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Chevy Suburban vs Ford Expedition: Which SUV Wins?

2015 Chevy Suburban The Chevrolet Suburban and the Ford Expedition are two of the most well-known full-size Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) currently on the market. For many years, Chevy and Fort have competed to create the best large SUV on the road. While the rivalry has been intense, it has mostly benefited the consumer, who gets to own the results of the competition for SUV superiority. Both vehicles come jam-packed with features, so it may seem difficult to decide which one is best. When it comes to vehicles in the full-size SUV class, you can always expect to find two things: space and power. Both the Suburban and Expedition offer space for up to eight passengers with plenty of room in the back. Since the vehicle bodies are so large, they require powerful engines that are able to get them down the road quickly and efficiently. For the year of 2015, both automakers have redesigned their large SUVs. There are many new features and improvements. So which one comes out the true winner, the Ford Expedition or the Chevy Suburban? Take a look at the comparison in each main category to see for yourself.

Interior

The Ford Expedition has made small upgrades to the interior, but they are not enough to make the SUV a standout. Reviewers are saying, “The interior trim improved only slightly.” The interior of the Chevy Suburban is the area of the vehicle that received the most improvements and upgrades. High-quality materials and premium technology create a driving experience that makes you feel comfortable when sitting in the vehicle. Drivers enjoy hands-free connectivity, while passengers can enjoy the available Blu-ray entertainment system and other premium materials.

Fuel economy

The 2015 Ford Expedition does make some much-needed improvements in fuel-economy, but it looks like it won’t quite match the numbers of the Suburban. The new Expedition features a two miles per gallon boost from the previous model’s estimated 13 miles per gallon city and 18 mpg highway. The 4WD version now gets an estimated 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway, keeping the Expedition just behind the Suburban. The Chevy Suburban offers excellent fuel economy in the large SUV segment. With the 5.3-liter EcoTec V8, the Suburban equipped with 4WD is rated at 15 miles per gallon city and 22 mpg on the highway. The Chevy Suburban helps you get the most from every gallon of gas due to it using intelligent technology like active fuel management and variable valve timing.

Engine power and towing capacity

Under the hood of the Ford Expedition sits a 5.4-liter, V-8 engine that produces up to 310 horsepower. It can tow up to 9,200 pounds, which is a hefty number for sure. The problem with the Ford SUV is that it seems to struggle when it has to deal with a full passenger cabin and heavy trailer.  The Chevy Suburban has a 5.3-liter, V-8 engine that can produce an impressive 320 horsepower with 335 pound-feet of torque. The Suburban has a max towing capacity of 8,100 pounds. The Ford Expedition has a higher towing capacity but the Chevy Suburban runs more horsepower. The battle of the Ford Expedition vs. Chevy Suburban in terms of engine power actually goes to the Chevy SUV, even though the towing capacity isn't the same. The reason for this is that the Chevy SUV seems to have much better handling when towing a trailer with the cabin full of passengers. The Ford Expedition struggles in this regard and the Chevy Suburban handles better with a full passenger load and towing. 

Choose Chevy

Speaking of cabin capacity, the Ford Expedition offers more than 100 cubic-feet of space, which is impressive. But the Chevy Suburban offers 130 cubic-feet of space. The Chevy Suburban handles the extra cargo in that extra room slightly better in handling and offers horsepower.  When it’s all said and done, the Ford Expedition does challenge the Suburban in the race, but simply can’t quite reach the finish line before the Chevy Suburban gets to it. While the two are able to deliver both space and power, the Chevy Suburban wins in the end.  If you would like to test drive the Chevy Suburban or have any questions, please visit your local Valley Chevy dealer today!

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