2019 Ford Expedition Max vs. 2019 Chevrolet Suburban

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Safety

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The Expedition Max (except XLT) offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Suburban only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Expedition Max’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Suburban doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Expedition Max and the Suburban have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Expedition Max’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Suburban’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Expedition Max have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Suburban.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition Max first among large SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Suburban isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 5 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Expedition Max’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 20 more horsepower (375 vs. 355) and 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 383) than the Suburban’s standard 5.3 V8. The Expedition Max’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 460) than the Suburban’s optional 6.2 V8. The Expedition Max Platinum’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 460) than the Suburban’s optional 6.2 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Expedition Max gets better fuel mileage than the Suburban:

 

 

Expedition

Suburban

 

2WD

3.5 twin turbo V6/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

 

 

n/a

14 city/23 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

4WD

3.5 twin turbo V6/Auto

16 city/21 hwy

14 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

 

 

n/a

14 city/20 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Expedition Max’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Suburban doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Expedition Max has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Suburban doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Expedition Max’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Suburban:

 

Expedition

Suburban

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Expedition Max has larger standard tires than the Suburban (275/65R18 vs. 265/65R18).

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Ford Expedition Max has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Suburban has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Expedition Max has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Expedition Max flat and controlled during cornering. The Suburban’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Expedition Max’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Suburban doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition Max’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Suburban (131.6 inches vs. 130 inches).

For greater off-road capability the Expedition Max has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Suburban (9.7 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Expedition Max to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Expedition Max has 1.4 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room, 1.6 inches more third row legroom, 2.1 inches more third row hip room and 1.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Suburban.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Expedition Max’s middle and third row seats recline. The Suburban’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Expedition Max’s cargo area provides more volume than the Suburban.

 

Expedition

Suburban

Second Seat Folded

121.5 cubic feet

121.1 cubic feet

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Chevrolet Suburban is limited to 8300 pounds. The Expedition Max offers up to a 9000 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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If the windows are left open on the Expedition Max the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Suburban can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Expedition Max’s exterior PIN entry system. The Suburban doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Expedition Max (except XLT)’s optional Enhanced Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Suburban doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition Max third among large SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Suburban isn’t in the top three.

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