2019 Ford Expedition vs. 2019 Lexus GX460

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Expedition and the GX460 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, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

There are almost 13 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability

The camshafts in the Expedition’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The GX460’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the GX460’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The Expedition has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The GX460 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition first among large SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The GX460 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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 Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Expedition’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 74 more horsepower (375 vs. 301) and 141 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 329) than the GX460’s 4.6 DOHC V8. The Expedition Platinum’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 99 more horsepower (400 vs. 301) and 151 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 329) than the GX460’s 4.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Expedition (base engine) is faster than the Lexus GX460:

 

Expedition

GX460

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.7 sec

12.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.3 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.7 MPH

89.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Expedition gets better fuel mileage than the GX460:

 

 

Expedition

GX460

 

2WD

Auto

17 city/24 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

Auto

17 city/22 hwy

15 city/18 hwy

 

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Expedition’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 GX460 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Expedition uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The GX460 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Expedition 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 GX460 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Expedition, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the GX460.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Expedition’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GX460:

 

Expedition

GX460

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.2 inches

12.3 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Expedition has larger standard tires than the GX460 (275/65R18 vs. 265/60R18). The Expedition’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GX460 (285/45R22 vs. 265/60R18).

The Expedition’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GX460’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Expedition offers optional 22-inch wheels. The GX460’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Expedition 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 Lexus GX460 has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Expedition’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 GX460 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 12.7 inches longer than on the GX460 (122.5 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Expedition is 5.2 inches wider in the front and 4.8 inches wider in the rear than on the GX460.

The Expedition XLT 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the GX460 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Expedition XLT 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GX460 (27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Expedition has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the GX460 (9.8 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Expedition to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Expedition has standard seating for 8 passengers; the GX460 can only carry 7.

The Expedition has 42.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GX460 (171.9 vs. 129.7).

The Expedition has 4 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom, 5.7 inches more front hip room, 9.5 inches more front shoulder room, 7.4 inches more rear legroom, 7.4 inches more rear hip room, 7.5 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.1 inches more third row headroom, 6.8 inches more third row legroom, 8.3 inches more third row hip room and 9.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the GX460.

Cargo Capacity

The Expedition’s cargo area provides more volume than the GX460.

 

Expedition

GX460

Behind Third Seat

19.3 cubic feet

11.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

57.5 cubic feet

46.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

104.6 cubic feet

64.7 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Expedition’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The GX460 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

The Expedition’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The GX460’s swing out door blocks loading from the passenger’s side.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Expedition’s power cargo door can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The GX460 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Lexus GX460 is limited to 6500 pounds. The Expedition offers up to a 9300 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Expedition’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The GX460 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Expedition’s exterior PIN entry system. The GX460 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Expedition’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The GX460’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Expedition’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The GX460’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Expedition (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 GX460 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Expedition is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The GX460 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Expedition is less expensive to operate than the GX460 because typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the GX460, including $273 less for a water pump, $280 less for a muffler, $535 less for a starter, $271 less for fuel injection, $220 less for a fuel pump, $513 less for a timing belt/chain and $371 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition third among large SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The GX460 isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Ford Expedition/Expedition Max outsold the Lexus GX460 by almost two to one during the 2018 model year.

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