Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2006 Ford Expedition VS 2007 Cadillac Escalade Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2006 Ford Expedition

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2007 Cadillac Escalade

Safety Comparison

Both the Expedition and the Escalade 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’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Escalade’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Cadillac 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 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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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 25 to 50 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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Expedition’s brakes have 11% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Escalade (483.2 vs. 437.1 square inches), so the Expedition has more braking power available.

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Expedition has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Escalade doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

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 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 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 vs. 116 inches).

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 Escalade uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Expedition has 56.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escalade (165 vs. 108.9).

The Expedition has .6 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear hip room, .3 inches more third row headroom, 10.7 inches more third row legroom and 5.4 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

20.7 cubic feet

16.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

60.9 cubic feet

60.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

110.5 cubic feet

108.9 cubic feet

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



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



Max Width



Min Width



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.

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

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