Towing: How Does the Expedition MAX Stack Up Against a Suburban?
The Fast Lane Truck pits the two iconic American full-size SUVs against each other with 5,500 pounds on the trailer hitch.
No automotive rivalry comes across so fiercely as that between Ford and Chevrolet trucks. That has, of course, extended to pony cars and even to full-size SUVs. With gobs of horsepower now available for the three-row hauler, The Fast Lane Truck sought to find out which was superior.
TFL Truck’s text pitted a 2018 Suburban LT against the 2018 Ford Expedition MAX. The Expedition MAX stretches the normal Expedition wheelbase by nine inches to make a roomy hauler for the family. It also features Ford’s twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Despite giving up 1.8 liters to the Suburban, that V6 puts out more horsepower than the Chevy’s 5.3-liter V8.
However, Ford’s Expedition MAX utilizes the company’s new 10-speed automatic gearbox. Ford and Chevy developed that transmission as a joint effort, so we find it a little confusing that the Chevy uses only a six-speed auto. Nevertheless, Ford has the advantage in gearing, although the two trucks return similar gas mileage.
The video hosts put both SUVs to work hauling a 5,500-pound horse trailer. That size trailer falls well within both vehicles’ two capacity and they both seem pretty capable. However, the Ford Expedition MAX has a maximum towing weight 700 pounds higher than the tow-package-equipped Suburban. Combined with 150 more pounds of in-vehicle payload should give a slight Ford edge, we think.
We got a great look at the 2018 Ford Expedition earlier this year at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. That included a peek at the stretched Expedition MAX. Check it out here.