2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Vs. 2020 Ford Expedition

By Justin Cupler | September 3rd, 2020

Recently, full-size SUVs have balanced their trucklike natures out with sifter rides, improved interiors, and enhanced features, giving them a great mixture of utility and carlike comfort. Two great examples of this evolution are the 2020 Chevy Tahoe and the 2020 Ford Expedition. Which is the better option for our Jacksonville area SUV shoppers? Keep reading to find out.

Exterior

Full-size SUVs are large workhorses, but this doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish too. The 2020 Chevy Tahoe and 2020 Ford Expedition are evidence of this.

 

The 2020 Chevy Tahoe went through its last redesign in 2015, which brought in a blockier design and a bolder, more upright front end. Helping balance the squared-off design are slick headlights that have winglike swoops that wrap around the fenders. That small detail keeps this full-size SUV looking like a family vehicle as opposed to a pickup truck with a cap on the back, which is this class resembled in its earlier years.

 

 

In its higher trims, the Tahoe also takes on a more premium look with its body-color moldings, polished 20-inch wheels, and high-intensity-discharge headlights.

 

The Ford  Expedition ditched its old duds and picked up a new suit back in 2018. This new design boasts a slightly rounded front end with a wide grille and C-shaped headlights. While the Expedition is anything but a swoopy design, it does have softer body lines than the Tahoe, which appeals to some buyers.

 

 

Like the Tahoe, the Expedition’s higher trim levels get pretty luxurious with large, shiny wheels and a chrome grille. Plus, the Expedition has an added wrinkle with its bespoke-looking King Ranch trim that features special badging and paint to set it apart.

 

As for standard features, the Chevy Tahoe’s exterior equipment includes 18-inch high-polish-finish aluminum wheels, active grille shutters, halogen projector-beam headlights, black roof-mounted rails, black assist steps, heated power mirrors, acoustic-laminated front glass, deep-tinted rear glass, rain-sensing wipers, and a variable-intermittent rear wiper.

 

The 2020 Ford Expedition’s standard exterior equipment is very similar to the Tahoe’s, but it lacks the standard projector-beam headlights and rain-sensing wipers. It makes up for these missing features with its standard fog lights and approach lighting. The Expedition also offers one option the Taho does not, and that is its MAX body, which is nearly 12 inches longer than the base model, giving it extra cargo room.

 

Even without the MAX option, the Expedition is over 6 inches longer than the Tahoe, which can make maneuvering this beast through traffic a bit of a challenge.

 

Measurement 2020 Chevy Tahoe 2020 Ford Expedition
Length (in.) 203.9 210 (std)/221.9 (MAX)
Width (in.) 80.5 79.9
Height (in.) 74.4 76.2 (MAX 4WD)/76.4 (MAX RWD, std 4WD)/76.6 (std 4WD)
Wheelbase (in.) 116 122.5 (std)/131.6 (MAX)
Ground Clearance (in.) 7.9 9.7 (MAX 4WD)/9.8 (std, MAX RWD)
Curb weight (lbs.) 5,355 to 5,772 5,368 to 5,794

 

Advantage: 2020 Chevy Tahoe

  •       Blocky and rugged look
  •       Smaller and easier to maneuver

Advantage:

  •       Softer design will suit certain buyers
  •       Unique looking King Ranch model
  •       Newer design

Interior

Inside, large SUVs have made huge strides in moving away from being softened pickup trucks to bringing in their own designs that are closer to a sedan than a pickup.

 

The 2020 Tahoe’s cabin boasts a swoopy dash with lots of changes in color to add depth. The center stack features a standard 8-inch touchscreen that lifts upward to reveal a PIN-protected storage area. Surrounding all this is a classy-looking satin-silver bezel that matches other accents throughout the vehicle, including on the steering wheel and the passenger’s side of the dash.  

 

 

Inside the Expedition is a far more truck-like dash that is upright and looks chiseled from rock. Some buyers may find this a little too much of a contrast from its softer outside, but others may actually prefer the contrast. Things soften up a bit as you move through the cabin thanks to its woodgrain trim on the center console and upscale leathers in higher trims.

 

 

Standard features inside the 2020 Tahoe include the Chevrolet Infotainment System, an 8-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth® connectivity with audio streaming, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, USB ports, a six-speaker audio system, SiriusXM®, HD Radio®, 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot (data plan required), premium cloth seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat, a six-way power passenger’s seat, 60/40 split-folding rear bench seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote ignition, power windows, cruise control, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt power outlet, and more.

 

The Expedition’s cabin is similarly equipped as the Tahoe’s, but it separates itself from the Chevy with its standard leather-wrapped steering with that tilts and telescopes, universal garage door opener, and rotary gear shifter. The Expedition also comes standard with all the key safety tech, including

 

In terms of roominess, the Tahoe’s front seats offer more space, but the larger Expedition body allows for far more room in the rear two rows. Cargo room also goes to the Expedition, especially in the larger MAX model.

