What’s The Best Full-Size SUV: Chevy Suburban or a Ford Expedition? (Ask TFL)

Should I worry about a V6 in a huge SUV?

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What is currently the best full-size SUV? Is it a 2018-2020 Chevy Suburban, a GMC Yukon XL, or a Ford Expedition MAX? This is a question we get often here at TFLtruck. This specific question comes to us from Stephen H.

Stephen writes:

Do you know if the 2022 Toyota Sequoia will come in an extended Max or XL long version? I don’t see Toyota making long versions.

What is the best slightly used large SUV with about 10-25K miles?

  • 2018-2020 Ford Expedition Max?
  • 2018-2020 GMC Yukon XL?
  • 2018-2020 Chevy Suburban 6.2L 10-speed?

What’s the best for reliability? Do I need to worry with the v6 in a huge SUV like the Ford Max that doesn’t have a big V8? Also, is it worth waiting for the 2021 GM SUVs?”

This question is focused on Ford versus General Motors. Personally, I like the capability and style of the 2020 GMC Yukon XL with the 6.2-liter V8 and a 10-speed automatic. Although, when we tested all large SUVs on the Ike Gauntlet™ (world’s toughest towing test) – the redesigned 2017 Ford Expedition with its 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and a 10-speed performed the best.

We have not personally tested these SUVs for long-term reliability. The two have very different engine philosophies, but similar transmissions (that were co-developed together).

We do not have any official word on the next-gen 2022 or 2023 Toyota Sequoia, but the word is that it will be heavily based on the next Tundra and will use a twin-turbo V6 gas engine (with a possible gas/electric hybrid).

Are the new 2021 GM SUVs worth the wait? We know that they are much larger on the inside with latest interiors and available turbo-diesel engines. However, we have not tested them yet – so we cannot answer this with authority.

Here is the Ford Expedition on the Ike Gauntlet.