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Vehicle2011 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A)
ReviewOur 2001 Expedition bought new was such a difference from having all pickup trucks and lasted us 139,000 miles and was GREAT. This 2011 model is far and away a diffferent animal; stronger, way more powerful and quiet; combined some features of the old Eddie Bauer. We added and K&N air filter. The truck now has 9,000 miles on it, gets 15.5 around town and from our home in Vegas to Phoenix netted 22 MPG! Trailer towing...the 6-speed gets you going faster in 1-2-3, 4th gear is about the same and it seems to like 5th for towing; 65 MPH nets 2,200 RPM's. Mileage is 10.5 overall, besting the 2001 truck by 1.5 MPG. DO NOT TOW with SRC engaged! In crosswinds it does strange things.
Best FeaturesVery agile, quiet, handling, 3rd seat flip and fold. 6-speed transmission great for towing. The performance is superior that the 2001 model and NOT 'sluggish' as some other magazine reviews suggest. Changing oil and filter is a piece of cake with so much room underneath. The vehicle has the heavy trailer tow package with 3.73 gearing and 18-inch wheels. If it had 17-inch it would tow even better. If you keep it under 70 expect higher mileage.
Worst FeaturesThe space for the front 2 seats has diminished laterally from the 2001 and there are no side pockets alongside the console. It is a tad smaller inside from door to door (Maybe because of side airbags?) The outside un-latch button for the tailgate can easily be pressed when closing the tailgate which leaves the door not latched. The dash alarm will beep, but there is no indicator light signaling the tailgate is ajar. Took awhile to figure that one out.
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