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2017 Ford Expedition platinum driving on dusty road

Used Ford Expedition in Farmington, NM

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. 

First Generation

Second Generation

Third Generation

Fourth Generation

1997-2002 Model 2003-2006 Model Years 2007-2017 Model Years 2018-Present Model Years

4.6 L Triton 16V V8 and 

5.4 L Triton 16V V8 Engine Options

4.6 L Triton 16V V8 and 

5.4 L Triton 16V/24V V8 Engine Options

5.4 L Triton 24V V8 (Until 2014) and 

3.5 L EcoBoost V6 Turbocharged Engine Options

3.5 L EcoBoost V6 Turbocharged Engine
Up to 9 Passengers Up to 9 Passengers Up to 8 Passengers Up to 8 Passengers


Generation Comparison Analysis

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: 


  • High Towing Capacity for its Class 
  • Easy Folding Rear Seats for Better Cargo Space 
  • Turbocharged V6 Engine Option 
  • Flex-Fuel Fuel Type 
  • Electronic Hi-Lo Gear Selection 
  • Mechanical Center Differential 
  • Leather and Wood Steering Wheel 
  • And More! 
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2017 Ford Expedition interior with seats folded down
2017 Ford Expedition dashboard screen view
2017 Ford Expedition interior showing front cabin and view through windshield