The 2020 Ford Expedition and 2020 Nissan Armada are two large SUVs that seem to be paired against each other quite frequently. What are the differences? Is one better than the other? Which one is right for you? If you have found yourself asking any of these questions, then you have come to the right place. Here at Keystone Ford located in Chambersburg, PA, we are here to help answer those questions.
With its best-in-class second- and third-row legroom, the Expedition has once again edged out its competition. The Expedition also offers an incredible Panoramic Vista Roof® which, compared to the Armada’s single panel moonroof, features two panels over the first and second rows, providing a whole new level of enjoyment for your drive.
The Armada contains 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back row of seats, and a total of 95.4 cubic feet of cargo space if both back rows are folded down. The Expedition, on the other hand, is equipped with 36 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seat, 79.6 cubic feet if the third row is folded down, and an astounding 121.5 cubic feet if both the back rows are folded. On top of the extra cargo space that the Expedition has to offer, it also exceeds in the passenger space department, making it a more comfortable ride for all eight passengers compared to the Armada.
Fuel Efficiency = Expedition
When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Expedition is where the action is at. Getting 17 mpg City / 23 mpg Highway, it beats its competitor which only gets 14 mpg City / 19 mpg Highway. With the money you will save at the pump, the Expedition is already a few steps ahead of the Armada.
The Armada comes in second for this round too. Even though it has a 5.6L V8 engine with a 7-speed automatic transmission, 390 horsepower and 294 lb. ft. of torque, it still can’t outdo the Expedition. The 3.5L EcoBoost Engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission pumps out an impressive 375 horsepower and 470 lb. ft. of torque. When equipped with the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package, the Expedition has the best-in-class towing capacity of 9,300 lbs., passing the Armada’s 8,500 lb. max towing capacity.
Both the Armada and Expedition can seat up to 8 people. So, what is the difference in convenience between the two? To start, the Expedition has four 12-volt DC Power Outlets, whereas the Armada only has three. Both vehicles have available USB ports and Aux Ports. The base model of the Expedition comes with an Auto-Dimming Day-Night Rear View Mirror, while the Armada only has that feature available in its higher priced models. Both SUVs come standard with Heated Side Mirrors, and the Expedition has an available Auto Dimming Driver Side Mirror. Both vehicles have an available Hands-Free Auto-Opening Liftgate/trunk. You’ll find it as an option on any Expedition, whereas the Armada only has that as an option on some.
The Expedition comes equipped with a Remote Starting System whereas the Armada only has that option available as an upgrade or on higher trims. Both vehicles come standard with Bluetooth compatibility and voice recognition.
When it comes to finding the ultimate comfort during a long drive, then the way you can configure your seat really matters. Both vehicles offer an available 8-way power front-seat driver direction control, however the Armada’s passenger seat only has an available 6-way power direction control compared to the 8-way power direction control of the Expedition’s passenger seat. One big difference in convenience between these competitors is that the Armada’s bench comes in a 60-40 split. The Expedition, on the other hand, comes in a more convenient 40-20-40 split, making it easier to get in and out from anywhere in the vehicle.
Let’s start at one of the first questions that is always asked, how does the price compare? The Armada wins this round since its starting price is $47,100 whereas the Expedition starts out at $52,810.
Lastly, let’s talk safety. When it comes to driving yourself, and those you love around town or on a road trip, safety is your number one priority. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has safety ratings for the Armada ranging from 2 stars to 5 stars making the overall average 4 stars. If safety is truly your number one priority, then the Expedition is the vehicle of choice. Its NHTSA Crash Test Results came in at 5 Stars across the board, making it a much safer choice of SUV to have adventures with your family and friends. Both vehicles come standard with Parking Assist, however the Expedition is the only vehicle that has a Lane-Departure warning on its most affordable trim.
When it comes down to getting both your needs AND your wants in an SUV, the Expedition has you covered. Its higher price tag earns every dollar as it hauls your family and your toys with ease and in comfort. If you’re still on the fence, come on down to Keystone Ford today to test drive the Expedition so you can fully realize there is no better SUV option out there for your family.