The 2018 Ford Explorer vs. The 2018 Ford Expedition: Which Ford SUV is Right for You?

SUVs are some of the most popular vehicles on the road. It wasn't always that way. Once a niche product in a marketplace dominated by other vehicle types, they grew to prominence over time thanks to the offerings and abilities of vehicles like the Ford Explorer. Just one of several SUV options in Ford's vehicle lineup, the Explorer remains a top-choice for drivers looking for a dependable full-size SUV.

It's not the only choice, however. Even in Ford's lineup, there are other options available. Some of these deliver experiences that arguably eclipse what the Explorer has to offer. The 2018 Ford Expedition, for instance, is Ford's largest SUV and is well-worth looking at. Here's how the Explorer and Expedition, compare.

The 2018 Ford Explorer

A favorite of the SUV market, the 2018 Ford Explorer offers a series of valuable updates that improve on a package that people already loved. New equipment includes an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot and five new wheel designs. You'll also have access to valuable features like a handsfree power liftgate and enhanced active park assist. That latter feature practically parks the Explorer itself.

Performance: 3.5-liter V6 (290 horsepower, 255 pounds-feet of torque, 17/24 miles per gallon), 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 (280 horsepower, 310 pounds-feet of torque, 19/27 miles per gallon), 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (365 horsepower, 350 pounds-feet of torque, 16/22 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: LED Headlights/Taillights, Sync Infotainment, Ford MyKey, Sway Control, Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Dual-Panel Moonroof

Safety Features: Rearview Camera, Blind-Spot Detection, Inflatable Rear Seatbelts

Seating Capacity: 7

Starting Price: $32,000

The 2018 Ford Expedition

Boasting a top-to-bottom aluminum redesign, the 2018 Ford Expedition delivers unbeatable space and comfort coupled to a level of performance and power that's normally reserved for trucks. Perhaps most impressive of all is its fuel economy. Despite being the largest SUV in Ford's lineup, its fuel consumption is roughly on par with some of the automaker's smaller options.

Performance: 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged (375 horsepower, 470 pounds-feet of torque, 17/24 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Push-Button Start, Keyless Entry, Sway Control, Multi-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Sync 3 Infotainment System, Panoramic Sunroof, Active Noise Cancellation

Safety Features: Rearview Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Lane-Keeping Assist, Collision Warning and Mitigation

Seating Capacity: 8

Starting Price: $53,000

If you're just looking at features and ability, the 2018 Ford Expedition is the SUV that offers more. It has more space, more power, and fuel economy that matches the Explorer in some areas. That being said, it also costs $21,000 more than the base model of the Ford Explorer. If money is a concern, or you feel like you could get by without the extra features offered by the Expedition, the Explorer might be the better choice for you.

No matter what you choose, the Ford Explorer or the Ford Expedition, you're going to get a top-tier SUV. If you'd like to learn more about everything they have to offer, get in touch with Bluebonnet Motors. Our sales team in New Braunfels, TX can answer any questions you have. We'd love the chance to show you all of the SUVs available in our inventory of new Ford vehicles. Don't hesitate to gate in touch with our location today.


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