Used 2009 Ford Expedition EL

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable seating in all three rows, 60/40-split third-row seat folds into floor, agile handling for its size, all key safety features come standard, hefty tow capacity.
  • Three-ton curb weight drags down gas mileage and performance, enormous size hampers maneuverability, a few low-grade interior plastics.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Thanks to roomy seating, plenty of cargo capacity, impressive road manners and solid towing capability, the 2009 Ford Expedition EL is a solid choice for a full-size SUV.

Vehicle overview

Extra long, extra large, extended length. Though the last is Ford's official designation, any of the three could explain the "EL" moniker of the 2009 Ford Expedition EL. Debuting a few years ago to battle the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, the Expedition EL stretches 15 inches longer from bow to stern than the standard Expedition. It also boasts an extra foot of wheelbase. Thusly supersized, the biggest SUV in Ford's stable is virtually identical in size to those GM brutes.

Ostensibly, folks buy such beasts of burden for maximum passenger and cargo space, and there's plenty of both inside the Expedition EL, especially in the third-row seating area. Scrutinize the spec charts and you'll see that the Expedition EL gives up a bit of ultimate cargo capacity to the GM twins, but its third-row seat is much more spacious. That's made possible by a lower floor that in turn is allowed by the independent rear suspension. The EL's way-back seat also folds flat into the floor, as opposed to the Suburban's hernia-risking third-row removal-only process.

New features for the Expedition EL this year include a capless fuel filler, a perimeter alarm, rain-sensing wipers, satellite radio, the Sync multimedia voice control system and Sirius Travel Link. Also, the 5.4-liter V8 is now capable of running on ethanol-blend fuels. But once again, the Expedition EL sees no significant changes under that big hood. Whereas the GM competitors offer a choice of powerful engines, the Ford makes do with just the workhorse 5.4-liter V8 that's rated for 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. Certainly, those are decent numbers, but the EL's rivals offer considerably more power and weigh less to boot. As a result, this Expedition's performance when loaded up can be sluggish when swift acceleration is needed, especially at higher speeds such as when merging or passing on the freeway.

But by most other measures, the 2009 Ford Expedition EL bests the GM mega-utes. Handling and ride qualities are both superior, and the Ford may offer a price advantage. Although the Expedition EL's higher trim levels are priced similarly to the competition's upper trims, the entry-level XLT trim stickers for a few grand less than anything else in its class. It may not be the quickest extra-large SUV around, but its ease of usability and comfortable demeanor should put the Expedition EL at the top of shoppers' consideration lists.

Ford Expedition EL models

The 2009 Ford Expedition EL is a long-wheelbase version of the standard Expedition. It is available in four trim levels: XLT, Eddie Bauer, Limited and King Ranch. The XLT is well-equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, running boards, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, air-conditioning (front and rear), cruise control, full power accessories, front captain's chairs (with power adjustment for the driver), a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a CD stereo with an auxiliary audio jack. The Eddie Bauer trim adds two-tone exterior paint, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating, a 10-way power driver seat with memory, a six-way power passenger seat, a power-folding third-row seat, a back-up camera, the Sync multimedia voice control system and an upgraded sound system with a CD changer.

Stepping up to the Limited means getting the Eddie Bauer's equipment plus chrome wheels, a monochromatic paint job, rain-sensing wipers, perforated leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a 10-way power front passenger seat, power-adjustable pedals and reverse parking sensors. The range-topping Expedition EL King Ranch is similar to the Limited but wears its own 18-inch wheels and has upgraded "Chaparral" leather upholstery in all three rows and wood trim.

Option highlights include 20-inch wheels, a load-leveling rear suspension, second-row captain's chairs (which reduce maximum seating from eight to seven), a sunroof, a rear entertainment system, satellite radio, a power tailgate, a navigation system with its own rearview camera, and power-deployed running boards. 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.

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2009 Highlights

For 2009, the Ford Expedition EL gets a handful of new features that include a capless fuel filler, a perimeter alarm, rain-sensing wipers, the Sync multimedia voice control system and Sirius Travel Link. Additionally, the 5.4-liter V8 adopts flex-fuel capability, meaning it can also run on ethanol-blend fuels.

Performance & mpg

A 5.4-liter V8 that makes 300 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque powers every Expedition EL. No other engine choices are offered. The 5.4 is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All trims can be had in either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive (with low-range gearing).

