2003 Ford Expedition Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2003 Ford Expedition - Road Test Specs

2003 Ford Expedition SUV

(4.6L V8 4-speed Automatic)


Model year2003
StyleEddie Bauer 4X2
Base MSRP$37,745
As-tested MSRP$44,230


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5.4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)260 @ 4,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)350 @ 2,500
Transmission typeFour-speed automatic


Suspension, frontDouble-wishbone, coil-over-shock, gas-filled shocks
Suspension, rearIndependent double wishbone, coil-over-shock, gas-filled shocks
Steering typePower-assisted, speed sensitive, rack-and-pinion
Tire brandContinental
Tire modelContiTrac TR
Tire size, front265/70R17
Tire size, rear265/70R17
Brakes, frontFour-wheel ventilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.3
0-60 mph (sec.)8.8
0-75 mph (sec.)13.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.64 @ 81.79
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33.77
60-0 mph (ft.)135.75
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)55.6
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)38.7
Sound level @ idle (dB)51
@ Full throttle (dB)72
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)75

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsDespite being a two-wheel-drive model, the Expedition did not have a traction problem, even without AdvanceTrac activated. The SUV weighs a lot and that's apparent when you floor the throttle from a stop. Though not underpowered, no one will ever call it quick. Upshifts were well timed and positive, coming right at 4,950 rpm (being a Ford, it had no redline indicated on the tachometer, but the shifts felt about right). There was less than a tenth of a second variation in quarter-mile times, even when we varied our launch technique over three runs. Pretty much just punch it and go.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsThe brake pedal wasn't as progressive as we'd like, with a small dead spot at the top of its travel before building up a "squishy" feeling of resistance as ABS was invoked. Minimal ABS noise and vibration, and a very slight pull to the right during maximum braking that required slight steering wheel correction. Only a small amount of front-end dive despite having a tall ride height. Solid numbers and performance for a full-size SUV.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsA tall ride height, along with accurate steering, made the Expedition extremely easy to place in the slalom, resulting in very few cones hit during our 10 runs. AdvanceTrac was interfering somewhat so it had to be disabled for the best times. With it off, I could power out of the final cones and slightly rotate the SUV. Body sway well controlled for such a tall and heavy vehicle. This type of handling in a full-size SUV would have been unfathomable even five years ago. — Karl Brauer

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)85
Temperature (°F)65
Wind (mph, direction)0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Auto 13/18 Manual /
Edmunds observed (mpg)13
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)23

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,416
Length (in.)205.8
Width (in.)78.7
Height (in.)77.6
Wheelbase (in.)119
Legroom, front (in.)41.2
Legroom, rear (in.)38.7
Headroom, front (in.)39.7
Headroom, rear (in.)39.8
Seating capacity8
Cargo volume (cu-ft)20.6
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)111


Bumper-to-bumper3 years / 36,000 miles
Powertrain3 years / 36,000 miles
Corrosion5 years / miles
Roadside assistance3 years / 36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceUnavailable


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot Available
Head airbagsOptional
Antilock brakesStandard
Electronic brake enhancementsbraking assist
Traction controlOptional
Stability controlOptional
Rollover protectionNot tested
Emergency assistance systemNot tested
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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