Chevy Tahoe vs. Ford Expedition: Comparing Full Size SUVs

January 12th, 2021 by

The Chevrolet Tahoe and the Ford Expedition may seem like comparable sports utility vehicles on the outside, but a great many things set them apart on the inside. We’ve gathered research on both models, so you don’t have to. We hope this helps you decide which of these SUVs is right for you.

Body Style, Trim, and Exterior Feature Comparison

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They say looks aren’t everything, but the Tahoe is sure to make onlookers question that statement. This SUV has power written all over it, from its narrow headlights to its steel-grated grille and massive profile. It seats seven to nine people comfortably, while the smaller Expedition seats five to eight. The Tahoe has a comparatively understated chrome grille, deep-set fog lights, double-lamp headlights, and deeper body lines. The Tahoe comes in six trim levels: LS, LT, RST, Z71, Premier, and High Country. The Expedition is restricted to five: XL, XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum.

The Chevrolet Tahoe sports many standout exterior features, too, like a Class IV trailering kit with hitch, harness, and brake controller, a full set of mud flaps, side steps, a rear step bumper, a powered lift-gate, and a roof rack with a 220-pound limit. The Expedition features fender flares, powered and heated side mirrors, a pair of tow hooks, a Class III trailering kit with harness and hitch, powered running boards, and a low-weight-limit roof rack.

Under the Hood Comparison

Three engines are available on the Tahoe. The first is a 5.3-liter V-8 regular gas engine that provides 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The second is a 3.0-liter I-6 diesel engine that generates 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The third engine, available on the High Country, is an impressive 6.2-liter V-8 regular gas engine that boasts 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

The Expedition has only two options. The first is a 3.5-liter V-6 premium gas engine that produces 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque. The second is a 3.5-liter V-6 premium gas engine that generates a total of 400 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.

The Tahoe’s first engine gets 16 mpg in town and 20 mpg on the open road, while the diesel gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Its highest-end engine gets 14 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the open road. Both of the Expedition’s engines get 17 mpg in town and 22 on the highway. Every version of the Tahoe and Expedition comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission with auto-manual and overdrive capabilities.

Luxury and Convenience Comparison

It will be extremely easy to keep all of your devices charged in the Chevrolet Tahoe. This model sports an impressive eight USB ports and five DC power outlets, compared to the Expedition’s five USB ports and four DC power outlets. Other convenience features on the Tahoe include powered sunshades, a front and rear express-open and close sliding and tilting glass sunroof, one-touch-down power windows, a day-night rearview mirror, an optional panoramic sunroof upgrade, and two driver memory settings for the main seat. Drivers will love the Tahoe’s adaptive cruise control with distance pacing and steering wheel controls.

The Expedition comes with distance-pacing adaptive cruise control, a heated steering wheel, a GPS navigation system with a voice-activated upgrade, manual sunshades, door mirror memory, and locking concealed storage.

Entertainment Feature Comparison

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Listen to your favorite tunes and podcasts on the Tahoe’s 10-speaker sound system with an amplifier while your passengers enjoy the DVD entertainment system and the 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. A pair of LCD monitors grace the first and second rows of the cabin so no one will miss a thing, and you’ll have easy access to all of your Tahoe’s controls. This SUV is capable of integrating your smart devices through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, the Tahoe’s sound system can be upgraded to premium Bose speakers if you want the truest sound quality available.

The Expedition sports a 12-speaker sound system with an amplifier, FordPass Wi-Fi access, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, a window grid antenna, a digital signal processor, and a pair each of first-row and second-row LCD monitors.

Safety Feature Comparison

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Your Tahoe will be secure, and you’ll be safe driving it, thanks to Chevrolet’s impressive constellation of safety features. Remote-activated perimeter approach lights, a panic alarm, a security system, and an engine immobilizer round out its security features. The Tahoe carries a set of seven occupant-sensing air bags that cover all three passenger rows. Electronic stability and traction controls are standard, as are rear child safety locks, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic emergency braking, and DuraLife four-wheel disc brakes. Premium Brembo four-wheel disc brakes are optional.

The Expedition comes with Ford’s safety canopy system for all three passenger rows, an underbody spare tire, Ford Co-Pilot360 pre-collision assistance with automatic emergency braking, electronic stability and traction controls, and six occupant-sensing air bags. It has the same basic security features as the Tahoe. Both vehicles come with GPS trackers, so if your SUV is stolen, the authorities can return it to you with ease.

Capability Comparison

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The maximum towing capacity of the Chevrolet Tahoe rests between 7,600 and 7,900 pounds depending on the trim and options chosen. The Expedition’s towing capabilities, meanwhile, range from 5,900 to 6,000 pounds. The Tahoe’s maximum payload capacity ranges from 1,655 pounds to 1,927 pounds, while the Expedition’s ranges from 1,756 to 1,757 pounds.

The maximum cargo area of the Chevrolet Tahoe is truly impressive for its class, measuring 25.5 cubic feet with all seats up and 122.9 cubic feet with all seats down. The Expedition has 36 square feet with the seats up and 121 square feet with the seats down.

Head on down to Sweeney Chevrolet in Youngstown, Ohio, for more information. Their professionally-trained vehicle experts are ready and waiting to guide you through their incredible inventory to the ideal SUV to suit your needs and tastes. No matter what SUV configuration you desire, the people at Sweeney can make it yours.

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