2012 Ford Expedition EL Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor
October 31, 2011

The 2012 Ford Expedition EL offers the most full-size truck XXXXXXXtoughness in a well-rounded, well-featured SUV package.

The 2012 Ford Expedition EL is an extended-length version of the standard Ford Expedition. While you trade off some maneuverability and parking ease, in return you get easier third-row access and more cargo space behind the back row.

The Expedition family has changed very little in recent years, and it dates back to a 2007 model-year redesign. Ford's 5.4-liter V-8 is flex-fuel compatible and makes 310 horsepower, yet it doesn't feel all that sprightly as soon as you add passengers or a light towing task—even though the six-speed automatic is responsive and smooth. Ride and handling are far better than what you might expect from a body-on-frame truck; the Expedition EL soaks up irregularities and grips the road well, even if its steering is old-lux light.

With a wheelbase of 131 inches and a length of 221 inches, the Expedition EL is one of the biggest SUVs on the planet. Longer, wider-opening rear doors help with access to the power-folding third row (another consideration if you parallel-park frequently). And behind that, there's space enough for a load of groceries, even with the third row up in place.

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Functionally, the interior has plush, supportive seating all around—with space enough in the third row, for short stints. The entire cabin is well-trimmed, but the rather simple dash layout reveals that this big ute was designed at another time for Ford, before it developed MyFord Touch and became more fashion-forward. That said, the EL can be had in any of the Expedition's trims; Limited and King Ranch trims will impress any client, and most models include Ford's voice-activated Sync Bluetooth connectivity.

Start by seeing if your garage can handle the Expedition EL's 221.3-inch length; then be sure to see our full review pages for pricing, specs, photos, and more about the 2012 Ford Expedition.

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