21 Best & Worst Ford Expedition Years (With Facts & Stats)

Making its US debut for the ’97 model year, the Expedition is the largest family hauler in Ford’s lineup.

They are spacious, comfortable, and capable although their gutsy twin-turbo V-6 engines aren’t the most fuel-efficient.

In this article we’ll take a closer look a closer look at its best and words years…

2022 Ford Expedition

Here’s The Short Answer To What The Best And Worst Years For The Ford Expedition Are:

The best Ford Expedition model years are 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010, and 2009. The worst model years of the Expedition are 2017, 2016, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, and 1997. This is based on reviews, NHTSA stats, reported problems, and consumer feedback.

What Are The Best Years For The Ford Expedition?

Ford has produced a lot of great Expeditions over the years, listed below are the best of the best.

2022 Ford Expedition

The 2022 Ford Expedition is the pick of the bunch boasting revised exterior and interior styling and upgrades to its electronics and safety features.

On the inside, the dashboard was fitted with a design similar to the recently redesigned F-150 pickup truck.

In addition to this, better quality materials were used all around and the infotainment system was significantly upgraded with a new 12-inch touchscreen panel (or an optional 15.5-inch touchscreen panel).

  • Edmunds: 5.0 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.3 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 78 / 100

2022 Ford Expedition, Edmunds review:

“Plenty of room, comfortable ride, latest technology, plenty of power. Overall very satisfied”

2021 Ford Expedition

The 2021 Expedition is another great pick for those looking for a spacious, well-equipped, three-row SUV.

For this model year, a new entry-level, 5-seater XL trim was introduced as were the Antimatter Blue and Kodiak Brown paint colors.

Across all variants, new wheel designs were introduced.

  • Edmunds: 4.3 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.3 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 79 / 100

2021 Ford Expedition, Edmunds review:

“The Expedition Limited is equipped similarly to the Tahoe Premier, with a lower price point. Tons of interior room, and it handles very well for such a large SUV. The twin turbo V6 paired with the 10 speed transmission feels much quicker than the GM 5.3L V8.”

2020 Ford Expedition

The 2020 Expedition is part of the fourth Expedition generation introduced in 2018 – it has received minimal complaints and strong consumer scores.

The King Ranch trim was introduced for this year, which is a high-end version of the vehicle loaded with luxury features such as power-retractable running boards, 22-inch alloy wheels, high-quality Del Rio leather upholstery, and authentic real wood trim. 

For all models across the entire line-up, the infotainment system was equipped with Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system and the Co-Pilot 360 suite. 

  • Edmunds: 4.9 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.3 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 78 / 100

2020 Ford Expedition, Edmunds review:

“We love it! We have 4 children and we can all fit in it. The tall (6’) kids can sit in the 3rd row and have leg room. The third row seats are on the wheel well instead of behind it and so they have plenty of leg room.”

2019 Ford Expedition

There were no major changes for the 2019 Expedition although it was notably less problematic than its immediate predecessor, the 2018 model. 

However, a new trim was added, known as the Special Edition package.

This variant comes with black 22-inch alloy wheels, a 360-degree (surround-view) camera system, LED headlights and fog lamps, additional cargo features, a new and improved self-parking feature, and integrated heavy-duty towing equipment.

As for the entry-level XLT trim, it came with revised seating material and a triple-zone air conditioning system (from the original dual-zone climate control system).

  • Edmunds: 3.4 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.3 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 80 / 100

2019 Ford Expedition, Edmunds review:

“Just leased a 2019 Ford Expedition Limited Stealth Edition with heavy-duty tow package. I needed a vehicle to transport a enclosed car trailer. The Expedition is rated at 10300, which is better than the competition. The stealth in triple black and interior with red accent stitching is very eye catching. The safety features like adaptive cruise, lane departure control and blind spot mirror indicators are a plus feature…”

2014 Ford Expedition

For those looking for a slightly older yet reliable model, the 2014 Expedition is a safe bet offering lots of passenger room and significant cargo and towing capacities.

