Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2014 Ford Expedition VS 2014 Cadillac Escalade Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2014 Ford Expedition

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2014 Cadillac Escalade

Safety Comparison

The Expedition XLT/Limited/King Ranch has standard Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the Expedition Limited/King Ranch in front of the vehicle. The Escalade doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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 and available all-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Expedition is safer than the Cadillac Escalade:





4 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Compression

118 lbs.

154 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

356/474 lbs.

442/562 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Expedition is safer than the Cadillac Escalade:



Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

63 G’s

72 G’s

Hip Force

153 lbs.

334 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Expedition is 1.6% to 4.8% less likely to roll over than the Escalade.

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

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

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.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Expedition has a standard 650-amp battery. The Escalade’s 600-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

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 Escalade.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 13th in reliability. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Expedition RWD gets better highway fuel mileage than the Escalade RWD (20 hwy vs. 18 hwy).

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.

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 Escalade doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Front Rotors

13.5 inches

13 inches

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.

The Expedition has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Escalade’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Expedition has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Escalade doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Escalade can only carry up to 8.

The Expedition has .6 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom, .4 inches more third row headroom, 12.1 inches more third row legroom and 1.1 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

16.9 cubic feet

The Expedition has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly, without having to lift, carry or store heavy seats, like in the Escalade.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Escalade does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 keypad. The Escalade doesn’t offer an exterior keypad 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.

The Expedition’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Escalade’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Expedition’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

Optional SYNC AppLink for the Expedition allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Escalade doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Expedition owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Expedition will cost $2085 to $4650 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 $238 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the Escalade, including $355 less for a water pump, $458 less for an alternator, $85 less for front brake pads, $15 less for a starter, $156 less for a fuel pump, $34 less for front struts and $76 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 $14699 to $17506 less than for the Cadillac Escalade.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® chose the Ford Expedition as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Cadillac Escalade isn't recommended.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The Ford Expedition is ranked third in the Large Utility category. The Cadillac Escalade is ranked below average.

The Ford Expedition outsold the Cadillac Escalade by over three to one during the 2013 model year.

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