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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
EL Expeditions have an additional 24 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, including a highly functional cargo divider/storage shelf that folds into the floor.
The tri-zone HVAC kept each area of the vehicle comfortable
Opting for the nav system also gets you Sirius Travel Link, which provides traffic conditions, weather forecasts, sports scores, movie listings and local fuel prices.
A useful option is an automatic rear load-leveling air-suspension system.
Ford hasn't yet given the Expedition its update MyFord Touch infotainment system–instead opting for a very dated Sync system–showing yet another sign of the full-size SUV's age.
As far as equipment goes, that's probably the only disappointment in the lineup of XL, XLT, Limited and King Ranch models. Every Expedition gets standard air conditioning, power windows, locks and mirrors, a keyless entry keypad, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Standout options include Ford's MyKey system and SecuriCode keypad-entry system. This year Ford has added a new dual-head-restraint DVD system, and a new 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheel design.
The optional voice-activated navigation—with a 6.5-inch color touchscreen—isn't bad; it's just an older unit, and DVD-based. But it does include a nice-sounding 340-watt AM/FM stereo with MP3 playback, six speakers, a subwoofer, and an iPod jack.
Our favorite, if you have a generous budget, remains the King Ranch, which gets its own marvelous untreated leather interior. It looks and feels and even smells like a baseball mitt, and requires upkeep, showing the warts and scuffs accumulated through the miles.
Special models like the King Ranch—plus a great list of features and options—let you choose exactly what fits your lifestyle. The only thing that's missing is the latest infotainment wizardry.