The 2018 Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe are traditional, truck-based SUVs loaded with family-friendly comforts and rugged performance equipment. Which of these SUVs is tough enough to handle a decade on the road with your family? Check out our comparison guide to learn more.
Premium Power & Performance: 2018 Ford Expedition
If it's power you're after, you've found it in the new Expedition. The Ford might be big, but the Expedition is one of the quickest models in this segment. That's thanks to Ford's turbocharged V6, an engine that spits out 375 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. When you choose the top-trim Expedition Platinum, engine output increases to 400 horses and 480 pound-feet of torque. The Expedition's new 10-speed automatic transmission delivers a responsive, reassuring performance and even helps boost fuel economy to 17 city/24 highway mpg.
The Chevrolet Tahoe is almost as powerful, with a standard V8 engine that supplies up to 355 horsepower. For greater speed and hauling capabilities, you can upgrade to the 420-horsepower V8 engine. When you need power for merging or passing, the Tahoe delivers substantial thrust. However, steering is on the light and slow side, which doesn't fair well on winding roads.
Max Towing: 2018 Ford Expedition
Both of these truck-based SUVs supply rugged towing capabilities, but the Expedition comes out on top. With a turbocharged V6 engine, the Expedition can tow up to 9,000 pounds. The Expedition is the right choice for anyone with an especially big boat or family camper. Properly equipped, the Chevrolet Tahoe can tow max loads of 8,600 pounds. That's pretty impressive, if not quite as much as the Expedition.
Most in Passenger Comfort: 2018 Ford Expedition
Here, the 2018 Ford Expedition really wins the day. With spacious accommodations for up to eight passengers and all of their gear, this full-size SUV will be your best friend on family camping trips. You can even purchase an Expedition with an extended wheelbase to give your favorite passengers extra elbowroom. This SUV also has the most cargo space, with 20.9 cubic feet for your golf bags and luggage. Fold down both rear rows for up to 130.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Chevrolet Tahoe also has standard seating for eight passengers. If you add the optional middle-row bench seat, you can increase passenger capacity to nine. For families of nine, the Tahoe might be the better option. However, everyone else should note that the Tahoe has substantially less cargo space, with only 15.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 94.7 cubes with the rear seats folded down.
Best Tech Lineup: 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe
With its standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and emergency OnStar telematics system, the Tahoe wins this category. On long trips, passengers will enjoy endless online entertainment. And, if something should go wrong, OnStar features like on-demand roadside assistance and automatic emergency crash notification help resolve the issue.
Of course, these SUVs have a lot of tech features in common. Both offer impressive smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. This technology displays oft-used apps, like messages, music, and maps, on your central touchscreen, so you don't have to look away from traffic to use them. Ford's Sync 3 and Chevy's MyLink infotainment system combine a touchscreen interface with voice controls. Both are straightforward and easy to use.
Although there's a lot to like about both of these SUVs, the 2018 Ford Expedition is the favorite. In addition to three roomy rows of passenger space, the Expedition delivers a sizeable cargo hold. You'll never have to pack light. The Expedition also provides ample power for towing, pleasing boat owners and campers alike. The Ford's tech lineup keeps you connected without distraction you from the road ahead.