Beefy, traditional SUVs, like the 2017 Ford Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator, are still the best way to combine three rows of family-friendly comfort with rugged towing and off-road capabilities. At first glance, these two models have a lot in common. But which is the best fit for your budget and lifestyle?
2017 Ford Expedition vs Lincoln Navigator
Creature Comforts: 2017 Lincoln Navigator
Built to provide an all-out luxury experience, the Navigator welcomes passengers with its classy, soft-touch materials and supple leather upholstery. All models offer upscale accommodations for up to seven passengers, but you can opt for a second-row bench seat to make room for eight.
In the Ford Expedition, you'll also find generous elbow room for up to eight passengers. Interestingly, this SUV has slightly more cargo space than its luxury sibling. Extended-length models provide 46.2 cubic feet behind the third row and 130.8 cubes with the rear seats folded (the Navigator offers 42 and 128 cubic feet). However, if you want luxury features, like leather upholstery and dual-zone automatic climate control, you'll have to pay extra for them.
Utility: 2017 Ford Expedition
Both of these full-size SUVs are built for adventure, but the 2017 Ford Expedition has the edge. Properly equipped, these babies tow up to 9,200 pounds, hauling your boat out to the lake whenever you desire. The Expedition also offers four-wheel drive with low-range gearing, so you can forage into off-road territory with complete confidence.
The Lincoln Navigator isn't far off, towing up to 9,000 pounds. It's still a good pick for boat owners, but, with Lincoln's higher price tags, you'll end up spending more overall on an SUV that doesn't tow quite as much as the Expedition. You should also note that the Navigator doesn't offer low-range gearing - its four-wheel drive system is for light-duty trails only.
Safety: 2017 Ford Expedition
Once again, the Expedition and the Navigator have a lot in common, though the Expedition offers the same advanced safety gear at a lower price. All models come standard with the MyKey system, which lets parents set speed limitations for newbie teen drivers. The standard rearview camera optimizes visibility, so you don't hit any small objects as you back out of your driveway.
The Lincoln Navigator comes with all of the above plus a few standard extras. All models come with driver aids, like the blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, to help you make your way down crowded highways and through cramped parking garages. Of course, the Expedition offers these driver aids as pay-extra options, saving you thousands of dollars.
Tech Features: 2017 Ford Expedition
The 2017 Ford Expedition is our pick for technology because, once again, it goes head-to-head with the Navigator's features, but delivers them at a lower price. With the Sync 3 infotainment system, it's easy to stay connected. It includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, which displays vital apps like Phone and Messages right on your central touchscreen. You can even use your phone's sophisticated voice controls to ask the system to read you your texts or call home, so you don't even have to look away from the road.
The Lincoln Navigator also offers Sync 3 infotainment technology, and we think you'll enjoy its clean, logical menu structure and straightforward navigation system. It even gives you traffic updates so you can take the quickest route home. As we mentioned, though, you'll end up spending thousands of extra dollars on a Navigator.
Learn More about the Ford Expedition
Both of these full-size SUVs bring their A-game with luxurious cabins and generous passenger space, but the 2017 Ford Expedition brings you more utility, safety, and modern technology for your money. You'll save thousands of dollars and still end up with features you can't get in the Navigator, such as greater towing capacity and four-wheel drive with low-range gearing. The Expedition can even equal the Navigator in luxury, delivering handsome leather upholstery and creature comforts like heated front seats.