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Ford Expedition vs. Chevrolet Suburban

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Ford Expedition

2016 Ford Expedition
$833
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Chevrolet Suburban

2016 Chevrolet Suburban
$751
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Above Average

The Ford Expedition Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 8th out of 14 for fullsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $833 which means it has higher than average ownership costs. The frequency of repairs is average, but when issues do arise, they have a higher chance of being severe than with other models.

Average

The Chevrolet Suburban Reliability Rating is 3.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 12th out of 14 for fullsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $751 which means it has average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both higher than the average vehicle, which means you can expect a higher occurrence of major repairs for the Suburban.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$833
inexpensive
very expensive
$751
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.4
not often
way too often
0.9
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
14%
minor issues
major issues
13%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

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(15)
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(9)
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The Ford Expedition ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in electrical.

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“Runs good..handles well especially on highway. Good fuel economy..good turning radius. Comfortable ride and lumbar support.”

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Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Ford Expedition and the Chevrolet Suburban are both full-size, body-on-frame SUVs. They each come with rear-drive standard and four-wheel drive as an option. The Expedition is available in both a regular and a long-wheelbase Max version. The Expedition Max matches the size of the Suburban, so let’s compare the two.

The Ford Expedition Max has more power than the Suburban, with a 375-horsepower standard engine and 400 horsepower as an option. The standard and only Suburban engine has 355 horsepower. Both the Expedition Max and Suburban have nearly identical cargo space behind the front seats, with a tad more than 121 cubic feet in each. 

The Expedition Max has an independent rear suspension, compared to the Suburban’s solid rear axle. This gives the Expedition the edge in ride comfort, plus more passenger space in the third row, because the independent suspension does not intrude into the vehicle’s interior.

The Chevrolet Suburban used to be the reigning champ in the full-size, extra-long, body-on-frame SUV field. But the Ford Expedition Max offers more power, a better ride and more space for the people inside. That makes it a winner in this comparison.

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