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2013 Ford Expedition Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Ford Expedition was new.


Interior: 7.7

Generally, reviewers think the 2013 Ford Expedition has an inviting cabin design, but they also note that its interior fit and finish is a bit low-quality because of cheap, hard plastics. Even on higher trims, one test driver says that materials fall short.

  • "Inside, the Expedition boasts a sizable and comfortable cabin, although some of the materials feel a bit low-rent." -- Left Lane News
  • "Some low-quality interior materials also disappoint, particularly when you've paid the extra money for a premium trim level." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "A plethora of hard-plastic panels cheapens Expedition's interior ambiance, even with the available leather upholstery. …" -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The base 2013 Ford Expedition seats up to eight in three rows, but can be equipped with second-row captain’s chairs, reducing seating to seven. Cloth seats come standard and leather seats are available. The Expedition is also available with a heated front row, heated second row outboard seats and heated and cooled front seats. One critic says that regardless of the model, the Expedition fits people of all sizes comfortably. Reviewers agree that the first- and second-row seats are spacious and comfortable. One test driver says that the third row is adult-friendly, but only for short trips. They also mention that entering and exiting may be a difficult climb for small children. One auto writer finds that rearward visibility is hindered by bulky headrests and thick rear roof pillars.

  • "In any of the 2013 Expedition's three trim levels, seats are comfortable and provide enough seat travel to comfortably accommodate passengers of virtually any size." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Generous room on supportive seats. ... Visibility is hampered by thick roof pillars and large headrests, particularly over the left shoulder." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "In fact, third-row room is among the best of any SUV, though three adults won't want to sit in the back for long. The high ride height also makes getting in and out a task for children." -- New Car Test Drive (2011)

Interior Features

The base Expedition XLT comes with a six-speaker stereo system with an auxiliary jack, satellite radio and Ford’s Sync AppLink, which includes Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming. Notable optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, navigation, an upgraded sound system and HD Radio.

One reviewer says that the gauges are easy to read and most interior controls are arranged logically. Another auto critic notes that the controls look a bit out of date and don’t work as well as the ones in the Ford F-150. The same critic says that the navigation screen is small.

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  • "The Expedition's interior design is generally inviting, though the dash features controls that are out of date in appearance and functionality compared to those found in Ford's F-150 pickup. For example, the navigation system features a rather small touchscreen." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Expedition has large, easy-to-read gauges. ... The dashboard design is otherwise similar, with most controls logically placed, though the switchgear lacks a precision feel. …" -- Consumer Guide (2012)


The Ford Expedition has 108.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row and 55 cubic feet behind the second-row seats. Behind the third row, the Expedition can hold 18.6 cubic feet of cargo. Long-wheelbase EL’s have even more room, with 130.8 cubic feet of total space, 85.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 42.6 cubic feet with all seats in use. While the regular Expedition’s cargo space is good for the class, it falls short of what the Chevrolet Suburban and Toyota Sequoia offer. One reviewer likes the easy-fold third-row seats. Some rivals require the heavy seats to be completely removed in order to expand cargo space. According to one critic, there are an abundance of interior storage compartments to store small items. Since the Expedition is so tall, one test driver says it may be difficult to tie cargo to the roof.

  • "Cargo space is a healthy 18.6 cubic feet, increasing to 55 cubic feet with the 3rd row seats folded." -- Left Lane News
  • "The third-row seat is similarly versatile. The standard seat folds down with a simple tug on the release mechanism." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "A large glovebox, roomy center console, and large door pockets provide abundant small-item storage." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "Unfortunately, the Expedition's height makes it a bit difficult to secure items to the roof rack." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)

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