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2015 Ford Expedition against Chevy’s Suburban

Tuesday, July 29th 2014. | 2014 Ford F-150, Ford Expedition, Reviews

I’ve been wondering very much how Ford’s admittedly not-all-new 2015 Expedition would fare against the competition. Why do I say “not-all-new”? It carries over extensively from the 2014 model, I would call it an extensive face-lift. But is it likely Ford made those “extensive” changes in all the right places? Those changes include an exterior and interior restyling, although we can still see some of the 2014 in both, it is a significantly refreshed look. In addition to that we say farewell to the trusty, but aging 3 valve 5.4 liter V8, making way for the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6. The twin turbo power plant puts out 365 horsepower and 420 ft-lb’s of torque, just like its platform mate the F-150. This will be the only engine available for the 2015 Expedition and I’m quite alright with that.

This Ford's all new 2015 Expedition

This Ford’s all new 2015 Expedition

While the exterior and interior certainly needed an update. I think it’s the engine upgrade that is the update to the Expedition that counts. If we compare its torque curve to that of the 5.4, the 3.5 with its flat torque curve show us, in black and white, that it will bring a whole new attitude to the 2015 Expedition and its driving dynamics. So to answer the question I posed earlier; “did Ford make changes in all the right places”? I’d say so. Upgrading the drivetrain from the 5.4 modular to the 3.5 EcoBoost will redefine what an Expedition is, it will impress people on test drives and it will convert V8 believers into believers in forced induction.

2015 Ford Expedition rear view

2015 Ford Expedition rear view

Why do I think that? One: the Ford F-150 made this change in 2011 and it V6 sales both 3.7 liter and 3.5 EB, but mostly the 3.5 EB exceeded all expectations. Not only was the 3.5 a welcoming prospect from a fuel efficiency stand point, it went toe-to-toe with both Ford’s all-new 5.0 liter V8 and any V8 the competition could pit against it. Two: Jalopnik’s Truck Yeah! blog went as far as to state: “Believe It: The 2015 Ford Expedition is better than the Chevy Suburban”. These two points both make a strong case for a successful re-imagining of the Expedition. The 3.5 EcoBoost also ensures that the Expedition will be ready to face the competition, this is one heck of a capable engine, so much so that its design, stemming from 2011 is effortlessly keeping up with GM’s brand new EcoTec3 series of engines. GM’s 5.3 liter V8 only puts 355hp and 388tq, on top of that peak power doesn’t come on till 4,100 RPM, Ford’s 3.5? Full torque is on tap at an astounding 2,500 RPM.

Ford's 3.5 liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6

Ford’s 3.5 liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6

What about Aesthetics though you might ask. This is a very subjective question and I will give you my opinion. GM, the Expedition’s main competition with its Chevy Suburban and Tahoe and arguably also the GMC Yukon, has gone the route of taking the look of its old trucks and putting fancier headlights on them and more importantly A LOT of chrome. Chrome wheels, chrome mirror caps, chrome trim on the doors and massive chrome grills. I personally am not a fan of this approach. I am a big fan of Ford’s more reserved and grown-up approach to designing an SUV, take a look at the pictures throughout this article to see what I mean.

The Competition

The Competition

There you have it, the 2015 Ford Expedition, in my opinion a very capable truck. It has horsepower and torque of 365 and 420 that comes on much earlier in the power-band than its competition thanks to use of twin turbo charging. Towing performance with this engine doesn’t disappoint either… at all. Tow ratings range from 9,000 to 9,200 pounds, depending on how you equip your 2015 Ford SUV. Once again besting the Suburban, which comes in at only 8,000 pounds for its tow rating. What about efficiency? Ford has promised the new model will improve by 15% over the outgoing model. If that’s the case it will net 15 mpg city, 21 mpg hwy and 17 mpg combined for a 4WD model. Not too shabby! Look for more news on the 2015 Expedition and its platform friend the 2015 Lincoln Navigator in the coming weeks!

UPDATE (2/23/2015): Click here for a comparison to the 2015 Chevy Tahoe

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