2012 Ford Expedition Values & Cars for Sale | Kelley Blue Book (2023)

Full-size SUVs may no longer be all the rage in cash-strapped America, but like it or not, the need for such vehicles has not gone away. For families with more than four kids, or the need to tow a boat or trailer, a 6-cylinder CUV isn’t going to cut it. Thankfully, the 2012 Ford Expedition has plenty of muscle and room to spare, and although the Expedition’s fuel economy is not great, it is tolerable considering big Ford’s herculean capabilities. Roughly the same size as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Nissan Armada, the Expedition distinguishes itself with its available 2-tone exterior packages, upscale interior options and cleaver interior features such as a power flush-folding third-row seat and the SYNC hands-free communication and entertainment system. For those who need more interior room, the Expedition EL offers an extended rear area that puts the 2012 Expedition in direct competition with the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban, Toyota Sequoia, and GMC Yukon.

Used 2012 Ford Expedition Pricing

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2-wheel-drive 2012 Ford Expedition XL begins just over $38,000 and can climb to nearly $60,000 for a fully loaded 4-wheel-drive King Ranch model. The EL extended-length version adds about $3,000 to the bottom line of each of the four (XL, XLT, Limited and King Ranch) trims. The very high-end Limited and King Ranch trims include interior appointments and exterior enhancements fully competitive with the Lincoln Navigator and GMC Yukon Denali. Before you set out to purchase your new Expedition, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price, which shows what others in your area are paying for their new vehicles. As for resale, Expedition owners can expect to see values similar to the Chevy Suburban and Nissan Armada, but well below the Toyota Sequoia.

Driving the Used 2012 Ford Expedition

Because Ford gave the 2012 Expedition an independent rear suspension (the two rear wheels can move independently of each other due to each being attached to a separate axle), its ride and handling are far from truck-like. Whereas a solid-axle vehicle tends to hop around on rough pavement and perform poorly in tight turns, the Expedition’s suspension seems unfazed by bumps, ruts and other road obstacles. Not that the Expedition is going to win any slalom events, mind you, but it is remarkably capable for its size, weight and high center of gravity. The steering setup is firm with good feedback to the driver and the tall seating position gives an excellent 360-degree view, although it can be difficult to see objects near the lower rear-quarter panel; we suggest using those big spot mirrors before changing lanes. While we weren’t overwhelmed by the 5.4-liter V8’s acceleration while towing, the Expedition seemed fully up to the task.

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Interior Comfort

We’ll save the explanation about the 2012 Ford Expedition’s interior volume except to say it is impressive. The seats are soft and comfortable, with enough seat travel up front to accommodate passengers from 4’11" to 6’4" tall. The Expedition’s third-row seat can handily accommodate two adults. Better yet, when not in use the Expedition’s third row folds flush into the floor, a function that requires only a push of a button on XLT, XLT Premium, Limited and King Ranch models. While the base trims are nicely equipped, you’ll find the most desirable colors and materials inside the Limited and King Ranch versions. Heated second-row seats, soft leather seating and a host of electronic aids make the top-level Expedition models feel nearly Lincoln-like. Opting for the EL version nets you 42.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seat, a serious improvement over the 18.6 cubic feet available on the standard Expedition.

Exterior Styling

Who would have thought that boxy could be beautiful? Someone at Ford clearly did and in the case of the 2012 Expedition they’ve pulled off quite the styling job. Rich paint colors are highlighted by a bright chrome grille and tasteful side trim, and on King Ranch models, contrasting lower body cladding. Wheel sizes vary by trim, but can be ordered as large as 20 inches, negating the need for expensive aftermarket rims to trick out your ride. One very cool feature unique to Ford is the external keypad locking system that allows you to leave the key fob in the car and operate the locks via a combination lock keypad. For anyone who has ever lost a fob hiking or dropped it in the river while rafting, the keypad option is an indispensable feature worth its weight in gold. The Expedition’s high ground clearance requires side running boards to make entry and exit a bit easier, not to mention less clumsy. Unfortunately, the Expedition’s height makes it a bit difficult to secure items to the roof rack. Items not roof-bound can be safely tucked inside the Expedition, easily accessed via the available power liftgate.

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Favorite Features

Enhanced Utility
The EL’s 12-inch-longer wheelbase and nearly 15 inches of additional length provide a huge improvement in capacity with little increase in cost or reduction in fuel efficiency. Sure, your garage may not accommodate the extra length, but that’s a small price to pay if you’re actually intending to use your full-size SUV.

