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Pro: Extreme size provides comfort for 5 to 8 passengers with excellent luggage space behind the third row of seats. Think of the Expedition as a full size do-it-all SUV.

Con: The physical size of the Expedition makes it difficult to park and move about in cities. It still uses the 5.4L, 3-valve V8 which is not renowned for frugality or for being excessively powerful.

Price: XLT: $48,099,
Limited: $59,999,
Limited Max: $62,499.

Ford Expedition 2014

Improvements and Changes: A new mechanical load leveling suspension is available as an option. The advantages over the old air system are that the new system is quieter and it will not leak down.

Exterior Styling: The outside of the Expedition has not changed; it still has plenty of bling on the sides and the front. Lower body cladding extends over the wheel arches emphasizing the size of the Expedition. Wheel sizes range from 17 inch to 20 inch depending on the trim level. One of the interesting available features is the power operated running boards that slide out when you open a door.

Inside: Choose to accommodate between 5 and 8 people by using the power operated third row seat. With the length of the Expedition, all of the passengers will have adequate leg, hip and shoulder room. Limited trim provides a leather interior while Sync™ handles the basic communications needs of everyone. DVD entertainment systems are available as is a voice activated navigation system.

2014 Ford Expedition
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Cargo/towing/payload capacity: Maximum trailer towing capacity when equipped with the trailer towing package is 4,173 kg (9,200 lb.) with the third row seat folded down there are 3,703.8 litres of storage space. Translate that to five hockey bags and room left over for the cooler.

Powertrain: An SOHC 3-vlave 5.4L V8 hooked to a six-speed overdriven automatic is the only power train offered. In addition, Canadian models all come with Advance Trac AWD while in the USA a 2WD version can be ordered.

Safety: Dual front, side impact and full length side curtain air bags are standard. ABS brakes, stability control, trailer sway control, Electronic Brake for Distribution, roll over mitigation, traction control are all standard. A post-crash alert system called appropriately “SOS” is also standard. Keyless remote entry is standard. Rear camera with driver assist is available as an option on some models.

Comparables: Lincoln Navigator, Nissan Armada, Chevrolet Suburban, Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80, Audi Q7.