Chevy Suburban Vs. Ford Expedition

By Justin Cupler | July 23rd, 2019

Full-size SUVs like the 2019 Ford Expedition and 2019 Chevy Suburban have a lot to offer our Glendale Heights area car shoppers. They have the room for large families, plenty of towing capacity, and a little pep in their step. But which one is better for your family’s needs? Find out that and more below. 

Exterior

Full-size SUVs have a reputation to live up to, and the Ford Expedition and Chevy Suburban live up to the rep they’ve earned. Both SUVs boast upright designs with bold grilles, long tails, and squared-off rear ends. The 2019 Suburban features a more in-your-face grille and unique-looking headlights to set it apart. 

The 2019 Expedition’s front end is a little timider than the Suburban’s with its five-bar grille that takes up less real estate and more traditional headlights. Around back, the Expedition boasts a more eye-catching rear end with its shiny applique in higher trims and more unique-looking taillights. 

Both models range from relatively simple in their base trims to near-luxury levels in their higher trims.

 

In terms of sizing, the Suburban comes in a single size, but the Expedition has two sizes: the smaller base model and the longer Max model. The Suburban is significantly larger than the base Expedition, but the Expedition Max gets closer in some measurements and even beats the Suburban in others. 

 

Measurement 2019 Chevy Suburban 2019 Ford Expedition Difference
Length 224.4 inches 210 to 221.9 inches +2.5 to +14.4 inches
Width 80.5 inches 79.9 inches +0.6 inches
Height 74.4 inches 76.2 to 76.6 inches -2.2 to -1.8 inches 
Wheelbase 130 inches 122.5 to 131.6 inches -1.6 to +7.5 
Ground Clearance 7.9 inches 9.7 to 9.8 inches -1.9 to -1.8
Curb weight 5,586 to 6,021 pounds 5,368 to 5,794  pounds +218 to +227 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Ford Expedition

  • Two sizes to pick from
  • Lighter and easier to manage
  • Toned-down nose

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Suburban

  • More stylish front end
  • Larger base model offers more space
  • More value

Interior

Inside, the 2019 Suburban and 2019 Expedition boast pickup-truck-based cabins, but the Expedition wears a more rugged look with its upright dash, chunky knobs, thick steering wheel, and more. 

 

Though it is truck-based, the Expedition’s cabin can get quite luxurious too, especially in the Platinum trim that adds upscale features like a real-wood center console accent, upgraded floor mats, a brushed-aluminum scuff plate, multicontour front seats with Active Motion, leather seats with perforated inserts and quilted bolsters, pecan stitching, luxury vinyl third-row seats, a Wollsdorf leather steering wheel with pecan stitching, enhanced active noise control, and more.

The Suburban’s cabin is softer than the Expedition’s with its swoopier dash that neatly meets the center console, a four-spoke steering wheel, tons of soft-touch materials, and more. It also boasts a trick touchscreen that raises up to expose a storage area you can lock via a PIN. 

The Suburban and Explorer match might in terms of standard features, but the Suburban gets a small leg up with its standard 4G Wi-Fi. 

 

Measurement 2019 Chevy Suburban 2019 Ford Expedition Difference
First-row headroom 42.8 inches 42 inches +0.8 inches
First-row legroom 45.3 inches 43.9 inches +1.4 inches
First-row shoulder room 64.8 inches 64.9 inches -0.1 inches
First-row hip room 60.8 inches 62.2 inches -1.4 inches
Second-row headroom 39.1 inches 40 inches -0.9 inches
Second-row legroom 39.7 inches 41.5 inches -1.8 inches
Second-row shoulder room 65.1 inches 64.8 inches +0.3 inches
Second-row hip room 60.3 inches 62.6 inches -2.3 inches
Third-row headroom 38.5 inches 37.3 to 37.4 inches +1.1 to +1.2 inches 
Third-row legroom 34.5 inches 36.1 to 40.9 inches -6.4 to -1.6 inches
Third-row shoulder room 62.6 inches 64.2 to 64.3 inches -1.7 to -1.6 inches
Third-row hip room 49.3 inches 51.4 inches -2.1 inches
Cargo room (behind third row) 39.3 cubic feet 19.3 to 36 cubic feet +3.3 to +20 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind second row) 76.7 cubic feet 57.5 to 79.6 cubic feet -2.9 to +19.2 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind first row) 121.7 inches 104.6 to 121.5 cubic feet +0.2 to +17.1 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Ford Expedition

