Jones Ford Verde Valley Compares 2017 Ford Expedition VS 2017 Mercedes GLS Near Verde Valley, AZ

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2017 Ford Expedition

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2017 Mercedes GLS

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Ford Expedition are height-adjustable, and the middle seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Mercedes GLS doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle seat belts.

To help make backing safer, the Expedition’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The GLS doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Expedition and the GLS 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and front parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

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

There are almost 13 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mercedes dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Expedition’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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 158% better than the GLS.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition third among large suvs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The GLS isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 3 more horsepower (365 vs. 362) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 369) than the GLS450’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

The Expedition has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the GLS (28 vs. 26.4 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 GLS doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Expedition stops much shorter than the GLS:





70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Expedition is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1 inch wider in the rear than the average track on the GLS.

The Expedition Platinum 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the GLS450 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Expedition’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the GLS’ (39 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the GLS can only carry 7.

The Expedition has 2.7 inches more front legroom, 4.7 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear legroom, 5.4 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.7 inches more third row legroom and 1.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the GLS.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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




Behind Third Seat

18.6 cubic feet

16 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55 cubic feet

49.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

108.3 cubic feet

93.8 cubic feet

The Expedition’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The GLS’ rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The GLS 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 GLS 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 PIN entry system. The GLS doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its mbrace can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Expedition owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Expedition will cost $4020 to $9510 less than the GLS over a five-year period.

The Expedition will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Expedition will retain 47.11% to 52.31% of its original price after five years, while the GLS only retains 39.04% to 46.15%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Expedition is less expensive to operate than the GLS because typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the GLS, including $594 less for a water pump, $203 less for an alternator, $144 less for front brake pads, $455 less for a starter, $447 less for fuel injection, $340 less for front struts and $783 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 $22389 to $63544 less than for the Mercedes GLS.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Expedition, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Ford Expedition/Expedition XL outsold the Mercedes GLS by almost two to one during the 2016 model year.

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