2011 Ford Expedition

MSRP $36,205

Ranked #10 in Suv

7.5

Overall Rating

2011 Ford Expedition Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 16, 2021

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The Ford Expedition was first introduced for the 1997 model year, as a full-sized SUV that goes head to head with the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and the Nissan Armada. The Expedition is quite popular in the States for several reasons such as a capable engine, spacious and functional interior, a bully-like shell design, and many others.

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Pros

Surprisingly good ride and handling

Spacious cabin with adequate third-row seating space

Impressive towing prowess

Foldable Third-row seats

Cons

The motor feels strained under heavy loads

Button-heavy and unfriendly controls

Orthodox and dated exterior design

What's New?

All-new base XL model introduced

Added optional infotainment features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36205

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

133 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

330 cu.in.

horsepower

310 hp @ 5100 rpm

torque

365 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD

chassis

suspension front

short and long arm front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

119 in.

length

206.5 in.

width

78.8 in.

height

77.2 in.

curb weight

5515 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

116.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

108.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

9200 lbs.

payload capacity

1620 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/20 mpg

highway range

560 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

XL$36,205 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Ford Expedition in Ingot Silver Metallic color
Ingot Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


For the 2011 model year, the Ford Expedition ranks 4th among full-size SUVs, and the brand offers the SUV in 4 trims. All the models come powered with the standard 5.4L V8 engine. Like its rivals, the SUV gets an RWD layout as standard and an optional 4WD for off-roading. The price for the SUV starts at $36,205 and goes all the way up to $52,305, veering into the premium segment.


7.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2011 Ford Expedition Features

7.5/10

The 2011 Expedition is offered in 4 trims: XL, XLT, Limited, and King Ranch. The XL is stuffed with a generous amount of features, but as you pay higher prices for the upper trims, the feature list either gets additions or the existing ones get better.

The XL comes fitted with 1st-row bucket seats, 40/20/40 and 60/40 split for 2nd and 3rd-row seats, AC, auxiliary rear climate control, cruise control, automatic headlamps and fog lamp, and a 6-speaker audio system among others. As you go higher, features like 20” premium painted aluminum wheels, premium sound system, and leather seats. Some of the available optional packages include the Trailer Tow Package, Leather Seating Package, and Sport Appearance Package.

Trims

XL

XLT

Limited

King Ranch

MSRP (RWD)

$36,205

$38,815

$45,485

$46,755

MSRP (AWD)

$39,105

$41,715

$48,385

$49,655

Features

17” aluminum wheels

18” aluminum wheels

20” polished aluminum wheels

20” premium painted aluminum wheels

 

Cloth bucket seats

Ford SYNC voice-activated, in-vehicle connectivity system

1st-row Power-adjustable, heated, and cooled bucket seats with lumbar

Carpeted floor mats with embroidered King Ranch logo

 

6-speaker sound system

6-way power

front-passenger seat

Heated 2nd-row seats

3-row Chaparral leather seats

 

Black, power, heated side-view mirrors with security approach lamps

7-speaker premium sound system

Perforated leather 1st and 2nd-row seats

Dual reflector headlamps

 

6-month Sirius Satellite Radio subscription

1st-row bucket seats with 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

Complex-reflector system headlamps with blackout treatment

Chaparral Leather-wrapped steering, center console, door panel inserts

 

6-way power driver’s seat with manual lumbar

Chrome exhaust tip

Leather-wrapped steering

Black roof-rack side rails with crossbars

 

Chrome grille

Dual-zone automatic temperature control

Chrome roof-rack side rails with Black crossbars

 

We Recommend

The most practical trim to buy is the XLT model since it adds a plethora of features with a reasonable price increase.

