Lincoln Navigator vs Ford Expedition

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A lifelong automobile enthusiast and writer, Matt has reviewed hundreds of new car models, from economy rides to luxury roadsters. He knows what matters most to buyers, and guides them through the decision process as if they were spending his own money.


, Automotive Editor - January 22, 2015

Hulking SUVs aren't exactly the hottest item on the market these days, which makes competition particularly fierce. The Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator are built around the same design, and both offer powerful engines and spacious cabins. But buyers are examining each closely to make sure they get the best deal possible. So which SUV will it be?

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Advantage: Ford Expedition

Buyers seeking a very large SUV with ample passenger room and power will most likely find that the Ford Expedition meets their needs. Even though the Expedition isn't the most modern choice on the road, it's styling has been updated inside and out, so it looks the part of a new SUV.

It is also available in extended-length, with third-row folding seats, adding even more interior space.

The Expedition is one of the largest SUVs on the road, and yet now carries a V6 engine. The 3.5-liter turbocharged unit puts out 365 horsepower, 55 more than the much thirstier V8 it replaced. The Expedition accelerates with greater authority than before and can still tow up to 9,200 pounds.

The Expedition is available in three trim levels for plenty of customization options. Particularly noteworthy standard features include rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, keyless entry, a voice-operated Ford Sync system, and an auxiliary audio jack.

Advantage: Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator is based on the Ford Expedition and received a similar freshening for 2015, including a 380-horsepower version the V6 turbo.

The Navigator is also offered in an extended version, adding about fifteen inches of space behind the third row of seating, and increasing cargo space.

The Navigator's six-speed automatic transmission is stable and calm, and the ride is surprisingly smooth for such a large vehicle. The Navigator can tow up to 9,000 pounds, a touch less than the Expedition, but more than most luxury SUVs.

Standard features include power-folding third-row seats, power-retractable running boards, leather upholstery, navigation system, and a rear-view camera. An available Monochrome Appearance package tones down the exterior chrome for the more conservative buyer.

The Navigator boasts a comfortable interior and plenty of space, but cabin materials could be nicer, considering the high price tag.

Our Verdict: Ford Expedition

Even fully loaded, the Expedition is significantly less expensive than the Navigator.

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, Automotive Editor

A lifelong automobile enthusiast and writer, Matt has reviewed hundreds of new car models, from economy rides to luxury roadsters. He knows what matters most to buyers, and guides them through the decision process as if they were spending his own money.