How Does the 2020 Ford Expedition Compare to the Honda Odyssey?

If you’re looking for the ultimate family hauler, you may be mulling over minivans and SUVs. One of the grandest options in the large SUV class is the Ford Expedition; one of the highest-rated minivans is the Honda Odyssey. How does Ford’s Expedition compare to Honda’s Odyssey?

Driving the 2020 Ford Expedition vs. the Honda Odyssey 

2020 Ford Expedition driving on street
2020 Ford Expedition front | Ford

Performance is a highlight of the Expedition and the Odyssey. Overall, both models are enjoyable to drive. But as you can imagine, the two offer completely different driving experiences.

The 2020 Expedition is a massive SUV that critics recognize for its composure and power. Base models have a 375-hp, 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine. The top ranging Platinum models will have the same engine, but it’s tuned to generate 400-hp. Both options come standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Road testers at Consumer Reports were impressed with the Expedition’s quick acceleration and strength. CR calls out that the Expedition can tow up to 9,3000 pounds with the heavy-duty towing package; without the package, this Ford hauls up to 6,000 pounds. The main drawback of the Expedition’s performance is that its large size can make it challenging to maneuver. 

a silver Honda Odyssey parked in front of an upscale residence
2020 Honda Odyssey | Honda

You’ll probably gravitate toward the 2020 Odyssey if a gentle riding experience. Still, the Odyssey is surprisingly agile for a minivan. Critics at U.S. News favor the Odyssey for its remarkable smoothness and ability to absorb road imperfections. This Honda features a single powertrain, and that’s a 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 that links to a 10-speed automatic. 

Not only does the Odyssey’s agility set it apart from class rivals, so does its fuel economy. It has a fuel economy rating of 22 mpg overall. As far as towing goes, the Odyssey can haul up to 3,500 pounds.

Creature comforts 

2020 Ford Expedition Platinum cloth interior
2020 Ford Expedition Platinum | Ford

The Expedition and the Odyssey are also among the best options for a vehicle packed with modern amenities. Depending on the configuration you pick, the Expedition can carry up to eight. The Odyssey seats up to seven.

Unsurprisingly, the Odyssey is family-friendly down to the last detail. It comes with spill-resistant cloth upholstery, and its cabin and remarkably spacious. You can upgrade your Odyssey’s interior with leather upholstery if you’d like. It also offers unique features like an in-car vacuum.

The beige interior of the 2018 Honda Odyssey.
Honda Odyssey Interior | Honda

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Similar to the Odyssey, the Expedition can be as upscale as you want it to be. The Expedition can be just as luxurious as the Lincoln Navigator. You can replace its standard cloth seats with faux leather, genuine leather, or upgraded quilted leather. 

Both the Expedition and Odyssey will keep you well-connected. These vehicles come with user-friendly infotainment systems that make being on the road more fun. The Expedition is standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but these apps are optional on the Odyssey. The Expedition also has an advantage when it comes to advanced safety. This Ford comes with driver-assist features, including forward-collision, while they’re optional on the Honda.

Pricing matters 

The 2020 Expedition starts at $52,810, and the 2020 Odyssey begins at $30,790. The Odyssey makes more sense if practicality and comfort are your top priorities. If you want to splurge on a less traditional family vehicle with more gadgets, the Expedition might be the best pick for you.