2018 Ford Expedition: Is The Navigator Worth It?

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The Ford Expedition has clung on for dear life for many years.  It’s been a massive SUV that rubs its side against the more premium Lincoln Navigator in terms of price.

Each time either vehicle is updated, its cousin gets updated.  They share chassis and many other features.

The Expedition isn’t really a volume-seller for Ford.  Just like the Navigator, the Expedition is for people who need tons of space and can handle that big of a vehicle.  Plus, they need to be able to handle a decently hefty price tag.

There’s a similar battle with Chevrolet and Cadillac…and Buick.

The underpinnings of the Cadillac Escalade come from the same chassis that is shared with the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave.  GM’s big, three-row SUV platform.

So with the Expedition starting at $52,000 or so and going up to the Limited trim with a starting price tag of around $62,000.  But that still undercuts the Navigator by $10,000.  A considerable margin without options.

So, should you save your money and just snap up an Expedition?

The Specs – 2018 Ford Expedition:

 

Vehicle Type: Luxury SUV
Powertrain: 3.5 L V6 TT
Gearbox: 10 – Speed Automatic
Power: 375 – 400 HP
MPG: 24 Highway / 17 City
Torque: 470 Lb-Ft.  – 480 Lb-Ft.
Length: 210 Inches
Width: 84 Inches
Height: 77 Inches
Top Speed: 120 MPH 
Seating: 4-7
Wheelbase: 122.5 Inches
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): Under 6.6 Sec. (I6)
Base Price: $52,000 EST.

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The new Ford Expedition is certainly massive.  The SUV has been in production for just over 20 years and has increasingly gotten bigger and more premium.  Like I said this isn’t a volume-seller for Ford like the Focus so it only makes sense to share its platform with another car in the lineage.

You can get this new Expedition in nearly any spec you could want.  So is the Navigator worth the money?

The Exterior – 2018 Ford Expedition:

The new Lincoln Navigator is definitely in a different world compared to the new Expedition.  The Navigator is a lot more sleek, curvy and creative looking than the more structured look of the Expedition.

I wouldn’t describe the new Expedition as a “pretty” car, but it sure is imposing.

Up front, the new Expedition is perfectly symmetrical and connected.

Ford styled the new Expedition to be serious looking, but not aggressive in any way.

The grille is close to a perfect rectangle and stretches itself into the head light assembly which is just as symmetrical looking.

The rest of the front end is equally normalized.  It’s a straight forward design that’s made to look big, but not to evoke any kind of feeling.

From the side of the new 2018 Ford Expedition, the SUV just looks massive.  Which it is.

There’s hardly anything going on here, but that’s fine.  It’s just a massive SUV.

The back is the same story as the rest of it.  It’s just massive.

I do think the rear end is sharp and uncluttered, which is good.  Sometimes with complex designs the practicality of the SUV can be compromised.  So since the new Expedition is pretty straightforward, that means it’s as practical as it should be.

Overall the styling of the new 2018 Ford Expedition is modern and predictable.  Which is not a bad thing at all.

The Interior – 2018 Ford Expedition:

This is where the 2018 Ford Expedition is very different from the 2018 Lincoln Navigator.

The inside of the new 2018 Ford Expedition has a much more brutish style to it, with big proportions and like the exterior, a very symmetrical design.

The infotainment is noticeably smaller looking that other systems in other cars and SUV’s, but I imagine the design has something to do with that.

There’s, of course, a nice amount of space for wood and other nice little touches away from the usual leather and plastic.

The whole thing looks very similar to the inside of the F-150, which makes sense since this is more of a industrial vehicle than even the Explorer.

Ford also offers this very cool stitched leather that can be added to the door panels.  It’s a very cool pattern if you’re into being unique.

Seating can accommodate seven to eight adults comfortably and you can get rear seat entertainment for yuor backseat drivers.

Overall the interior of the Navigator is much more premium than the Expedition, but I still maintain that the Expedition can do the same job the Navigator can; And you can save your $10,000+.

The Performance – 2018 Ford Expedition:

Ford absolutely loves their EcoBoost technology.  So much so that they packed it into their new Ford GT super car that TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE HAD A V8.

It’s the same story under the hood here in the 2018 Expedition.  I don’t think it needed to be a V8 at all, but you already know Ford threw the Ecoboost in.

Power comes from a potent 3.5 L twin-turbo V6 that pushes out nearly 400 horse power and also most 500 pound feet of torque.

The thing needs that kind of power considering it weights near 5,500 pounds.  That’s like driving a full grown hippo.

Plus, this hippo can tow a hippo (or just around 6,000 pounds.  Honestly I don’t know how much hippos weigh, but I can’t be far off…)

It certainly has enough power to pull itself along.  And if you don’t think so, call Hennessey up and they’ll help you out.

Sum It Up:

I understand that people have their reasons and all that good stuff for getting the Navigator (which is a fantastic machine) but I’d say keep your ten grand and pick up an even fully-loaded expedition.  They’re equally as imposing especially in black.

It’s a sharp looking SUV with plenty of amenities for everyone.

The 2018 Ford Expedition has base price of $52,000 and is currently available in Ford dealerships nationwide.


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