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Overview of 2012 Ford Expedition EL XL By Eric Tallberg
Got some extra folks to tote around? Check out the 2012 Ford Expedition EL XL. Boasting 221.3 inches of overall length, 3 rows of seating for up to 8 and almost 131 cubic feet of total cargo room, this is one big full-size SUV.
Packed outboard are 17-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack, step running boards, a trailer hitch and wiring, and heated power-adjustable mirrors with integrated blind-spot indents, all standard, while the spacious cabin boasts cloth upholstery, a 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, simulated alloy accents, full power accessories, reclining second-row seats and air conditioning, front and rear. Cruise control and tilt-wheel steering help comfort the driver, with a 160-watt stereo system powering an MP3-capable single-CD player, 6 speakers, satellite radio and rear sound controls.
Workman-like options for the 2012 Expedition EL XL, meantime, include a heavy-duty trailer package and 3.73 non-limited-slip rear axle, while more prosaic add-ons include remote engine start, rear-seat DVD entertainment and Ford’s ballyhooed SYNC AppLink infotainment system.
Once again, standard power for this stretched ute comes from a Flex Fuel 5.3-liter V8 engine with variable valve timing (VVT) coupled with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission. This pairing nets 310 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque, with mileage in the rear-wheel-drive-only (RWD) XL EL estimated at 14 mpg city/20 highway. Towing remains maxed out at 9,200 pounds with the proper equipment.
Standard safety features aboard this big ute…besides its heft…include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front and 3-row head airbags. Front fog/driving lights, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm are complemented by Ford’s net-nanny-style MyKey system, which allows folks to program such things as speed and audio limits into their extra-length Expedition when one of the kids wants to borrow it for the evening.
This overview covers the EL XL trim only.
Please see our 2012 Ford Expedition Overview for more information.
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