Ford Expedition

2018 Ford Expedition / Lincoln Navigator

The Expedition & Navigator (same cars with identical back seats) were redesigned for 2018 and it was a fabulous redesign!

The vehicle comes as a 7 or 8 seater model – we STRONGLY urge parents to get the 8 seater model as with the “car seat safe” tilt for 3rd row access you can easily get to the 3rd row even with 3-across the 2nd row. The 7 seater model misses out on the safest seat in the car (the center) and also the best seat for kids/adults who get motion sick (its the one rear seat you see best out the front window).

Of the extra-large SUV’s, we think the Expedition/Navigator are the best of the bunch (and far superior to their closet competitors – the Cadillac Escalade/Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Tahoe/GMC Yukon (same cars with identical back seats). Here’s why the Expedition/Navigator for 2018 makes the top of our list for extra-large SUVs:

Starting in 2018, the Explorer & Navigator now have the option for inflatable seat belts (seat belts with an airbag built-in) for 2D & 2P. Click here to read more about these seat belts – as most car seats are not allowed to be installed with these belts.

8 Seater Model


7 Seater Model


2007-2017 Ford Expedition / Lincoln Navigator

The vehicles were slightly redesigned for 2007 – most notably the head restraints in all rear seating positions changed. They are now more problematic for car seats as they angle forward (in 2D, 2P, 3D, and 3P) and are not removable.

The rigid buckle for 2C is such that you can not use a booster with rigid lower anchor connectors in 2C as you can’t get the seat belt buckled when the rigid lower anchor connectors are used. Boosters featuring rigid lower anchor connectors are the Nuna Aace, Maxi Cosi RodiFix, and Cybex Solution boosters (this is not an all-inclusive list). 2C also can’t take a forward-facing Clek Foonf for a child over 35 pounds as you can’t get the seat belt buckled when using the rigid LATCH). 


2003-2006 Ford Expedition / Lincoln Navigator 

2003 saw the introduction of LATCH in all of the 2nd row positions, and a shoulder belt for the 2nd row center seat.

The rigid buckle for 2C is such that you can not use a booster with rigid lower anchor connectors in 2C as you can’t get the seat belt buckled when the rigid lower anchor connectors are used. Boosters featuring rigid lower anchor connectors are the Nuna Aace, Maxi Cosi RodiFix, and Cybex Solution boosters (this is not an all-inclusive list). 2C also can’t take a forward-facing Clek Foonf for a child over 35 pounds as you can’t get the seat belt buckled when using the rigid LATCH).


2000-2002 Ford Expedition / Lincoln Navigator

2000 saw the introduction of tether anchors (lower anchors won’t come until 2003 though). There are tether anchors in 2D, 2C, 2P, and 3C (which means that 3D and 3P do not have tether anchors.

2C seat belt is a lap belt that will lock to hold a car seat so long as you pull the lap belt all the way out and then feed it back into the seat crack (where it comes out of) until the car seat is tight. As noted in the image, 2C and 2P are not ideal spots for installing car seats – forward-facing car seats especially – due to the seat belt buckles being very far forward of the seat crack which often prevents the car seat from being held firmly against the back of the vehicle seat.


1998-1999 Ford Expedition

1998-1999 Lincoln Navigator

Tether anchors can be retrofitted for all the 2nd row seats, but none of the 3rd row seats. Lower anchors are not present and can not be retrofitted.

2C seat belt is a lap belt that will lock to hold a car seat so long as you pull the lap belt all the way out and then feed it back into the seat crack (where it comes out of) until the car seat is tight. As noted in the image, 2C and 2P are not ideal spots for installing car seats – forward-facing car seats especially – due to the seat belt buckles being very far forward of the seat crack which often prevents the car seat from being held firmly against the back of the vehicle seat.