2017 Ford Expedition vs Chevrolet Suburban

2017 Ford Expedition vs Chevrolet Suburban

Buying a full-sized SUV means you might not have as many options as you might if you were in the market for a smaller crossover SUV, but you have some really great options to choose from. Two of the best, the 2017 Ford Expedition and the Chevrolet Suburban, offer minivan-like passenger space with towing capacity you might find on a truck. These best-of-both-worlds SUVs offer you quite a few options--but which of these two powerhouses is the best option? Take a look at our comparison guide.

2017 Ford Expedition vs Chevrolet Suburban

Exterior Styling

The 2017 Ford Expedition has carried the same classic look for the last 8 years, but we're not complaining. It's strong, bold, and durable. On the exterior, the Expedition looks like it will dominate the road, with chrome accents and a horizontal grille that combines athleticism and luxury. Roof rails and Expedition rear badging gives the appearance that the Expedition is all about business but without making it feel lumbering or overly boxy.

The 2017 Chevy Suburban looks large, which is part of the Suburban's iconic design. Chevrolet doesn't try to hide the fact that its largest SUV is, well, large--and the styling reflects that. Unapologetically boxy and big, the Suburban also offers roof rails and classic Chevrolet branding. While there's charm to the Chevrolet's embrace of the boxy ladder-framed SUV, we're giving this to the Ford. Most people don't want to feel like they're driving a boat down the road.


The 2017 Ford Expedition has a higher towing capacity at 9200 pound, even with a smaller engine, than its competitor. A host of options makes it easier for you to use your Expedition to its maximum capacity. The first, the available Rear Mechanical Load-Leveling Suspension, keeps the Expedition as level as possible in rough terrain and the selectable tow/haul mode lets you choose between performance or efficiency when pulling heavy loads. The Expedition's Limited-Slip Rear Axle helps prevent wheel slip when pressing on the gas on slick surfaces. There's also a cool feature to keep your brakes and your trailer brakes in sync and helps to keep your load from swaying.

The Chevrolet Suburban comes with a large V8 engine that provides both optimal performance and favorable gas mileage with 16 city and 23 highway miles per gallon. Although the towing capacity is slightly lower, it is still a beast. Built on a truck frame, the Chevrolet Suburban's drive and handling are quite stable. If you opt for the Premium trim, the Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension which keeps everything level as you maneuver even the curviest of roadways. Nevertheless, the combination of options in the Ford makes the driving--and towing--experience better.

Tech Features

Ford offers SYNC3 to keep drivers connected, which offers voice activated technology for all your entertainment and navigational needs while driving. You can also trick out the 2017 Ford Expedition with an impressive Sony audio system that comes with six months of SiriusXM for free. Passengers will love the available rear entertainment system, headrest-mounted DVD screens, but those in the third row might miss out on the fun.

The Suburban has a cutting edge 4G LTE WiFi to save everyone precious data and 14 places to plug in devices throughout the cabin--this is a vehicle with connectivity as a priority. Up front, an 8-inch touchscreen offers infotainment connectivity, using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the Suburban also offers a rear entertainment system. We really like the Chevrolet app, which allows you to lock/unlock your car and start it remotely. The Chevrolet Suburban's tech package is impressive and it wins this category.

Interior Comfort

The 2017 Ford Expedition offers plenty of room for passengers and cargo as well. Seven or eight passengers can sit comfortably, depending on whether or not you opt for a second row bench or captain chairs. Best in class cargo space gives you the space to carry the stuff that comes along with so many passengers, without cramping anyone's style. An available power moonroof, center slide seat in the second row (which allows more leg room in the third row or easier access to kids in the second row), and a mind-boggling 130 cubic feet of cargo space with the two rows are folded flat complete a comfortable, impressive interior that's styled thoughtfully.

The Chevrolet Suburban also seats 7 or 8 passengers, depending on second row configuration, though the Suburban does not have the Center Slide 2nd row feature. The Suburban has an acoustic-laminated windshield plus triple sealed doors and insulated exterior and interior to keep road noise to a minimum. An impressive center console offers room enough for a laptop, if you're frequently working in parking lots or carpool lanes, and with the 2nd and 3rd row folded flat, the Suburban offers 121 cubic feet of cargo space. That's a substantial difference from the expansive Expedition, so we're giving the nod to the Expedition's larger capacity.

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2017 Ford Expedition vs Chevrolet Suburban

Though both the 2017 Ford Expedition and the Chevrolet Suburban are the gold standards of the full-sized SUV market, the Expedition clearly wins this head-to-head to match up. With more modern styling, more cargo room, and more adaptive interior options, the Expedition will give you everything you need--including more towing capacity.