Fed up with the withering death-stares we were getting from other drivers on the streets of San Francisco, we decided to take our 2007 Ford Expedition review car somewhere more welcoming. We found exactly what we were looking for among the tractor trailers and disused warehouses of an industrial estate just south of the city. There, we could just sit with the Expedition's 5.4-liter V-8 idling away and feel right at home next to other pieces of mammoth machinery.
We did have a few more creature comforts than the other truckers around us, however. The Expedition comes with an impressive range of optional cabin tech, including a DVD-based touch screen GPS navigation system, Sirius Satellite Radio, a six-disc in-dash changer, climate-controlled leather seats, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
The navigation system is similar to what we saw in the 2007 Ford Escape hybrid, and for the most part meets with our approval. Despite its relatively small screen, the maps are clear, and the touch screen functionality makes it easy to program. This is more than can be said for the voice-command system, however. While it understood our commands most of the time, the Ford voice-command interface suffers from two significant drawbacks: first, it insists on reading back to the driver all the stages of each multistep programming process; second, the car's voice guidance sounds like a drunk robot slurring its words, which is disconcerting at the best of times.
Other tech on the Eddie Bauer Expedition tester includes power-folding third-row seats (standard) and a power lift-gate (optional). Our tester also came decked out with some upscale add-ons, including 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, a chrome-tipped exhaust pipe, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
We'll be driving the Expedition around for the next week, careful not to venture too far from a gas station at any time: according to the spec sheet that came with the vehicle, the usual EPA gas-mileage rating is "not applicable to this unit." Hmmm, I wonder why? Look out for our full review on CNET Car Tech sometime over the next week.