2020 Ford Expedition vs 2020 Chevy Tahoe – Cincinnati, OH

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  • 2020 Ford Expedition

    A blue 2020 Ford Expedition is angled left.

    Starting at

    $52,810

    2020 Chevy Tahoe

    A blue 2020 Chevy Tahoe is angled right.

    Starting at

    $49,000

    470Max Torque (lb-ft)460
    9,300Max Towing (lbs)8,400
    104.6Max Cargo Space (cu.ft.)94.7

    Large SUVs have become quite popular as they provide ample performance, many capable of performing some heavy-duty towing. In addition to high levels of performance, SUVs are usually home to many entertainment and safety features not found in the typical sedan or truck. However, large SUVs tend to share many similarities with trucks, which have resulted in some of the industry’s most prominent truck manufacturers taking the time to develop their own take on the design. Amongst these industry leaders are the likes of Ford and Chevy, who have continuously solidified their places in fans hearts the world over. Competition is always an important thing to have, for both the manufacturer and the customer since it gives people a choice. Taking a look at two full-size SUVs from these manufacturers shows just how competitive Ford and Chevy can be when examining the 2020 Ford Expedition vs 2020 Chevy Tahoe. Both of these offerings are directed towards the same kind of driver, and it may be hard to fully understand what makes one better than the other.

    The 2020 Ford Expedition starts at an MSRP of $52,810 for the base trim known as XLT. There are eight trims in total for the Expedition with the next available trims being XLT Max, Limited and Limited Max, King Ranch and King Ranch Max, and lastly, the Platinum and Platinum Max. The highest-tier trim, the Platinum Max, has a starting MSRP of $76,965, so the price varies greatly depending on the trim you’ve chosen. In comparison, the 2020 Chevy Tahoe starts at $49,000 for the base model, followed by the LT, and Premier, the latter of which costs $62,700. At a base level, the Ford Expedition does end up costing a bit more, but the difference is nominal and is made up for in terms of included features, performance, and interior volume.

  • Performance

    A red 2020 Ford Expedition is off-roading in the mud outside of Cincinnati, OH, after winning the 2020 Ford Expedition vs 2020 Chevy Tahoe comparison.

    Of course, a large SUV needs a strong powertrain to get anywhere, and both of these vehicles deliver. Both the Expedition and Tahoe come standard in a rear-wheel drive (RWD) configuration, but can be upgraded to all-wheel drive (AWD) by purchasing higher-tier trims. 

    The 2020 Ford Expedition

    The Ford Expedition comes standard with a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, which comes standard no matter which trim you end up purchasing. This engine produces a respectable 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque thanks in part to the nature of its turbocharged engine. The Expedition also allows for an upgraded variant of this V6, which increases the power output to 400 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Although a rather modest increase to performance, it remains a recommended upgrade. 

    When equipped with the V6, the Expedition achieves fuel efficiency ratings of 17 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway when equipped with RWD. The Expedition has ratings of 16 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway with AWD. Towing is made easy with this engine as you can tow a maximum capacity of 9,300 lbs if you equip your Expedition with the necessary packages. 

    The 2020 Chevy Tahoe

    There are two engines available for the 2020 Chevy Tahoe, neither of which are turbocharged. The engine that comes standard with the Tahoe is a 5.3L V8, which comes paired with a six-speed transmission, unlike the Expedition’s standard 10-speed. This V8 produces 355 hp, which is approximately 5% less than the turbocharged V6 found on Ford’s offering; this engine also offers 383 lb-ft of torque. 

    Going with the upgraded engine for the Tahoe, you’ll be getting a 6.2L V8 that produces 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Going with this engine is the only way you can secure a 10-speed automatic transmission with the Tahoe. While the horsepower output is generally higher on this V8, it still doesn’t meet the same amount of torque as the Expedition’s V6, which further highlights the capabilities of a turbocharged engine. 

    Fuel efficiency ratings are similar to the Expedition but not entirely identical and are also dependent on which of the two engines you have installed. For example, the base V8 engine, when paired with RWD, will achieve 15 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway while getting 12 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway with AWD. The upgraded V8 gets 14 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway with FWD, and with AWD installed, it drops slightly to 14 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.

  • Entertainment

    The infotainment screen in a 2020 Ford Expedition is shown.

    As previously mentioned, many SUVs are highly regarded by fans for many reasons, one of which includes a strong focus on the most modernized tech-centric features that complement SUVs rather well. With the help of these features, the term “entertainment” has been entirely rejuvenated for automobiles. Modern-day amenities such as infotainment centers and available premium audio systems have given drivers new ways to consume content such as music they love the most and immerse you in a comfortable cabin. The Expedition and Tahoe both contain a slew of similar entertainment features, albeit with a few exceptions.

    Infotainment Systems

    For starters, both Chevy and Ford have fit their own respective infotainment centers into the interiors of the Expedition and Tahoe. The Expedition receives Ford’s SYNC 3 system, and the Tahoe gets Chevrolet’s Infotainment 3 system. Both infotainment centers are displayed on 8-inch screens, each with touch controls and also includes Satellite and HD radio, the latter of which receives higher quality audio and more stations to tune into. A six-speaker audio system is standard on both of them, each with an available upgraded premium audio system. The Tahoe can be fitted with a high-quality audio system from Bose made up of ten speakers, but ultimately, it’s thwarted by the available 12-speaker audio system supplied by Bang & Olufsen.

    Additionally, both vehicles include 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots, which have become a hot commodity in vehicles these days, so drivers will be glad to see the inclusion on both of them. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also come standard on each, which is extremely helpful if you have an iPhone or compatible Android device. With these systems, drivers can easily connect their smartphones to the infotainment center to access media playback, use turn-by-turn navigation, make hands-free phone calls and text messages, and much more.

  • Interior

    The driver's seat features are shown from the side in a 2020 Ford Expedition.

    Large SUVs thrive on spacious interiors and respectable amounts of cargo space. The Expedition has room to seat eight passengers comfortably, and the Tahoe comes standard with an eight-passenger capacity but can be customized to support either seven or nine as well. Critics have noted, however, that the third row inside of the Tahoe can get a bit too snug for a fully grown adult. Both vehicles can have their interiors upgraded to leather upholstery, and the Expedition can be upgraded with a leather steering wheel to match.

    Cargo Capacity

    For those looking for the most spacious interior for their cargo with their large SUV, they’ll likely be drawn to the Expedition for its substantially increased cargo space. Putting the Expedition and Tahoe side-by-side for comparison, the Expedition grants 20.9 cu.ft behind the third row compared to the 15.3 cu.ft on the Tahoe. The Expedition Max, however, gets a massive 36 cu.ft of space. Should you fold down the third row of seats, the Tahoe sees 51.7 cu.ft, whereas the Expedition gets 79.6 cu.ft, a staggering 53% increase. Lastly, for the utmost storage space, drivers are recommended to fold down both rows of seats, and after doing so, the Tahoe receives 94.7 cu.ft, whereas the Expedition grants a very impressive 104.6 cu.ft. This 16% increase to maximum cargo space is a prime example of why the Expedition will be the better option for any drivers who need the most cargo space they can get.

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