Ancira Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Armada VS 2017 Ford Expedition Near New Braunfels, TX

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2018 Nissan Armada

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2017 Ford Expedition

Safety Comparison

The Armada has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Armada (except SV) offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Expedition EL doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Armada (except SV) offers optional Backup Collision Intervention which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Nissan Armada has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Armada Platinum’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Armada SL/Platinum has a standard Around View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Expedition EL only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Armada and the Expedition EL 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 rear cross-path warning.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 27th in reliability. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 5 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine Comparison

The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 25 more horsepower (390 vs. 365) than the Expedition EL’s 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Armada is faster than the Ford Expedition EL:



Expedition EL

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

90.3 MPH

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Armada has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The rear suspension of the Armada uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Expedition EL, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For better maneuverability, the Armada’s turning circle is 4.2 feet tighter than the Expedition EL’s (41.3 feet vs. 45.5 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Armada SV has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Expedition EL (9.1 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Armada SL/Platinum’s minimum ground clearance is 1.2 inches higher than on the Expedition EL (9.2 vs. 8 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Armada may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 250 pounds less than the Ford Expedition EL.

The Armada is 11.9 inches shorter than the Expedition EL, making the Armada easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Armada has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and 1.9 inches more rear legroom than the Expedition EL.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Armada’s middle and third row seats recline. The Expedition EL’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Armada. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Armada’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Expedition EL’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the Armada the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Expedition EL can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Armada has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

When the Armada SL/Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Expedition EL’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Armada Platinum’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Armada has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Expedition EL.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Armada (except SV) offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Armada is less expensive to operate than the Expedition EL because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Armada than the Expedition EL, including $1 less for an alternator, $12 less for front brake pads and $48 less for a fuel pump.

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