Keyless Entry Keypad
No more worrying about where to hide your key fob; with the keyless keypad entry system you can simply lock your keys and other items safely inside the vehicle. A preset combination entered via the door-mounted keypad unlocks the doors.

Standard Features

The 2012 Ford Expedition includes the AdvanceTrac stability-control system with Roll Stability Control that modulates braking and engine power to help maintain driver control in marginal conditions, particularly those involving slippery surfaces. Trailer Sway Control and the MyKey programmable key system – which allows parents to limit vehicle speed and audio volume, among other things – are also standard. Occupant protection is enhanced with seat-mounted front-side airbags and a three-row "safety canopy." Other standard features include keyless keypad entry, 6-way power front seats, sliding center-section second-row seat, heated seats, rain-sensing wipers and a 310-horsepower V8 engine.

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Factory Options

2012 Ford Expedition buyers can choose an optional PowerFold third-row seat that folds flat with the touch of a button. An optional power liftgate is also available. Stand-alone options include a rearview camera, DVD navigation with SIRIUS Travel Link, heated second-row seats, the voice-activated SYNC communications and entertainment system, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, auto-leveling rear air suspension and a 340-watt audio system.

Engine & Transmission

While the 5.4-liter V8 is certainly adequate, Ford’s one offering is overwhelmed by the multitude of choices available from Chevrolet and GMC. The V8’s 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque are well-matched to the chassis, and that power is enhanced by a 6-speed automatic, but the package falls short of GM’s 5.3-liter V8 (at least in horsepower) or GM’s 6.0-liter V8.

5.4-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5,100 rpm
365 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 13/18 (4WD)

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What are the most common problem in a Ford Expedition? ›

The most common problems with the Ford Expedition are:
  • Engine issues.
  • Electrical problems.
  • A malfunctioning air conditioning.
  • Suspension problems.
  • Transmission problems.

What is the value of a 2012 Ford? ›

2012 Ford Focus Value - $2,182-$10,994 | Edmunds.

What is high mileage for a Ford Expedition? ›

For example, a Ford Expedition can surpass 200,000 miles, and a Ford F-150 can also go past the 200,000-mile mark. In general, Ford trucks and SUVs are the longest-lasting models you can get.

How well do Ford Expeditions hold their value? ›

Unfortunately, CarEdge reports that the Ford Expedition depreciates approximately 58% after five years and has a five-year resale value of $26,841. That means you shouldn't expect the Expedition to hold its value all that well.

How many miles will a 2012 Ford Expedition last? ›

How Many Miles Do Ford Expeditions Last? A Ford Expedition will last for about 150,000-300,000 miles. Major faults develop around 150,000 miles, but drivers who cannot afford a new car keep driving it until they can get a replacement. The engine in the Ford Expedition is very durable, so it can take some exertion.

What is the average lifespan of a Ford Expedition? ›

These are much more reliable engines and they are expected to last about 300,000 miles as long as you take care of them and keep up with the maintenance. In the latest generation, the Expedition has moved to a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine in it and these have been known to have cam phaser issues.

What is the Blue Book value of a 2012 Ford f150? ›

Regular Cab XL models have a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) right around $24,000, while a fully-laden Platinum SuperCrew can run well over $50,000.

What is the book value of a 2012 Ford f150? ›

2012 Ford F-150 Value - $5,902-$28,487 | Edmunds.

How many miles will a 2012 Ford Focus get? ›

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2012 Ford Focus FWD
EPA Fuel EconomyRegular Gasoline
30 MPG 27 36 combined city/highway city highway
3.3 gal/100mi
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What problems do Ford Expeditions have? ›

The Most Common Problems with the 2021 Ford Expedition

The NHTSA complaints about the 2021 Ford Expedition affect back-over prevention, the electrical system of the car, the engine, and the powertrain.

Do Ford Expeditions have transmission problems? ›

And unfortunately yes, the Expedition is known to have transmission issues, especially older models.

How reliable are Ford Expeditions? ›

Is the Ford Expedition Reliable? The 2022 Ford Expedition has a predicted reliability score of 75 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

What years did the Ford Explorer have transmission problems? ›

From 2003-2006, the transmission issues continue

In fact, for Explorers during these model years, over 3,000 complaints have been written only about the transmission problems. In all of these model years, the most common issues are complete transmission failure, slipping, and other related events.


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