2013 Ford Expedition EL Overview
The perennial favorite of soccer-moms worldwide, the 2013 Ford Expedition EL takes the already large passenger and cargo space of the Expedition to another. There’s plenty of space inside for whomever or whatever you need to carry around, from children and dogs, to furniture and food.
The new Expedition is currently the largest SUV in the Ford lineup and the Expedition EL takes it to the next level, adding 15 inches of length which adds cargo room. The 2013 model retains its body-on-frame truck-like design with relatively subtly styled panels. The new front grille is comprised of horizontal chrome bars that appear to be taken directly from Ford’s pickup line. The 2013 Expedition EL also comes standard with reflector-style headlamps, fog lights, running boards, and heated/powered exterior mirrors. The standard wheels are 18-inch alloys, but larger 20-inch wheels are optional. Other options include powered running-boards and a powered moon-roof.
The interior of the 2013 Expedition EL is similar to the previous generations; basic and but well-built and clean-looking. The standard bucket seats are cloth, but leather upholstery is optional. A full premium leather package is available with powered, heated seats. Manual air-conditioning, entry-illumination, 40/20/40 folding second row seats, iPod compatibility, power-adjustable pedals, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror are all standard. Seating capacity is seven passengers with second row captain’s chairs, eight with a second row bench. Dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation system, and premium sound system, and powered third row seats are all available extras. The EL’s extra length adds an extra 24 cubic feet of cargo space (42.6 cubic feet overall) behind the third row, and with the seats folded offers 130.8 cubic feet of storage.
The 2013 Expedition EL is available with only one engine: a 310-horsepower, 5.4-liter V8 with 365 pounds-feet of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive, the Expedition EL is capable of 14/20 mpg city/highway. With the optional 4X4 system, the economy numbers drop to around 13/18 mpg city/highway. Mechanical options include automatic leveling rear suspension and a heavy-duty tow package which adds an integrated trailer-brake controller for 2013.
The 2013 Expedition EL gets six airbags as standard, front, side-impact, and side curtain bags. In addition, the Expedition EL gets traction control, “crash-alert” that blinks the lights and sounds the horn post crash, and 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS. Other passive features include door beams to protect against side impacts and a roll-mitigating electronic system. According to the NHTSA, the 2013 Expedition EL is a pretty safe car earning four out of five stars.