2011 Ford Expedition Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2011 Ford Expedition engine is a 5.4L V8 unit coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The power is transferred to an RWD system as standard however, there is also an optional 4WD layout on offer. The engine produces 310 horsepower and 365 lb-ft torque and is capable of towing an admirable 9,200 pounds. The motor propels the SUV from 0 to 60 MPH in 8.9 seconds and completes a ¼ mile stretch in 16 seconds

Models

2011 Ford Expedition

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

2011 Nissan Armada

2011 GMC Yukon

MSRP

$38,815

$38,930

$39,465

$39,895

Engine 

5.4L V8

5.3 Liter V8

5.6 Liter V8

5.3 Liter V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6 speed automatic

5 speed automatic

6 speed automatic

Power 

310 hp @ 5100 rpm

320 hp @ 5,400 rpm

317 hp @ 5,200 rpm

320 hp @ 5,400 rpm

Torque

365 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm

335 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

385 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm

335 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.9

8.5

8.1

8.5

Quarter mile (sec)

16 

15.9

15.8

15.9

Top Speed (MPH)

133

130

121

NA

The Chevrolet Tahoe and the GMC Yukon are mechanical twins hence come with similar powertrain and power output figures. Both the SUVs also have identical acceleration times as well, clocking 8.5 seconds. The Nissan Armada houses the biggest V8 under its hood and generates a sheer 385 lb-ft of torque, the highest among the rivals here and is the quickest.

2011 Ford Expedition Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Big V8 engines under these full-size SUVs are generally guzzlers. Nevertheless, the 2011 Ford Expedition gas mileage numbers stand at 14,20 and 16 MPG in city, highway, and combined respectively. Since the vehicle comes with a large 28-gallon fuel tank, it offers an impressive driving range of 560 miles on the highway with a tank full of gas.

Models

2011 Ford Expedition

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

2011 Nissan Armada

2011 GMC Yukon

MPG (City)

14

15

13

15

MPG (Highway)

20

21

19

21

MPG (Combined)

16

17

15

17

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

28

26

28

26

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

392/560

390/546

364/532

390/546

Despite the Tahoe and Yukon offering good performance, their mileage figures are surprisingly good and better than the Expedition. The Nissan Armada has the lowest fuel economy numbers on offer but is blessed with a huge gas tank of 28 gallons like the Expedition, hence manages to offer a decent driving range as well of 532 highway miles. 

2011 Ford Expedition Interior

7.0/10

Ford offers a vast number of creature comforts and interior features depending on the trim you bring home. The 2011 Ford Expedition interior is spacious and can accommodate a total of 8 people with a decent amount of head and legroom offered in all three rows. The seats are wide, cushioned well, and upright. The standard features include an AC, Analog Instrument Cluster, Carpeted floor mats, leather-wrapped steering, and gear knob.

Upper trims will get you some truly premium and convenient features such as power-adjusted pedals, power windows, steering with audio and cruise control buttons. You also get 18.6 cubic feet of standard cargo space, but folding the rear seats will offer you a massive 108.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

Models

2011 Ford Expedition

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

2011 Nissan Armada

2011 GMC Yukon

Seating Capacity

8

8

8

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.6/63.2/41.1

41.1/65.3/41.3

39.7/65/41.8

40.3/65.3/41.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.8/63.7/39.1

39.2/65.2/39

40/64.7/41.9

39.2/65.2/39

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.3/51.9/37.7

37.9/61.7/25.6

35.9/63.7/32.2

37.9/61.7/25.6

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

18.6

16.9

20

16.9

What makes the Expedition standout from the rest, it offers a spacious and uniform space in all three rows. However, overall the Nissan Armada offers a segment-leading passenger space and the biggest trunk space of 20 cu.-ft. Both the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon offer similar interior dimensions but the Yukon is more luxurious and is feature-heavy as compared to the Tahoe.

Standout interior features:

  • 10-way power adjusted, heated, and cooled front bucket seats
  • Chaparral/perforated leather seats
  • Woodgrain interior trim
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • Leather-wrapped steering and gear shifter

How intuitive is the 2011 Ford Expedition’s Infotainment Unit?

