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 is more affordable than the Navigator, and offers a good selection of standard features.
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 as such has poor fuel economy, getting just 13 mpg. But it satisfies drivers who need strong towing capacity: its 5.4-liter V8 puts out 310 horsepower and is capable of pulling up to 9,200 pounds when properly equipped. Considering its hulking size, handling is relatively smooth.
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 shares many of the same characteristics, such as a huge body, very low fuel economy, and a powerful V8 producing 310 horsepower.
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. To make up for its poor fuel economy, the Navigator can tow up to 9,000 pounds -- a competitive weight for its segment.
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.