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 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Armada (except SV) offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Expedition doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Armada (except SV) offers optional Backup Collision Intervention which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Expedition doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The Nissan Armada 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.
The Armada Platinum’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Expedition doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Armada SL/Platinum has a standard Around View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Expedition only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Armada 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 11th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 27th in reliability. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 31st.
The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 25 more horsepower (390 vs. 365) than the Expedition’s 3.5 turbo V6.
The rear suspension of the Armada uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Expedition, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Armada’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Expedition (121.1 inches vs. 119 inches).
For greater off-road capability the Armada has a 1.2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Expedition (9.2 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Armada has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom and 8.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the Expedition.
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Armada. The Expedition doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
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’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.
On extremely cold Winter days, the Armada Platinum’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Expedition doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
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.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Armada offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Expedition doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Armada is less expensive to operate than the Expedition because it costs $18 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Armada than the Expedition, including $1 less for an alternator, $12 less for front brake pads and $48 less for a fuel pump.