2019 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2019 Ford Expedition

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Tahoe are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear 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 Ford Expedition doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Tahoe are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Expedition doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Tahoe has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Expedition doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Tahoe and the Expedition have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Tahoe is safer than the Ford Expedition:

 

Tahoe

Expedition

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

285

326

Neck Injury Risk

34%

35%

Leg Forces (l/r)

97/333 lbs.

271/178 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Tahoe is safer than the Ford Expedition:

 

Tahoe

Expedition

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

23

23

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

108 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

26 G’s

27 G’s

Hip Force

208 lbs.

434 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The Tahoe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Expedition’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Tahoe. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Expedition.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

The Tahoe’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 20 more horsepower (420 vs. 400) than the Expedition Platinum’s standard 3.5 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Tahoe’s fuel efficiency. The Expedition doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Tahoe has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Expedition (26 vs. 23.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Drivetrain

The Tahoe has a true four-wheel drive system, which uses a four wheel traction control system to redirect engine power to the axle and wheel that still has traction to keep the Tahoe moving if even only one wheel still has traction. The Expedition doesn’t offer a true four-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.

Brakes and Stopping

The Tahoe stops shorter than the Expedition:

 

Tahoe

Expedition

 

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Tahoe has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Expedition doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Expedition.

The Tahoe LT handles at .77 G’s, while the Expedition XLT 4x4 pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Tahoe’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Expedition’s (39 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

The Tahoe is 6 inches shorter than the Expedition, making the Tahoe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Tahoe uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Expedition doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Expedition can only carry 8.

The Tahoe has .8 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more rear shoulder room and .8 inches more third row headroom than the Expedition.

Towing

The Tahoe’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Expedition’s (6400 vs. 5900 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Tahoe Premier offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Expedition doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Tahoe’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Expedition’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Tahoe’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Expedition’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Tahoe has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Expedition.

Economic Advantages

The Tahoe will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tahoe will retain 55.17% to 55.7% of its original price after five years, while the Expedition only retains 50.36% to 51.57%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tahoe is less expensive to operate than the Expedition because typical repairs cost much less on the Tahoe than the Expedition, including $345 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Tahoe will be $5305 to $11005 less than for the Ford Expedition.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe first among large SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Expedition was rated third.

The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Ford Expedition/Expedition Max by almost two to one during 2018.

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