2012 Ford Expedition

MSRP $36,530

Ranked #7 in Suv

7.9

Overall Rating

2012 Ford Expedition Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 17, 2021

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In the current scenario where people are opting for smaller, more environmentally friendly SUVs or small crossovers, Ford is offering the big truck-based SUV named Expedition; which still has a significant market till now. 2012 Expedition comes with three rows of seating with ample cargo space. It is related to the F-150 in some way, but there are significant differences as well starting from the basic design itself. 

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Pros

Good handling than most other big SUVs

Respectable road comfort

Spacious third-row seats

Striking King Ranch interior

Cons

Aging design

Outdated infotainment controls

Engine struggles under heavy loads

Interior has a sub-par feel to it in the base trims

What's New?

Blind-Spot mirrors

XLT trim gets the option for heated second-row seats

Front parking sensors standard on Limited and King Ranch trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36530

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

5589 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

116.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

108.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

9200 lbs.

payload capacity

1630 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/20 mpg

highway range

560 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 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$36,530 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Ford Expedition in Blue Jeans Metallic color
Blue Jeans 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

7.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

9.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


Pricing starts at $36,530 and rises up to around $50K for the top-end model. The 2012 Ford Expedition rivals the likes of Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Nissan Armada. Let’s see how the Expedition holds up against the competition.


7.5/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2012 Ford Expedition Features

7.5/10

There are a total of four trims available for the 2012 Expedition. The base trim starts with a sticker price of $36,530 and for the price, the list of features is adequate. The expedition is no luxury SUV which can be seen in the lower trims of the SUV. The base XL trim is a five-seater while all other models provide seating for eight. The top-end King Ranch is fully loaded and luxurious and many of its standard features are available as options in the lower trims. The following table shows the detailed list of features and prices of each trim of the Expedition- 

Trims

XL

XLT 

Limited 

King Ranch

MSRP (RWD)

$36,530

$39,140

$45,270

$46,780

MSRP (4WD)

$39,430

$42,040

$48,170

$49,680

Key Features

1st-row bucket seats with 2-way adjustable head restraints

Ford SYNC voice-activated, in-vehicle connectivity system

10-way power-adjustable, heated, and cooled bucket seats

Chaparral leather trim on all 3 rows of seating

 

6-way power driver’s seat with manual lumbar

Power-adjustable pedals

Power lumbar and recline with driver’s memory

Chaparral leather trim on steering wheel insert, center console lid, and door-panel inserts

 

Cloth seats

Message center

Heated 2nd-row seats

Black roof-rack side rails with crossbars

 

Premium Sound System with a single-CD player, MP3 capability and 6 speakers

18-inch machined aluminum wheels

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with olive ash black woodgrain insert

Woodgrain trim on the center console, switch panels, and instrument panel

 

17" aluminum wheels 

Body-color lower bodyside moldings, wheel lip moldings, and bumpers

Chrome roof-rack side rails with Black crossbars

Dual reflector headlamps

 

Chrome grille

Chrome exhaust tip

Complex-Reflector System headlamps with blackout treatment

Pale Adobe lower bodyside moldings, wheel-lip moldings, bumpers, and running boards

 

Dual reflector headlamps

Reverse Sensing System

Front park assist

King Ranch logo on front fender and liftgate

.We Recommend

The XLT trim or the Limited trim is the choice to go for, as the base XL trim might cost less, but also lack the basic features and amenities which makes it pretty bare bone. The interior also feels relatively cheap when compared to that of the XLT or Limited trim. If you wish to ride in comfort and the interior of the Limited trim still does not satisfy your taste the top-level King Ranch trim should be your go-to choice, it offers the best cabin in the lineup.

2012 Ford Expedition Engine and Performance

9.0/10

Unlike most other SUVs of the segment, Ford offers the 2012 Expedition with just one engine choice. The standard and only engine option available is the 5.4-liter V8 engine that makes 310 hp and 365 lb-ft torque; this power is distributed to the rear wheels as standard, or it can be transferred to all four wheels as well with the help of the optional 4WD system. The engine comes paired with a standard six-speed automatic transmission which performs gear shifts smoothly. 