  • Truck-like cabin caters to select buyers
  • More second- and third-row legroom
  • Create cargo-management system

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Suburban

  • Big cargo advantage
  • Creating locking storage behind the touchscreen
  • Softer, more crossover-like interior

Performance

Full-size SUVs were once magnets for massive, fuel-hungry V-8 engines, but the Expedition bucks that trend with its twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine that puts out 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission to deliver a 6.9-second 0-to-60 time and a 9,300-pound towing capacity. This V-6 helps the Expedition deliver slightly better fuel economy than the Suburban. 

The 2019 Suburban remains old-school with a standard 5.3-liter V-8 engine that produces 355 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a standard six-speed automatic transmission for a 6.9-second 0-to-60 time and an 8,300-pound towing capacity. Optionally, buyers can add a 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 horses that pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission. This setup delivers an 8,100-pound towing capacity and a 6.2-second 0-to-60 time. 

2019 Chevy Suburban 2019 Ford Expedition Difference
Standard engine 5.3-liter V-8 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6
Horsepower 355 hp at 5,600 rpm 375 hp at 5,000 rpm -20 hp
Torque 383 lb-ft at 4,100 rpm 470 lb-ft at 2,250 rpm -87 lb-ft
Transmission 6-spd automatic 10-spd automatic
Driveline RWD (std.) / 4WD (opt.) RWD (std.) / 4WD (std.)
0-60 time 6.9 seconds 6.9 seconds
Towing capacity 8,300 pounds (RWD w/ Max Trailering Package) 9,300 pounds (RWD w/ Heavy Duty Trailer Towing Package) +1,000 pounds
MPG City 14 to 15 mpg 16 to 17 mpg -3 to -1 mpg
MPG Highway 21 to 22 mpg 21 to 24 mpg -3 to -1 mpg
MPG Combined 16 to 18 mpg 18 to 20 mpg -4 to +0 mpg
Optional engine 6.2-liter V-8
Horsepower 420 hp at 5,600 rpm
+45 hp
Torque 460 lb-ft at 4,100 rpm
-10 lb-ft
Transmission 10-spd automatic
Driveline RWD (std.) / 4WD (opt.)
0-60 time 6.2 seconds
-0.7 seconds
Towing capacity 8,100 pounds (RWD)
-1,200 pounds
MPG City 14 mpg
-3 to -2 mpg
MPG Highway 20 to 23 mpg
-4 to +2 mpg
MPG Combined 16 to 17 mpg
-4 to -1 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Ford Expedition

  • High-tech turbo V-6
  • More standard power
  • Better standard towing
  • More advanced standard transmission

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Suburban

  • Standard V-8 power
  • Big power from optional 6.2-liter engine
  • Quicker to 60 mph

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Suburban has three trim levels — LS, LT, and Premier — and their starting prices range from $52,095 to $66,795 

 

There are three trim levels in the 2019 Expedition lineup: XLT, Limited, and Platinum. Their prices range from $52,130 to $73,365. 

2019 Chevy Suburban Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LS: $52,095

  • 5.3-liter V-8 engine
  • Limited-slip rear differential
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Premium smooth-ride suspension
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Daytime running lights
  • Black assist steps
  • Heated, power mirrors
  • Black roof-mounted side rails
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels with high-polish finish
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Voice-activated technology
  • USB ports
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Premium cloth seating
  • 60/40 split-folding second-row bench
  • 60/40 split-folding third-row bench
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • 4.2-inch driver-information center
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Power windows
  • Remote ignition
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Rearview camera
  • OnStar
  • Chevrolet Connected Services capable
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Teen driver

 

LT: $57,095

  • All LS features, plus
  • Power liftgate
  • Bose premium nine-speaker audio system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather seating
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat, mirrors, and adjustable pedals
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Safety-alert rear seat

 

