For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The 2020 Ford Expedition doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.
Both the Tahoe and Expedition have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Tahoe has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Expedition’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Tahoe are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Expedition doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Expedition doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.
Both the Tahoe and the Expedition have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Tahoe is safer than the Ford Expedition:
New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.
WARRANTY & RELIABILITY
The Tahoe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Expedition’s (6 vs. 5 years). J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe first among large suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Expedition was rated third.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.
ENGINE & DRIVETRAIN
The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe optional 6.2 V8 produces 20 more horsepower (420 vs. 400) than the Expedition Platinum standard 3.5 turbo V6. The Tahoe has a true four-wheel drive system, which uses a four wheel traction control system to redirect engine power to the axle and wheel that still has traction to keep the Tahoe moving if even only one wheel still has traction. The Expedition doesn’t offer a true four-wheel drive system; it could get stuck while one or more wheels still have traction.
An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Tahoe’s fuel efficiency. The Expedition doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine. The Tahoe has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Expedition (26 vs. 23.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
BRAKES & STOPPING
The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe stops shorter than the Expedition:
Motor Trend 60 to 0 MPH
TIRES & WHEELS
The Tahoe has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Expedition doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
SUSPENSION, HANDLING & CHASSIS
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Expedition.
The Tahoe LT handles at .77 G’s, while the Expedition XLT 4x4 pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test. For better maneuverability, the Tahoe’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Expedition’s (39 feet vs. 41 feet).
The Tahoe is 6 inches shorter than the Expedition, making the Tahoe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
PASSENGER & TOWING CAPACITY
The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Expedition can only carry 8. The Tahoe has .8 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more rear shoulder room and .8 inches more third row headroom than the Expedition.
The Tahoe’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Expedition’s (6400 vs. 6000 pounds).
The Tahoe Premier offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Expedition doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The Tahoe’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Expedition’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.
When the Tahoe LT/Premier is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Expedition’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
The Tahoe has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Expedition.
Insurance will cost less for the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tahoe will cost $490 to $1180 less than the Expedition over a five-year period.
The Tahoe will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tahoe will retain 50.08% to 50.55% of its original price after five years, while the Expedition only retains 45.81% to 47.05%.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tahoe is less expensive to operate than the Expedition because typical repairs cost much less on the Tahoe than the Expedition, including $349 less for a power steering pump.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Tahoe will be $5556 to $10382 less than for the Ford Expedition.
The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Ford Expedition/Expedition Max by 37% during the 2019 model year.