How big is too big? For an SUV, we mean. That’s a question we’ll leave you to decide. But, first, we’ll give you all the information to make an informed choice between the 2019 Ford Explorer and the Expedition. The Explorer is the bigger of Ford’s two mid-size SUVs. And the Expedition is as big a model as Ford makes. How big are we talking? And what are the advantages and disadvantages of size? We’ll find out in this comparison guide.
Size: 2019 Ford Expedition
It comes as a shock to exactly no one that the Expedition is bigger than the Explorer. But how much bigger? Quite a bit, as it turns out. The Expedition is five inches wider, a half foot taller, and a foot longer. That extra girth contributes to the Expedition being 500 pounds heavier.
But let’s take a step inside and see what that size difference does to the cabin. The biggest difference is the third-row seating. In the Explorer, the third row is reserved for kids, car seats, and storage room when the back seat is down. But the Expedition can accommodate adults nearly 41 inches of legroom, almost the same as the other rows get. So if you ever want to fill your car with grownups, the Expedition can make that happen.
There’s also cargo room to consider. In a surprise move, the Explorer has only the narrowest edge on cargo room behind the third row (21 to 20.9 cubic feet), but if you fold down the second or third row, the Expedition wins by huge margins.
Price: 2019 Ford Explorer
This one isn’t even close because the 2019 Ford Explorer starts at just $32,365 while the Ford Expedition is $52,130 minimum. You’re obviously paying for the size—more metal, more money—but let’s also take a look at the standard features for each. The more affordable Ford Explorer comes with 3.5-liter V6 engine and front-wheel drive, cloth upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, rearview camera, MyKey system, SYNC infotainment interface, 4.2-inch color display, Bluetooth, USB port, and six-speaker stereo.
The Ford Expedition has many of the exact same features, but adds three extra USB ports, satellite radio, rear parking sensors, push-button start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, windshield wiper de-icer, and fog lights. The price difference might be mostly about size, but there’s a few more features thrown in as well.
Fuel Economy: Tie
Despite their size difference, the 2019 Ford Explorer and Expedition have the exact same fuel economy numbers: 17 city miles and 24 highway miles per gallon. In other words, for their classes, the Expedition does pretty well while the Explorer is below average. On top of that, the Expedition has a bigger tank, so the larger SUV is the one that’ll visit the pump less often.