Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2011 Ford Expedition VS 2011 Land Rover Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2011 Ford Expedition

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2011 Land Rover

Safety Comparison

The Ford Expedition offers Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Range Rover doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Expedition offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

Both the Expedition and the Range Rover have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, 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 and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Expedition 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the Range Rover. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Range Rover ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 22 times as many Ford dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Ford Expedition’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Range Rover’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The engine in the Expedition has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Range Rover have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The Expedition has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 77 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 33rd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 114 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 36th.

Engine Comparison

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Expedition’s engine produces its peak horsepower at lower RPM’s than the Range Rover:


Expedition 5.4 SOHC V8

5100 RPM

Range Rover 5.0 DOHC V8

6500 RPM

Range Rover Supercharged 5.0 supercharged V8

6000 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

The Expedition has a standard capless 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 Range Rover doesn’t offer a capless fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Expedition’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover (275/55R20 vs. 255/55R19).

The Ford Expedition’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover Range Rover only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 5.6 inches longer than on the Range Rover (119 inches vs. 113.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Expedition is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 3.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Range Rover.

The Expedition King Ranch 4x4 handles at .68 G’s, while the Range Rover HSE pulls only .67 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Range Rover can only carry 5.

The Expedition has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 3.6 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Range Rover.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Expedition’s middle row seats recline. The Range Rover’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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


Range Rover

Third Seat Removed

55 cubic feet

35.1 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

108.3 cubic feet

74.2 cubic feet

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


Range Rover

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



Min Width



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 Range Rover’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Expedition (except XLT) offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes completely automatically by pressing a button on the key fob. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a power tailgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Expedition’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The Range Rover has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

The Expedition offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Range Rover doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Range Rover does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Expedition and the Range Rover 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 Range Rover prevents the driver from operating the rear 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 exterior keypad. The Range Rover doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Range Rover’s power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Expedition’s standard power locks automatically lock the doors when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Expedition has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Range Rover only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Expedition’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Range Rover’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Expedition owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Expedition will cost $1810 to $5330 less than the Range Rover over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Expedition is less expensive to operate than the Range Rover because it costs $118 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the Range Rover, including $107 less for a water pump, $100 less for front brake pads, $370 less for a starter, $231 less for fuel injection, $32 less for a fuel pump, $1525 less for front struts and $515 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 $39994 to $40484 less than for the Land Rover Range Rover.

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