 

Measurement 2020 Chevy Tahoe 2020 Ford Expedition
Front headroom (in.) 42.8 42
Front legroom (in.) 45.3 43.9
Front shoulder room (in.) 64.8 64.9
Front hip room (in.) 60.8 62.2
Second-row headroom (in.) 38.7 40
Second-row legroom (in.) 39 41.5
Second-row shoulder room (in.) 65.1 64.8
Second-row hip room (in.) 60.3 62.6
Third-row headroom (in.) 38.1 37.3 (std)/37.4 (MAX)
Third-row legroom (in.) 24.8 36.1
Third-row shoulder room (in.) 62.2 64.2 (std)/64.3 (MAX)
Third-row hip room (in.) 49.3 51.4
Cargo room all seats upright (cu. ft.) 15.3 19.3 (std)/34.3 (MAX)
Cargo room third row folded (cu. ft.) 51.7 57.5 (std)/73.3 (MAX)
Cargo room second row folded (cu. ft.) 94.7 104.6 (std)/121.5 (MAX)

 

Advantage: 2020 Chevy Tahoe

  •       More features for the dollar
  •       Roomier front seats
  •       More carlike interior design

Advantage: 2020 Ford Expedition

  •       Tons more rear-seat room
  •       Massive cargo area
  •       Throwback trucklike instrument panel

Performance

The 2020 Chevy Tahoe is a throwback under the hood, as it continues using V-8 power while others downsize and add turbochargers. Under its hood, the Tahoe’s standard engine is a 5.3-liter V-8 with 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. This power flows through a six-speed automatic transmission and out to the rear wheels or through the optional four-wheel-drive system.

 

 

With the 5.3-liter engine, the Tahoe can sprint to 60 mph in a respectable 6.6 seconds and can tow up to 8,600 pounds.

 

In the Premier trim, Tahoe buyers can drop in a 6.2-liter V-8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. This adds up to a super-quick 5.7-second 0-to-60 time and an 8,400-pound towing capacity.  

 

The 2020 Ford Expedition is on-trend with its 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine as the only option. This unit cranks out 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque and throws it through a 10-speed automatic transmission and out to the rear wheels as standard or all four with optional four-wheel drive. This adds up to a 6.2-second 0-to-60 time and an impressive 9,300-pound towing capacity.

 

 

2020 Chevy Tahoe 2020 Ford Expedition
Standard engine 5.3-liter V-8 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6
Horsepower 355 hp at 5,600 rpm 475 hp at 5,000 rpm
Torque 383 lb-ft at 4,100 rpm 470 lb-ft at 2,250 rpm
Transmission 6-spd automatic 10-spd automatic
Towing capacity (lbs.) 8,600 (RWD)/8,400 (4WD) 9,000 (MAX)/9,200 (std 4WD)/9,300 (std RWD)
Driveline RWD (std)/4WD (opt) RWD (std)/4WD (opt)
0-60 time 6.6 seconds 6.2 seconds
MPG City 15 mpg 16 mpg (MAX 4WD)/17 mpg (MAX RWD, std RWD, std 4WD)
MPG Highway 21 mpg (4WD)/22 mpg (RWD) 21 mpg (MAX 4WD)/22 mpg (std 4WD)/23 mpg (MAX RWD)/24 mpg (std RWD)
MPG Combined 17 mpg (4WD)/18 mpg (RWD) 18 mpg (MAX 4WD)/19 mpg (MAX RWD, std (4WD)/20 mpg (std RWD)
Optional engine 6.2-liter V-8 N/A
Horsepower 420 hp at 5,600 rpm N/A
Torque 460 lb-ft at 4,100 rpm N/A
Transmission 10-spd automatic N/A
Towing capacity (lbs.) 8,400 (RWD)/8,100 (4WD) N/A
Driveline RWD (std)/4WD (opt) N/A
0-60 time 5.7 seconds N/A
MPG City 14 mpg N/A
MPG Highway 22 mpg (4WD)/23 mpg (RWD) N/A
MPG Combined 17 mpg N/A

 

Advantage: 2020 Chevy Tahoe

  •       Traditional V-8 power
  •       Super quick with the 6.2-liter option
  •       Lighter and nimbler

Advantage: 2020 Ford Expedition

  •       Massive towing capacity
  •       Superior fuel economy
  •       More advanced bas transmission

Pricing and Features

The 2020 Chevy Tahoe’s lineup has three trim levels – LS, LT, and Premier – and their starting prices range from $50,295 to $63,995.

