Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Expedition VS 2017 Lexus GX460 Near Cumming, GA

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2017 Ford Expedition

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2017 Lexus GX460

Safety Comparison

Both the Expedition and the GX460 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

The camshafts in the Expedition’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The GX460’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the GX460’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition third among large suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The GX460 isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 64 more horsepower (365 vs. 301) and 91 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 329) than the GX460’s 4.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Expedition is faster than the Lexus GX460:

 

Expedition

GX460

Zero to 30 MPH

2.1 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

7.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

18.2 sec

21.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

89 MPH

Top Speed

113 MPH

111 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Expedition 4x4 gets better highway fuel mileage than the GX460 (15 city/20 hwy vs. 15 city/18 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Expedition uses regular unleaded gasoline. The GX460 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Expedition has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the GX460 (28 vs. 23 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 GX460 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Expedition’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GX460:

 

Expedition

GX460

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

12.3 inches

The Expedition stops much shorter than the GX460:

 

Expedition

GX460

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Expedition has larger standard tires than the GX460 (275/65R18 vs. 265/60R18). The Expedition Limited/King Ranch/Platinum’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GX460 (285/45R22 vs. 265/60R18).

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 GX460’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Expedition Limited/King Ranch/Platinum offers optional 22-inch wheels. The GX460’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 GX460 has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 9.2 inches longer than on the GX460 (119 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Expedition is 4.6 inches wider in the front and 4.8 inches wider in the rear than on the GX460.

The Expedition’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.9% to 50.1%) than the GX460’s (52% to 48%). This gives the Expedition more stable handling and braking.

The Expedition Platinum 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the GX460 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Expedition’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the GX460’s (39 feet vs. 41.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Expedition Platinum 4x4 is quieter than the GX460:

 

Expedition

GX460

At idle

38 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

73 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the GX460 can only carry 7.

The Expedition has 30.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GX460 (160.3 vs. 129.7).

The Expedition has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, 2.8 inches more front hip room, 7.8 inches more front shoulder room, 5 inches more rear legroom, 4.7 inches more rear hip room, 6.4 inches more rear shoulder room, 3.1 inches more third row headroom, 8.4 inches more third row legroom and 7.1 inches more third row hip room than the GX460.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Expedition’s cargo area provides more volume than the GX460.

 

Expedition

GX460

Behind Third Seat

18.6 cubic feet

11.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55 cubic feet

46.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

108.3 cubic feet

64.7 cubic feet

The Expedition’s cargo area is larger than the GX460’s in every dimension:

 

Expedition

GX460

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

15.9”/49.3”/84”

9.8”/39”/75”

Min Width

48.8”

43.4”

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 GX460’s swing out door blocks loading from the passenger’s side.

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 GX460 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 GX460 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 GX460 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Expedition XLT’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The GX460’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Expedition’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The GX460’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 $260 less than the GX460 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Expedition is less expensive to operate than the GX460 because typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the GX460, including $318 less for a water pump, $589 less for a starter, $273 less for fuel injection, $45 less for a fuel pump, $363 less for a timing belt/chain and $447 less for a power steering pump.

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 GX460 by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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