For SUVs that have power, versatility, and a tremendous track record of reliability, you'll want to consider the 2020 Ford Explorer vs. Ford Expedition. Both are endowed with familiar Ford traits that have helped them garner a devoted following around Mechanicsville, Ashland, and Richmond, VA. While sharing many features, there are distinctions to be made between the pair of SUVs.

The goal of Richmond Ford Lincoln is the same as always: helping you learn about prospective models. So, our Explorer vs. Expedition comparison is worth a read if you're curious to see which model fits your lifestyle!

Ford Explorer vs Expedition Engine Options

With loads of space on the interior for people and cargo, it takes a strong engine to get the Ford Expedition and Ford Explorer up to speed. Thankfully, each vehicle is equipped with more than enough torque and horsepower.

For the Expedition, a 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 motor is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and churns out 375 horsepower along with 470 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, the EPA-estimated fuel economy is a sterling 17 city/24 highway MPG.

Towing is also a favored pastime of this model, as it offers 9,300 pounds of maximum towing capacity!

Where the 2020 Expedition offers one engine, the Explorer provides you with two additional engine options. The three choices are:

  • 2.3L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder
  • 3.0L EcoBoost® V6
  • 3.3L Hybrid

At its peak, the Explorer offers 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque, each of which comes from the V6 motor in the ST trim.

Ford Expedition vs Explorer: Which SUV Is Bigger?

Room is often a defining feature for those seeking the proper family SUV. Because of this, Ford has made passenger and cargo space a priority for the Expedition and Explorer.

For example, here's a rundown of the legroom in the Explorer:

  • 43 inches of front legroom
  • 39 inches of middle-row legroom
  • 32.2 inches of rear legroom

The Expedition offers more legroom than the Explorer with 43.9 inches of legroom in the front, 42.6 inches in the second row, and 40.9 inches in the rear.

Cargo room is also key. The proportions in the MAX version of the Expedition are 36 cubic feet behind the third row, 79.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and 121.5 cubic feet of total cargo room.

Here's how the Explorer compares with its cargo space:

  • 18.2 cubic feet behind the third row
  • 47.9 cubic feet behind the second row
  • 87.8 cubic feet of total cargo room

Standard Safety Equipment

While the Expedition and Explorer are of varying sizes and have different powertrains motivating them, they both come equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite.

The suite features driver-assistance technology that includes-among other traits-the ability to automatically brake and also alert you to any vehicles driving in your blind spot as you're shifting lanes. Here's a list of some of the included features:

  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking
  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Lane-Keeping System

What Is the Difference Between the Ford Expedition and Ford Explorer?

For 2020, either the Ford Explorer or Ford Expedition will be able to satisfy your many needs around Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland, Virginia. Compared to the Ford Explorer, the Expedition is a full-size SUV and offers more interior legroom, cargo space, and towing abilities. Although the Explorer is a smaller, midsize SUV, it offers a comparable amount of towing capabilities, more engine options, and a wealth of standard safety features.

To test drive both SUVs and find out which one suits your lifestyle best, come by Richmond Ford Lincoln. We look forward to seeing you!

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