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2015 Ford Expedition vs Chevy Tahoe

Monday, February 23rd 2015. | Ford Expedition, Reviews

The 2015 Ford Expedition isn’t all-new, but it is new where it counts. The engine in Ford’s largest SUV currently available has been upgraded from the capable, but aging 5.4 liter V8, to the now ubiquitous 3.5 liter V6 EcoBoost. This will be the only engine available for the 2015 Expedition. This is a significant bump in the power department, 55 horsepower and 55 ft-lb’s of torque to be exact, just as in the 2015 Ford F-150, the EcoBoost produces 365 horsepower and 420 ft-lb’s of torque.

2015 Ford Expedition Red

2015 Ford Expedition Red

Those are impressive numbers, as the 5.3 liter V8 in the 2015 Chevy Tahoe produces just 355 horsepower and 383 ft-lb’s of torque, giving the Ford Expedition the edge here. On top of that the Expedition has the Tahoe beat on towing as well, the Tahoe can tow a respectable 8,400 pounds, the Expedition has it beat by 800 pounds at 9,200 pounds towing capacity. It also beats the Tahoe in the sprint from 0-60 mph at 6.4 seconds, vs 6.7 seconds for the Tahoe.

2015 Ford Expedition Interior Details

2015 Ford Expedition Interior Details

It’s all well and good that the Expedition has the Tahoe beat in the performance department, but what about practicality and comfort? That’s really what an SUV is all about for your family. I would argue that the Expedition has the Tahoe beat here as well. I would argue the Expedition has a more pleasant interior, the Tahoe feels more cramped due to its higher beltline. With the rear most row folded down on both vehicles the Expedition has more cargo space, this is because the Tahoe has a solid rear axle which has two nasty side-effects, less loading space and the load floor is up higher than that of the Expedition.

2015 Ford Expedition 3 Rows of Seating

2015 Ford Expedition 3 Rows of Seating

Let’s talk about that rear axle. It comes coupled with a much less refined suspension design than that of the Expedition, making the Expedition a much more comfortable ride. This is surprising considering that the Tahoe has been much more significantly redesigned. The Expedition’s independent rear suspension has, for a long time now, set the Expedition apart from its rivals and it still does so to this day. This allows the Expedition to feel more stable, especially on bumpy terrain, but the biggest benefit is more interior space, resulting in more-comfortable 3rd-row seating and more cargo space.

2015 Ford Expedition and 2015 Chevy Tahoe

2015 Ford Expedition and 2015 Chevy Tahoe

This shows in a slalom test Car & Driver conducted which the Expedition was able to do a speed 3 mph faster than the Tahoe and despite being heavier than the Tahoe, the Expedition need 10 less feet to slow down from 70 mph (170 ft vs. 180 ft). Speaking of weight, Ford’s Expedition does not have an aluminum body (yet) like the all-new 2015 F-150. This is why the Tahoe likely does have the Expedition beat in the MPG department. But that’s at just 1 MPG over a 500 mile road trip (as tested by Car & Driver).

2015 Expedition Rear

2015 Expedition Rear

Overall I think the concession of 1 mile per gallon is worth it, especially considering you’ll be shelling out $2,000 less than you would for a 2015 Tahoe, that is a lot of gasoline. In addition you’ll be buying yourself more interior space, superior towing capabilities and a better ride quality… Aaand finally, did I mention the stability control on the Expdition is fully defeatable? Unlike that on the Chevy, this means you can do burnouts, see below.

2015 Ford Expedition Burnout

2015 Ford Expedition Burnout

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