2018 Ford Expedition vs 2018 Ford Explorer

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2018 Ford Expedition vs 2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Expedition


2018 Ford Explorer

3.5L EcoBoost®


3.5-liter V6
375 hp


290 hp
470 lb-ft


255 lb-ft

Serving Columbus, Westerville, and Gahanna, OH

What happens when your family grows to three or more kids? You need a Ford three-row SUV to take care of your everyday drives. Fortunately you have two good choices in the 2018 Ford Explorer and the 2018 Ford Expedition. These rides get better every year, especially this year with the latest updates and improvements. You will want to see both in person to make your final decision, but this guide will help as you decide which one to test drive.

Size Comparison

Measuring 150 cu.ft., the Explorer is definitely big enough for a crowd. The Expedition adds one more seat and increases passenger space as well. This year’s edition also adds reclining rear seats. These new models have a push-button to fold the rear seats. To demonstrate just how big it is, you could stack 4x8 boards inside if the seats are folded. In another example, while the Explorer accommodates a large two-panel sunroof, the Expedition has a bigger panorama vista roof. Expeditions have also gained a cargo management system to make it easier for families to stash their gear.

Explorers have updated exterior features, but Expeditions have a whole new look to go with their new aluminum build. Satisfying your need for the latest comforts and technology, Ford has expanded the amenities list, making the two SUVs equally well appointed. The advanced Sync system, for instance, now has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Furthermore, Ford has added more USB ports in both models. You can also get a wireless charger and available WiFi access.


The Ford Explorer has 290 horses under the hood. Even more efficient, the Ecoboost four-cylinder turbo kicks out 280 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. These powertrains are rated to tow 5,000 pounds. For a different kick, there’s the Sport engine with 365 horsepower. Turn-the-dial terrain management comes with the all-wheel drive system.

Expeditions have dropped several hundred pounds through a new aluminum build. The first engine choice kicks out 365 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. It can be upgraded to a 375-horsepower turbo with 470 lb.-ft. of torque thrust. A new 10-speed automatic transmission and a stop-start system improve your driving experience. Tow ratings peak at 9,300 pounds. Pro Trailer Backup Assist, a Ford exclusive, can make hook-ups easier.


Since the Expedition was designed from the ground up, it certainly matches the Explorer for safety protections. In addition, Ford has expanded its menu of crash avoidance and driver assistance features. This means that you can get parking assistance to help put the Expedition or Explorer into a parking spot. One of the newest offerings, a 360-degree camera reveals your surroundings on the high-tech touchscreen. A forward sensor adds to the system’s ability to keep the SUV out of trouble. If a pedestrian ventures into the SUV’s path, a warning sounds and an autobrake is ready to assist you. A vibrating steering wheel indicates a lane departure. If the driver doesn’t act fast enough, drift can be corrected by an automated lane assist. A forward collision system may trigger an autobrake to stop or lessen a crash.

Ready for action, the Expedition and Explorer are available now at Krieger Ford. Come find out which one fits your family and your lifestyle.

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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