North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Expedition VS 2017 Cadillac Escalade Near Ellijay, GA

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2017 Ford Expedition

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2017 Cadillac Escalade

Safety Comparison

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

Both the Expedition and the Escalade 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.

The Ford Expedition has a better fatality history. The Expedition was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 15.9% lower per vehicle registered than the Escalade, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Expedition has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Expedition’s reliability will be 305% better than the Escalade.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition third among large suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Escalade 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

The Expedition has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escalade (28 vs. 26 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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




Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The Expedition stops much shorter than the Escalade:





70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

202 feet

Car and Driver

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Escalade (119 inches vs. 116 inches).

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

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Expedition Platinum 4x4 is quieter than the Escalade 4x4 (71 vs. 75 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition has 39.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escalade (160.3 vs. 120.8).

The Expedition has 1.1 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom, .2 inches more third row headroom, 12.9 inches more third row legroom and .9 inches more third row hip room than the Escalade.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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




Behind Third Seat

18.6 cubic feet

15.2 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55 cubic feet

51.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

108.3 cubic feet

94.2 cubic feet

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




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



Min Width



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

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Escalade doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Expedition owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Expedition will cost $1864 to $3440 less than the Escalade over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Expedition is less expensive to operate than the Escalade because it costs $180 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the Escalade, including $267 less for a water pump, $498 less for an alternator, $107 less for front brake pads, $18 less for a starter, $120 less for fuel injection, $346 less for a fuel pump and $1418 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Expedition will be $20566 to $23015 less than for the Cadillac Escalade.

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 Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV by 51% during the 2016 model year.

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