2011 Ford Expedition vs. Its Competition

2011 Ford Expedition 2WD 4-door Limited Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

All four full-size SUVs from General Motors have slightly better interior quality than the Expedition and more responsive handling, but the Ford provides more third-row space.

This is a big plus over the GMs, although the General’s full-size SUV quartet has more engine choices—including a hybrid option—and a better ride.

Then again, we're discussing a vehicle that weighs almost three tons, so regardless of its dynamics, don't expect sports car handling here.

The Chevrolet Tahoe is equal in size to the GMC Yukon and its more upmarket Denali edition.

The Chevrolet Suburban, meanwhile, is a longer Tahoe or a GMC Yukon XL or Denali XL.

A properly equipped Ford Expedition can tow four and a half tons, besting the Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada in this important category by a bunch.

Both the Toyota and Nissan are offered in one size: larger than the standard Expedition but shorter than the long-wheelbase Expedition EL.

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Quick Specs
7.4
For those who have to haul people and tow, the 2011 Ford Expedition provides truck toughness in a well-rounded wagon.
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The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe is very comfortable, capable vehicle, built on tough, traditional building blocks; and especially in the sophisticated Tahoe Hybrid, it's no dinosaur.
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The 2011 GMC Yukon Denali is evidence that big, capable body-on-frame sport-utility vehicles can be supremely comfortable and luxurious.
7.4
Rugged good looks and a strong powertrain make the 2011 Nissan Armada desirable, but compared to other large SUVs its lacking in most other respects.
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The 2011 Toyota Sequoia offers good towing ability, powerful V-8 engines, and a macho, over-the-top look, though in most other respects its hard to make a practical case.
MSRP From    
$36,205$37,980$38,945$38,490$40,930
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine    
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 V8 6-Speed AT SR5 (GS)
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
59988
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/A4N/A
Body Style    
4 Door4 Door Sport Utility4 DoorSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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