2020 Chevy Tahoe vs 2020 Ford Expedition – Buford, GA

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  • 2020 Chevy Tahoe

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    2020 Ford Expedition

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    SUVs come in plenty of sizes, shapes, and duties these days, but the full-sized SUV lives on to dominate the segment. Large SUVs such as the 2020 Chevy Tahoe are well known across the market. But how does the Tahoe compare to the other SUVs in the segment? The only way to know is to make a comparison. So we are going to look at one today: the 2020 Chevy Tahoe vs 2020 Ford Expedition. Both of these vehicles are designed to handle full crowds with room for nine passengers, plenty of cargo space, and excellent towing capacity, all aspects people look for when searching for an SUV.

    Additionally, as of recent years, power has also been addressed in the modern SUV. Gone are the days of sluggish performance and fuel-guzzling motors. Today’s SUVs come standard with great horsepower and fuel economy. The 2020 Chevy Tahoe and 2020 Ford Expedition have all of these positive features and are both well-designed vehicles within the full-size SUV segment. And while these vehicles may appear similar on paper, taking a full side-by-side comparison reveals the differences and possibly which of the models will best fit your lifestyle.

  • Performance

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    When you are buying an SUV or a vehicle of any kind, the performance it offers will always play a significant role in the end-all decision. Having power, specifically in an SUV, is what a lot of people look for. But in today's market, SUVs need to be fuel-efficient as well. So let's take a look at how these two SUVs perform in those areas.

    Performance of the Tahoe

    The 2020 Tahoe has been well-equipped with two engine options that make hard work seem effortless. The first is a 5.3L V8 engine, which comes standard on the LS and LT trims. This engine provides 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, making it fully capable of towing up to 8,600 lbs with two-wheel drive models and 8,400 lbs with all-wheel drive models. The Premier trim and several special-edition Tahoes feature a 6.2L V8 engine, which increases the horsepower to 420 and torque to 460 lb-ft, giving it a significant amount of rocket power for such a large vehicle.

    Fuel economy for the Tahoe is some of the best in class. This SUV gets 17 MPG combined for four-wheel drive models and 18 MPG combined for two-wheel drive models. Those numbers are quite excellent.

    How Does the Expedition Compare?

    The 2020 Expedition includes just one engine, so those who wish to customize their experience will be a little disappointed in that regard. Still, this 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 provides 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque for all but the Platinum trim, which squeezes extra power out of the same engine for 400 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. While the numbers are not disappointing, this comes at a price. Drivers who do not need that much power will have to pay the higher price - whereas, with the Tahoe, drivers can opt-in or out of the higher power engine to ensure they are only paying for what they need.

    Like the Tahoe, the Expedition comes standard in rear-wheel drive configuration, but all-wheel drive can be optioned. Regardless of drivetrain, fuel economy is similar to that of the Tahoe, with 16-17 MPG city and 21-23 MPG highway.

  • Trims

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    Everyone wants to be comfortable when they drive, but the definition of “comfort” varies with every person. Both the 2020 Chevy Tahoe and the 2020 Ford Expedition are offered in a variety of trim levels that encompass those different definitions, with special editions and optional packages that let drivers fully customize that experience, so the drive is always something to look forward to.

    The Tahoe's Levels of Greatness

    The 2020 Chevy Tahoe is offered in three basic trims, with a few special editions that optimize power and style. The base LS trim is the choice for any driver who needs three bench seats to fit nine passengers. It also includes plenty of technology to ease the drive, as well, such as remote engine start, climate control for three zones, and power-adjustable front seats. Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto adds to the entertainment and functionality, as well. The Custom Edition and Custom Midnight Edition can be optioned onto the LS trim as well, allowing drivers to reconfigure seating, and add chrome and blackout details to sweeten the deal.

    The LT trim brings along leather seating, a premium Bose nine-speaker sound system, power tailgate, and adjustable pedals, and memory settings for the driver’s seat. Four-wheel drive LTs can be customized as off-road beasts with the Z71 Midnight Special Edition, which adds blackout appearance features and the trappings of Chevy’s Z71 off-road package, including DuraTrac tires. The LT can also be optioned into the high-performance RST Edition, which includes the higher performance engine, and Gloss Black and Silver luxury appearance package.

    Stepping up to the Premier trim, it may seem like there are no more cards on the table, but Chevy has a few spectacular additions. Magnetic ride control suspension, heated and ventilated seats for the front two rows, power-retractable side steps, and a 10-speaker Bose system are all part of the appeal. The Premier Plus Special Edition takes all of this to the limit when paired with a two-tone black and mahogany interior, accent, and perimeter lighting, and a fully polished exterior.

    Trims of the Expedition

    Meanwhile, the 2020 Ford Expedition appears in four trims: XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum. The XLT includes many features, such as Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, four USB ports, keyless entry and ignition, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, and seating for 8. Moving up to the Limited trim adds some extra features, such as a 12 speaker audio system that replaces the standard six-speaker version, leather-trimmed seats, rain-sensing wipers, a hands-free tailgate, and a power-adjustable and heated steering wheel.

    The King Ranch trim is new for 2020 and has a distinctive black/brown leather theme of its own. It sits atop 22-inch wheels and includes heated seats for both first and second-row passengers, with the front seats also having ventilation and power adjustability. A panoramic sunroof and LED exterior lights round out the luxury of this package. At the top of the trims is the Platinum package. The engine is more powerful on this model, and it is given flexible contouring seats for ultimate driver comfort, active noise control to prevent distracted driving, leather and wood interior, and a premium exterior finish.

    Like the Chevy Tahoe, the Ford Expedition is available in a variety of special packages. For example, the Texas and Stealth packages can be optioned for the Limited trim, which adds towing and cargo capability and LED and appearance upgrades, respectively. An FX4 off-road package is also available, for those who aren’t satisfied with any road, less traveled or not. However, the Tahoe includes everything the Expedition does, plus more - and starts at a lower price.

  • Safety

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    Historically, there were certain risks associated with driving a larger SUV, but in 2020, technology has provided us with solutions to make driving these vehicles a breeze.

    Staying Safe in the Tahoe

    The Tahoe LS includes the most standard safety features, such as airbags, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. Drivers of the LS trim may wish to add the Enhanced Driver Alert Package, which adds safety technology like forward collision alert with low-speed emergency braking, which notifies drivers when the vehicle is in danger of striking an object up ahead, and lane-keeping tech, which alerts drivers when the vehicle drifts from the lane it's in. These features are all standard on the LT, trim, as well. The Premier trim adds blind-spot monitoring and available options such as adaptive cruise control or high-speed collision mitigation braking.

    Ford's Safety Package

    All 2020 Expeditions along the lineup include the Ford CoPilot360 safety package, which includes automatic high beams that adjust when oncoming traffic is detected, BLIS blind-spot alert system, a lane-keeping system that bundles the functions of lane-keep assist passive steering, lane-keeping alert, and a driver alert, a forward collision assistance system, and a rearview camera with integrated washer. That is quite the list of safety features, as was the list for the Tahoe. So, in terms of safety, these two SUVs seem to land side-by-side as they both offer many features and are very capable of keeping drivers safe.

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