But this engine in the segment feels really slow, as almost every other SUV comes with a power output of more than 300 horsepower. Another thing to note is that while the engine is capable of towing up to 9,200 pounds, it struggles under full loads. These SUVs aren’t built for straight-line acceleration but still, it covers 0-60MPH in under 8.5 seconds which is very impressive considering its size. The quarter-mile time is achieved in 147 seconds which is also a great time in this segment. 

Models

2012 Ford Expedition XLT

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe LS

2012 GMC Yukon SLE 

2012 Nissan Armada SV

MSRP

$39,140

$38,755

$40,085

$39,870

Engine 

5.4L V8

5.3L V8

5.3L V8

5.6L V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

4WD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

5-speed automatic

Power 

310 hp @ 5100 rpm

320 hp @ 5400 rpm

320 hp @ 5400 rpm

317hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque

365 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm

335 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

335 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

385 lb-ft @3400 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.7

8.4

8.5

6.8

Quarter mile (sec)

16.0

16.3

16.4

14.6

Top Speed (MPH)

120

115

113

120

The GM twins offer better power, but Nissan takes the win in terms of torque output which allows for a better towing capacity. The Armada is also the fastest to reach 60mph covering it in 6.8 seconds. The Expedition follows Nissan even with the lower power outputs. This leaves the GMC and the Chevy behind 

2012 Ford Expedition Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The fuel economy of the V8 in the 2012 Expedition is not something one could be proud of. The engine might be potent in terms of power, but the fuel efficiency figures do not help in any way to applaud the powertrain. EPA estimates that the RWD Expedition would return 14 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the highway with a combined rating of 16 MPG. It comes with a 28-gallon fuel tank that offers a bit more range than a few other truck-based SUVs. Expedition offers a combined range of almost 500 miles.

Models

2012 Ford Expedition XLT

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe LS

2012 GMC Yukon SLE 

2012 Nissan Armada SV

MPG (City)

14

15

15

13

MPG (Highway)

20

21

21

19

MPG (Combined)

16

17

17

15

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

28

26

26

28

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

392/560/448

390/546/442

390/546/442

364/532/420

The Nissan is the least fuel-efficient vehicle of the lot offering 14 MPG combined; its larger engine turned out to be a gas guzzler as expected. And the GM and Chevy cousins offer better fuel economy, but they suffer in terms of driving range due to a slightly smaller fuel tank. Ford offers better fuel economy figures than the Nissan and also has a bigger fuel tank than the GM and Chevrolet and that allows it to deliver a better range than the others in the class. 

2012 Ford Expedition Interior

6.0/10

The huge size of the 2012 Expedition is not just for the looks; it is actually quite a big SUV when you step in it. You get standard seating for eight except the XL trim, which comes standard seating for five. You can also opt for second-row captain's chairs which lowers the capacity to seven. Upfront you are welcomed to two bucket seats, which are standard on all the trim, and offer immense comfort and support. 

Ford has given attention to the cushioning of the seats which allow for better comfort. The rear seats can also accommodate regular-sized adults with ease and they will be as comfortable as the ones in the first row. With the third seats upright there is a bit of compromise that one has to do with the cargo space, but with foldable third-row seats, the cargo space increases significantly.

Models

2012 Ford Expedition XLT

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe LS

2012 GMC Yukon SLE 

2012 Nissan Armada SV

Seating Capacity

8

8

8

8

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

39.6/63.2/41.1

41.1/65.2/41.3

40.3/65.2/41.3

39.7/65.0/41.8

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

39.8/63.7/39.1

39.2/65.2/39.0

39.2/65.2/39.0

40.0/64.7/41.9

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

38.3/51.9/37.7

37.9/61.7/25.6

37.9/61.7/25.6

35.9/63.7/32.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

18.6

16.9

16.9

20.0

There is no lack of space inside the Expedition as it not only has a spacious first and second row but also has the biggest third-row seat on offer. Nissan has the biggest trunk and the GM cousins offer better second-row seating but compromise in cargo space and third-row seating. Nothing holds up with the Expedition in terms of exterior space as it is the absolute best. Overall the Standout interior features include-

  • Leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather upholstery
  • 8-way power front seats
  • Heating, cooling, and driver memory functions for front seats
  • Heated second-row seats

How intuitive is the 2012 Ford Expedition’s infotainment unit?

