Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat ($395); 22-Inch Polished Aluminum Wheels With Continuously Controlled Damping ($2,180 -- includes 22-inch polished aluminum wheels with continuously controlled damping, 285/45R22 all-season black sidewall tires); Leather Second Row Captain's Chairs ($795 -- includes leather second-row reclining captain's chairs that fold flat and flip forward for access to third-row seats)
Twin-turbocharged, direct-injected V6, gasoline
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
365 @ 5,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
420 @ 2,500
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Though it's slow off the line, the Expedition feels strong at low rpm where there's abundant torque to shove it down the road. The EcoBoost V6 is a fantastic power plant that's silent at virtually any engine speed. Power does trail off noticeably toward redline, and shifts aren't very expedient. Manual shifting is available and the transmission will hold gears at redline. Power braking does shave about a tenth of a second from the launch, but wheelspin remains minimal.
Braking performance is good overall for a large SUV, though pedal travel is long and soft. Braking distance from 60 mph lengthened on the fifth consecutive stop from 60 mph, though the first four remained reasonably consistent. There's ample dive, but stability is good during full-ABS stops.
Slalom: The Expedition is a handful through the slalom, where it prefers to go straight. Though its stability control can't be fully disabled and will, ultimately, bring it back under control, it's easy to get in over your head in rapid transitions with this large SUV. Bottom line? Don't try to make this Expedition into something it's not. This is a big, tall, heavy SUV and it needs to be treated accordingly. Skid Pad: It's easy to let the stability control meter out the throttle around the skid pad. Power is available in direct proportion to steering angle once into extended steady-state cornering, and the Expedition does a reasonable job of hanging on. With ESC "disabled" (which can't be fully accomplished), big slip angles are possible and, suprisingly, the Expedition has good balance. Limits are low, of course.