Greene Ford Compares 2014 Ford Expedition VS 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe Near Cumming, GA

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2014 Ford Expedition

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2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

Safety Comparison

The Expedition XLT/Limited/King Ranch has standard Reverse Sensing System to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, for the Expedition Limited/King Ranch in front of the vehicle. The Tahoe doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Expedition and the Tahoe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Expedition is safer than the Chevrolet Tahoe:

Expedition

Tahoe

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

132

172

Neck Compression

118 lbs.

154 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

356/474 lbs.

442/562 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 Ford Expedition is safer than the Chevrolet Tahoe:

Expedition

Tahoe

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

23

29

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

63 G’s

72 G’s

Hip Force

153 lbs.

334 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Expedition is 1.6% to 4.9% less likely to roll over than the Tahoe.

Warranty Comparison

The Expedition’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Tahoe’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Expedition has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Tahoe.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 335) than the Tahoe’s 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Expedition is faster than the Chevrolet Tahoe:

Expedition

Tahoe

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

8.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.9 MPH

85.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Expedition has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tahoe (28 vs. 26 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Expedition has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Tahoe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Expedition’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Tahoe:

Expedition

Tahoe

Front Rotors

13.5 inches

13 inches

The Expedition stops shorter than the Tahoe:

Expedition

Tahoe

60 to 0 MPH

139 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Expedition has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Tahoe has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Expedition has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Tahoe’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Expedition has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Tahoe doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Tahoe (119 inches vs. 116 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition has .6 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom, .4 inches more third row headroom, 12.1 inches more third row legroom and 1.1 inches more third row hip room than the Tahoe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Expedition’s cargo area provides more volume than the Tahoe.

Expedition

Tahoe

Behind Third Seat

18.6 cubic feet

16.9 cubic feet

The Expedition has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly, without having to lift, carry or store heavy seats, like in the Tahoe.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Expedition’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Tahoe’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Expedition’s exterior keypad. The Tahoe doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Expedition’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Tahoe’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Expedition’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

Optional SYNC AppLink for the Expedition allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Tahoe doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The Expedition (except XL) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Tahoe doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Expedition owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Expedition with a number “8” insurance rate while the Tahoe is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Expedition is less expensive to operate than the Tahoe because it costs $238 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the Tahoe, including $355 less for a water pump, $458 less for an alternator, $85 less for front brake pads, $15 less for a starter, $156 less for a fuel pump, $34 less for front struts and $76 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® chose the Ford Expedition as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Tahoe isn't recommended.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its April 2008 issue and they ranked the Ford Expedition King Ranch 4x4 higher than the Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4x4.

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