Safety

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The middle row seatbelts optional on the Expedition inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Tahoe doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Expedition offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Tahoe only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Expedition’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Tahoe doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Expedition and the Tahoe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all-wheel drive.

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

Expedition Tahoe

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

165

223

Neck Injury Risk

32%

33%

Neck Stress

361 lbs.

372 lbs.

Neck Compression

147 lbs.

198 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

23/39 lbs.

167/244 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

155 lbs.

199 lbs.

Neck Compression

74 lbs.

74 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Expedition is safer than the Chevrolet Tahoe:

Expedition Tahoe

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.7 inches

Hip Force

180 lbs.

214 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

61

107

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

18 inches

HIC

134

355

Spine Acceleration

47 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

569 lbs.

893 lbs.

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

Warranty

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The Expedition’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Tahoe’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Expedition have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Tahoe.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 5 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Expedition’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 20 more horsepower (375 vs. 355) and 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 383) than the Tahoe’s standard 5.3 V8. The Expedition’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 10 lbs.-ft. more torque (470 vs. 460) than the Tahoe’s optional 6.2 V8. The Expedition Platinum’s standard 3.5 turbo V6 produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 460) than the Tahoe’s optional 6.2 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Expedition (base engine) is faster than the Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3 V8:

Expedition Tahoe

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.7 sec

13.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.3 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.7 MPH

87.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Expedition gets better fuel mileage than the Tahoe:

Expedition Tahoe

2WD

3.5 twin-turbo V6 (375 HP)/Auto

17 city/24 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

n/a

14 city/23 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

4WD

3.5 twin-turbo V6 (375 HP)/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

n/a

14 city/22 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Expedition’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tahoe doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Expedition has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Tahoe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Ford Expedition higher (5 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Tahoe (3). This means the Expedition produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Tahoe every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Expedition’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Tahoe:

Expedition Tahoe

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The Expedition stops shorter than the Tahoe:

Expedition

Tahoe

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Expedition has larger standard tires than the Tahoe (275/65R18 vs. 265/65R18).

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Ford Expedition has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Tahoe has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Expedition has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Expedition flat and controlled during cornering. The Tahoe’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Expedition’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Tahoe doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 6.5 inches longer than on the Tahoe (122.5 inches vs. 116 inches).

The Expedition XLT 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the Tahoe LT 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Expedition XLT 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Tahoe Premier 4x4 (27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Expedition has a 1.9 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tahoe (9.8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Expedition to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Expedition Platinum uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Tahoe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Expedition has 1.4 inches more front hip room, .1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom, 2.3 inches more rear hip room, 11.3 inches more third row legroom, 2.1 inches more third row hip room and 1.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the Tahoe.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Expedition’s middle and third row seats recline. The Tahoe’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Expedition’s cargo area provides more volume than the Tahoe.

Expedition >Tahoe

Behind Third Seat

19.3 cubic feet

15.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

57.5 cubic feet

51.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

104.6 cubic feet

94.7 cubic feet

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Chevrolet Tahoe is limited to 8600 pounds. The Expedition offers up to a 9300 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Expedition’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Tahoe’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Expedition Limited/King Ranch/Platinum’s front and rear power windows all 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 Tahoe’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

On a hot day the Expedition’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Tahoe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Expedition’s exterior PIN entry system. The Tahoe doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Expedition’s exterior PIN entry system. The Tahoe doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Expedition (except XLT)’s optional Enhanced Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Tahoe doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Expedition is less expensive to operate than the Tahoe because it costs $182 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the Tahoe, including $324 less for a water pump, $648 less for a muffler, $40 less for front brake pads, $104 less for a starter, $225 less for fuel injection, $285 less for a fuel pump, $14 less for front struts and $512 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Expedition, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Tahoe isn't recommended.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its April 2018 issue and they ranked the Ford Expedition XLT 4x4 first. They ranked the Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4x4 third.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Expedition first among large suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Tahoe isn’t in the top three.