Family-Focused SUVs: 2019 Ford Explorer Vs. 2018 Expedition

When you want three rows of practical and yet plush interior features to help you haul your family and camper, Ford has two great options. The Explorer and Expedition offer powerful engine options and roomy seating arrangements with interiors built to make your journey more comfortable and convenient.

Ford built each SUV to fit the needs of its target audience, so choose the right one to fit your needs. Check out the advantages of each of them before you stop by for a test drive.


The Expedition and Explorer are big, bold SUVs that turn heads with their sharp style on the road. The 2019 Explorer is 198.7 inches long, 78.9 inches wide, and 70 inches tall, which means it’s large but still nimble enough in tighter spaces. The 2018 Expedition is larger at 210 inches long, 93.4 inches wide, and 76.4 to 76.6 inches tall. With that extra room, the larger Expedition offers more cargo capacity, but the Explorer is easier to maneuver around town.

Since the Expedition shares roots and framework with the F-150, it exudes a tougher, more commanding stance on the road. While both models have signature LED headlights and taillights, the Expedition’s grill is wider and flanked by larger lights to enhance its larger presence. The Explorer has a rounder front fascia and smaller lights to better suit its athletic design.

2019 Ford Explorer

  • Smaller footprint, better maneuverability
  • Youthful, rounder look

2019 Ford Expedition

  • More aggressive front end
  • More mature look


Beauty is more than skin deep in the Expedition and Explorer. All three rows are available with leather seats and have features to keep passengers connected and entertained for the entire journey. The infotainment systems offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can access your maps and favorite apps.

Inside the Explorer, it offers have 21 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row that grows to 43.9 cubes behind the second row and 81.7 cubes behind the first row. That’s plenty of capacity to take all your gear with you to work and go seamlessly into the weekend. The larger Expedition has 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 57.5 behind the second row, and a cavernous 104.6 cubes behind the front row.

The Explorer has seating for up to seven passengers, but you can upgrade to captain’s chairs in the second row. This option gives the second-row passengers more comfortable seating but cuts the capacity to just six people. The Expedition, on the other hand, has seating for up to eight and pares down to seven in the higher trims. Both models offer power-folding seats to make transitioning your space even easier.

While the Expedition has the Cargo and FX4 Off-Road Packages, the Explorer offers more convenience-oriented features like the Cold Weather and the Comfort Packages. You can get the seats and steering wheel heated to keep you comfy in the winter months with the Cold Weather Package and the Comfort Package comes with ActiveX seating surfaces so you’ll have durable and pleasant places to sit.

2019 Ford Explorer

  • More interior-focused packages

2019 Ford Expedition

  • Up to 104 cubic feet of cargo space


The Explorer takes the lead in terms of total engine options with three. The Explorer’s engines start with the standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. You can also choose the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 280 horsepower and 310 pound-feet or the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

The base and four-cylinder Explorer engines pair with a standard six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, while the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, which is only available in the Sport and Platinum trims, comes with standard intelligent four-wheel-drive. You can also get best-in-class fuel economy of up to 19 mpg city and 27 highway with the four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive.

The Expedition has superior brawn from just a single engine. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is the standard unit, and it injects 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque into most Expedition trims. If you upgrade to the Platinum trim, Ford cranks the 3.5-liter engine’s wick up to 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet.

This engine comes paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that’s smooth and responsive. The Expedition comes standard with rear-wheel drive but also offers intelligent four-wheel drive. Fuel economy is decent at up to 17 mpg city and 24 highway with rear-wheel drive.

2019 Ford Explorer

  • Three engines to choose from
  • Class-leading fuel economy

2019 Ford Expedition

  • Up to 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque
  • 10-speed transmission

Features and Pricing

Starting at $32,365, the 2019 Ford Explorer comes in five trims: base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. The 2018 Ford Expedition starts at $51,790 and comes in XLT, Limited, and Platinum trims.

2019 Ford Explorer Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: From $32,365

  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • 18-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Keyless entry
  • Heated exterior side mirrors
  • Driver lumbar support
  • 50/50 split-bench third row
  • 60/40 split-folding second row
  • LED taillights
  • LED low-beam headlights
  • Power mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Rearview camera with washer
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • One USB charging port
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • Trailer-sway control

XLT: From $34,400

  • Everything from the Base, plus
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Driver and front passenger lumbar support
  • Parking assist feature
  • Push-button start
  • Body-color door handles
  • Chrome bodyside cladding accent
  • Silver-painted mesh grille insert with chrome bars
  • Silver roof-rack side rails
  • Intelligent access with keyless ignition
  • Reverse Sensing system
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Upgraded cloth seating
  • Keyless entry keypad

