If you're in the market for a large SUV, you're probably looking for as much passenger and cargo space as possible--but you refuse to consider a minivan. Maybe you need passenger space and towing capacity, but don't want a truck. Perhaps you just want to rule the road with sheer size. Regardless, you have just a few real contenders, and the 2017 Ford Expedition and the Chevrolet Suburban are two of the heavy hitters. But which one will win you over?
2017 Ford Expedition vs Chevrolet Suburban
The 2017 Ford Expedition has embraced the same classic look for the last 8 years, with a few small tweaks to the exterior styling--why mess with what works? Ford knew what they were doing when they built this bold, strong, durable SUV. The Expedition gives you room for 7 or 8 people (depending on whether you want a second row bench or bucket seats), plus the most storage capacity behind the third row of any SUV in its class. The Expedition is built to be a people hauler, but it easily adapts to the stuff you need to haul as well.
The 2017 Chevy Suburban offers buyers three ways to customize the exterior, which is a nice perk, but the interior features really shine. We love the acoustic-laminated windshield, triple sealed doors, and insulated exterior and interior to keep road noise to a minimum. The impressive center console is boasted to be large enough to fit a laptop, if typing and driving is what you desire. We're liking the combination of exterior and interior features, so the win here goes to the Expedition.
The Ford has the higher towing capacity at 9200 pounds, even with a smaller engine than its competitor. It's also going to net you slightly less gas mileage at 15 city and 21 highway miles per gallon. The available Rear Mechanical Load-Leveling Suspension will keep the Expedition as level as possible in rough terrain. You can choose between Performance and Efficiency with the tow/haul mode when pulling heavy loads. Limited-Slip Rear Axle helps prevent wheel slip when pressing on the gas on slick surfaces. There's also a cool feature to keep your brakes and your trailer brakes in sync and helps to keep your load from swaying.
The Suburban comes with a large V8 that provides both optimal performance and favorable gas mileage with 16 city and 23 highway miles per gallon. Although the towing capacity is slightly lower, it is still a beast. It is built on a truck frame but the drive and handling are quite stable. If you opt for the Premium trim, there is a Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension which keeps everything level as you maneuver even the curviest of roadways. We're giving the nod to the Expedition here, with its higher tow capacity and performance options.
Ford offers SYNC3 voice activated technology for all your entertainment and navigational needs while driving. You can also opt for the Sony sound system for the best bass and sound clarity, which comes with a free six-month subscription to SiriusXM. For your passengers, you can choose to add dual headrest mounted DVD screens, but those in the third row might miss out.
The Suburban has available 4gLTE WiFi to save everyone precious data and 14 places to plug in throughout the cabin. Up front you've got an 8-inch touchscreen plus two rear screens so both passenger rows can have a good view of the same movie. It even has HDMI and USB ports available! Chevrolet offers an app to stay connected to your vehicle. It can lock and unlock your car and even start the car and help you remember where you parked! Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available. No doubt, the Suburban shines in the tech department
The 2017 Ford Expedition gets a five star safety rating from the NHTSA, which the Chevrolet Suburban cannot say. The Expedition also has a Blind Spot Warning system with Cross Traffic Alert as well as standard rear view camera and post crash alert system that, combined with the Safety Canopy system, airbags, traction and stability control, and other standard passive safety features, can help you feel confident as you hit the road.
The 2017 Chevy Suburban also offers safety features, upping the ante on the Expedition with automatic braking and forward collision alert. With only a four star rating from the NHTSA for the Suburban, though, we're giving the safety nod to the Expedition.
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The clear winner here is the 2017 Ford Expedition. Biggest and toughest in its class, The Expedition doesn't have to impress with bells and whistles to stand out. With more space, more towing capacity, and a better safety record, the 2017 Ford Expedition is the right choice for your full sized SUV needs.