2020 Mercedes G-Class vs. 2020 Ford Expedition

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes G-Class have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Ford Expedition doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The G-Class’ pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Expedition doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the G-Class. But it costs extra on the Expedition.

Both the G-Class and the Expedition 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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The G-Class comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Expedition’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

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The G 550’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 41 more horsepower (416 vs. 375) than the Expedition’s standard 3.5 turbo V6. The G 550’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 16 more horsepower (416 vs. 400) than the Expedition Platinum’s standard 3.5 turbo V6. The AMG G 63’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 177 more horsepower (577 vs. 400) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (627 vs. 480) than the Expedition Platinum’s standard 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the G 550 is faster than the Ford Expedition (base engine):

G-Class

Expedition

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.4 MPH

91.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the G-Class’ fuel efficiency. The Expedition doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The G-Class has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Expedition (26.4 vs. 23.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Drivetrain

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The G-Class has a true four-wheel drive system, which has differentials that lock so they keep the G-Class moving if even only one wheel still has traction. The Expedition doesn’t offer a true four-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the G-Class’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Expedition:

G 550

AMG G 63

Expedition

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

14.8 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

13.2 inches

The G-Class stops shorter than the Expedition:

G-Class

Expedition

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the G-Class’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Expedition (295/40R22 vs. 285/45R22).

The G 550’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Expedition’s standard 65 series tires. The G-Class’ optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Expedition’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the G 550 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Expedition.

Chassis

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The G 550 is 1 foot, 8.3 inches shorter than the Expedition, making the G-Class easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Towing

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The G-Class’ standard towing capacity is much higher than the Expedition’s (7000 vs. 6000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 59% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Expedition, the G-Class has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The G-Class’ standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Expedition.

The G-Class’ front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Expedition’s standard rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The G-Class’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Expedition’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The G-Class has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Expedition doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the G-Class has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Expedition doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the G-Class is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Expedition’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The G-Class has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Expedition.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes G-Class has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the Expedition.

The G-Class’ Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Expedition (except XLT)’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

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The G-Class was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2019. The Expedition has never been an “All Star.”

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