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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Five stars, front impact and side impact protection; four stars, 4WD rollover rating
All major safety equipment is standard on the 2010 Ford Expedition
visibility is hampered by thick roof pillars and large headrests
Experts at TheCarConnection.com like the 2010 Ford Expedition for safety, as the big SUV comes with standard safety features and solid crash-test ratings.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested the 2010 Ford Expedition. However, the Ford Expedition has been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the government's crash-test agency, and the results are impressive. After subjecting the 2010 Ford Expedition lineup to its complete range of tests, NHTSA awarded it a full five stars in every impact category, including driver and passenger protection during both front and side impacts. The only blemish is the 2010 Expedition's crash-test scorecard in the rollover rating, where NHTSA awarded only four of a possible five stars. However, the 2010 Ford Expedition remains the class leader in the safety tests.
Cars.com notes that "side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats are standard." Edmunds reports "all major safety equipment is standard on the 2010 Ford Expedition, including antilock disc brakes with brake assist and a rollover-sensing stability control system." Kelley Blue Book elaborates by saying that "the Advancer 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." Kelley Blue Book also points out that for 2010, “the Ford Expedition gains standard Trailer Sway Control and the programmable MyKey system.”
With large SUVs like the 2010 Ford Expedition, driver visibility is almost always an issue. On the Expedition, "visibility is hampered by thick roof pillars and large headrests, particularly over the left shoulder," according to ConsumerGuide. ConsumerGuide recommends the optional backup camera, which is "helpful when backing up," and so does the TheCarConnection.com.
The 2010 Ford Expedition ranks near the head of the class in safety.