Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Expedition EL VS 2017 Lexus LX Near Avondale, AZ

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2017 Ford Expedition EL

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2017 Lexus LX

Safety Comparison

Both the Expedition and the LX 570 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

There are almost 20 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition third among large suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The LX 570 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 17 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 403) than the LX 570’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Expedition 4x4 gets better fuel mileage than the LX 570 (15 city/20 hwy vs. 13 city/18 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Expedition uses regular unleaded gasoline. The LX 570 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Expedition has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the LX 570 (28 vs. 24.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Expedition has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Expedition’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the LX 570:

 

Expedition

LX 570

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.4 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Expedition Limited/King Ranch/Platinum’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the LX 570’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Expedition Limited/King Ranch/Platinum offers optional 22-inch wheels. The LX 570’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

The Ford Expedition’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Lexus LX 570 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Expedition has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Lexus LX 570 has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Expedition has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The LX 570’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 6.8 inches longer than on the LX 570 (119 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Expedition is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the LX 570.

The Expedition Platinum 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the LX 570 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Expedition may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 450 pounds less than the Lexus LX 570.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition has 16.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the LX 570 (160.3 vs. 143.4).

The Expedition has 1.3 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 4.7 inches more rear legroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room, 4.6 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.5 inches more third row headroom and 9.4 inches more third row legroom than the LX 570.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Expedition’s cargo area provides more volume than the LX 570.

 

Expedition

LX 570

Behind Third Seat

18.6 cubic feet

9.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55 cubic feet

24.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

108.3 cubic feet

45 cubic feet

The Expedition’s cargo area is larger than the LX 570’s in every dimension:

 

Expedition

LX 570

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

15.9”/49.3”/84”

15.6”/46”/66.8”

Min Width

48.8”

40”

The Expedition has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The LX 570 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

The Expedition’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The LX 570’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Expedition and the LX 570 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Expedition is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The LX 570 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Expedition’s exterior PIN entry system. The LX 570 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Expedition’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The LX 570’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Expedition owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Expedition will cost $3795 to $4285 less than the LX 570 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Expedition will be $16631 to $32068 less than for the Lexus LX 570.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Expedition, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Ford Expedition/Expedition XL outsold the Lexus LX 570 by almost eleven to one during the 2016 model year.

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