Premier: $66,795

  • All LT features, plus
  • Magnetic ride control
  • 20-inch polished alloy wheels
  • Auto-dimming outside mirrors
  • Mirror-integrated turn signals
  • Fog lights
  • HID headlights
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Navigation
  • Bose Centerpoint 10-speaker surround-sound system
  • Power second-row bucket seats
  • Heated outboard second-row seats
  • Power 60/40 split-folding third-row bench seat
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Keyless unlock
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane-change alert
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

2019 Ford Expedition Key Features and Pricing by Trim

XLT: $52,130

  • 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 with auto-stop/start
  • Electric power steering 
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Acoustic laminated windshield
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Daytime running lights
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color front fascia
  • Halogen fog lights
  • Auto-on/off halogen headlights
  • Power, heated mirrors
  • Mirror-integrated courtesy lights
  • Class IV trailer tow package
  • Five-bar grille with chrome inner and outer
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Black roof-rack side bars
  • Black running boards
  • Chrome tailgate applique
  • 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with Magnetic-painted pockets
  • Intermittent front and rear wipers
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirrors
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Four 12-volt power outlets
  • Rear cargo-management system
  • Cloth seating
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat
  • 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seat
  • 60/40 power-folding third-row seat
  • Two smart-charging rear USB ports
  • Rotary gear shifter
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power windows with front one-touch-up/down
  • Cargo net
  • Cargo protector
  • Power door locks
  • SYNC 3 infotainment system
  • Enhanced voice control
  • 911 Assist
  • 8-inch color touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • AppLink
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM audio system
  • 4.2-inch driver-information center
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Outside temperature display
  • Keyless entry
  • Push-button start
  • Two front USB port
  • Perimeter alarm
  • Rearview camera
  • Ford MyKey
  • Post-crash SOS system
  • Hill-start assist
  • SecuriCode keyless-entry keypad
  • Rear parking sensors

 

Limited: $63,015

  • All XLT features, plus
  • 20-inch Premium Dark Tarnish-painted wheels
  • Body-color door handles with chrome inserts
  • Power-folding mirrors with two-position memory
  • Auto-dimming side mirrors
  • LED taillights
  • Bright roof-rack side bars
  • Power-deployable running boards with Magnetic paint and polished stainless accent
  • Limited edging on floor mats
  • Leather seating
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Dark Parchment stitching on the steering wheel
  • One-touch up/down second-row seats
  • 12-speaker B&O sound system 
  • HD Radio
  • Forward parking sensors

 

Platinum: $73,365

  • All Limited features, plus
  • Satin-aluminum door handles
  • Satin-aluminum outer grille with chrome inserts
  • Satin-aluminum mirrors
  • Body-color, power-deployable running boards with polished-stainless accents
  • Satin-chrome tailgate applique
  • Real-wood center console accent
  • Upgraded floor mats
  • Brushed-aluminum scuff plate
  • Multicontour front seats with Active Motion
  • Leather seats with perforated inserts and quilted bolsters
  • Pecan seat stitching
  • Luxury vinyl third-row seats
  • Wollsdorf leather steering wheel with pecan stitching
  • Leather door trim
  • Inflatable rear seat belts
  • Enhanced active noise control
  • Advanced cargo manager

Who Should Buy the 2019 Ford Expedition?

The 2019 Ford Expedition is great for buyers focused on seating room, thanks to its spacious second and third rows. Also, with its superior towing, it is the best option for buyers who plan to tow frequently

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Suburban?

Want that classic V-8 SUV feel? The Suburban offers that combined with a more crossover-like cabin that caters to the best of both worlds. Also, for buyers looking to max out cargo room will find the 2019 Suburban is superior. 

 

Whether you need to drop the kids off at school in Lombard, finish a home improvement project in Wheaton, or visit family in Carol Stream, the 2019 Chevy Suburban can handle it with style and class. Stop by our Glendale Heights area Chevy showroom today to test drive the 2019 Suburban and see what it can offer you. If you can’t make it to Sunrise Chevrolet showroom today, you can navigate to our online showroom, pick a few in-stock 2019 Suburban models that suit your needs, and schedule a future test drive. 

 

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