Aside from minor changes to certain trim levels and more options or add-ons, the 2014 Ford Expedition introduced a new mechanical-type, load-leveling rear suspension which replaced the issue-laden air-based suspension system. 

  • Edmunds: 4.0 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.6 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 80 / 100

2014 Ford Expedition, Edmunds review:

“I bought my ’14 Expedition off of a used car lot and I’m beyond impressed at how it still very much has that “new car” feel. It just rolled over 100k miles when I drove it home however it feels like I just drove it off the Ford sales lot, every little feature work exactly how you’d expect with no concerns about degradation after it being 5 years old. I’ll admit I had some initial concerns but they were quickly laid to rest after the test drive. Kudos to you Ford.”

2014 Ford Expedition

2013 Ford Expedition

The 2013 Ford Expedition lost the base level XL trim but introduced a couple of upgrades, including an integrated brake controller for better and more intuitive towing activities.

  • Edmunds: 4.8 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.6 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 75 / 100

2013 Ford Expedition, Edmunds review:

“I have the 4×4 EL Platinum with the tow package. There’s nothing it can’t get through or carry or tow. It rides well and tows trailers very easily. Gas mileage is not so good but you get a lot of capability for it. Can’t find a better value for all-around utility and comfort.”

2011 Ford Expedition

The 2011 Ford Expedition introduced a new and affordable entry-level XL trim but loses the beloved Eddie Bauer special edition. 

In other news, the rear-seat video system obtained dual headrest-mounted displays.

As for models that were equipped with the hands-free Ford Sync system, a complimentary-three year subscription for Traffic, Directions, and Information service was provided.

  • Edmunds: 4.7 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.6 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 77 / 100

2011 Ford Expedition, Edmunds review:

“Thought I would never buy a Ford again but buying a travel trailer and needing the perfect tow vehicle made me check out the Expedition. Am I glad I did. Roomy, comfortable, great features, good ride, and drives like a big, solid hunk of metal on all road surfaces. Stable in wind, good on wet surfaces and in the mountains…”

2010 Ford Expedition

Despite being an older model the 2010 Expedition rides and handles better than you may expect.

There were a few upgrades introduced in the 2010 Ford Expedition, including a programmable MyKey (allows the owner to control certain safety-related settings), added services to the Ford Sync system, and a standardized trailer sway control for more convenient and worry-free towing activities. 

  • Edmunds: 4.3 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.6 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 77 / 100

2010 Ford Expedition, Edmunds review:

“What an unbelievable ride! This SUV is the best driving car I have ever driven. Very quiet and smooth. The sync is the absolute coolest option ever. We got the nav package and the stereo is amazing along with the ability to check the gas prices, sports scores and weather radar on the screen. I didn’t buy the vehicle for the gas mileage but it is better than I thought. You need to drive a limited or king ranch before you buy a Navigator or Escalade. You will save yourself thousands!”

2009 Ford Expedition

With strong consumer scores, high towing capacity and a roomy third-row seat, the 2009 Expedition makes an excellent bargain buy.

This model year received several new and practical features, including a capless fuel filler, a perimeter sensor alarm, rain-sensing wipers, satellite radio functionality, and the Ford Sync multimedia voice control system, alongside the Sirius Travel Link.

For the 5.4-liter V8 version specifically, the flex-fuel capability was adopted, meaning it was capable of consuming ethanol-blend fuels. 

  • Edmunds: 4.7 / 5.0
  • Kelley Blue Book: 4.6 / 5.0
  • JD Power: 84 / 100

2009 Ford Expedition, Edmunds review:

“The Expedition Limited has been a great vehicle for our family of 5. We haven’t had any mechanical issues and it drives like a dream. The gas mileage isn’t too bad for this type of vehicle. I have considered downsizing but I have a hard time giving up the luxury. I really like the look and comfort.”

