Son's Automotive Group Compares 2017 Ford Expedition EL VS 2017 Infiniti QX80 Near Tucker, GA

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2017 Ford Expedition EL

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2017 Ford Expedition EL

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2017 Infiniti QX80

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Expedition 4x4’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The QX80 doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Expedition and the QX80 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 25 times as many Ford dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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 12% better than the QX80.

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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 413) than the QX80’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Expedition is faster than the Infiniti QX80:

 

Expedition

QX80

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Expedition gets better fuel mileage than the QX80:

 

 

Expedition

QX80

 

2WD

3.5 turbo V6/Auto

15 city/21 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

5.6 V8/Auto

4WD

3.5 turbo V6/Auto

15 city/20 hwy

13 city/19 hwy

5.6 V8/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Expedition uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX80 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 QX80 (28 vs. 26 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 QX80 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Expedition stops much shorter than the QX80:

 

Expedition

QX80

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Expedition Limited/King Ranch/Platinum’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the QX80 (285/45R22 vs. 275/60R20).

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 QX80’s optional 50 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Expedition offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The QX80’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Expedition Platinum 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the QX80 AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Expedition’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the QX80’s (39 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition has 7.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX80 (160.3 vs. 152.5).

The Expedition has 3.4 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more front hip room, 1.5 inches more rear hip room, .2 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.5 inches more third row headroom, 8.9 inches more third row legroom and 1.4 inches more third row hip room than the QX80.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Expedition’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX80.

 

Expedition

QX80

Behind Third Seat

18.6 cubic feet

16.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55 cubic feet

49.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

108.3 cubic feet

95.1 cubic feet

The Expedition’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The QX80’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Expedition and the QX80 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Expedition is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The QX80 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 QX80 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its Infiniti Connection can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Standard SYNC AppLink for the Expedition allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, tagging songs to buy them later, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The QX80 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Expedition is less expensive to operate than the QX80 because typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the QX80, including $16 less for a water pump, $223 less for a starter, $128 less for fuel injection, $254 less for front struts, $502 less for a timing belt/chain and $1032 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 Infiniti QX80 by over three to one during the 2016 model year.

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