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2012 Ford Expedition EL vs. Its Competition

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The Expedition's primary rivals both come from General Motors.

The Chevrolet Suburban is an extended-length version of the Chevy Tahoe, and like the Expedition EL it gets longer doors and easier third-row access.

We've found the powertrains on the full-size SUVs to be a little peppier than the 5.4-liter in the Expedition, though the Suburban doesn't ride and handle quite as nicely.

The GMC Yukon XL is the same package as the Suburban with only minor trim differences.

The Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia don't come in extended-length form and aren't ideal picks for those who frequently need to use a third row (or use one at all for adults), but they have comparable levels of truck-based towing hauling ability.

2010 Ford Expedition EL 2WD 4-door Limited Angular Front Exterior View2012 Ford Expedition EL2012 Chevrolet Suburban2012 Chevrolet Suburban2012 GMC Yukon XL 2WD 4-door 1500 SLT Angular Front Exterior View2012 GMC Yukon XL2012 Nissan Armada 2WD 4-door SV Side Exterior View2012 Nissan Armada2012 Toyota Sequoia RWD 5.7L Limited (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Toyota Sequoia
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The 2012 Ford Expedition EL offers the most full-size truck XXXXXXXtoughness in a well-rounded, well-featured SUV package.
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Old-school, mostly in the right ways, the Chevrolet Suburban's survived the big-SUV shakeout for a reason.
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It's lacking in some features and its interior is a bit cheap, but the 2012 Nissan Armada has rugged good looks and a beefy V-8 powertrain.
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The 2012 Toyota Sequoia delivers traditional truck toughness, towing ability, and strong V-8 engines—plus the macho look to go with it.
MSRP From    
$40,055Browse Used Listings$42,220Browse Used Listings$43,555Browse Used Listings$39,870Browse Used Listings$40,930Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy10 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy10 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class    
N/AN/AN/AN/ASport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door XL2WD 4-Door 1500 LS2WD 4-Door 1500 SLE2WD 4-Door SVRWD 4.6L SR5 (SE)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door 1500Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
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