Consumer Scores For Best Ford Expedition Years

Below is a table that presents all the consumer ratings of the best Ford Expedition model years from reputable vehicle websites:

Model YearEdmunds 
Consumer Rating
Kelley Blue Book
Consumer Rating
JD Power
Consumer Rating
2022 Ford Expedition5.0 / 5.04.3 / 5.078 / 100
2021 Ford Expedition4.3 / 5.04.3 / 5.079 / 100
2020 Ford Expedition4.9 / 5.04.3 / 5.078 / 100
2019 Ford Expedition3.4 / 5.04.3 / 5.080 / 100
2014 Ford Expedition4.0 / 5.04.6 / 5.080 / 100
2013 Ford Expedition4.8 / 5.04.6 / 5.075 / 100
2011 Ford Expedition4.7 / 5.04.6 / 5.079 / 100
2010 Ford Expedition4.3 / 5.04.6 / 5.077 / 100
2009 Ford Expedition4.7 / 5.04.6 / 5.084 / 100

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What Are The Worst Years For The Ford Expedition?

Some Expedition years have been notably more problematic than others, you may want to steer clear of the models listed below…

2016 and 2017 Ford Expedition

The 2016 and 2017 Expedition models were severely affected by a faulty brake master cylinder that leaked brake fluid.

Here’s what the owners had to say:

“I almost rear-ended someone because out of nowhere, the brake alert light and chime came on, then the brake pedal went “soft” and I had to literally push it to the floor for my Expedition to stop.”

“Brake master cylinder began leaking and filled the brake booster with fluid. Vehicle lost all ability to brake while driving down the road.” 

Despite recall campaigns and repairs, for some owners, the problem of malfunctioning brakes was never completely solved.

The 2017 Expedition had a total of 23 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 195 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

The 2016 Expedition had a total of 28 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 170 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Rear window exploded for no reason
  • Rear air conditioning went out
  • Battery died prematurely
  • Engine dies while driving
  • Low brake fluid light is on
  • Satellite radio not working
2016 Ford Expedition

2004, 2005, and 2006 Ford Expedition

The 2004, 2005, and 2006 Ford Expedition models had significant engine problems which were attributed to a failed throttle bobdy.

Reports indicated that the Expedition randomly stops working and shuts off when driving.

A few owners have also reported vehicle jerking which eventually led to engine failure.

Others also mentioned that spark plugs were defective, causing further inconvenience if paired with engine stalling as this would lead to difficulty in restarting the vehicle. 

The 2006 Expedition had a total of 192 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 351 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

The 2005 Expedition had a total of 110 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 383 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

The 2004 Expedition had a total of 99 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 331 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Engine shuts off when fail safe engine light comes on
  • Paint is bubbling up
  • Engine runs very roughly
  • Bad injectors
  • Engine stalls
  • Transmission failure
  • Spark plug blew out of block
  • Whining noise while driving

2001, 2002, and 2003 Ford Expedition

Like the previous trio of Expedition model years, the 2001, 2002, and 2003 Expedition models had large numbers of complaints due to the engine.

Aside from reports indicating a faulty engine and engine warning light illumination (which sometimes led to the engine shutting down), the biggest issue was spark plug related.

Numerous owners reported that their spark plugs essentially ejected from the cylinder head, causing the vehicle to make tapping or knocking noises and resulting in the engine misfiring.

The 2003 Expedition had a total of 276 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 674 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

The 2002 Expedition had a total of 68 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 363 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

The 2001 Expedition had a total of 117 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 604 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Spark plug blew out of block
  • Door ajar light and dome light stay on
  • Side trim panels faded
  • Engine stalls, shuts down
  • Air conditioning failure
  • Air suspension malfunctioning
  • Rides low in rear
  • Transmission failure
  • GEM (General Electric Module) shorting out from water leak

2000 Ford Expedition

The 2000 Ford Expedition had quite a lot of problems.

