2006 Ford Expedition
There are 1 user reviews for the XLS 4X2 trim shown below
- Comfortable ride, Good handling & Fuel Economy, LARGE paddle style side mirrors.
- 3.31:1 Gear Ratio, No Front Storage, Speedometer is hard to read.
Nice family starter vehicle, gives you all the room of a minivan - without making you feel... well, like your driving a minivan.
After upgrading from a 1994 Bronco, I feel this has a BIG change in the road handling (after all the Bronco was basically just a SUV body bolted atop a F150 truck frame - very rugged, real manly, but very bumpy). The Expedition handles surprisingly well for a large vehicle, (this may have something to do with the front and rear coil-over shock system instead of just having coil-overs in the front and leafsprings in the rear?) very smooth and quiet ride - and at times you don't even realize that you are doing over 80mph on the highway!
Which brings me to my next point; the Speedometer: Very hard to read the speedo on this trim level - numbers are small and WAY too close to one another... When traveling at highway speeds, this could get you into real trouble, as they are not easy to read at 'a glance'. Digital speedo is the way to go.
This trim level doesn't give much *UMPH* to speak of for being an 8cyl 5.4L engine - the 3.31 ratio makes it feel a bit lacking in the take-off and acceleration and I would just really recommend if you are set on getting this trim level, at least upgrade to a 3.55:1 ratio... Or the 3.73:1 if you are going to pull your toys, have a large family that likes to go on outings, or are the designated person to help everyone move 'cuz you've got a big truck. You'll really appreciate the significance in the response when you're going uphill, passing, merging, etc.
Very good and comfortable ride, lots of room in the 2nd & 3rd rows (even for me & I'm 6')... Love, Love, LOVE the cloth seats, don't know what the material is - but it's really nice and gets much attention and comments. No AC vents for the 2nd or 3rd rows, but AC is strong enough to eventually reach your mother-in-law and other backseat drivers.
However, with all this room, there is NO STORAGE on the 60/40 split bench package - at least in the previous years models the center armrest folded down in the front seat and had a small compartment built in to the top of it - this has NOTHING! Not even a place for your sunglasses or garage door opener.... But I have NINE CUPHOLDERS! (FOUR are in the front row? - Why not throw in the extra two and make it a six-pack?) EXTREMELY DISSAPOINTED with the LACK OF STORAGE.
All in all - This is a good Truck/SUV - very basic, yet very roomy and quiet on the road... But for the couple extra dollars I would really recommend getting at least the XLT model with the Power Driver & Passenger Captains Chairs & the 3.73:1 Gear ratio and powerfold seats... Spend the extra money and be happier....read morehide
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