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While at one point large SUVs ruled the road, the recent trend has been towards smaller and more compact crossover vehicles that drive like cars more so than trucks. There's still plenty of room and plenty of need for the large SUVs though - when you need to maximize your ability to haul passengers and cargo at the same time, they are the way to go.

The problem is that there aren't too many choices left, and for many, it narrows down to two, the Ford Expedition or the Lincoln Navigator. They may seem like two sides of the same coin - after all, Ford is the parent company of Lincoln, and the Navigator started life as an upgraded and rebadged version of the Expedition. Over time, the two developed along different paths, and while the basic Expedition is much less expensive than the base Navigator, you also get much less. Sure, the Expedition can be equipped to be close to the Navigator, but can it ever match it?

Improved Response

Under the hood of both the Lincoln Navigator and the Ford Expedition is a 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine. Both feature the same six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. Both offer four-wheel drive with Hill Descent Control, and both feature and independent front and rear suspension. However, the performance of the Navigator is a little more rewarding, thanks to some extra attention from the engineers at Lincoln.


To start with, the Navigator's engine has been tuned to add additional power, producing 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque in comparison to the 365 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque found in the Expedition. This allows the Navigator to be a little sharper and more responsive from a stand-still, and gives that little extra boost when trying to overtake on the open road. While you may expect this to have a major impact on the fuel economy, the combined miles per gallon is identical across equivalent versions of both SUVs.

It's in the Details

When you look inside either the Ford Expedition or Lincoln Navigator, you'll notice a lot of similarities, from the amount of room provided to the technology in use. Even the layouts are the same. You'll get a different feeling though - while the Expedition can dress up nicely with the King Ranch and Platinum editions, there is an underlying sense of just that, that it is a vehicle that is made to be durable with some nice bits added. Luxury runs through every facet of the Navigator, and you can feel it.


It could be the interior trim options - in the Navigator, three different colors and two different types of leather are offered, along with three differing wood trims. This includes wood inlays on the steering wheel, and a molded wood inlay on the center stack. The big Ford also offers wood trim on the center stack, but it is unrefined and slightly chunky, and while it offers a number of leather choices, availability is dependent on the model chosen. Reserve trim models of the Navigator feature a leather-trimmed instrument panel, which is not offered in the Expedition.


Other details that give the Navigator an edge include a six-year prepaid subscription for SiriusXm Traffic and Travel Link with the standard voice-activated Navigation System. While the navigation system is available on the Expedition, the best you can do is a five-year prepaid subscription.

A Powerful Presence

The biggest difference between the two vehicles is the attitude and presence they exude. Capable and tough, the Expedition also has a look that says as much, with a broad, squared-off grille featuring strong horizontal bars and a chunky lower fascia. On the Navigator, the front grille is softer, split by an upright sporting the Lincoln logo, while the lower fascia favors thinner lines with a touch of grace.


Both the Expedition and Navigator offer power-deployable running boards, although the Navigator offers versions with chrome accents for added luxury. While the Expedition does offer more exterior colors and more wheel options, they are only available on certain models, and not all colors can be combined with certain wheel colors or running boards. This allows for a little bit more of a personal touch to your overall look.


"With its capable powertrain, spacious interior and updated touchscreen control interface, the 2016 Lincoln Navigator is a solid choice for a traditional luxury SUV." - Edmunds


"If you're in the market for a big, three-row, eight-passenger, body-on-frame SUV that can tow a good amount, you should have a look." - Motor Trend

A Matter of Choice

Comparing the Lincoln Navigator and the Ford Expedition is a bit like comparing twins - while they may have different attitudes and looks, underneath, they are very much alike. While the Expedition is capable and offers a level of luxury at higher trim levels, the Navigator offers a bit more power and a bit more refinement, as well as the sense of class that the Lincoln name brings. You can't go wrong with choosing either one, but if for a truly upscale experience, the Lincoln Navigator is the right choice.