Spacious and strong, the 2020 Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe are the kind of full-size SUVs that appeal to the gregarious adventurer in all of us. However, choosing between them does require some insight. Luckily, our comparison guide is here to provide exactly that.
Big-Time Comfort: 2020 Ford Expedition
Even in a segment full of spacious vehicles, the Expedition stands out. When you step into its three-row cabin, you can see for yourself that there’s not a bad seat to be had. In the third row, rival SUVs typically give you less legroom. But not in the Expedition. An adult-size passenger can spend an entire road trip back there with nary a leg cramp.
We’re also big fans of the Expedition’s seats themselves. They underscore the cabin’s roominess with plush support, the kind that keeps you nice and comfy for miles and miles on end.
For comfort, the Tahoe also has its high points. For one thing, it’s nice and quiet. The cabin does an excellent job of quelling wind and road noise, so you can enjoy some conversation or your many infotainment options. The first two rows are roomy and supportive, much like that of the Expedition. But the third row is a bit lacking, with less space than you’d expect for such a big SUV.
Standard Safety: 2020 Ford Expedition
This year’s Expedition has some new standard equipment: Ford’s Co-Pilot360 package. Every single trim level is now ready to deliver the safest ride possible. Potentially, features like automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist can both detect and curtail danger.
The 2020 Tahoe also offers versions of these features. There’s just one catch: you have to pay extra for the Enhanced Driver Alert package to get them. Once you do, features like forward collision warning can help you avoid costly damages.
Best Infotainment Options: It’s a Tie!
There’s good news for technophiles: both of these full-size SUVs come standard with the latest in smartphone integration. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities display essential apps (maps, music, messages, phone) on these models’ respective touchscreens.
Both Ford’s SYNC 3 and Chevy’s Infotainment 3 systems give you what you want in on-road infotainment: responsive touchscreens, easy-to-understand menus, and a plethora of USB charging ports. That means you can make hands-free calls and maintain your device batteries, wherever you go.
Maximum Performance: 2020 Ford Expedition
On the utility front, the Expedition is golden. This expansive SUV gives you all the nooks and cargo shelves you could want. Behind the rear seats, you can pack 20.9 cubic feet of cargo into the hold. That’s quite a bit more than the Tahoe, which offers only 15.3 cubes behind the rear seats.
Both the 2020 Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe offer four-wheel drive, making it easy to take these massive SUVs down a trail or two. But, when it comes to towing, the Expedition pulls another easy win. Properly equipped, this Ford SUV can tow max loads of 9,200 pounds. The most capable version of the Tahoe pulls only 8,600 pounds. If you’ve got a huge boat, camper, or horse trailer, you know where to turn.
The Chevrolet Tahoe is smart, spacious, and capable, but the 2020 Ford Expedition clearly has it beat. This three-row Ford SUV is the right choice for anyone who requires a seriously spacious cabin and rugged, tow-friendly performance.