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PERFORMANCE | 6 out of 10
cruises over hill and dale, around curves, into and out of driveways and parking spaces with the ease of a much smaller vehicle
performance when loaded up can be sluggish when swift acceleration is needed, especially at higher speeds such as when merging or passing on the freeway
alert 6-speed automatic transmission is always in the right gear
the V-8 can’t move the Expedition with the same gusto that most of the Expedition’s competition enjoys
Car and Driver
A significant contributor to the Expedition's confidence-inspiring ways is its steering system, which allows the SUV to maneuver through parking garages and mall parking lots with relative ease.
The 2013 Expedition is a bit short on power compared to other full-size SUVs, but with crisp handling for such a large SUV, as well as some of the best tow ratings in its class, it's definitely not a complete disappointment in the performance department.
While other rival models have stepped up the game in power and torque in recent years, the Expedition remains powered by the same 310-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 that its had for years. It makes 365 pound-feet of torque and allows the Expedition to move quickly most of the time; but hitch up a trailer or load the Expedition near its limit (up to 9,200 pounds for towing) and this engine doesn't have the stout, unrelenting character of GM's current batch of V-8s—especially the larger V-8 in the Suburban.
Four-wheel drive remains available pretty much throughout the entire lineup, and the six-speed automatic transmission is responsive and smooth-shifting.
Considering the Expedition's mammoth size, driving it is quite easy thanks to light but precise steering, as well as a suspension that does a good job in controlling all that weight. Yes, it's one of the biggest land yachts on the market, but it's manageable.
The only issue we've noted in prior years is that the pedal feel of the brakes can be somewhat spongy.
The Expedition handles well for such a large vehicle, and although it has great tow ratings its powertrain falls a bit short.