The 2013 Expedition lacks up-to-date crash-test information, and although tests have become tougher in recent years it has in the past earned some respectable ratings.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which redesigned its testing program for 2011, has left the Expedition out of its testing updates; but prior to that, the big SUV received five-star ratings in all front and side impact categories. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn't rated the Expedition in recent model years, either.
But the Expedition's safety gear remains top-notch. In addition to all the requisites, Ford fits the Expedition with standard side-impact airbags, and the Expedition's curtain airbags extend protection to all three rows of seats. The Expedition also includes Trailer Sway Control as a standard feature; it works with the stability control system and takes extra measures—such as applying precise braking and reducing engine torque—to bring both vehicle and trailer under control.
Ford has moved the mechanism for the power tailgate away from the ceiling, eliminating the hump that you get in some models. But there's an option for a backup camera, and we strongly recommend it due to the Expedition's poor rear visibility.
Ford's programmable MyKey system allows parents to program a speed limiter, speed alert chimes, and additional belt reminders.