The leading category of concern was electronics-related – a number of owners reported that their Expedition models caught fire under the hood due to a fault with the speed control system.

Interestingly enough, this had also occurred in models that were parked and not in use. 

The 2000 Expedition had a total of 123 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 943 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Rear of vehicle rides low
  • Air suspension failed
  • Spark plug blew out
  • Transmission slipping
  • Tire failure

1999 Ford Expedition

The 1999 Ford Expedition had significant engine problems.

According to several reports, the spark plugs of the vehicle kept blowing out of the socket.

Owners report loud popping noises coming from inside the hood, followed by a weird odor.

If spark plugs are ejected, the spark plug port threads may need to be fixed, or the cylinder head and cylinder head gasket may need replacing.

The 1999 Expedition had a total of 146 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 959 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Spark plug blew out of socket
  • Air suspension failure
  • Total transmission failure

1997 and 1998 Ford Expedition

The early suspension system of Ford Expedition models was a big point of concern for most owners.

This was especially evident in the 1997 and 1998 Ford Expedition models which relied on air-based suspension. 

Reports indicated that the vehicle leaned toward one side (left or right) or towards the rear.

This imbalance was also accompanied by loud knocking sounds and upon diagnosis, it seemed to have stemmed from a defective torsion bar. 

The 1998 Expedition had a total of 71 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 860 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

The 1997 Expedition had a total of 43 complaints at CarComplaints.com and 870 problems at CarProblemZoo.com.

Common problems:

  • Spark plug blew out of head
  • Air suspension failure
  • Windshield leaks causing electrical problems
  • Brake failure
  • GEM (General Electric Module) shorting out from water leak

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What Years Have The Most Complaints?

Listed below are the complaints and problems for each model year of the Expedition.

Model YearComplaints
2022 Ford Expedition07
2021 Ford Expedition056
2020 Ford Expedition454
2019 Ford Expedition1064
2018 Ford Expedition21140
2017 Ford Expedition23195
2016 Ford Expedition28170
2015 Ford Expedition40117
2014 Ford Expedition1350
2013 Ford Expedition1684
2012 Ford Expedition14130
2011 Ford Expedition3784
2010 Ford Expedition2971
2009 Ford Expedition438
2008 Ford Expedition54158
2007 Ford Expedition86241
2006 Ford Expedition192351
2005 Ford Expedition110383
2004 Ford Expedition99331
2003 Ford Expedition276674
2002 Ford Expedition68363
2001 Ford Expedition117604
2000 Ford Expedition123943
1999 Ford Expedition146959
1998 Ford Expedition71860
1997 Ford Expedition43870

What Problems Do Ford Expeditions Have?

  • Transmission failure
  • Engine shuts off when fail safe engine light comes on
  • Paint is bubbling 
  • Spark plug blue out of head
  • Side trim panels faded
  • Engine stalls, engine shuts down 
  • Engine runs very roughly

What Are The Best Alternatives To The Ford Expedition?

The Ford Expedition is considered one of the best full size SUVs in the market.

It secured the 2nd spot (beating the likes of the Chevrolet Suburban and Chevrolet Tahoe), with a great score of 8.6 out of 10. 

Make & ModelScoreMSRPFuel Economy (MPG)
Jeep Wagoneer9.0$58,995 – $76,995City: 15 – 16 /Highway: 20 – 22
Ford Expedition8.6$51,110 – $82,815City: 15 – 17 /Highway: 19 – 23
Chevrolet Suburban8.2$55,500 – $79,100City: 14 – 21 /Highway: 19 – 27
Chevrolet Tahoe8.2$54,200 – $77,400City: 14 – 21 /Highway: 19 – 28
GMC Yukon8.0$52,500 – $76,300City: 20 – 21 /Highway: 26 – 27
Toyota Sequoia7.1NACity: NA / Highway: NA
Nissan Armada6.8$49,150 – $68,550City: 13 – 14 /Highway: 18 – 19

Source: cars.usnews.com

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