The Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition compete in a shrinking class of old-school, truck-based SUVs. While they don't have the maneuverability or fuel economy of crossovers, they both crack the 20 mpg barrier in highway ratings and can tow 8,500 pounds or more. But which does a better job of hauling families and their gear?
What the Ford Expedition Gets Right
Now that the super-sized Excursion is gone, the Expedition is Ford's largest SUV -- and its sole model that continues to use rugged body-on-frame design. The Expedition wears mildly freshened sheetmetal and the interior gets a more refined, modern look.
This big news lies under the hood: a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 with 365 horsepower. Not only is the Expedition more efficient than it was with the former V8, but it's also quicker and can still tow up to 9,200 pounds.
What the Chevrolet Tahoe Gets Right
A shorter version of the Suburban, the Chevrolet Tahoe was completely redesigned -- inside and out -- for 2015. Its 5.3-liter V8 now makes 355 horsepower (an increase of 35) and achieves a class-leading 23 mpg on the highway. Towing capacity is unchanged at 8,500 pounds.
Which is the Better Choice?
Both the Ford and Chevy are more competitive than they have been in years. However, the Tahoe's recent redo was much more thorough. It feels like a totally new vehicle, and in most respects it is. The Expedition's powerful V6 engine is certainly a step in the right direction, and the styling tweaks look nice, but certainly there are additional areas that could have been addressed.
Our Verdict: Chevrolet Tahoe
Both are excellent examples of the old-school SUV, but the Tahoe edges ahead of the Expedition in this comparison.