The 2020 Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe are prime-choice SUVs, with their off-the-charts combo of off-road-friendly brawn and massive family comfort. Which is the best possible full-size SUV for your family? Our comparison takes a closer look at these popular models.
Three Rows of Blissful Comfort: 2020 Ford Expedition
Besides rugged capabilities, one of the biggest reasons to choose a full-size SUV is its gargantuan cabin. Not only does the Expedition deliver enough space for the whole gang, but it also bests competitors with its roomy third row. Typically in SUVs like this, the third row is a bit of a tight squeeze for anyone who’s not a child. But that’s not true for the Expedition.
Both the 2020 Ford Expedition and the Chevy Tahoe will exceed your expectations with their quiet, comfortable cruises. These SUVs also deliver a slice of the good life, offering up options like luxurious leather upholstery and seat heaters.
The Tahoe is comfortable in general, but, compared to the Expedition, there are a couple of drawbacks. It doesn’t have the same amount of space in the third row, making it a row best left for younger children. And, though the suspension does a great job of smoothing out big bumps, the cabin can feel jittery as you cruise over slightly broken pavement.
Modern Technology: 2020 Ford Expedition
This year’s Expedition is rolling out the big guns with a long list of safety features and modern infotainment gear. Every one of these SUVs now comes standard with protective technology, like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane-keeping systems.
Ford’s infotainment gear is a driver favorite. The SYNC 3 infotainment interface includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, so you can connect to your must-have smartphone apps (maps, music, phone), directly through the 8-inch central touchscreen. Voice controls also give you access to important apps, leaving you to focus on traffic.
We also like the Tahoe’s standard infotainment lineup. Infotainment features like smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and an 8-inch touchscreen interface come at no extra cost. However, with the Tahoe, you have to pay extra for those advanced safety systems by adding the optional Enhanced Driver Alert system.
Ready for Adventure: It’s a Tie!
When you’re ready to strike out into the unknown, the Expedition and Tahoe can assist you on your adventures. Both of these full-size SUVs offer special off-road packages (the FX4 4x4 Off-Road package for the Expedition and the Z71 Off-Road package for the Tahoe). These bundles of off-road-ready gear include all-terrain tires and off-road shocks—the stuff you need to climb mountains and crawl through riverbeds.
Max Towing: 2020 Ford Expedition
Want to move the biggest possible boat? You need the 2020 Expedition. This full-size SUV tows more than other models in this segment. Properly equipped, it bests competitors with its 9,200-pound max tow rating. The Tahoe stops at 8,400 pounds, which, we admit, is pretty robust—just not as robust as the Expedition.
We have to admit that the Tahoe is strong, capable, and cushy—all the things you want in a three-row SUV. In the end, though, the 2020 Ford Expedition rolls over the competition. Ford’s SUV is stronger, more capable, and far cushier than its Chevy counterpart.