The 2020 Ford Expedition has two body variants, standard and MAX, and four trim levels: XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum. The standard model’s starting prices range from $53,810 to $73,735, and the MAX model’s MSRP range is $55,835 to $76,965.

2020 Chevy Tahoe Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LS: $50,295

  •       5.3-liter V-8 engine
  •       Six-speed automatic transmission
  •       Rear-wheel drive
  •       Auxiliary transmission cooler
  •       Auxiliary engine oil cooler
  •       Trailer hitch and 2-inch receiver
  •       Trailer-sway control
  •       Hill-start assist
  •       18-inch aluminum wheels with a high-polish finish
  •       Active grille shutters
  •       Daytime running lights
  •       Halogen projector-beam headlights
  •       Body-color front and rear fascia
  •       Black roof-mounted rails
  •       Black assist steps
  •       Heated, power mirrors with manual folding
  •       Acoustic-laminated front glass
  •       Deep-tinted rear glass
  •       Rain-sensing wipers
  •       Variable-intermittent rear wiper
  •       Chevrolet Infotainment System
  •       8-inch color touchscreen
  •       Bluetooth® connectivity with audio streaming
  •       Apple CarPlay®
  •       Android Auto™
  •       USB ports
  •       Auxiliary jack
  •       Single CD player
  •       Six-speaker audio system
  •       SiriusXM®
  •       HD Radio®
  •       4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot (data plan required)
  •       Premium cloth seats
  •       10-way power driver’s seat
  •       Six-way power passenger’s seat
  •       60/40 split-folding rear bench seats
  •       Front center console
  •       USB charging ports in the front center console
  •       Floor mats
  •       Tilt steering wheel
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       4.2-inch color driver-information center
  •       Power door locks
  •       Remote keyless entry
  •       Remote ignition
  •       Power windows
  •       Cruise control
  •       Tri-zone automatic climate control
  •       110-volt power outlet
  •       Conversation mirror
  •       Cargo-management system
  •       Cargo net
  •       Chevrolet Connected Access capable
  •       Teen driver
  •       OnStar
  •       Rearview camera

LT: $55,095

  •       All LS features, plus
  •       Power liftgate
  •       Bose® nine-speaker audio system
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Leather seating
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Two-position memory for driver’s seat and mirrors
  •       Power-adjustable pedals
  •       Universal home remote
  •       Automatic emergency braking
  •       Forward-collision alert
  •       Safety-alert seat
  •       Automatic high-beam headlights
  •       Lane-keep assist
  •       Lane-departure warning

Premier: $63,995

  •       All LT features, plus
  •       20-inch polished alloy wheels
  •       Body-color bodyside moldings
  •       Fog lights
  •       Hands-free gesture liftgate
  •       Auto-dimming outside mirrors with integrated turn signals
  •       High-intensity-discharge headlights
  •       10-speaker Bose® Centerpoint® surround-sound audio system
  •       Navigation
  •       Heated second-row outboard seats
  •       Heated and ventilated front seats
  •       Keyless open and ignition
  •       Heated steering wheel
  •       Power 60/40 split-folding third-row seat
  •       Power second-row bucket seats
  •       Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Perforated leather seats
  •       SiriusXM® NavTraffic
  •       Wireless charging
  •       Front and rear park assist
  •       Blind-zone monitoring
  •       Lane-change alert
  •       Rear cross-traffic alert

2020 Ford Expedition Key Features and Pricing by Trim

XLT: $52,810 (std)/$55,835 (MAX)

  •       3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 engine
  •       10-speed automatic transmission
  •       Rear-wheel drive
  •       Electric power steering
  •       Acoustic-laminated windshield
  •       Active grille shutters
  •       Polished stainless steel bodyside molding
  •       Class IV towing equipment with wiring
  •       Body-color upper bumpers and Magnetic-painted lower bumpers
  •       Daytime running lights
  •       Halogen headlights
  •       Body-color door handles
  •       Power, heated, body-color mirrors
  •       Approach lighting
  •       Fog lights
  •       Chrome grille with Magnetic-colored secondary bars
  •       Windshield wiper de-icer
  •       Tinted rear glass
  •       Black roof-rack side rails
  •       Black running boards
  •       Chrome tailgate applique
  •       18-inch machined-face aluminum wheels with Magnetic-painted pockets
  •       Intermittent front and rear wipers
  •       Cargo bin
  •       Cruise control
  •       Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  •       Floor mats
  •       60/40 power-fold third-row seats
  •       Two second-row smart-charging USB ports
  •       Tri-zone automatic climate control
  •       4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot (data plan required)
  •       Remote ignition, lock, and unlock
  •       Parked-vehicle locator
  •       4.2-inch driver-information center
  •       Keyless entry and ignition
  •       SecuriCode keyless entry keypad
  •       SYNC 3 infotainment system
  •       8-inch touchscreen
  •       Enhanced voice recognition
  •       Apple CarPlay®
  •       Android Auto™
  •       Two front USB port
  •       AppLink
  •       Universal garage door opener
  •       Overhead console with sunglasses storage
  •       Cargo-management system
  •       Rotary gear shifter
  •       Illuminated vanity mirrors
  •       Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  •       Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  •       Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  •       Power windows with one-touch-up/down in front
  •       Six-speaker AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM® audio system
  •       Cargo net
  •       Power door locks
  •       Ford MyKey
  •       Perimeter alarm
  •       Automatic high-beam headlights
  •       Rear parking sensors
  •       Blind-spot monitoring
  •       Lane-departure warning
  •       Lane-keep assist
  •       Forward-collision warning
  •       Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian braking
  •       Rearview camera
  •       Hill-start assist
  •       Trailer-sway control

