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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Expedition are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X7 doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.
Both the Expedition and the X7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.
Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Expedition 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 9 times as many Ford dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Expedition’s warranty.
The Expedition has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The X7 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Expedition’s reliability 20 points higher than the X7.
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition first among large SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The X7 isn’t in the top three in its category.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.
The Expedition’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 40 more horsepower (375 vs. 335) and 140 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 330) than the X7 xDrive40i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Expedition uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The X7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Expedition has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the X7 (23.3 vs. 21.9 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 X7 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Ford Expedition higher (5 out of 10) than the BMW X7 (3). This means the Expedition produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the X7 every 15,000 miles.
A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Expedition, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the X7.
The Ford Expedition’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The BMW X7 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Expedition has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the X7, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare or run-flat tires, either of which has mileage and speed limitations.
The Expedition’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 X7 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Expedition is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .1 inches wider in the rear than on the X7.
For better maneuverability, the Expedition’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the X7’s (41 feet vs. 42.8 feet).
For greater off-road capability the Expedition has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the X7 (9.8 vs. 8.7 inches), allowing the Expedition to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Expedition has standard seating for 8 passengers; the X7 can only carry 7.
The Expedition has .1 inches more front headroom, 4.1 inches more front legroom, 4.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 3.9 inches more rear legroom, 6.7 inches more rear shoulder room, .3 inches more third row headroom, 2.8 inches more third row legroom and 16.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the X7.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Expedition’s middle and third row seats recline. The X7’s third row seats don’t recline.
The Expedition’s cargo area provides more volume than the X7.
Third Seat Folded
57.5 cubic feet
48.6 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
104.6 cubic feet
90.4 cubic feet
The Expedition’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X7’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Expedition’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The X7 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its tailgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
Maximum trailer towing in the BMW X7 is limited to 7500 pounds. The Expedition offers up to a 9300 lbs. towing capacity.
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 X7 does not have a temperature gauge.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Expedition has a standard rear variable intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X7 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
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 X7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Expedition is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The X7 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Expedition and the BMW X7, based on reliability, safety and performance.
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