When you buy a full-size sport utility vehicle, you'd think you'd have more leg room, more power, and more towing capacity than a midsize SUV. But do you? In this comparison guide we pit a midsize SUV, the 2018 Ford Explorer, against the largest Chevrolet Tahoe and see if David can take on Goliath.
Cabin Space: Tie
This may surprise you, but the difference between the leg and head room of the 2018 Ford Explorer and Chevrolet Tahoe is best measured in tenths of an inch. You get a little more in the front seat with the Tahoe over the Explorer but that's actually reversed in the second row. And by time you get to the third row, the Explorer wins handily, with an enormous seven extra inches of leg room over the Tahoe.
If you're thinking of getting a Tahoe just for its roominess, think again. You'll get more cargo space with the Tahoe, but your passengers will be far more comfortable in the Explorer, a smaller SUV with more leg room.
Towing Capacity: Chevy Tahoe
Again, this one is going to be closer than you think. If you think you need to buy a full-size SUV to tow a boat, RV, or trailer, think again. The 2018 Ford Explorer is slated to tow up to 5,000 pounds. That's some serious towing, especially for an SUV the Explorer's size. The Chevy Tahoe can also tow, and tow more, up to 6,600 pounds. But that difference is probably a lot smaller than it should be.
Fuel Economy, Reliability & Pricing: Ford Explorer
The Explorer is also more reliable. This Ford netted an almost-perfect 4.5 out of 5 score from JD Power and Associates. The Chevy Tahoe did well but not as well, with 4 out of 5. Finally, where the rubber hits the road, you will save more than $15,000 buying a new Explorer over a 2018 Tahoe. That's a price difference that doesn't reverse as you step through the trims.
So, if you need extra room and towing capability but were hoping to save some money and not drive anything too unwieldy, consider the 2018 Ford Explorer.