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Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.8 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2009 Ford Expedition Review

The 2009 Ford Expedition seats up to eight in a roomy and spacious interior, making it a solid choice for anyone looking for a 2009 large SUV, though some competitors are a little easier to drive.

Pros & Cons

  • Available adult-sized third row that easily folds
  • Strong towing capacity
  • Class-leading safety scores
  • Cumbersome handling

2009 Ford Expedition Overview

When it was new, reviewers liked the 2009 Expedition’s large, versatile interior. They also liked that its optional third row was not only comfortable for adults, but that it easily folds to increase cargo space. The Expedition has great safety scores. Two versions are available: a regular-wheelbase and long-wheelbase Expedition EL that has more cargo space behind the third row. Though the Expedition is very good at towing and hauling, reviewers said its handling is a bit ponderous, and competitors like the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe have more agreeable driving dynamics.

Power comes from a 5.4-liter V8 that reviewers said is sufficient to get the Expedition moving. The Expedition gets an EPA-estimated 14/20 mpg city/highway with rear-wheel drive, which is typical for the class. The base Expedition can carry up to 108.3 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded and can tow up to 9,200 pounds. At 130.8 cubic feet, the Expedition EL offers increased cargo capacity, but towing capacity diminishes slightly.

The base 2009 Ford Expedition can seat up to five, and the available third row increases that to eight. Cloth upholstery is standard, but leather comes with the upper trim levels. Optional features included Bluetooth, Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, navigation and a power-folding third row. 2007 was the last year the Expedition received any significant updates, so looking for an older model may save you some money.

See the full 2009 Ford Expedition specs »

Other Cars to Consider

One Expedition alternative to consider is the 2009 Chevrolet Suburban, which has similar interior space to the Expedition EL. An available heavy-duty variant can also tow up to 9,600 pounds, which is more than the Expedition’s maximum. Reviewers also preferred the Suburban’s driving dynamics over the Expedition’s, but disliked that its third-row seats have to be removed to maximize cargo space.

The 2009 GMC Yukon is another good SUV to consider. The Yukon is closest in size to the regular-wheelbase Expedition, and reviewers preferred its handling over the Ford’s. Those drawn to the King Ranch and Limited Expedition trims will not be disappointed by the Yukon’s Denali trim, whose luxury trappings are not a far cry from those of the 2009 Cadillac Escalade.

Compare the Expedition to the Suburban and Yukon »

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