Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Expedition EL VS 2017 Mercedes G-Class Near Peoria, AZ

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2017 Ford Expedition EL

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2017 Mercedes G-Class

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Expedition 4x4’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The G-Class doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

To help make backing safer, the Expedition’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The G-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Expedition’s gas tank is mounted inside the frame rails in front of the rear axle to optimally protect the fuel tank in a collision. The Mercedes G-Class’ gas tank is mounted behind the rear axle, where it is more susceptible to rear collisions.

Both the Expedition and the G-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal 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 and front parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Expedition 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the G-Class. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the G-Class ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 8 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes 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 G-Class isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Expedition 4x4 gets better fuel mileage than the G550 (15 city/20 hwy vs. 13 city/14 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Expedition uses regular unleaded gasoline. The G-Class requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Expedition has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the G-Class (28 vs. 25.4 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 G-Class doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Expedition’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the G-Class:




Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

10.7 inches

The Expedition’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the G550 are solid, not vented.

The Expedition stops much shorter than the G-Class:





70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

210 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Expedition Limited/King Ranch/Platinum offers optional 22-inch wheels. The G-Class’ 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 Mercedes G-Class only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Ford Expedition’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Mercedes G-Class’ solid front axle, which allows the Expedition’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

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 Mercedes G-Class has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Expedition has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Expedition flat and controlled during cornering. The G-Class’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Expedition offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The G-Class doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Expedition has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the G-Class.

The Expedition has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The G-Class doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Expedition is 7.6 inches wider in the front and 7.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the G-Class.

The Expedition Platinum 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the G65 pulls only .58 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Expedition’s turning circle is 5.6 feet tighter than the G-Class’ (39 feet vs. 44.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Expedition has a greater minimum ground clearance than the G63 (8 vs. 7.7 inches), allowing the Expedition to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

For excellent aerodynamics, the Expedition XLT has standard flush composite headlights. The G-Class has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the G-Class can only carry 5.

The Expedition has 36.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the G-Class (160.3 vs. 124).

The Expedition has 6.9 inches more front shoulder room and 7.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the G-Class.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Expedition’s middle row seats recline. The G-Class’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Expedition’s cargo area provides more volume than the G-Class.




Third Seat Folded

55 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed


38.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

108.3 cubic feet

79.5 cubic feet

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 G-Class’ swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

The Expedition’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The G-Class’ rear cargo window doesn’t open.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Expedition offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The G-Class doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Expedition’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The G-Class does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Expedition’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The G-Class’ power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

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 G-Class doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its mbrace can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Intelligent Access standard on the Expedition Limited/King Ranch/Platinum allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Mercedes G-Class doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Expedition has a standard rear variable intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the G-Class only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Expedition has standard extendable sun visors. The G-Class doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Expedition has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The G-Class doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Economic Advantages Comparison

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Expedition will be $68636 to $136471 less than for the Mercedes G-Class.

The headlight lenses on the Expedition are made of plastic to be lighter, more resistant to damage and less expensive to replace than the glass headlight lenses on the G-Class.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Expedition has won recognition from these important consumer publications:




Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



The Ford Expedition/Expedition XL outsold the Mercedes G-Class by almost 14 to one during the 2016 model year.

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