2021 Ford Explorer vs Ford Expedition

When you’re searching for a powerful and spacious SUV that’s sure to turn heads as you cruise through the Pensacola, Crestview, and Fort Walton Beach, FL, areas, there’s a good chance you’re considering either a Ford Explorer or a Ford Expedition. Before you decide, you’ll need to do a bit of research to figure out which one is the right fit for you.

Here at World Ford Pensacola, we’re dedicated to making that process as simple as possible for our drivers. That’s why we created this handy breakdown of the 2021 Ford Explorer vs. Ford Expedition. Now, let’s see how these two stack up against each other!

Performance Features & Engine Specs

2021 Ford ExplorerTo get started, we’ll head under the hood and check out what powers these SUVs.

The Explorer offers three different engines to choose from:

  • 2.3L EcoBoost® I-4: 300 horsepower / 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L EcoBoost® V6: 400 horsepower / 415 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.3L Hybrid: 318 horsepower / 322 lb-ft of torque

Over in the Expedition, you’ll find a powerful 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 engine, which puts out 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with the 10-speed automatic with SelectShift® transmission for a smooth and easy-to-handle ride. You’ll have the ability to tow up to 9,300 pounds when properly equipped with the available Heavy-Duty Trailer Towing Package.

Interior Cabin Space and Comfort

2021 Ford Explorer Interior

Now, we’ll head right inside and check out the interior cabin space. You’ll have room for up to seven in the Explorer while the Expedition provides seating for eight. No matter where you’re seated in either models, you’ll have plenty of room to spread out and relax.

2021 Ford Explorer


2021 Ford Expedition


Maximum Seating


152.7 cu. ft.

Passenger Volume

171.9 cu. ft.

172 cu. ft. (MAX)

18.2 cu. ft.

Cargo Volume Behind Third Row

20.9 cu. ft.

36 cu. ft. (MAX)

47.9 cu. ft.

Cargo Volume Behind Second Row

63.6 cu. ft.

79.6 cu. ft. (MAX)

87.8 cu. ft.

Cargo Volume Behind First Row

104.6 cu. ft.

121.5 cu. ft. (MAX)


The Explorer comes in one standard size, whereas the Expedition offers two different sizes to choose from—the base trim and the Expedition MAX. The Expedition and the Expedition MAX provide a similar amount of passenger volume, but differ when it comes to cargo volume.

Ultimately, the Explorer is best if you want a more compact vehicle. However, the Expedition is a great choice for those who are looking for a larger, full-sized SUV.

The Verdict: 2021 Ford Explorer vs Ford Expedition

As you can see, both the Explorer and the Expedition are great choices for your commutes around the Pensacola, Crestview, and Fort Walton Beach, FL, areas. The best way to decide which is the right fit for you is by coming down to our showroom, so you can get behind the wheel.

Here at World Ford Pensacola, we’re dedicated to providing you with a fun and informative car-buying experience. For more information or to schedule your next test drive, call or stop by today!