2009 Ford Expedition vs. Its Competition

2009 Ford Expedition XLT

If you're interested in the 2009 Ford Expedition, also consider the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, Toyota Sequoia, and Nissan Armada.

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

The Chevrolet Suburban is a longer Tahoe, and the GMC guys call that a Yukon XL or Denali XL.

Regardless of which one you get, this quartet from General Motors has a slight edge in interior quality, but the Ford wins with better room in the third row.

Plus, the Ford offers a power-folding third-row option, and with that, the seat automatically folds flat into the floor.

This is a big plus over the GMs.

However, the GMs strike back with more engine choices (including a hybrid) and a more supple-riding suspension, but the Ford offers what some consider more responsive handling.

Then again, we're discussing a vehicle that weighs almost three tons, so regardless of its responsiveness, we're not talking Corvette- or Mustang-type handling here.

A properly equipped 2009 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 not quite as enormous as the long-wheelbase Expedition EL.

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Besides being a great tow rig, the 2009 Ford Expedition is big and comfortable; it's one of just a few vehicles in which the third row is usable by adults.
For those who need to get work done, but with some style and comfort, practicality still reigns in the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe.
The 2009 GMC Yukon Denali still ranks as one of the most stylish and comfortable ways to do serious cross-country hauling.
Competitors to the 2009 Nissan Armada offer roomier interiors and better options, but the Armada should be commended for its handsome looks and powerful V-8 engine.
The 2008 Toyota Sequoia is a capable example of the full-size SUV--in a day where the full-size SUV makes less and less sense.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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