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Ford Expedition vs. Ford Explorer

In comparing the Ford Expedition to the Ford Explorer, the Ford Expedition has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Ford Explorer has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. Based on this comparison of the Ford Expedition versus the Ford Explorer, the Ford Expedition is a better car than the Ford Explorer.

Ford Expedition versus Ford Explorer Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Ford Expedition ranges from $37,569 to $60,998 while a used Ford Explorer from the same model year range is priced between $25,524 to $40,893. For a new model, the Ford Expedition's price is between $61,576 and $85,633, with the Ford Explorer priced between $39,880 and $61,047.

Ford Expedition versus Ford Explorer Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Ford Expedition is 8.6 out of 10 while the Ford Explorer's quality rating is 8.5 out of 10. This results in the Ford Expedition being ranked 5 out of 31 Best SUVs with 3 Rows and the Ford Explorer being ranked 7 out of 31. Out of 21 Best SUVs with 3 Rows for the Money, the Ford Expedition is ranked 21 and the Ford Explorer is ranked 7.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Ford Expedition’s base engine makes 380 horsepower, and the Ford Explorer base engine makes 300 horsepower.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are fullsize SUVs, the Ford Expedition has the advantage of offering more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Ford Explorer, a crossover/midsize SUV, has the advantage in the area of rear head room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Ford Expedition has the advantage of offering higher towing capacity, ground clearance, and payload capacity than the Ford Explorer.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Ford Expedition and the Ford Explorer have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Ford Explorer has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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2022 Ford Expedition

2023 Ford Explorer

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$61,576 - $85,633

Used Asking Price:

$37,569 - $60,998

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

52.4%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$39,880 - $61,047

Used Asking Price:

$25,524 - $40,893

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.2%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.6 / 10

Reliability:

8.8 / 10

Retained Value:

6.8 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 12
3 / 31
3 / 31
3 / 12
3 / 12
3 / 8
5 / 31
5 / 21
6 / 12
23 / 31

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 25
5 / 31
5 / 25
5 / 15
6 / 61
6 / 25
7 / 61
7 / 61
7 / 31
7 / 28
7 / 25
7 / 21
9 / 31
13 / 31
43 / 61

Summary Review

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Summary Review

The Ford Explorer is one of the defining vehicles of its segment. This three-row SUV is big, tough, and versatile. Ford redesigned its Explorer for 2020, switching it back to a rear-wheel-drive-based vehicle with a more rugged foundation.

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Pros and Cons

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Pros and Cons

  • Passenger Space
  • Advanced 4X4 all-wheel-drive system available
  • Class-leading engines on many trims, including a hybrid

  • Older models lack some basic advanced safety systems common for their model years
  • No 8-passenger seating option for 2021

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Flex Fuel, Gasoline

Trim Levels

XL, XL STX, XLT, Limited, Platinum, King Ranch, Timberline

Trim Levels

Base, Limited, ST-Line, ST, Platinum, King Ranch, Police Interceptor Utility, XLT, Timberline

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

380 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque:

470 foot-lbs @ 2250 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.072 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

6000 lbs

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

300 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

310 foot-lbs @ 3500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.069 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X2 / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

17 / 23 / 19

Range (city/hwy):

396 / 536 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Available

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

42 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.9 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

64.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

40 inches

Rear Leg Room:

41.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

64.8 inches

Cargo Space:

63.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

104.6 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

192.8 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

43 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

61.9 inches

Cargo Space:

18.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

87.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

170.9 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

5306 lbs

Width:

93.4 inches

Height:

76.6 inches

Length:

210 inches

Wheelbase:

122.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

9.5 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4345 lbs

Width:

89.3 inches

Height:

69.9 inches

Length:

198.8 inches

Wheelbase:

119.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.9 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum with painted accents

Tire Size:

275/65R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

255/65R18