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2019 Ford Expedition vs. 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe: Which Is Better?

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  • The 2019 Ford Expedition and the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe are two of the top players in the full-size SUV segment.

  • The Expedition recently got a big update making it much more competitive with the sales-leading Tahoe.

  • Both SUVs offer the capability of a truck with the spaciousness of a family hauler.

If you want one all-purpose vehicle, it's hard to beat the versatility of a full-size, truck-based SUV. These big brutes can bring the whole family to the lake with all of their gear in the back, while towing a boat without missing a beat or they can just be your everyday commuter and grocery-getter. They might not be great on gas, but these big SUVs seem to excel in just about everything else they do.

The full-size SUV segment is just as competitive as the full-size pickup truck segment and two of the top sellers are the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Ford Expedition. Let's take a look at how this old rivalry is holding up in 2019.

2019 Ford Expedition vs. 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe exterior

Exterior

The 2019 Expedition and the Tahoe have similar profiles which, are very boxy, traditional SUV shapes making them imposing on the road and very space-efficient on the inside. We think they both have a nice look that straddles the line between premium and rugged. The look of both SUVs can change quite a bit as you go through their respective model ranges by upgrading to things like chromed-out grilles, bigger, nicer wheels and special appearance packages available for both.

The Expedition comes in two different sizes: the standard size and the bigger, long-wheelbase Expedition Max which is more like the Chevy Suburban than the Tahoe. The standard Expedition is six inches longer, three inches wider and two inches taller than the Tahoe which means the Ford will take up a little more space in your garage.

2019 Ford Expedition vs. 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe interior

Interior

Both the 2019 Tahoe and the Expedition have spacious interiors thanks to their sheer size, but one is packaged a little better than the other. The Expedition has plenty of room in all three rows of seats plus generous cargo room to boot. The Tahoe is nice and roomy in the first two rows, but it's surprisingly cramped in the third row and cargo space is a little lacking when all of the seats are folded up. If you're planning on using the third row often, your passengers will appreciate the Expedition more than the Tahoe.

The Ford also impresses with its interior design and quality. They both get very luxurious in the upper crust like the Expedition Platinum and the Tahoe Premier. The top-of-the-line Ford is more luxurious than the range-topping Tahoe, but it's also quite a bit more expensive. Both interiors offer strong values at their respective pricing and trim levels.

2019 Ford Expedition vs. 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe mechanicals

Mechanicals and Capability

The Chevy Tahoe is available with two traditional, naturally aspirated V8 engines under the hood and the only engine option in the Ford Expedition is an EcoBoost turbocharged V6. Both come standard with rear-wheel drive with 4-wheel drive available.

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Engines

  • 5.3-liter V8; 355 horsepower, 383 lb-ft of torque; 15 mpg city/22 mpg hwy; Max towing: 8,600 pounds

  • 6.2-liter V8; 420 hp, 460 lb-ft of torque; 14 mpg city/23 mpg hwy; Max towing: 8,400 pounds

2019 Ford Expedition Engine

  • 3.5-liter turbocharged V6; up to 400 hp, 480 lb-ft of torque; 17 mpg city/24 mpg hwy: 9,300 pounds

If you want a nice, balanced blend of performance and efficiency, you'll find what you're looking for in the EcoBoost-powered Expedition with its strong performance numbers and class-leading fuel economy. The specs listed above apply to the higher trims of the Expedition with the base model making 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, which still makes it pretty competitive with the better engine in the Tahoe. See the 2019 Ford Expedition models for sale near you

If you can afford the 6.2-liter V8 available in the Chevrolet, we recommend it. When equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission, its fuel economy is very similar to the base engine while delivering much stronger performance. However, the better V8 is only available in the range-topping Premier trim. That can get a little pricey, which we'll dig into shortly. See the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe models for sale near you

We love a good old-fashioned V8, but the EcoBoost engine in the Expedition beats both engines in the Tahoe in torque, fuel economy and towing, making it an attractive choice no matter what your priorities are.

2019 Ford Expedition vs. 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe tech

Features and Technology

You may think of the Chevy Tahoe and the Ford Expedition as being hard-working trucks with a lot of seats, and you'd be right, but in 2019, these big SUVs can get very fancy. Available features in both SUVs include premium audio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, leather seating, back-seat entertainment systems, satellite navigation, wireless charging and much more.

However, there are a few key differences you should be aware of. For example, the back seat entertainment system in the Tahoe has two fold-down screens while the Expedition is available with a dual-rear headrest entertainment system. The Expedition also offers the FordPass Connect app which allows you to check your fuel level and remotely lock, unlock and start your Expedition right from your phone.

The Tahoe and the Expedition are both available with driver-assistance features like forward automatic braking, forward-collision warning, lane change alert with blind spot monitoring. A couple of things you can get in the Ford that you can't get in the Chevy are adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and active park assist.

When it comes to technology, the Expedition outclasses the Tahoe, but we're about to find out the catch to all of that fancy tech.

2019 Ford Expedition vs. 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe pricing

Pricing

The Expedition is more expensive than the Tahoe by a fairly considerable amount. The Tahoe has a starting MSRP of $48,000 while the Expedition starts at $52,130. The nicer Expedition Limited starts in the mid-$60k range and the high-end Expedition Platinum starts way up in mid-$70k territory. The Tahoe competes a bit more on value with the mid-range LT model starting in the mid-$50k range and the Premier trim in the mid-$60k range.

If you're shopping on the high end of either model, consider looking at their luxury counterparts: the Lincoln Navigator and the Cadillac Escalade or the GMC Yukon Denali. The price jump is smaller than you might think.

Ford is positioning the Expedition as more of a premium vehicle and it's competing with both the Chevy Tahoe and the nicer, pricier GMC Yukon. The Chevy Tahoe sticks a little bit more to its roots of being a big, V-8 powered workhorse that can also offer a decent measure of luxury if you're willing to pay for it.

2019 Ford Expedition vs. 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe conclusion

Conclusion

We think the Ford Expedition has a lot of advantages over the Chevy Tahoe. The Ford is roomier, has a better engine and offers more modern technology than its long-time Chevy rival. However, if you're shopping for a full-size SUV on a budget, the Chevy Tahoe is a strong value proposition. Find a Ford Expedition for sale or Find a Chevrolet Tahoe for sale

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