A pretty basic six-speaker sound system paired with the traditional system from Ford is a standard offering in the 2012 Expedition. Alongside this, you get an auxiliary jack for audio input. In the higher trims, you get the SYNC voice control system with Bluetooth connectivity and navigation facilities. 

You can also add an optional rear entertainment system with two headrest-mounted screens. The infotainment system however has started to age and the system now shows the need for a major upgrade to match with the modern and updated systems that can be seen in a lot of other SUVs in the segment. Standout infotainment features include-

  • Navigation system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • SYNC voice-controlled system
  • Satellite radio.

2012 Ford Expedition Exterior

8.0/10

While it is based on the Ford F-150, the 2012 Expedition looks different. The mammoth-sized proportions would easily fulfill the desires of the people who are still intrigued by the dimensions of the SUV. Since a redesign in 2007, it has not changed much. Most of the design elements are shaped in square and rectangular fashion giving the car an overall boxy look. 

As standard, you get 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, fog lamps, a roof rack, running boards, and heated mirrors with integrated blind-spot mirrors. However, you can upgrade to 18-inch alloy wheels in the XLT trim and 20-inch polished alloy wheels with the Limited trim. At the top of the lineup King Ranch gets you special two-tone paint, 20-inch painted alloy wheels, and upgraded headlamps. You can also opt for load-leveling air suspension and a sunroof.

Models

2012 Ford Expedition XLT

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe LS

2012 GMC Yukon SLE 

2012 Nissan Armada SV

Curb Weight (lb)

5,549 

5,448

5,448

5,251

Length (inches)

206.5 

202.0

202.0

207.7

Width (inches)

78.8 

79.0

79.0

79.3

Height (inches)

77.2 

76.9

76.9 

77.2

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.7 

9.1

9.0

9.8

Wheelbase (inches)

119.0

116.0

116.0

123.2

The 2012 Expedition is the heaviest SUV among the rivals, and while it is shorter than the Nissan it has used the space inside quite well which allows for a better third-row seat. The Nissan Armada has the highest ground clearance which allows for a better off-roading experience. Standout exterior features include-

  • Special two-tone paint
  • 20-inch painted alloy wheels
  • Upgraded headlamps
  • Load-levelling air suspension
  • Sunroof

2012 Ford Expedition Safety

9.0/10

Such a huge mammoth-sized car is not only heavy but that extra metal and size also provide more safety to the occupants. The testing parameters for both the top safety institutions have changed for 2011, thus they left the Expedition out for the testing for this year. However, NHTSA gave the Expedition a safety score of five stars before the testing parameters changed. The standard list of safety features come with ABS, airbags stability, and traction control alongside these controls you also get a slew of advanced safety features which are either optional or are available as standard fittings in the Ford Expedition. Prominent safety features include-

  • Ford trailer sway control
  • Ford MyKey system
  • Rear-view camera system 
  • Parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitoring system

2012 Ford Expedition Final Verdict

The big SUV segment is slowly seeing a decline in sales, people have started to opt for smaller and cleaner alternatives. Only a small part of the population is still interested in these big mammoth-sized SUVs. And if you are all about space and want to buy a big SUV for your big family then the Ford Expedition is a good choice. 

The big V8 engine offers acceptable performance with average fuel economy. Also, there are enough features to make the car look filled up and if you are willing to spend up to $50,000 then the Expedition will provide you a premium cabin, advanced features, and the capability to haul heavy loads with a significant number of passengers.

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