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2005 Ford Expedition XLS, XLT and XLT Sport

2005 Ford Expedition
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The Ford line-up is immense this year, with multiple offerings in many segments, all serving different purposes for different people but all displaying the usual Ford ruggedness and capability. The SUV line-up is particularly diversified, from the Escape, a compact SUV, to the mid-sized pair, Explorer and Freestyle, to the Explorer Fast Trac, a mid-size with a truck bed to the biggest of all. The Expedition and the Excursion are Ford's largest SUVs.

The 2005 Ford Expeditions reviewed here are the work-horse members of the line-up, the bottom three trims, used and chosen by those who need SUV capability but perhaps don't need heated leather seats.

Available Models
The lineup of Ford Expeditions grew in 2004 and does again this year for a total of six offerings, the XLS, XLT and XLT Sport, reviewed here, and the off-road geared NBX, the up-level Eddie Bauer and the luxurious Limited.

Interior Features
The 2005 Ford Expedition is suited to those who want full-size power and strength, over that of the Explorer, but perhaps without the behemoth dimensions of the Excursion, Ford's largest SUV. However, it still has three rows of seating, with an available front bench seat pushing the seating capacity to nine. Various seating arrangements for the up-level models include captain chairs, for first and second rows and a number of power chair features; both for comfort adjustment and stowability.

The 2005 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.

Though basic trim levels, these are not bare-bones vehicles. The XLT comes with a good array of standards for interior comfort that include air conditioning, power mirrors, windows and door locks, a CD audio player and much more.

Exterior Features
The 2005 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. Depending on the trim level you choose, a couple of wheel types come standard. All models come with 265/70R17 tires, with white-letter all-terrain tires on XLT and up.

There is now one engine offered for the Expedition and this year it is 40hp stronger than last year's top-powered engine choice. Though still a 5.4-liter V8, it delivers 300 horsepower at 4750 rpm and 375 lb-ft of torque at 3750 rpm. It is the modern modular engine with 3-valve aluminum cylinder heads that was introduced last year for use on the F-150 pick-up truck.

An optional load-leveling air suspension and standard integrated Class III towing capacity combine for a serious 8900lbs of pull. A full-size spare and front tow hooks add to capability.

Safety and Security
Dual front airbags and antilock 4-wheel disc brakes are standard on all models. A comprehensive safety package can be added for significant additional safety including front and curtain side airbags. New for 2005, the Ford Expedition's available AdvanceTrac comes with Roll Stability Control; a system designed to reduce rollover potential by triggering the system when it detects that one or more wheels are about to leave the ground. This reduces engine power and/or applies braking to the necessary wheels to help settle the vehicle.

2005 Ford Expedition - Vehicle Highlights

5.4-liter, 3-valve Triton V-8 engine is standard on all series, offering 40 more horsepower than last year
New top-of-the-line Limited series
Redesigned instrument cluster displa
Raised roof rails in place of roof rack for cleaner appearance
Available AdvanceTrac® now offers class-exclusive Roll Stability Control

Fast Stats
MSRP from
5.4L V8
300 @ 5000
4-speed auto
MPG: City/Hwy
14 / 19

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