The Ford Expedition comes in two sizes for 2008--standard-length, and the extended-length EL, which allows more cargo and seating space in the back. There are also four different models, XLT, Eddie Bauer, Limited, and King Ranch, ranging from well-equipped to very luxurious. All four models are available in standard or EL length and with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.
The four-wheel-drive system, one that's oriented toward truck duty, has a low range and optional shift-on-the-fly capability; in low range, the electronic throttle recalibrates to allow more precise throttle control.
The Expedition has a tough fully-boxed frame for long-term durability in towing and hauling, yet also has an independent rear suspension, which gives it a better ride than many other truck-based SUVs. Variable boost power steering also helps with maneuverability.
In all trims, the Ford Expedition is powered by a 5.4L "Triton" V8 engine making 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Expedition can tow up to 9,200 pounds, while the six-speed automatic allows a taller top gear and improved fuel economy.
Both Expedition models have three rows of seating, and the second row is available either in a 40/20/40-split bench or two captain's chairs. On the EL the third row is not only roomier but easier to access, thanks to larger rear doors. Overall, the EL is nearly 15 inches longer than the standard-length model and rides on a wheelbase that's a foot longer. The EL also has more cargo space behind the third row--24 cubic feet more than the standard-length.
The Expedition has seat-mounted front side air bags plus head-protecting Safety Canopy side-curtain air bags with rollover detection for front and rear occupants. AdvanceTrac with RSC, an electronic stability control system, is standard across the model line as well.
Both the Limited and King Ranch models are loaded with luxury features, but the new King Ranch model, which slots above the Limited at the top of the range, provides additional luxury items inside, especially in the way of high-quality Chaparral leather seats and trim. Also, a total of seven wheel designs are available across the Expedition line, including chrome-clad 20-inchers.
Standout options include the new rearview camera system, power-deploying running boards, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a navigation system, a power moonroof, a power liftgate system, power adjustable pedals, heated and cooled front seats, second-row captain's chairs, and the power-folding third-row seat.
Spacious Third-row Arrangement (EL).
A new King Ranch model is the big news for Ford's 2008 Expedition. The new model brings an image of "rugged sophistication," with unique machined aluminum wheels and special badging outside, plus Chaparral leather trim and upholstery on all rows, wood trim, and a power-folding third-row seat inside.
After being redesigned for 2007, the Expedition receives a wider range of standard equipment, and some newly available features, for 2008. Most notably, an available rearview camera system helps with visibility when backing up or towing a trailer. Power running boards are also being introduced as an option across the line. Keyless keypad entry, an electrochromic mirror, heated power mirrors, an overhead console, illuminated visors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are now standard across the model line. Power adjustable pedals, power rear quarter windows, a universal garage door opener, and a reverse sensing system are standard on the top Limited and King Ranch models. There's also a new chrome-clad, 18-inch wheel option on XLT models, and a chrome exhaust tip has been added to the Eddie Bauer model.
The 2008 Ford Expedition stands out for its combination of smooth ride and interior comfort and quiet with full-size-truck hauling ability, making it a good choice for those who frequently tow. Ford says that the Expedition's 9,200-pound tow capacity is the highest in its class, and that the six-speed automatic transmission allows better fuel economy than with rivals. The Expedition was rated the top Large SUV in Strategic Vision's Total Quality Index, which measures new-vehicle owner satisfaction.