SUVs don't get any bigger than large options like the 2018 Ford Expedition and the Chevrolet Suburban. Are they really long? Well, you'll find 122 inches between the front and rear axle on the Expedition and a whopping 130 for the Suburban. Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to such prodigious length. We'll review them and show you which of these large SUVs fares better in this comparison guide.
Driving: 2018 Ford Expedition
We'll start by addressing the elephant in the room, pun intended. How do these mammoths handle themselves on the road? The 2018 Ford Expedition is agile for its class and leaps into action with enthusiasm. The twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine and ten-speed transmission don't miss a beat shifting gears and making sudden starts and stops. The Expedition is not easily maneuverable, due to its size. But the rear view camera helps a great deal.
By comparison, the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban feels huge on the road. And that's not just your imagination. Crowded parking lots and parallel parking will be your kryptonite, so steer clear of them when you can and exercise caution when you can't. On the plus side, the Suburban is comfortable enough and really glides down highways, thanks to its a 5.3-liter V8 engine. The Suburban puts out less horsepower and torque than the Expedition. Given that and its size, we'll give this one to the Expedition.
Reliability: 2018 Ford Expedition
Reliability measures how long you can drive a new car before it needs repair work. JD Power and Associates gives every model a score between 1 and 5, with 3 being a completely average new vehicle. Large SUVs have a lot of moving parts, so they generally score lower than many other classes. But the 2018 Ford Expedition is definitely an exception. The Expedition gets an unheard-of 5 out of 5 in projected reliability. There are very few vehicles, in any class, that score this well. If you want an SUV that lasts and lasts and lasts, the Expedition is a great pick.
The 2018 Chevrolet Suburban, on the other hand, dips below average. Its JD Power reliability score is a measly 2.5 out of 5. That means more than half of new cars go longer before needing major repairs. Unless you like the inside of a repair garage, the safer bet is with the Expedition.
Fuel Economy: 2018 Ford Expedition
No large SUV will rival the compacts and sedans. But any advantage one has over the other is better for the environment and your wallet. The EPA estimates 17 city and 24 highway miles for the 2018 Ford Expedition. That's slightly better than the 2018 Chevy Suburbans' 16 city and 23 highway estimate. The fuel economy is not a game changer either way, given how close it is, but the Expedition's small lead here combined with its big leads elsewhere make our recommendation the 2018 Ford Expedition.