The choice between the 2017 Ford Expedition and Ford F-150 essentially comes down to a choice between increased family-friendliness and extra-rugged capabilities. The Expedition is a full-size SUV that provides three spacious rows of passenger seating. Both models can veer into the off-road, but the F-150 increases utility with greater towing and hauling capabilities. Deciding which one is right for you can be challenging--let us help.
2017 Ford Expedition vs F-150
Rugged Power & Performance: 2017 Ford F-150
If lugging heavy loads is high on your to-do list, you need the Ford F-150. Properly equipped, this full-size pickup truck can tow up to 12,200 pounds. With such massive capabilities, it's the perfect workhorse - pulling heavy machinery and trailers stocked with construction materials with ease. But it also serves you well during family vacations, towing your boat to the shore or transporting the family camper into the wilderness. And, speaking of wilderness, the F-150's four-wheel drive system provides the traction you need in off-road situations. In the off-road-ready F-150 Raptor, you can use the terrain management system to adjust the suspension - with Normal, Street, Weather, Mud, Sand, Baja, and Rock Crawling modes - for an ideal ride in any setting.
The 2017 Ford Expedition offers optional four-wheel drive with low-range gearing, maximizing performance as you head into rugged territory. This full-size SUV also offers premium towing capabilities - even if it comes up short of the F-150. It's rated to tow up to 9,200 pounds, which is quite a big boat.
Family-Friendly Comfort: 2017 Ford Expedition
In the 2017 Ford Expedition, families can kick back in style. The second row even slides and reclines for enhanced comfort on your next road trip. The cabin offers a lot more than three spacious rows of seating, too. With its attractive trim and high-quality materials, you'll feel like you've spent big on a luxury SUV. When you need to haul a few IKEA boxes home, the third row folds neatly into the floor to quickly expand the cargo hold.
The Ford F-150 offers three different cabin options - regular, extended, and crew. The crew cabin is certainly a family-friendly option, giving you two spacious rows of seating. And, as in the Expedition, you can add comfort features - like multi-contour seats with a massage function - to create greater interior luxury. You won't, however, find as much passenger space as you get in the Expedition, which seats up to eight passengers.
Modern Technology: Tie
You'll find virtually the same technology options in both models, probably because they're both Fords. We're big fans of the Sync 3 infotainment system, which includes an easy-to-operate touchscreen and intuitive voice controls that help keep your focus on the road ahead. This system now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can even view smartphone apps like Messages and Maps on your central touchscreen.
Note that the Expedition has a few extra tech features that cater to families, while the F-150 offers some work-friendly innovations. For example, in the Expedition, you can add a dual-screen rear-seat video entertainment system so your kids can watch movies or play video games on longer trips. The F-150 offers a unique Pro Trailer Backup Assist system to help you guide a trailer in the right direction.
In government crash tests, both the 2017 Ford Expedition and Ford F-150 earned perfect five-star ratings for overall protection. Both models offer high-tech driver aids that heighten your awareness of your surroundings, such as blind-spot alert and lane departure warning. The rearview camera comes in handy when you're backing out of a tight spot - it displays small objects you might not be able to see in these high-riding vehicles, like stray cats or skateboards.
The 2017 Ford Expedition and the Ford F-150 do have some things in common - like excellent safety ratings and smartphone integration features. But, in the long run, the Expedition is a better choice for adventurous families. It's got the space you need for a comfortable ride and plenty of towing power for weekend boating trips. If you require greater towing and hauling capabilities, though, you're going to need the Ford F-150.