In this article, we go right to the top of the sport utility vehicle class, past the subcompacts and compacts that are little more than top-heavy sedans, past the mid-size that only seat five. No, we mean right to the very top where the SUVs cast a long shadow. In this comparison guide, we take a look at the towering 2019 Nissan Armada, compared to the titanic Ford Expedition. Because when you have people to haul and places to go, you need one of these earth-shakers. So which of these titans deserves a big spot in your driveway? We'll get to the bottom of that question.
Price: 2019 Nissan Armada
Just because you need a big car doesn't mean you want to pay a big bill. That's why the Nissan Armada is a whole lot of SUV for a whole lot less. The 2019 Nissan Armada starts at $47,100, or $5,000 less than the base Expedition. For that low price, you get standard features like push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and infotainment system with voice recognition and 8-inch touch screen, navigation, 13-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and four USB ports. There's also no fewer than seven active safety features that come standard. Nissan doesn't skimp, even at this initial price point.
The 2019 Expedition starts at $52,130 but is a little lacking, with standard features that include SYNC system with 4.2-inch display, six-speaker stereo, four USB ports, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. There's also push-button start, cloth seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, windshield wiper de-icer, and fog lights. You may notice the Expedition has fewer standard features, but also those features unique to this Ford aren't too exciting.
Big and bold and under control. That's the motto of these SUVs who both have a JD Power reliability rating of 4 out of 5. That's well above average on this scale, meaning that the Armada and Expedition both do better than most in lasting and lasting while needing fewer repairs. Additionally, both Nissan and Ford back their full-size SUVs with a three-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. That's peace of mind for you and your backseat passengers.
Base Towing Capacity: 2019 Nissan Armada
Even at the very starting price, the 2019 Nissan Armada can tow up to 8,500 pounds, when properly equipped. That's the equivalent of ATVs for four people. No special trim levels or equipment packages necessary.
While it's true that the 2019 Ford Expedition can tow up to 9,300 pounds, you won't see that kind of trailering action until you reach deep into your ATM. The standard Explorer only tows 6,000 pounds tops. You have to upgrade to the Expedition Max to get 6,300 pounds of trailering. In order to eke all the towing capacity out of the Expedition, it's going to take buying the optional Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow package.
For our money, the Nissan Armada is the best deal. A mightily powerful, supremely composed, tough-as-nails SUV that gets the job done, for less.