2020 Chevrolet Suburban vs Ford Expedition

May 6th, 2020 by

2020 Chevrolet Suburban vs Ford Expedition

For modern adventure, you can’t go wrong with the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban or Ford Expedition. But you can only fit one in your garage – so which will it be? Our comparison guide takes a close look at each of these three-row SUVs.

Family-Friendly Seating: 2020 Chevrolet Suburban

To haul the most passengers, go with the Chevy Suburban. This full-size SUV seats up to nine people, depending on seating configuration. The entry-level LS trim model is available with three bench seats, giving your big family the space they need to travel in style. Other trims are available for seating seven or eight passengers, depending on whether you include first- or second-row captain’s chairs.

The 2020 Ford Expedition comes standard with one less seat, transporting up to eight passengers with space to spare. Add second-row captain’s chairs, and that figure drops to seven. If you can’t manage without the extra seating, you’re going to need the Suburban.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban Technology

Tech Lineup: 2020 Chevrolet Suburban

Once again, the Suburban takes the lead. Chevy’s standard tech lineup is a big draw, both on the safety and infotainment fronts. Every Suburban comes standard with the OnStar telematics system, which sends help when something unexpected happens, like an accident or engine trouble. Chevy’s Infotainment 3 system includes a quick-acting touchscreen and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity – two features smartphone addicts don’t want to be without. The Suburban’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is another favorite tech feature; it bolsters your smartphone connectivity when your bars are dropping out of sight.

The 2020 Ford Expedition follows closely in the Suburban’s safety wake, offering all of the above features as standard equipment (Ford’s infotainment system is called Sync 3) – with one exception. The Expedition doesn’t include an emergency telematics system like OnStar, leaving you to your own devices should anything unexpected occur.

2020 Ford Expedition Towing

Tow More: 2020 Ford Expedition

Here, the Expedition has the advantage. Ford’s truck-based SUV can tow up to 9,300 pounds – a best-in-class rating. But the Suburban is also a capable workhorse. Chevy’s SUV can manage trailers weighing up to 8,300 pounds. If your boat or camper weighs more, you can always turn to the Expedition.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban Off-Road

Sporty Utility: 2020 Chevrolet Suburban

Looking for classic V8 performance? The Suburban comes standard with a 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 engine and offers an even bigger option, the 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. With its 375 horses, the Expedition’s twin-turbocharged V6 certainly gets the job done – but you can’t beat a V8 engine for a robust performance when you need it most. You’ll love how the Suburban hauls a full cabin of people and luggage – along with a boat trailer – with smooth, polished style.

The 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is also our pick for utility, thanks to its impressive cargo hold. Behind the rear seats, this SUV provides 39.3 cubes for your weekend bags and golf clubs. Fold the second and third rows down for 121.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo space – plenty of room for your home improvement and gardening goodies. By comparison, the Expedition offers 20.9 cubes behind the rear seats and 104.6 cubes of maximum cargo space.

The 2020 Ford Expedition might be the better workhorse – at least when it comes to towing – but the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban is a better pick for hauling big families, their stuff, and heavy toys all at once.