Both the 2021 Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada now have less-expensive variants.
The 2021 Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada are truck-based SUVs built to haul humans, cargo, and tow – a lot. While they compete directly against each other, and the trucks from General Motors, they are very different. The Nissan Armada uses basically the same 5.6-liter V8 in the Titan, while the Expedition works with a twin-turbocharged V6 used in the F-150. Both trucks usually hover between $50,000 to $60,000 – and sometimes more.
The Ford Expedition uses a 10-speed automatic transmission, while the 2021 Armada continues with a 7-speed automatic. Nissan’s Armada does not offer an option to upgrade to a 9-speed automatic transmission that is currently available in Nissan’s pickup trucks (Titan and Frontier).
2021 Ford Expedition XL STX $49,995:
The 2021 Ford Expedition XL STX starts with a base price of $49,995. It comes standard as a five-seater with 18-inch painted wheels and a SYNC 3 infotainment system. It is rated to tow up to 9,300 lbs. Keep in mind, the base price on a 2020 Ford Expedition was $52,810 – so the 2021 base model offers significant savings.
Both trucks compete against the all-new Chevy Tahoe and ancient Toyota Sequoia. Keep in mind: unlike the Armada, which comes in one size, the Expedition is also available in a Max long-wheelbase version, which is closer in size to a Chevrolet Suburban.
2021 Nissan Armada S $48,500:
Significantly updated for 2021, the Nissan Armada offers a lot of unique (to the class) features. Notable standard features include a massive 12.3-inch display. Standard safety features include Nissan’s Safety Shield 360, intelligent lane intervention, intelligent forward collision warning, and blind-spot intervention. The 2021 Armada can tow up to 8,500 lbs and the Armada S is rear-drive.
The 2020 Nissan Armada SV had a base price of $47,500 – this new 2021 Nissan Armada S has a base price of $48,500. While the base price has gone up, there is a lot more content for the money.