Ford Expedition Vs. Chevy Suburban

Full-size SUVs may not be as popular as they once were, but they still have a place in the automotive world. Two longtime leaders of the segment, the 2019 Chevy Suburban and 2018 Ford Expedition continue doing battle to this day. Which is the better buy for our Jacksonville area SUV shoppers? Keep reading to find out.

Exterior

The Ford Expedition and Chevy Suburban went through big-time redesigns in 2018 and 2015, respectively, so they are as modern as you can get in this segment. While the 2019 Chevy Suburban slaps a new face on the classic, box-style SUV, the Ford Expedition offers a modern take on the class with its bolder headlights and grille.

Both SUVs are massive, but the Expedition offers two sizing options. The 2018 Ford Expedition is available in a standard body style that is 210 inches long and rides on a 122.5-inch wheelbase or a 221.9-inch-long MAX body that rides on a 131.6-inch wheelbase. Regardless of the body buyers choose, the Expedition is 81.6 inches wide and 76.4 to 76.6 inches tall.

The 2019 Chevy Suburban checks in at a massive 224.4 inches long, 80.5 inches wide, and 74.4 inches tall. Its wheelbase is 130 inches long.

Advantage: 2018 Ford Expedition

  • Smaller body is easier to maneuver
  • More modern styling
  • Two body sizes for varying needs

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Suburban

  • Classic design caters to traditionalists
  • Larger body means more room

Interior

Inside, these massive SUVs are equally huge. All this room leaves tons of space for premium amenities in the higher trim levels and loads of technology. Stylistically, the Expedition and Suburban interiors are similar with their upright dashboards, large center consoles, and thick-padded seats. The real differences are in their measurements.

Up front, the 2018 Ford Expedition offers 42 inches of headroom, 43.9 inches of legroom, 62.2 inches of hip room, and 64.9 inches of shoulder room. The Suburban’s front seats offer an extra 0.8 inches of headroom and 1.4 inches of legroom, but it is 1.4 inches short on hip room and 0.1 inches light on shoulder room.

In the second row, the 2018 Ford Expedition offers 40 inches of headroom, 42.6 inches of legroom, 62.6 inches of hip room, and 64.2 inches of shoulder room. The Suburban’s second row comes up short in headroom by 0.9 inches, legroom by 2.9 inches, and hip room by 2.3 inches, but its shoulder room beats the Expedition by 0.9 inches.

In the third row, the 2018 Ford Expedition offers 37.3 to 37.4 inches of headroom, 40.9 inches of legroom, 51.4  inches of hip room, and 64.2 to 64.3 inches of shoulder room. The 2019 Suburban has an extra 1.1 to 1.2 inches of headroom, but it comes up short by 6.4 inches of legroom, 2.1 inches of hip room, and 1.6 to 1.7 inches of shoulder room.

Because the 2018 Expedition has two body sizes — regular and MAX — it also has two cargo measurements at each stage. With all the seats upright, the Expedition offers 20.9 to 36 cubic feet of cargo room. The Expedition’s cargo area expands to 57.5 to 73.3 cubic feet with the third row folded. With both rows of rear seats dropped, the 2018 Expedition boasts 104.6 to 121.5 cubic feet of cargo room.

In all three measurements, the 2019 Chevy Suburban beats the Expedition with 39.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 76.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 121.7 cubic feet with both rows folded.

Advantage: 2018 Ford Expedition

  • Roomier seating
  • Rugged, truck-inspired cabin

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Suburban

  • More cargo room across the board

Performance

With monstrous bodies, these full-size SUVs need massive powertrains to get them moving. The 2018 Ford Expedition checks in with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. This pairs to a 10-speed automatic transmission that ships power to the rear wheels. Buyers can opt for four-wheel drive.

For buyers who prefer old-school V-8 power, the 2019 Suburban has what they crave. It comes standard with a 5.3-liter V-8 engine that produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission that ships power to the rear wheels. Buyers can opt for a 6.2-liter V-8 that pumps out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This potent V-8 pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission that ships power to the rear wheels. Both powertrains have optional four-wheel drive.

Towing is a big win for the 2018 Ford Expedition as it maxes out at 9,300 pounds, which is 1,000 pounds more than the Suburban.

Fuel economy is another feather in the Expedition’s cap as it gets 17 mpg city, 24 highway, and 20 combined in its standard body, while its MAX body drops the ratings to 17 mpg city, 23 highway, and 19 combined. With the 5.3-liter engine, the Suburban gets just 15 mpg city, 22 highway, and 18 combined. Adding the 6.2-liter engine changes the Suburban’s fuel economy to 14 mpg city, 23 highway, and 17 combined.

