Lincoln Navigator vs. Ford Expedition

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - August 17, 2018

Competition between gargantuan SUVs is hotter than ever, as automakers continue to pull out of the full-size SUV segment. The Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator are close cousins, sharing a lot of large components with one another. Both are massive SUVs with spacious cabins, powerful engines, and enough luxury to rival a high-end hotel. Buyers looking into both options may be confused as which one they should get. Is the Navigator worth the extra money or is the Expedition the better choice?

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What the Expedition Gets Right

While the Expedition and Navigator share a lot of parts, there's one major difference between the two: pricing. The Expedition starts at $53,085, while the Navigator has a starting price tag of $73,850 (both prices include destination). That's a massive $20,765 difference in the Expedition's favor. And if you want luxury, the Expedition is available in a range-topping Platinum trim that costs $74,325, which is only $475 more than the entry-level Navigator.

The Expedition is also the winner when it comes to cargo capacity. Behind the third row, the Expedition can hold 20.9 cubic feet of cargo. This figure opens up to 63.6 cubic feet behind the second row and expands to a total of 104.5 cubic feet in total. Those figures are slightly better than the Navigator's, which are rated to be 19.3 behind the third row, 57.5 cubic feet behind the second row, and 103.3 cubic feet in total.

Despite having the same engine as the Navigator, the Expedition is the SUV that gets better fuel economy. While that's not something one would think about with a full-size SUV, getting food fuel economy never hurts. The most fuel-efficient Expedition is rated by the EPA to get up to 17 miles per gallon city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 combined. The Navigator is slightly behind with ratings of 16/23/19 mpg (city/highway/combined).

What the Navigator Gets Right

With its larger price tag, it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that the Navigator comes with a more extensive list of standard features. The SUV comes with forward and reverse sensors, automatic on and off headlights, WiFi hot spot capability, tri-zone automatic temperature control, a hands-free tailgate, a 14-speaker Revel audio system, and leather-trimmed and heated first and second-row seats.

In addition to having more standard features than the Expedition, the Navigator's cabin also feels much more luxurious than the Expedition's. The way Lincoln's designers and engineers have made the Navigator feel opulent puts it in a class above the Expedition.

The Navigator and the Expedition may have the same engine, but Lincoln's SUV generates more power. The Navigator's twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 is rated to make 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The same engine that's in the Expedition is rated to make up to 400 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque in the Platinum trim.

How Much Does Luxury Cost?

The Expedition and Navigator are nearly identical in size, but there's a massive difference when it comes to the way the SUVs feel. Even in its base trim, the Navigator is an opulent machine, while the Expedition is more utilitarian.

Our Verdict: Ford Expedition

The Expedition can't match the Navigator when it comes to luxury, but Ford's SUV is so much more affordable that it's difficult to overlook. The $20,000 difference between the two is a hard sell for the majority of consumers. At the end of the day, both vehicles are full-size, three-row behemoths, which makes the Expedition the better option.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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