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Overview of 2012 Ford Expedition EL XL 4WD By Eric Tallberg
Stretched out to its full 18.5 feet (221.3 inches), the 2012 Ford Expedition EL XL 4WD adds some 15 inches of overall length to its standard-size compatriots. This full-size SUV, once a prizewinner in Ford’s stable, still boasts 3 rows of seating for up to 8 and almost 131 cubic feet of cargo area. As its moniker implies, this big ute also comes with Ford’s driver-selectable Control Trac 4-wheel drive (4WD) with electronic hi-lo gear selection and auto-locking hubs. This system allows drivers to switch from rear-wheel drive (RWD) to 4WD and back, with the additional capability of shifting to a lower gear when the going gets really tough.
A handsome and venerable profile, meantime, boasts 17-inch alloy wheels, step running boards, a roof rack, a Class IV trailer hitch and wiring, and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors with blind-spot indents. Inside, look for cloth upholstery, reclining second-row seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and simulated alloy trim. Full power accessories are bolstered by front and rear air conditioning and a 160-watt audio system complete with an MP3-capable single-CD player, 6 speakers, satellite radio and rear controls. Finally, cruise control and tilt-wheel steering give drivers an extra measure of comfort and convenience.
Of course the EL XL 4WD remains eligible for some heady options choices, like remote engine start, rear-seat DVD entertainment, a heavy-duty trailer package and a 3.73 non-limited-slip rear axle. And then there’s Ford’s Bluetooth-boosted SYNC AppLinks infotainment package for some added entertainment and communications capabilities.
Look for the standard (and only) 5.3-liter Flex Fuel V8 engine to mate with a 6-speed automatic transmission for 310 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque, while variable valve timing (VVT) allows this 4WD monster to get an estimated 13 mpg city/18 highway. Towing, finally, is maxed out at 9,200 pounds with the proper equipment.
Safety-wise, besides sheer size, the 2012 Expedition XL EL 4WD boasts such notable features as 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and 3-row head airbags. Front fog/driving lights, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm, along with the touted MyKey speed- and audio-programmable system, help keep owners (and their kids) worrying less about safety and more about gas prices.
This overview covers the EL XL 4WD trim only.
Please see our 2012 Ford Expedition Overview for more information.
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