2019 Nissan Armada vs. 2019 Ford Expedition Max

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Armada 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 Ford Expedition Max doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Armada are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Expedition Max doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 Max doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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

Both the Armada and the Expedition Max have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Armada is safer than the Ford Expedition Max:

 

Armada

Expedition Max

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

81 G’s

108 G’s

Hip Force

144 lbs.

180 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

31

61

Spine Acceleration

21 G’s

27 G’s

Hip Force

151 lbs.

434 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

47 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 4 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 15 more horsepower (390 vs. 375) than the Expedition Max’s standard 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Armada is faster than the Expedition Max Platinum:

 

Armada

Expedition Max

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.8 sec

11.8 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.4 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

88.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Armada uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Expedition Max requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The Armada stops much shorter than the Expedition Max:

 

Armada

Expedition Max

 

70 to 0 MPH

182 feet

192 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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 Max doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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

For better maneuverability, the Armada’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Expedition Max’s (41.3 feet vs. 43.3 feet).

Chassis

The Armada is 1 foot, 1 inches shorter than the Expedition Max, making the Armada easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The Armada has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Expedition Max doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Towing

The Armada’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Expedition Max’s (8500 vs. 6000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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 Max’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

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 Max doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 Max.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Armada, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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