Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Expedition VS 2017 Nissan Armada Near Goodyear, AZ

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2017 Ford Expedition

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2017 Nissan Armada

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the Expedition’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Armada doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Expedition has standard 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Armada doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Expedition and the Armada have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and front parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Nissan dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition third among large suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Armada isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 401) than the Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Expedition has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Armada (28 vs. 26 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Expedition has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Armada doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Expedition stops much shorter than the Armada:





70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Expedition has larger standard tires than the Armada (275/65R18 vs. 265/70R18). The Expedition Limited/King Ranch/Platinum’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Armada (285/45R22 vs. 275/60R20).

The Expedition XLT’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Armada SV’s standard 70 series tires. The Expedition Limited/King Ranch/Platinum’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Armada SL/Platinum’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Expedition Limited/King Ranch/Platinum offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Armada’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Expedition offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Armada’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Expedition Platinum 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Armada Platinum 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Expedition’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Armada’s (39 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition has 1.1 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more rear legroom, 1.5 inches more rear hip room, .3 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.9 inches more third row headroom, 9.4 inches more third row legroom and 1.4 inches more third row hip room than the Armada.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Expedition’s cargo area provides more volume than the Armada.




Behind Third Seat

18.6 cubic feet

16.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55 cubic feet

49.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

108.3 cubic feet

95.1 cubic feet

The Expedition’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Armada’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Expedition’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Armada does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Expedition and the Armada have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Expedition is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Armada prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Expedition’s exterior PIN entry system. The Armada doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Expedition’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Nissan only offers heated mirrors on the Armada SL/Platinum.

The Expedition offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Armada doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Expedition is less expensive to operate than the Armada because typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the Armada, including $21 less for a water pump, $196 less for a starter, $128 less for fuel injection, $115 less for front struts, $791 less for a timing belt/chain and $310 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Expedition, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Ford Expedition/Expedition XL outsold the Nissan Armada by over five to one during the 2016 model year.

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