Though it can't quite compete with Ford's other full-size
sport utility vehicle, the giant Excursion, in terms of
size and power, the 2004 Ford Expedition is still a big,
brawny, comfortable vehicle. It has power and space and
a wash of trims that cover everything from purely functional
equipment to sheer decadence.
For 2004, the model lineup has been expanded and more standard
features are offered across the line. Last year's Expedition
received a major makeover that saw an almost entirely new
model roll out of the plant. This year, a few minor touchups
complete the package.
The lineup of Ford Expeditions grows a little in 2004, with
a total of five offered: XLS, XLT, XLT Sport, NBX and Eddie
Bauer. NBX and Eddie Bauer models are covered in another
As mentioned, the 2004 Ford Expedition isn't on par with
the Excursion's size. However, it still has three rows of
seating, with an available front bench seat pushing the
seating capacity to nine.
The 2004 Ford Expedition makes good use of its large interior.
It provides versatility with a fold-flat-into-the-floor
third row 60/40 seat, a 40/20/40 second row seat with manual
CenterSlide section and best-in-class cargo volume.
The XLT Sport trim has been added to the lineup for 2004.
It takes an XLT model's offerings, which include standard
power-adjustable pedals, an AM/FM/cassette/CD player and
front and rear air conditioning, and adds tubular side steps
and 265/70R17 white-letter tires.
The 2004 Ford Expedition is quite a big vehicle, and its
design does nothing to hide this. Ford says that it exudes
a confidence-inspiring stance with large headlamps, tail
lamps, mirrors and door handles. The new exterior colors
for 2004 are Pueblo Gold and Red Fire.
A tire-pressure monitor is now standard with XLT and XLT
Sport models. As usual, rear-wheel drive and four-wheel
drive configurations are available.
There are two engines offered with the 2004 Ford Expedition.
The first is a 4.6-liter V8 with 232 horsepower at 4750
rpm and 291 lb-ft of torque at 3450 rpm. The second, a 5.4-liter
V8, delivers 260 horsepower at 4500 rpm and 350 lb-ft of
torque at 2500 rpm. It features a cast iron engine block
that has been computer-designed to reduce vibration for
XLT and XLT Sport models offer optional load-leveling air
suspension. Also available with these models is an antiskid
Safety and Security
Dual front airbags and antilock 4-wheel disc brakes with
brake assist are standard.