If you’re interested in buying a used full-size SUV, we have no doubt that the 2007-2014 Chevy Tahoe and the 2007-2014 Ford Expedition are on your shopping list. Not only are they among the most versatile and capable full-size SUVs, but they’re also among the easiest to find thanks to their impressive long-term popularity. So which one is better? And which one should you get? We’ve created a close comparison to find out, but first let’s check out the basics of both models.
2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe: The Basics
The third-generation Chevrolet Tahoe came out for the 2007 model year. Still the smaller SUV in Chevy’s lineup compared to the larger Suburban, the Tahoe came standard with V8 power and 3-row seating, while some high-end versions included upscale features such as a power lift gate, rain-sensing wipers, a power-folding third-row seat and more.
2007-2014 Ford Expedition: The Basics
The second-generation Ford Expedition came out for 2003 and received a substantial facelift in 2007 to compete with the more popular Tahoe. Like the Tahoe, the Expedition offered V8 power and 3-row seating, though the Expedition included a few more standard features, such as side-curtain airbags for all three rows. The Expedition also offered an extended-length model, dubbed simply the Expedition EL, which was meant to take on the Tahoe’s larger Suburban cousin.
According to experts at Consumer Reports, used 2007-2014 Expedition models receive only average reliability ratings. By comparison, used 2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe models earn average to above-average ratings, with stronger scores later in the model’s run (primarily from 2010 to 2014). If you’re interested in getting a warranty with your used-car purchase, we also happen to prefer Chevrolet’s certified pre-owned program, as it offers similar warranty coverage to Ford’s program, except with no deductible in comparison to Ford’s steep $100 deductible.
From 2007 to 2009, the Tahoe offered three gasoline engines. Base models used a 295-horsepower 4.8-liter V8, while drivers looking for more muscle could upgrade to a 320-hp 5.3-liter V8 or, in LTZ models, a 395-hp 6.2-liter V8. Fuel economy with the 4.8- and 5.3-liter engines hovered around 14 miles per gallon in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, while the 6.2-liter offered dismal 12 mpg city/19 mpg hwy figures. Beginning in 2010, the 4.8- and 6.2-liter engine options were canceled, leaving only the 5.3-liter.
A hybrid-powered model, the aptly named Tahoe Hybrid, was also available from 2008 to 2013. It used a 332-hp 6.0-liter hybrid V8 that was good for a surprisingly strong 21 mpg city/22 mpg hwy.
As for the Expedition, it offered only one engine from 2007 to 2014: a 5.4-liter V8 that made 300 hp (later bumped up to 310 hp). Fuel economy was rated at around 14 mpg city/20 mpg hwy for the Expedition’s entire model run.
The result: Don’t buy either of these models if you’re especially interested in gas mileage. They’re both about the same, and neither offers especially impressive fuel economy figures — unless you opt for the Tahoe Hybrid.
In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash testing, both the 2007-2014 Tahoe and the 2007-2014 Expedition received a 4-star overall rating out of a possible five stars. For both models, that score included a 4-star rating in frontal and rollover assessments, along with a 5-star rating in the side crash test.
As for safety equipment, both the Tahoe and Expedition offered largely the same features. The major difference was in 2007, when the Tahoe still offered optional side-curtain airbags while the Expedition included them as standard. By 2008, they were also standard in the Tahoe. Other features, including stability control and anti-lock brakes, were standard on both models from day one. As a result, our verdict is there aren’t many safety differences between the Tahoe and the Expedition — unless you’re considering a 2007 model, in which case you should go for the Expedition or find a Tahoe with side-curtain airbags.
By today’s standards, the 2007-2014 Tahoe and Expedition are relative dinosaurs — even later models in the run — as they failed to include many of today’s latest safety and convenience gadgets and technology. Admittedly, the Tahoe was fully redesigned in 2015 and the Expedition was heavily updated to offer those items — but you won’t find them on 2007-2014 versions.
With that said, the Tahoe and Expedition aren’t completely devoid of technology. Both models offered items such as heated seats, power lift gates, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic wipers and backup cameras — though neither the 2007-2014 Tahoe nor the 2007-2014 Expedition was ever equipped with an especially impressive infotainment system.
Our take: These two models don’t differ significantly in terms of technology, but they don’t include many of the latest gadgets. Shoppers who have to have the latest and greatest features will likely want to spend more to get a newer model.
There are currently about 7,800 different 2007-2014 Tahoe models listed on Autotrader, with an average price of $26,400. By comparison, there are currently 2,400 different 2007-2014 Expedition models listed on Autotrader, with an average price of $24,200.
The difference in the number of available used models highlights the popularity difference between the Expedition and the Tahoe: Many more shoppers choose the Tahoe than its Ford rival. But on the used market — with a 10 percent difference between their prices — we’d find it hard to make that choice, especially given the similarities between the two vehicles. As a result, we think the 2007-2014 Expedition offers a better value than the 2007-2014 Tahoe.
Choosing between the 2007-2014 Ford Expedition and the 2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe is surprisingly difficult — especially because we would’ve unquestionably chosen the Tahoe when the two vehicles were new. But on the used market, the Ford represents a better value, and while its reliability isn’t quite as strong as the Tahoe’s, its $2,000-plus discount on average is an easy selling point. As a result, we’d only pick the 2007-2014 Tahoe over the same vintage Expedition if we found a really great deal on the Tahoe.