The Not so Great Race II: Ford Expedition vs Chevy Suburban, the Winner is!? (Video)

The Not So Great Race – Part 2 of 2

The finish line is here for TFLtruck’s Not so Great Race! Two of America’s mightiest SUVs, the 2019 Chevrolet Suburban RST vs the 2018 Ford Expedition FX4, drive over 1,000 miles (each) from two city centers. Team “Surf and Turf” featuring Andre “El Scorcho” and Nathan “El Guapo” depart from Malibu, California. Team “Windy Dogs,” featuring Kent “Mr. Truck” and Mikey “Mr. Personality” depart from Chicago, Illinois. Both have to reach TFL’s headquarters in Boulder, Colorado ASAP.

Like we said last week, “TFLtruck’s Not so Great Race entails courage, skill, speed and luck.”

The rules are simple and you can go (here) to see the entire list; however, the bottom line is: follow the traffic laws, don’t drive too late (or too early), leave swag for others and buy swag for your opponents.

The SUVs:


Team Surf and Turf’s 2018 Ford Expedition FX4: Equipped with the 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine, the Expedition FX4 is rated at 375 horsepower and 470 lbs-feet of torque. It’s hooked up to a 10-speed automatic transmission and, with its off-roading package, it has an electronic limited-slip rear differential that can lock up the rear end when extra traction is needed.

According to Ford, “New Terrain Management System™ enables the driver to select modes to optimize driving dynamics to environmental conditions – from snow to mud, sand and more.” While we agree with the excellent suspension setup, we believe that more aggressive off-road tires are needed. You can read more about that (here).


Team Windy Dogs’ 2019 Chevy Suburban RST: Equipped with a 6.2-liter V8, the powerful V8 (which has cylinder deactivation for better MPG) makes 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It’s also hooked up to a 10-speed automatic transmission and, it has a proper four-wheel drive setup; however, with its magnetic ride suspension and massive 22-inch wheels, it’s set up is more for the street.

According to Chevrolet, “When you want to hustle, the Suburban RST with the Performance Package offers high levels of acceleration, braking and road-holding grip,” said Eric Stanczak, chief engineer for Chevrolet full-size trucks. While we agree and enjoyed the driving experience, some of us thought the wheels were ridiculously massive.

In this video, you will witness day two of the epic Not so Great Race along with the unexpected conclusion!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.