2020 Ford Expedition
2020 Chevy Tahoe
|9,300||Max Towing (lbs)||8,600|
|17/23 MPG||Fuel Economy (city/highway)||14/23 MPG|
|104.6||Max Cargo Space (cu.ft.)||94.7|
Although compact and midsize crossover SUVs work for some people, when you really want to embrace the full power and potential of what an SUV can be, nothing can beat a full-size model. These large SUVs give you plenty of interior space for your passengers and cargo, letting you hit the open road with everyone and everything you need. Choosing the right model is not always easy, however, since there are so many options and variables to consider. But when we compare some specific models, like the 2020 Ford Expedition vs 2020 Chevy Tahoe, then the superior option can quickly become apparent.
While the 2020 Chevy Tahoe has a lot to offer, it simply cannot keep up with everything that the 2020 Ford Expedition can give you. The Ford Expedition has a more powerful standard engine and superior towing capacity thanks to all that power. You also get a 10-speed automatic transmission on the standard engine while the 2020 Chevy Tahoe has a 10-speed automatic only on its available high-end engine. Inside, you get substantially more total cargo capacity with the 2020 Ford Expedition compared to the Tahoe.
The 2020 Ford Expedition has better fuel economy to offer, plus a range of fantastic interior technology and comfort features that push past what the Chevy Tahoe has available. With the Ford Co-Pilot360 safety package standard, every model of the 2020 Ford Expedition comes with fantastic safety features, including things like a blind spot information system. Many of these features are only offered on some trims of the 2020 Chevy Tahoe. But to fully see and understand the difference between these two great SUVs, a full comparison is necessary.
When looking at a full-size SUV, you want to choose one with a powerful engine that makes driving it a lot of fun. Both the 2020 Ford Expedition and the 2020 Chevy Tahoe have two different power options. There are some important distinctions to keep in mind, however.
The Expedition's Engine
The 2020 Ford Expedition has a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine standard, which provides you with up to 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. There is also an enhanced version of the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine available for the Platinum trim, which pushes those numbers up to 400 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. Either version of this engine comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission that is responsive and makes the Expedition a lot of fun to drive, with both rear-wheel and four-wheel drive available. When properly configured for towing, the Expedition offers up to 9,300 lbs of maximum towing capacity.
Performance in the Tahoe
While the 2020 Chevy Tahoe also has two engines available, there is a big difference between them. The standard engine in the Tahoe is a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine that offers up to 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque; while the available upgraded engine is a 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine that provides up to 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. You can see that the standard engine in the Tahoe is quite a bit weaker than the standard 2020 Ford Expedition engine, especially in terms of torque, and even the available Chevy engine offers less torque than either one you can get in the Expedition.
The standard Chevy engine comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, with a 10-speed only offered on the more powerful engine. When properly equipped, the 2020 Chevy Tahoe has a maximum towing capacity of 8,600 lbs. – you can see this is significantly less than the 2020 Ford Expedition can offer. The Tahoe also has both rear-wheel drive and 4WD available, but the differences in standard engines make the 2020 Ford Expedition a superior choice.
The inside of a vehicle is just as important as anything else. The interior can greatly improve your driving experience and the experience your passengers have. More space along with luxury and technology features can amount to much comfort and entertainment in a car. So let’s look at how these two SUVs have been crafted inside.
With a full-size SUV, you expect plenty of interior space to load up for a road trip or just a fun weekend of camping. The 2020 Ford Expedition is a great choice for interior cargo space, starting with nearly 20 cu.ft. of space available behind the rear seats. You also get more than 57 cu.ft. of volume available behind the second row of seats, with nearly 105 cu.ft. of total cargo capacity behind the front row of seating. That gives you a ton of space to work with any time you need to load up, and the second and third-row seats are both designed to fold flat so you can really take advantage of it.
Although the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is also a full-size model, it has less space to offer. Inside the Tahoe, you can see just over 15 cu.ft. of space available behind the third row, about 51 cu.ft. of space behind the second row, and just over 94 cu.ft. of total area behind the first row. You can see that the 2020 Ford Expedition has nearly 10 cu.ft. more space than the Tahoe, which can make a huge difference when loading up your vehicle.
Luxury and Tech
While both the 2020 Ford Expedition and the 2020 Chevy Tahoe have a lot to offer inside, the Expedition simply takes things a little bit further. Available options inside the Ford Expedition include a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display standard, and an available 12-speaker B&O sound system. The 2020 Ford Expedition also has available interior ambient lighting, an auto-dimming driver’s side view mirror, an auto-dimming rearview mirror standard, and available active noise cancellation for a quiet and fantastic ride.
The 2020 Chevy Tahoe has a lot to offer, but cannot keep up in some key areas. For example, the Tahoe also has an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system standard, but there is an available 10-speaker sound system that cannot quite match the rich sound of Ford’s 12-speaker B&O audio. Similarly, while there is an auto-dimming rearview mirror available on the Chevy Tahoe, it is not standard on all models like it is on the 2020 Ford Expedition.
If you look at absolutely nothing else when trying to find the right vehicle with everything you need, you should still check out the safety features of any SUV you consider. There is nothing more important than how well a vehicle can help protect you and keep you safe on the road. That is part of why the Ford Co-Pilot360 safety package, which comes standard on every model of the 2020 Ford Expedition, is so impressive.
Ford's Extensive Safety Package
Standard safety features, on every 2020 Ford Expedition model, include pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, a blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert, and a lane-keeping system. Every model of the Expedition also includes auto high-beam headlamps, a rearview camera, and hill start assist to help you safely begin moving from a stop on an incline. Other safety features like enhanced active parking assist and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go are standard on some high trims of the 2020 Ford Expedition and available on others.
The Tahoe's Safety Features
With the 2020 Chevy Tahoe, however, a lot of these kinds of fantastic safety features are only standard on high trims, rather than on every model. For example, a rear park assist and rear vision camera are standard on the basic trim of the Tahoe. Other features, like a forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, and a lane-keep assist with lane departure warning, require an optional package for the starting trim. While some features, like a lane change alert with side blind-zone alert, are not available at all on the starting trim as they are with the Expedition. With that point made, the Tahoe truly falls behind in the safety category.