Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2016 Chevrolet Suburban VS 2016 Ford Expedition In IA

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2016 Chevrolet Suburban

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2016 Chevrolet Suburban

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2016 Ford Expedition

Safety Comparison

Both the Suburban and Expedition EL have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Suburban has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Expedition EL’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Suburban has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Suburban LTZ offers optional Crash Imminent Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Expedition EL doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Chevrolet Suburban has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Suburban’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Suburban and the Expedition EL have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Suburban’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Expedition EL’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Suburban for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Expedition EL.

Reliability Comparison

The Suburban 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 Expedition EL 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’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 12th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 65 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 24th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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


Expedition EL



16 city/23 hwy

15 city/21 hwy




15 city/22 hwy

14 city/20 hwy


An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Suburban’s fuel efficiency. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Suburban is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Expedition EL.

For better maneuverability, the Suburban’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the Expedition EL’s (43 feet vs. 45.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Suburban may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 pounds less than the Ford Expedition EL.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Suburban offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Expedition EL can only carry 8.

The Suburban has 3.3 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear legroom, .4 inches more rear hip room, 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room and .5 inches more third row headroom than the Expedition EL.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Suburban easier. The Suburban’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 34.1 inches, while the Expedition EL’s liftover is 35.3 inches.

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

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Suburban. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Suburban’s available cargo door can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Suburban LTZ offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Suburban’s front power windows 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 EL’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Suburban’s 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 EL XLT’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Suburban detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the Suburban with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Expedition EL’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Suburban’s optional (except LS) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Suburban 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 EL.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Suburban LTZ offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Expedition EL doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Suburban owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Suburban will cost $300 less than the Expedition EL over a five-year period.

The Suburban will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Suburban will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Expedition EL.


Expedition EL

Five Year

41% to 42%

35% to 37%

Three Year

52% to 55%

46% to 49%

Recommendations Comparison

The Chevrolet Suburban outsold the Ford Expedition/Expedition XL by 23% during the 2015 model year.

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