Limited: $63,345 (std)/$66,375 (MAX)

  •       All XLT features, plus
  •       20-inch Premium Dark Tarnish wheels
  •       Chrome fog light bezels
  •       Power-folding mirrors with integrated turn signals
  •       Auto-dimming driver’s mirror
  •       Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  •       Chrome grille with Locus Silver secondary bars
  •       LED taillights
  •       Bright roof rails with black end caps
  •       Magnetic-painted, power-deployable running boards
  •       Ambient interior lighting
  •       Upgraded floor mats
  •       Power-adjustable pedals with memory
  •       Leather seating
  •       Heated second-row seats
  •       12-speaker B&O sound system
  •       HD Radio®
  •       Top Hide leather-wrapped steering wheel with Parchment Euro stitching
  •       Second-row one-touch up/down windows
  •       Forward parking sensors

King Ranch: $72,895 (std)/$75,590 (MAX)

  •       All Limited features, plus
  •       Continuous controlled damping
  •       King Ranch badging
  •       Stone Gray-painted lower bumpers
  •       Four-bar bright-chrome grille with Stone Gray-painted mesh
  •       Stone Gray-painted roof-rack side rails
  •       Stone Gray-painted mirror caps
  •       Stone Gray-painted power-deployable running boards
  •       22-inch six-spoke painted, machine-faced aluminum wheels with Dark Tarnish-painted pockets
  •       King Ranch center caps
  •       Del Rio leather armrest lid with Ziricote Wood veneer side rails
  •       Floor mats
  •       Front door scuff plates with brushed-aluminum inserts and King Ranch logo
  •       Ebpnu Del Rio leather door insert with Mesa Del Rio leather armrest
  •       King Ranch floor mats
  •       Del Rio leather seating
  •       Second-row power-folding captains chairs with perforated inserts
  •       Mesa Del Rio leather steering wheel with Kingsville stitching
  •       360-degree camera with front and rear washers

Platinum: $73,935 (std)/$76,965 (MAX)

  •       Satin-aluminum bbumper skid plate
  •       Body-color door handles with satin-aluminum inserts
  •       Four-bar chrome grille  with silver mesh lining
  •       Body-color, power deployable running boards
  •       Satin Chrome tailgate applique
  •       Satin-aluminum mirror caps
  •       Real wood center console accent
  •       Enhanced active noise control
  •       Upgraded Platinum floor mats
  •       Leather-wrapped door rollovers
  •       Leather-wrapped instrument panel topper
  •       Leather-wrapped console side rails
  •       Multicontour dfront seats with Active Motion®
  •       Luxury-leather-trimmed first- and second-row seats with perforated inserts and quilted bolsters
  •       Pecan stitched front-row seats
  •       Luxury vinyl third-row seats with perforated inserts and quilted bolsters
  •       Brushed-aluminum door scuff plates
  •       Wollsdorf leather-wrapped steering wheel with Pecabn Euro stitching
  •       Inflatable rear seatbelts

Who Should Buy the 2020 Chevy Tahoe

Buyers looking for a capable full-size SUV that is easier to drive will find the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is a great option. It has all the towing power most families need, lots of seating room, and available all-wheel drive, but it also boasts a smaller body, making it easier to drive, and a more carlike cabin that is more familiar feeling to most buyers.

 

Who Should Buy the 2020 Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition is an excellent option for larger families who will haul older kids or even adults in its third row. Also, its big-time towing capacity makes it perfect for those who plan to do a lot of hauling. Need even more room? The MAX model adds 12 inches in length for even more cargo space.

 

Is the 2020 Chevy Tahoe the right SUV for your family? Stop by Garber Automall, serving Orange Park and the surrounding area, today to test drive one and see what it has to offer. Can’t make it to our Green Cove Springs area new-Chevy dealership today? Check out our in-stock Tahoe models via our online inventory page, choose a few models that suit your needs, and schedule a test drive time that fits your busy life.