Because the EPA isn't required to conduct fuel economy testing on vehicles heavier than 6,000 pounds, we expect the Expedition EL will achieve a couple of mpg less than the lighter, regular (2WD) Expedition's ratings of 14 mpg city20 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined. The Expedition EL's maximum towing capacity stands at 9,000 pounds for the 2WD version and 8,750 for the 4WD version.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control with rollover protection, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags are standard across the line. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash testing, the 2009 Ford Expedition EL received perfect five-star ratings in all of that agency's frontal and side impact tests.

Driving

Drive a 2009 Ford Expedition EL and you'll likely be impressed by its smooth ride and agile handling. It's still a big vehicle and demands that you respect it as such, but its steering response and general composure are quite good for a full-size SUV. Still, the parking lot will always be a multiple-turn adventure. From behind the wheel, the Expedition EL's hefty 6,000-pound curb weight is apparent, and even with 300 hp on tap, advance planning is required for highway passing attempts. The six-speed automatic makes the most of the engine's power band but sometimes falters when choosing the right gear in passing situations.

Interior

The Expedition EL's cabin boasts an attractive design and easy-to-use controls. A few points are lost because of some low-grade plastic trim, but overall fit and finish is good, and a number of clever features make this SUV ideal for large families. The second-row bench seat has a 40/20/40 split and allows you to scoot the middle section close to the front seats for easier access to a youngster. If you opt for the second-row captain's chairs, seating capacity drops to seven, though you get a storage console between those seats.

The Expedition EL's 60/40-split third-row seat is one of the most comfortable in the full-size-SUV class. It folds flat with a quick and easy release handle in XLT models or powers up and down at the press of a button in the higher trims. The EL offers 42.6 cubic feet of luggage space with the third row in use. If that's not enough, fold the third row for 85.5 cubic feet of cargo space. When it's time to move the kid to college, flip down the second and third rows and you'll have nearly 131 cubes.

Scorecard

Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2009 Ford Expedition EL.

Average user rating: 4.8 stars
8 total reviews
5 star reviews: 87%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 13%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 0%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

4.875/5 stars, Good for towing
bcmichael,
Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A)
We bought this truck to tow our boat and travel trailer. Overall it is a very capable tow vehicle, the extended wheelbase and weight help ensure a stable ride when towing large trailers. The ride is very comfortable, so this is a good vehicle for long road trips. There is a ton of interior space, plenty of room for people and luggage. When both rows of passengers seats are folded flat you can fit 4x8 sheets of plywood/drywall flat on the floor with no problem. Gas mileage is what I expected for a vehicle this size, love the FlexFuel option as we are in the midwest and E85 is usually much cheaper than gasoline.
3.25/5 stars, Good looks, but needs improvement
digerati,
Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A)
The design of the vehicle inside and out are great and have a "tough" look and feel to it. There's lots of room, comfortable, and quiet inside. The power running boards integrates to the Expedition nicely, unlike the GM SUVs with the feature, which leaves unsightly gaps, unlike the Ford. Great comfort for all 8 seats. Plus the SYNC was easy to use. Build quality can be improved however. SYNC radio won't turn on using the power button, heated/cooled seats won't leave on, rear air suspension is noisy and vibrates, the power driver's seat rocks back and forth slightly, plastic chips and wood quality on steering wheel not good, chrome wheels has tarnish that was impossible to remove, etc.
4.625/5 stars, Great family vehicle
Brett Rowley,
Limited 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A)
With 3 children (12, 9, 5) and quite a few long driving vacations, we spend quite a bit of time in the Expedition EL. I cannot say enough good things about it. We previously bought my wife a Honda Pilot, but almost immediately sold it and purchased the Expedition EL. The Pilot was a great SUV, but simply not big enough or comfortable enough for a large family and long trips. The overall interior comfort is outstanding, the audio/nav/touch screen technology is impressive, and the fuel economy is better than expected. We live in a rural area and spend no time sitting in traffic. Having said that, we average 17.5 miles in mixed use and 20 miles/gallon on the highway.
5/5 stars, Love this truck
Corey,
Limited 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A)
I purchsed this 2009 expedition in 2016 with 147,000 miles on it. I was slightly worried about the high miles at first but it was a one owner vehicle with a clean car fax and all service done at the dealership it was purchased at. One month after we purchased it we took a 2500 mile road trip with no problems. I take it on 1000 mile round trips for work all the time with no worries or problems. The truck just hit 180,000 miles and is still going strong even after pulling 6-7,000 pound trailers. Only problem I have had was a shop used a fram oil filter that was limiting the oil pressure and causing cam timing problems. Fix was to replace the oil filter with a motorcraft filter. The interior is great but the front seat has a rip in it like almost every ford driver seat. 4x4 is amazing and this thing goes in any condition including 15 inch snow storms. At the end of the day if I was forced to sell this truck then I would buy another one but no one is getting this one from me any time soon.


Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$34,570
MPG & Fuel
N/A City / N/A Hwy / N/A Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 33.5 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Engine
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 310 hp @ 5000 rpm
Torque: 365 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 221.3 in. / Height: 77.7 in. / Width: 78.8 in.
Curb Weight: 5854 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 85.5 cu.ft.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Side Barrier RatingRating
OverallNot Rated
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front SeatNot Rated
Back SeatNot Rated
RolloverRating
Rollover3 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of RolloverNot Rated


FAQ

Is the Ford Expedition EL a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2009 Expedition EL both on the road and at the track. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Expedition EL ranges from 42.6 to 85.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ford Expedition EL. Learn more

Is the Ford Expedition EL reliable?

To determine whether the Ford Expedition EL is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Expedition EL. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Expedition EL's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2009 Ford Expedition EL a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2009 Ford Expedition EL is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2009 Expedition EL is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2009 Ford Expedition EL?

The least-expensive 2009 Ford Expedition EL is the 2009 Ford Expedition EL SSV Fleet 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $34,570.

Other versions include:

  • Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $45,035
  • Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $47,865
  • XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $40,575
  • Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $42,135
  • Limited 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $44,965
  • XLT 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $37,675
  • King Ranch 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $46,905
  • King Ranch 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $49,805
  • SSV Fleet 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $34,570
  • SSV Fleet 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $37,470
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What are the different models of Ford Expedition EL?

If you're interested in the Ford Expedition EL, the next question is, which Expedition EL model is right for you? Expedition EL variants include Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A), XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A), and Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A). For a full list of Expedition EL models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2009 Ford Expedition EL

Used 2009 Ford Expedition EL Overview

The Used 2009 Ford Expedition EL is offered in the following submodels: Expedition EL SUV. Available styles include Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A), XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A), Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A), Limited 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A), XLT 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A), King Ranch 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A), King Ranch 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A), SSV Fleet 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A), and SSV Fleet 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2009 Ford Expedition EL?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2009 Ford Expedition EL and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2009 Expedition EL 4.8 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2009 Expedition EL.

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What's a good price for a New 2009 Ford Expedition EL?

2009 Ford Expedition EL Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A)

The 2009 Ford Expedition EL Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,960. The average price paid for a new 2009 Ford Expedition EL Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A) is trending $39,709 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $39,709 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $6,251.

The average savings for the 2009 Ford Expedition EL Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A) is 86.4% below the MSRP.

2009 Ford Expedition EL SSV Fleet 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A)

The 2009 Ford Expedition EL SSV Fleet 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35,495. The average price paid for a new 2009 Ford Expedition EL SSV Fleet 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A) is trending $28,247 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $28,247 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $7,248.

The average savings for the 2009 Ford Expedition EL SSV Fleet 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A) is 79.6% below the MSRP.

2009 Ford Expedition EL King Ranch 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A)

The 2009 Ford Expedition EL King Ranch 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $47,830. The average price paid for a new 2009 Ford Expedition EL King Ranch 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A) is trending $39,690 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $39,690 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $8,140.

The average savings for the 2009 Ford Expedition EL King Ranch 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A) is 83% below the MSRP.

2009 Ford Expedition EL XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A)

The 2009 Ford Expedition EL XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,500. The average price paid for a new 2009 Ford Expedition EL XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A) is trending $33,225 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $33,225 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $8,275.

The average savings for the 2009 Ford Expedition EL XLT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A) is 80.1% below the MSRP.

2009 Ford Expedition EL Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A)

The 2009 Ford Expedition EL Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $48,790. The average price paid for a new 2009 Ford Expedition EL Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A) is trending $39,324 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $39,324 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $9,466.

The average savings for the 2009 Ford Expedition EL Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A) is 80.6% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2009 Ford Expedition EL?

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