2021 Chevy Tahoe vs. 2021 Ford Expedition
Large SUV Showdown
Large SUVs provide us with a multitude of functionality, reliability, space, and power. The 2021 Chevy Tahoe and the Ford Expedition are leading the way in this department. Both of them have a long history of being favorite SUVs. If you’re in the market for a large, powerful SUV, it may be overwhelming to figure out which is right for you. At Stephen Wade Chevrolet, we’re breaking down and comparing these two titans of American SUV power.
When you’re ready for a test drive, visit our St. George, UT Chevrolet dealership. We have years of experience and training to help you find the perfect SUV for your needs. Our lot stays well-stocked with many different Chevrolet SUVs, trucks, and cars to accommodate our local drivers. Contact us or stop by today to see the new 2021 Tahoe and test drive one for yourself!
Power and Performance
The Chevy Tahoe has always been proud to boast its powerful V-8 engine. And this year is no different. You have three choices of engines, depending on your needs and preferences. These include:
- 5.3L V-8 – 355 Horsepower
- 6.2L V-8 – 420 Horsepower
- 3.0L Diesel – 277 Horsepower – 460lb.-ft of torque
No matter which engine you choose, it will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly in either rear- or all-wheel drive configurations. The 2021 Tahoe is reliable and powerful even with its size. This is accentuated by its impressively quiet cabin, even at higher speeds and optional larger, all-terrain tires.
The diesel engine gets the best fuel economy with 21 mpg city and 28 highway. The 5.3L and 6.2L average around 20 mpg on the highway. The max towing capability of the Tahoe is 8,400 lbs.
Instead of a beefy V-8, Ford has opted for a twin-turbocharged 3.5L V-6. This is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission with options for rear- and all-wheel drive. The standard V-6 makes 380 horsepower with 470lb.-ft of torque. You have the ability to upgrade on the Limited model to a 400 horsepower and an extra 10 lbs. of torque, while the higher models boost performance to 440 hp. Every Expedition has independent rear suspension to provide a comfortable ride. However, we found the handling and steering to be lacking and unresponsive.
While Ford boasts about its EcoBoost twin-turbo engine, it doesn’t provide “eco” fuel economy. The standard engine averages 17 mpg city and 23 highway. The maximum towing capacity of the Expedition is 9,300 lbs.
What’s the point of driving an oversized SUV if it isn’t roomy and comfortable on the inside?
The new 2021 Tahoe has the largest, most spacious interior to date. The driver and passengers will enjoy plenty of space, even in the third row. This generation adds 10 inches of legroom over the previous year’s model. Additionally, the second-row seats can slide to create more customized space. The interior also offers a lower and flatter floor for carrying large boxes and other cargo. Enjoy 123 cubic feet of space, perfect for work materials, family members on road trips, and everything in between.
The new Expedition's interior varies greatly depending on which trim level you're willing to pay for. The Platinum trim has leather upholstery and massaging front seats, while lower models have near barebones features and style. Fortunately, the Expedition is also plenty spacious – even in the third row. You can change out the middle row for captain’s chairs as well, depending on your needs. There is plenty of cubby storage and a power-folding third row for easy access. The second and third rows fold flat for more storage space and easy loading.
Driver-Assist Features and Technology
The Tahoe proudly shows off its connectivity with a plethora of infotainment. Every model has a 10.2” touchscreen that commands the dashboard without getting in the way. You get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi Hotspot, interior charging ports, a Bose audio system, and even rear-seat entertainment with 12.6” displays mounted on the back of the front seats. Safety features include standard forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and much more.
Ford provides its Ford Sync4 system in a 12.0” infotainment screen at the front of the Expedition. You receive over-the-air updates, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bang & Olufsen stereo system, and rear-seat entertainment. You can also upgrade the touchscreen to a massive, vertical 15.5" screen. Driver assistance technology includes Ford's driver-assistance system – BlueCruise. Off-road trims have Trail Turn Assist and other systems to help you tackle the trails.
Visit Us Today!
Modern SUVs have an almost overwhelming number of features, quirks, and technology pieces in them. At Stephen Wade Chevrolet, we’re here to help make the SUV buying process streamlined and easy. Come visit our St. George, UT Chevrolet dealership today to take a look at the new 2021 Chevy Tahoe and take one for a test drive yourself!