2018 Ford Expedition vs Chevy Suburban
Specs at a Glance
2018 Ford Expedition vs 2018 Chevrolet Suburban
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Among three-row SUVs, the 2018 Ford Expedition stands taller than ever. It’s not its muscular stance, but rather its exclusive technologies, bigger interior, and serious power that makes it head and shoulders above its competition. Let’s look at how it compares to its big rival, the Chevy Suburban.
Performance starts with the size and weight of the vehicle. That’s why Ford engineers switched to high-strength steel in an effort to decrease bulk and improve horsepower-to-weight ratios. This is the same build you’ll find on the award-winning Ford F-150. Likewise, the Expedition takes advantage of the F-150’s 375-horsepower engine. This twin-turbo V6 cranks out a whopping 480 lb-ft of torque. It can truly move the load, even if the Expedition is traveling uphill with eight adult passengers. A ten-speed automatic is a Ford exclusive. Benefits include more precision across the speed spectrum and additional torque at low revs. Suburbans have a traditional all-steel build. The traditional V8 generates 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque to move its bigger package. When you compare, it’s seems that the Expedition is better positioned to please the family driver.
The Expedition and the Suburban each seat up to eight and are designed for families. If you want the most wiggle room, however, you should know that the Expedition leads its class in cabin legroom. On the second row, the Fords have 41.5 inches of legroom vs. 39.7 inches in the Chevy SUVs. Even more important, on the third row, Expeditions provide 40.9 inches of legroom while Suburbans have only 34.5 inches. In other words, only the Ford SUV provides enough space for your teenage or adult passengers on the third row.
Hauling and Towing
When it comes to competitive cargo space, Expeditions have 20-cu.ft. cargo holds, and Expedition Max holds are rated at 36 cu.ft. Furthermore, the powerful twin-turbo V6 allows the Expedition to tow up to 9,300 pounds vs. 8,300 pounds in the Suburban V8. Towing may be easier with the Expedition, too, thanks to several Ford-exclusive features. A Pro Trailer Backup Assist puts a dial on the Expedition’s dash. With this, the driver can reduce the difficulty of maneuvering the trailer into a specific spot. On the road, the Ford blind spot monitor is the first of its kind to encompass the trailer behind the SUV. As such, you have assistance as you look for traffic on either side of your tandem vehicle. This may prevent a dangerous side swipe accident.
Ford has devised ways to provide extra value for 2018 Ford Expedition shoppers. For starters, it has power-recline third row seats and power-adjustable brake and accelerator pedals. These exciting features are extras on the Suburban. Other Expedition standards include push button start and entry/exit ground illumination. You’ll also find some options not offered on the Chevrolet Suburban. The biggest is the Expedition’s panoramic sunroof. If you want natural light, you’ll want to check out this multi-panel glass roof. Last but not least, Ford makes its crash avoidance systems optional on the base edition rather than saving them for a higher cost model. Parents will appreciate an affordable way to gain extra peace of mind from a forward collision warning, an autobrake, a lane keeper, and other important safety systems.
Can you picture your growing family in the 2018 Ford Expedition? Try it on for size at Homer Skelton Ford.