Limited: From $42,765

  • Everything from the XLT, plus
  • 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine
  • 20-inch nickel-painted wheels
  • Leather seats
  • Heated front passenger and driver seats
  • Heated outboard seats
  • Third-row power-folding seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Built-in, voice-activated navigation system
  • Built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Hands-free, foot-activated liftgate
  • LED signature lighting
  • LED fog lights
  • Chrome door handles
  • Bright silver grille with chrome bars
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Body-color, power-folding mirrors
  • Chrome roof-rack side rails
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • Ambient lighting
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward Sensing System
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Remote start
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Front-view camera with washer
  • 12-speaker audio system

Sport: From $46,625

  • 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine
  • Intelligent four-wheel drive
  • 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted accents
  • Perforated leather-trimmed seats with red accent stitching
  • Heated driver and front passenger seat
  • Trailer and Tow Package
  • LED taillights with blackout treatment
  • Terrain management system
  • Black exterior door handles
  • High gloss black mesh insert grille
  • Black gloss finish on the exterior mirror caps
  • Heated side mirrors with LED signal indicators
  • Quad chrome exhaust tips
  • Satin chrome roof rack side rails
  • Unique Explorer badge on the hood
  • Hill descent control
  • Unique sport-tuned independent front and rear suspension

Platinum: From $54,165

  • Everything from the Limited, plus
  • 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6
  • Intelligent four-wheel drive
  • 20-inch bright machined-face wheels with dark tarnish-painted pockets
  • Power-sliding and tilting glass sunroof
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Safe and Smart Package
  • Active parking assistance feature
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Power-adjustable pedals memory
  • Intelligent four-wheel drive
  • Terrain management system
  • Inflatable rear outboard safety seatbelts
  • Unique grille with satin-chrome finish
  • Satin-chrome liftgate applique
  • Satin-chrome mirror caps
  • Satin-chrome roof-rack side rails
  • Satin-chrome bodyside cladding
  • Satin chrome door handles
  • Adaptive cruise control with collision warning and brake support
  • Enhanced park assist with pull-out assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Twin-panel moonroof
  • Premium Sony audio system

2018 Ford Expedition Key Features and Pricing by Trim

XLT: From $51,790

  • 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted accents
  • SiriusXM radio
  • Keyless entry
  • Push-button start
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Driver lumbar support
  • Parking assist feature
  • Trailer-sway control
  • Terrain management system (four-wheel drive only)
  • Halogen projector-beam headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Front cloth bucket seats
  • Second-row 40/20/40 split bench with manual reclining flat-folding seat
  • Second-row center-slide and outboard slide seats
  • Cabin particulate air filter
  • Rear auxiliary climate controls
  • SYNC enhanced voice recognition communications and entertainment system
  • 2 USB smart-charging multimedia ports in front and second rows
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Body-color door handles
  • Halogen fog lights
  • Black roof rack side rails
  • Black running boards
  • Bright chrome grille with magnetic painted accents

Limited: From $62,675

  • Everything from the XLT, plus
  • 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted accents
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Driver and front passenger heated seats
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated and ventilated bucket seats in second row
  • Driver and front passenger lumbar support
  • HD Radio
  • Remote start
  • Intelligent access with push-button start
  • All-season tires
  • Front perforated leather-trimmed, heated and ventilated bucket seats
  • Second-row 40/20/40 power folding tip and side seats
  • Power-folding third-row headrests
  • SYNC3 enhanced voice recognition communications and entertainment system
  • SYNC-Connect and FordPass
  • 12-speaker B&O Play premium audio system by HARMAN
  • 2 USB smart-charging multimedia ports in third row
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Blind spot information system with cross-traffic alerts
  • Body-color door handles with chrome insert
  • Bright stainless steel roof racks
  • Power-deployable stainless steel accented running boards
  • Bright chrome grille with silver lining and painted accents

Platinum: From $73,030

  • Everything from the Limited, plus
  • Upgraded 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • 22-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted accents
  • Power-sliding and tilting glass sunroof
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Active parking assistance feature for parallel and perpendicular spots
  • Built-in, voice-activated navigation system with pinch-to-zoom capability
  • Continuously-controlled damping
  • Enhanced active noise control
  • LED headlights
  • Real wood accents on the center console
  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality
  • Automatic high-beams headlights
  • Enhanced active noise control
  • Solid satin-chrome door handles
  • LED fog lights
  • Satin aluminum roof racks
  • Power-deployable, body-color-painted with polished stainless steel accent running boards
  • Satin aluminum grille with bright chrome inner accents

Who Should Buy the 2019 Ford Explorer?

If you want the tenacity of a massive SUV but still like the agility of a smaller crossover, the 2019 Ford Explorer toes that line beautifully. Get three rows of seating with engine choices that get your motor going.

Who Should Buy the 2018 Ford Expedition?

If you want a powerful and plush SUV that’s larger than life, the 2018 Ford Expedition is a bold choice. There’s plenty of room inside and ample power under the hood.

Don’t just take our word for it though; the only way to know which vehicle is right for you is to get behind the wheel and test it out. Drive them out to Orange Park or Jacksonville to get a feel for the Ford Explorer and Ford Expedition. These models are available now at Garber Automall in Green Cove Springs today. See our inventory now.

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