Comparing the 2021 Tahoe with the 2021 Ford Expedition - which one is better?
2020 wasn't for the faint-hearted. A tough year, unlike any in recent history that some way or another has taken its toll on almost everyone on Earth.
We need to enter 2021 prepared because who knows what's waiting for us after this year is over.
To do that, a good idea would be to include a reliable, solid, very powerful SUV in your plans, and today we're looking at two of the best around.
Going head to head are the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Ford Expedition, both in their brand-new, 2021 renditions.
Which one is the better pick? Find out in this 4-minute article. Let's get started.
First up are looks. The full-sized SUV of 2021 is expected not just to look menacing and all-mighty on the road but to also impress with its exterior design.
The 2021 Tahoe is dazzling. With a complete makeover for the 2021 model year, it taps into the latest design trends and looks every bit as a 2021 winning-SUV should look like. A huge front grille with boomerang running lights on each side dominates Tahoe's exterior. The truck-like full-size Tahoe has plenty of character and seems completely unapologetic of its commanding presence in a sea of tame crossovers.
The Tahoe is strong and lets you know it at first glance.
Nobody can say the 2021 Ford Expedition is tame or average. But they can't say it's all that great either. Looking at it, even in the absence of all exterior Ford badges, you'll still be able to recognize the manufacturer's design language with easy. A bit more clumsy-looking than the Tahoe, it can't make its dimensions blend well in the urban scenery. It still has that old-school boxy feel and it is miles behind the breath-taking Tahoe.
A side by side comparison based on looks alone will push 75% of buyers towards the Tahoe, and firmly away from choosing the Expedition.
But we're just getting started.
With an SUV this large, it's extremely important what's under the hood. So let's pop it open and inspect.
The Ford Expedition comes with a single engine choice, a reliable twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 that will produce 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to tow upwards of 5,800 pounds in the Expedition Max with 4-wheel drive configuration. As good as the V-6 is, in an age of customization and individual, not one-size-fits-all solutions, it's poor judgment on Ford's part for not making at least a second powertrain available.
The Tahoe comes with not one, not two, but three engine options, one of which is a highly efficient 3.0-liter inline-6 turbodiesel capable of delivering 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves here as the standard powertrain is a tried-and-true 5.3-liter V-8 that will churn out 355 horsepower. The middle engine is another V-8 that goes all the way up to 420 horsepower, significantly more than Expedition's.
In keeping just one powertrain, Ford had to try to appeal to all buyer classes, from fuel-conscious to power-seekers. They ended up convincing neither as Tahoe's three-engine line-up exceeds Ford's motor in every category.
Inside both SUVs are exceptionally roomy. They should be, considering their gigantic sizes. They're also very well equipped with perks like color touches, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth audio streaming, and lots more. We call it a tie when it comes to riding comfort, interior quality, and tech features.
With one point ending in a tie and two firmly in Tahoe's corner, there isn't much to debate on who's the better choice between the two.
If you want to see just how exceptionally good the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is, just visit our showroom at Northwest Hills Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac in Torrington, CT and check the brand-new Tahoe for yourselves. Our dedicated sales team can show you all trim levels, walk you through all engine options, and even arrange for you to take the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe out for a spin.