The Ford Expedition is one of the longest-running names in Ford SUVs. The Expedition began production in 1996 to release for the 1997 model year and hasn’t missed a year since then. Not only that but the Expedition has topped the list of Ford SUVs in terms of size since it first hit the road. The Expedition has adapted to fit up to eight passengers, making it outdo most competitor’s large SUVs by at least one seat.
But there is more to the Ford Expedition than size. A few Expedition models are still on the road or are now for sale at used car dealerships like the Automax Truck and Car Center. Of the four model generations the Expedition has lived through, the expansive third generation is the generation most pre-owned models will be part of. The table below uses its columns to show what to look for with each generation of the Expedition.
If you look at the time periods covered by each generation, you will see that Ford found an almost perfect formula for the large SUV in the late 2000s that extended on to just a few years ago. No generation comes close to the success and lifespan of the third generation. The third generation coincides with the reduction of maximum seating from 9 to 8. This is likely part of the general movement away from using three-seat front rows in vehicles in the automotive industry.
Third Generation Buying Guide
If you find a Ford Excursion from any of the model years that are part of the third generation, there are a few things you should expect to find. Besides lots of interior space and high seating capacity, the following list details more of what an Expedition shopper may find: