2017 Ford Expedition vs. Its Competition

2017 Ford Expedition
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Ford Expedition has, for a number of model years, been competitive in some respects but deficient in others, compared to its full-size-SUV rivals.

But with its most direct rivals, the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, both redesigned for 2015, Ford has some new challenges—and it appears that they've met GM by pulling out impressive features like a turbocharged V-6 and a continuous-damping suspension.

As for those GM models, they have their own approach to fuel efficiency, keeping larger engines with cylinder deactivation and other technologies.

Their packaging isn't as clever as the Ford's, though luxury touches are absolutely on par.

The Toyota Sequoia has a strong and charismatic V-8 engine, as well as impressive towing numbers, but its interior layout doesn't feel as smart (either in layout or in the aesthetic sense).

The Nissan Armada is new this year, essentially a clone of the pricey Infiniti QX80.

It's clumsier on the road than the Expedition, though its big V-8 is a snarling reminder of some things we miss in modern SUVs.

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Quick Specs
6.8
Old school is in session: The 2017 Ford Expedition teaches a few lessons to today's crossover SUVs with twin-turbo power, luxury-truck touches, and big towing and hauling numbers.
6.2
The 2017 Chevy Suburban is the ne plus ultra of SUVs; it'll tow up to 8,300 pounds and carry up to nine passengers without a fuss.
6.2
The 2017 Chevy Tahoe delivers almost all the towing and hauling capacity of a full-size truck, and seating for up to nine.
6.5
If you've got a lot to haul, the GMC Yukon range is one of the best ways to do it. But if not, consider a crossover that will use much less fuel and be better to drive.
6.0
After rotting on the vine for years, the 2017 Nissan Armada's redesign brings it upscale and makes it competitive with its recently updated truck-based full-size SUV rivals.
5.2
The 2017 Toyota Sequoia hasn't kept up with the times, even for a body-on-frame SUV. Look closely at the competition.
MSRP From     
$47,125$49,915$47,215$48,530$44,900$45,560
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Twin Turbo Regular Unleaded V-6Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Regular Unleaded V-8Regular Unleaded V-8
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Style Name     
XLT 4x22WD 4-Door 1500 LS2WD 4-Door LS2WD 4-Door SLE4x2 SVSR5 RWD (SE)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
888888
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Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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