Trying to cope with declining demand on its large gas-guzzling SUVs, FMC lowers base prices for its 2007 Ford Expedition vehicles, simultaneously getting rid of the base XLS model that offered prospective buyers nothing more than a front bench seat, a simple CD player, an air conditioning system and automatic headlamps.
The new entry-level 2007 Ford Expedition XLT can now be ordered for as low as $29,995, which is $5,485 below the last year’s XLT, and $3,485 lower than the previous base model.
For the price, the XLT brings you standard 17-inch alloy wheels, running boards (they don’t seem to be particularly useful, but at least the SUV looks sexier with them installed,) a Class III trailer hitch that will allow you to tow a vehicle weighing up to 5,000 pounds (although the Expedition is good for up to 9200 lbs,) a six-speaker CD stereo with an MP3 player input jack that might come handy if you own an iPod, front captain’s chairs with six-way power adjustments for the driver, and, of course, cruise control.
The 2007 model range now also features standard Safety Canopy three-row side air curtains, AdvanceTrac with RSC, and a 5.4-liter Triton V-8 engine, which is capable of producing 300 horsepower and 365 lb-ft (495 Nm) of torque.
The engine is mated to a new six-speed automatic, delivering 9,200 pounds of maximum towing capacity, which is 300 pounds better than last year.
The 2007 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer comes for $36,395 and the Expedition Limited (LE) can be ordered for a base price of $37,845, which is respectively $3,200 and $3,500 cheaper than the 2006 MY trims.
As for the fuel efficiency, it is still not really good with EPA estimates 12 mpg in a city cycle and 18 mpg on a highway. The numbers look especially poor if you compare the SUV to a similarly sized 2007 GMC Yukon that sports at least 15/20 mpg in a city and highway cycles respectively or the 2007 Chevrolet Suburban, which is even better at 15/21 mpg in city/highway driving.