Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2006 Ford Expedition VS 2006 Jeep Commander Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2006 Ford Expedition

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2006 Jeep Commander

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Expedition are height adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jeep Commander doesn’t offer height adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

Both the Expedition and the Commander have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, available head airbags, all wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Expedition comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Jeep doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Commander.

The Expedition’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Commander runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 38 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier to get 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 5.7 V8 in the Commander.

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 Commander 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’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics which show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 58 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 90 more horsepower (300 vs. 210) and 130 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 235) than the Commander’s standard 3.7 SOHC V6. The Expedition’s 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 65 more horsepower (300 vs. 235) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 305) than the Commander’s optional 4.7 SOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Expedition uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Commander Limited Hemi requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 15 cents more per gallon.

The Expedition has 7.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Commander (28 vs. 20.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Expedition’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Commander are solid, not vented.

The Expedition stops much shorter than the Commander:

Expedition

Commander

70 to 0 MPH

188 feet

203 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

137 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Expedition has larger tires than the Commander (265/70R17 vs. 245/65R17).

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

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 Jeep Commander has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Expedition has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Commander doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Expedition has engine 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 Commander doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 9.5 inches longer than on the Commander (119 vs. 109.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Expedition is 4.3 inches wider in the front and 4.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Commander.

The Expedition XLS 4x4 handles at .72 G’s, while the Commander Limited 4x4 pulls only .70 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Expedition NBX 4x4 goes through Motor Trend’s slalom faster than the Commander Limited 4x4 (56.5 vs. 55.7 MPH).

For greater off-road capability the Expedition has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Commander (8.8 vs. 8.4 inches), allowing the Expedition to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Expedition has liquid-filled engine mounts. The liquid helps further dampen engine harshness. The Commander uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Commander can only carry 7.

The Expedition has 22 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Commander (165 vs. 143).

The Expedition has 7.4 inches more front hip room, 4.4 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear legroom, 8.4 inches more rear hip room, 5.8 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.5 inches more third row headroom, 7.4 inches more third row legroom and 10.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the Commander.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Expedition

Commander

Behind Third Seat

20.7 cubic feet

7.5 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

n/a

36.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

60.9 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

110.5 cubic feet

68.5 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Expedition easier. The Expedition’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 34.4 inches, while the Commander’s liftover is 36.2 inches.

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

Expedition

Commander

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

20”/52.6”/87.2”

8”/38”/55”

Max Width

54.5”

54”

Min Width

50.9”

44”

Ergonomics Comparison

The Expedition’s standard speed sensitive intermittent wipers speed up as the car does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Commander’s standard intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Expedition has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Commander only offers an optional automatic headlight on/off feature.

To improve comfort and visibility, the Expedition has standard secondary sun visors that block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Commander doesn’t offer any similar feature.

The Expedition (except XLS/XLT)’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Commander doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

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