The Lincoln Navigator 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 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.
Both the Navigator and the Expedition 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 and available all wheel drive.
The Navigator comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Expedition’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Navigator 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Expedition. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Expedition ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
Lincoln pays for scheduled maintenance on the Navigator for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Lincoln will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Expedition.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 70 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 24th.
The Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 15 more horsepower (380 vs. 365) and 40 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 420) than the Expedition’s 3.5 turbo V6.
The Navigator’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Expedition XLT’s standard 65 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Navigator has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Expedition XLT.
The Navigator’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Expedition doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For greater off-road capability the Navigator has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Expedition (8.1 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Navigator to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Navigator has .9 inches more front hip room and .1 inches more front shoulder room than the Expedition.
The Navigator’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’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Navigator has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Expedition doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The Navigator’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Expedition XLT’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.
To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Navigator has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Expedition doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.
The Navigator’s standard air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. Air conditioned front seats cost extra on the Expedition.
The Navigator 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.