Advantage: 2018 Ford Expedition

  • Potent base engine
  • Immediate low-end torque
  • Fuel economy advantage
  • Big towing advantage

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Suburban

  • V-8 power
  • More range-topping horsepower

Pricing and Features

The 2018 Ford Expedition and Expedition MAX come in three trim levels — XLT, Limited, and Platinum — and starting prices range from $51,790 to $73,030.

The 2019 Chevy Suburban also has three trim levels — LS, LT, and Premier — and their starting prices range from $51,895 to $66,595.

2018 Ford Expedition Key Features and Pricing by Trim

XLT:

  • 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels with Magnetic-painted pockets
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Body-color fascia
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Halogen fog lights
  • Quad-beam reflector halogen headlights with projector low beams
  • Black roof-rack side rails
  • Black running boards
  • Intermittent wipers
  • Single-zone automatic temperature control
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Class IV trailer hitch receiver
  • Capless fuel filler
  • Bright-chrome grille with Magnetic-painted accents
  • Body-color heated mirrors with courtesy lights
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down front windows
  • Rearview camera with washer
  • Passive anti-theft system
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Perimeter alarm
  • Keyless entry keypad
  • Ford MyKey

Limited

  • All XLT features, plus
  • 20-inch ultra-bright aluminum wheels with Tarnished Dark-painted pockets
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Body-color door handles with chrome inserts
  • LED taillights
  • Bright-stainless roof-rack side rails
  • Power-deployable running boards
  • Bright-Chrome grille with Silver Lining-painted accents
  • Power-folding mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Front perforated, leather-trimmed
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Second-row 40/20/40 power-folding tip-and-slide seats
  • Third Row power-folding headrests
  • Heated second-row outboard seats
  • 10-way power driver and passenger seats
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control
  • SYNC 3 infotainment system
  • SYNC Connect and FordPass
  • HD Radio
  • 12-speaker B&O Play audio system by Harman
  • Two third-row USB charging ports
  • Wireless charger
  • 8-inch instrument-cluster display
  • Memory for the driver’s seat, power-adjustable foot pedals, and exterior mirrors
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • Woodgrain trim
  • Leather-wrapped power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start
  • Ambient lighting
  • Blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert and trailer-tow monitoring

Platinum:

  • All Limited features, plus
  • 22-inch polished-aluminum wheels
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Satin-chrome door handles
  • LED fog lights
  • LED headlights
  • Satin-aluminum roof-rack side rails
  • Body-color power-deployable running boards
  • Satin-aluminum grille with bright-chrome inner accents
  • Satin-aluminum mirror caps
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • 360-degree camera with split view and front/rear washer
  • Multicontour seats with active motion
  • Navigation
  • Advanced cargo manager
  • Front-door scuff plates with brushed-aluminum inserts
  • Real wood center console accents
  • Enhanced active park assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Active noise control

2019 Chevy Suburban Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LS: $51,895

  • 5.3-liter V-8 engine
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels with high-polished finish
  • Black assist steps
  • Heated mirrors
  • Black roof-rack side rails
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Four 12-volt power outlets
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Premium cloth seating
  • 60/40 split-folding second-row seats
  • 60/40 split-folding third-row seats
  • Tilt steering
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows
  • 4.2-inch driver-information center
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Rearview camera
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Daytime running lights
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Teen Driver

LT: $56,895

  • All LS features, plus
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Bose nine-speaker audio system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather seating
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering
  • Two-position seating, mirror, and steering wheel memory
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Safety-alert rear seat

Premier: $66,595

  • All LT features, plus
  • Magnetic ride control
  • Heated, auto-dimming side-view mirrors
  • 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels
  • Fog lights
  • HID headlights
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • 12-way power front seats
  • Navigation
  • Bose Centerpoint surround-sound system with 10 speakers
  • Power rear bucket seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Power 60/40 split-folding third-row bench seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Wireless charging
  • Keyless open
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane-change alert
  • Blind-zone alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Who Should Buy the 2018 Ford Expedition?

The 2018 Ford Expedition is great for buyers who are more concerned with seating room and comfort than cargo capacity. It is also great for buyers looking for an SUV that can tow but isn’t a mile long.

Who Should Buy the 2018 Chevrolet Suburban?

Buyers who prefer the old, blocky look of SUVs from yesteryear will appreciate the Chevy Suburban’s more basic styling. Also, buyers looking to squeeze every cubic foot of cargo into their SUV will appreciate the Suburban’s larger cargo capacity.

Ready to haul your boat to the beach in Jacksonville or your camper to a campground in Orange Park? Come test drive the tow-friendly 2018 Ford Expedition today at the Garber Automall new-car showroom serving the Jacksonville area. If you can’t make it in, you can also check out our online inventory to see what 2018 Expeditions we have in stock today.

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