The 2011 Ford Expedition‘s base trim comes fitted with an I.U. that is loaded with a 6-speaker audio system assisted by AM/FM/CD and MP3 player and a 6-month subscription to Sirius satellite radio. Apart from the default features, upper trims offer a premium 7-speaker sound system, message center, Ford SYNC voice-activated connectivity, and an optional voice-activated navigation system. You also get an 8” touch LCD by Garmin which displays maps and other multimedia, 10GB of music storage, a dual LCD screen at the rear and a trial subscription of Sirius travel link and traffic.

Standout infotainment features:

  • 7-speaker premium audio system with subwoofer
  • AM/FM/DVD-CD/MP3 player with Aux support
  • 8” touch LCD by Garmin
  • 10GB of music storage
  • Dual LCD screen at rear seats
  • Voice-activated navigation system
  • Sirius travel link and traffic (6-month trial)

2011 Ford Expedition Exterior

7.0/10

The 2011 Ford Expedition exterior design remains unchanged. The styling looks decade old and orthodox. The headlights don’t suit the hefty body and some may find the chrome grille too intimidating. The most striking attributes of the SUV are the large three-spoke chrome grille sitting between the large headlights which house the automatic dual reflector headlamps and fog lamps below. Though the taillights look dated, they are fitted well and offer a traditional appeal. There is a wide range of options when it comes to wheel choices. 

As standard, Ford offers 17” aluminum wheels which look pretty. However, to level up the looks, you can fit the better-looking 18” machined or 20” painted/polished aluminum wheels with the King Ranch logo which will significantly season the appeal. 

Models

2011 Ford Expedition

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

2011 Nissan Armada

2011 GMC Yukon

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5,611

5,636

5,372

5,636

Length (in.)

206.5

202

207.7

202

Width (in.)

78.8

79

79.3

79

Height (in.)

77.2

76.9

77.2

76.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.7

10.5

9.8

9

Wheelbase (in.)

119

116

123.2

116

As we have talked before about the bully-like figure of the 2011 Expedition, the SUV enjoys a 119” of wheelbase”. It also comes with a fair amount of ground clearance at 8.7” and the AWD system makes it a capable SUV which can perform well even in snow, sand, jittery roads. The Nissan Armada is the lightest SUV here which is surprisingly the largest in terms of size too. It has the largest wheelbase of 123.2 inches and exemplary ground clearance of 10.5 inches, but the big and muscular body can be tough to handle and challenging to park. The GMC Yukon is the opposite, though it’s fairly heavy weighing 5,636lbs, it is significantly smaller than the others.

Standout Exterior Features:

  • 20” polished/ premium painted aluminum wheels
  • Dual Reflector headlamps
  • Automatic headlamps and rain lamp
  • Complex-reflector system headlamps
  • Keyless entry keypad
  • Black roof-rack side rails with crossbars

2011 Ford Expedition Safety

7.0/10

The 2011 Expedition arrives with a respectable amount of safety and driver-assist systems. The SUV is based on the brand’s legendary T1 platform, which the Ford F-150 happens to share too. The platform consists of a tensile and sturdy chassis that is made from steel and aluminum and is further coupled with capable 4-wheel independent suspension for vehicle stability. All the wheels of the truck are fitted with disc brakes programmed with ABS, EBD, and Emergency Brake Assist. A standard arrangement of airbags is also fitted inside the cabin which comes in aid at the time of the collision.

Standout safety features:

  • Ford MyKey System
  • Complex-reflector system headlamps
  • Trailer sway control
  • Reverse sensing system
  • Rearview camera
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system

2011 Ford Expedition Final Verdict

The Expedition is one of the most preferred SUVs in the states. Post its introduction, it has stood the test of time and proved itself to be a money launderer for Ford. It is a family-friendly SUV that can seat 8 people with enough room and comforts to offer. Moreover, Ford offers a vast number of options and additional packages. Priced at $36k, the Expedition justifies itself and has been a pampered family member for decades now, because of the practicality and value it provides.

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