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2012 Ford Expedition SUV

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

Ford’s Expedition is one of the few full-size SUVs available which are suitable to carry a large family and tow a heavy trailer. Expedition’s standard 5.4L V8 delivers enough power to tow up to 9,200 pounds when properly equipped. When the road goes from dry to snowy, icy or gravel covered, the available Control Trac four-wheel-drive system provides more sure-footed traction. The independent rear suspension helps ensure your trips are comfortable, on smooth and rough roads alike.

The 5.4L V8 is engineered to put the torque where it’s needed most, delivering 85 percent of peak torque at just 1,500 rpm. That’s important for pulling a big load from a dead stop. Multivalve (three valves per cylinder) technology allows the engine to breathe freely, increasing horsepower. The 5.4L engine generates 310 horsepower and 365 lb.-ft. of torque. All that power is transmitted to the drive wheels by way of a six-speed automatic transmission. Its wide ratio spread helps the engine generate lots of low-end torque (for tasks such as towing) and provide efficient operation in overdrive on the highway. This engine is also flex-fuel capable, so you can run on E85 fuel, gasoline, or any mix of the two.

2012 Ford Expedition Interior

The onboard computer comes standard with AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) to make towing easier.

If you need to tow a large trailer, Expedition has the capability you can call on. The Expedition 4×2 regular-length model has a maximum 9,200-pound towing capacity when properly equipped with the available Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package. (The Expedition EL has a maximum towing capacity of 8,900 lbs.) Expedition features standard Trailer Sway Control. It works in conjunction with AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control) to determine from the yaw motion of the vehicle if the trailer is swaying and takes measures, such as applying precise braking or reduced engine torque, to help bring both vehicle and trailer under control. There are eight trim levels; starting MSRP is $37,600 and EPA city/hwy fuel mileage is rated 14/20 mpg.

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