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Ford Explorer vs. Ford Expedition

2021 Ford Explorer


2021 Ford Expedition

Engine Options

27 city/29 highway mpg

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

17 city/24 highway MPG
5,600 pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

9,300 pounds
Up to 7

Seating Capacity

Up to 8
18.2 cubic feet

Cargo Volume

20.9 - 36.0 cubic feet

2021 Ford Explorer vs. Ford Expedition

Start your next adventure around Oshkosh with an SUV that blends powerful performance and fuel efficiency. The 2021 Ford Explorer and 2021 Ford Expedition are packed with convenient interior features and safety technologies that pair well with your everyday drives. Add in the strong towing capabilities, and you’re ready to meet the challenges of the road. Take a closer look at the 2021 Ford Explorer vs. Expedition with the team at Holiday Ford so you can settle on the SUV that’s right for your family.

Ford Explorer vs. Expedition: Passenger and Cargo Space

One of the notable differences between the Ford Explorer vs. Expedition is their size. When you’re packing in the whole family for a trip outside of the Appleton-area, both models have spacious interiors for passengers and cargo. However, the larger Expedition can seat up to eight passengers and offers an Expedition MAX model which adds another foot of vehicle length. The Explorer, meanwhile, seats up to seven and doesn’t offer an extended wheelbase edition. Let’s take a look at the dimensions you can expect with the Explorer and Expedition:

Ford Explorer Dimensions

  • Headroom (Front/2nd/3rd): 40.7 inches/ 40.5 inches/ 38.9 inches
  • Legroom (Front/2nd/3rd): 43 inches/ 39 inches/ 32.2 inches
  • Passenger Volume: 152.7 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume (Behind 3rd Row): 18.2 cubic feet

Ford Expedition Dimensions

  • Headroom (Front/2nd/3rd): 42 inches/ 40 inches/ 37.3 inches
  • Legroom (Front/2nd/3rd): 43.9 inches/ 41.5 inches/ 36.1 inches
  • Passenger Volume: 172.0 cubic feet
  • Cargo Volume (Behind 3rd Row): 20.9 – 36 cubic feet

Ford Explorer vs. Expedition: Performance and Towing Specs

The Ford SUV lineup highlights impressive fuel economy along with the powerful performance you need to get through the Campbellsport work week. The more powerful engine and capabilities of the larger Expedition mean that you’re able to tow up to 9,300 pounds on your adventures. When you’re taking uneven roads to the campsite, the optional four-wheel-drive package and tall ground clearance are great additions.

If your trips around town call for a smaller camper or sports equipment, the three engines of the Explorer and the 5,600-pound towing capacity allow you to find the right performance for your city adventures. Here’s a look at the Ford engine options:

Ford Explorer Engines

  • 2.3L EcoBoost I4: 300 hp, 310 lb.-ft., 21 city/28 hwy mpg
  • 3.3L hybrid V6: 318 hp, 322 lb.-ft., 27 city/29 hwy mpg
  • 3.0L EcoBoost V6 (ST): 400 hp, 415 lb.-ft., 18 city/24 hwy mpg
  • 3.0L EcoBoost V6 (Platinum): 365 hp, 380 lb.-ft., 18 city/26 hwy mpg

Ford Expedition Engines

  • 3.5L EcoBoost® V6: 375 hp, 470 lb.-ft., 17 city/24 hwy mpg
  • 3.5L Ecoboost V6 (Platinum): 400 hp, 480 lb.-ft., 17 city/24 hwy mpg

Ford Explorer vs. Expedition:

Wherever your adventures lead, comfort and connectivity on the road are showcased in both the Ford Explorer and Expedition. Find the right level of comfort with power adjustable and ventilated front seats, and make the most of your spacious interiors with split-folding rear seats. With both models, you can find features like the FordPass Connect™ with 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot, an 8-inch or 10.1 inch SYNC® touchscreen infotainment system, available 12-speaker B&O® sound system, and smartphone connectivity options with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

You and your family have peace of mind on the road in both the Ford Explorer and Expedition as they both have consistently received stellar safety ratings and have come equipped with standard Ford Co-Pilot360 safety technology. This system includes automatic high-beam headlights, lane keep assist, a pre-collision system, and post-collision braking. The Expedition goes a little farther by offering rear backup cameras and parking sensors as a standard option too.

Discover Ford SUVs with Holiday Ford!

Now that you have an idea of how the 2021 Ford Explorer vs. Expedition match up, make your own comparison at Holiday Ford today! Contact us to schedule a test drive, then see how the Explorer compares to other top models like the Chevy Traverse or the Honda Pilot. Whichever Ford SUV you take home, the knowledgeable team in our finance department are ready to assist you with all your car buying questions.

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