommend the rearview camera, which ConsumerGuide describes as "helpful when backing up."
The 2008 Ford Expedition offers tremendous occupant protection and just about all of the latest and greatest safety features.