The full-size SUV marketplace has stepped up it’s game in 2015 and the Chevrolet Tahoe and Ford Expedition are two of the top models. Both models feature more power, quieter interiors and better improved fuel economy for 2015 without sacrificing passenger or cargo space.
Take a look at what’s new in this 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2015 Ford Expedition Comparison.
Engines & Towing
The Expedition is heavily refreshed for 2015, but the big news is the model ditching the V-8 engine its had for two decade lifespan. Who would have thought you could put anything but a V-8 engine in a full-size SUV? Ford’s put a twin turbo EcoBoost V-6 engine in the Expedition, which produces 365 horsepower and a whopping 420 pound-feet of torque. This provides impressive towing capacity of 9,200 pounds.
The Tahoe features a The model features a new direct-injection EcoTec3 5.3-liter engine, which produced 355 horsepower and is rated to tow up to 8,600 pounds. With rear-wheel drive, it’s rated to tow 8,300 pounds.
The Tahoe has power, slightly more weight, but still better fuel economy for the 2015 Tahoe yet it has best-in-class fuel economy of 16-mpg city and 22-mpg highway with all-wheel drive (23-mpg highway with rear-wheel drive). So how is this done?
Chevy claims to have new Tahoe operates in four-cylinders more often with its Active Fuel Management system. The model features a new direct-injection EcoTec3 5.3-liter engine and is more aerodynamic.
With it’s smaller V-6 engine, one might think that the Expedition would have the edge in fuel economy over the Tahoe’s V-8. However, the model is nearly 400 pounds heavier than the Tahoe and it stays with a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2015 Expedition’s fuel economy is estimated at 14-mpg city and 20-mpg highway with all-wheel drive (15/22 with rear-wheel drive).
Interior Improvements & Cargo Room
The 2015 Tahoe has these noticeable interior improvements from the 2015 model:
– A wider rear door opening
– Sculpted front seat backrests for more knee room
– An inch and a half more headroom
– Quieter interior
The Tahoe’s total cargo room capacity is 94.7 cubic feet. If that isn’t enough for you, go with the Tahoe’s large sibling, the Suburban. The Suburban offers a massive 121.1 cubic feet of cargo space, nearly 30% more. The Suburban is 20-inches longer than the Tahoe.
The Expedition nearly splits the middle between the Tahoe and Suburban with 108.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Go with the Extended Length Explorer and it has an impressive 130.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Get more information on the 2015 Expedition on the Ford website.
The 2015 Tahoe has a starting MSRP of $45,595 for the LS trim with rear-wheel drive. A mid-level Tahoe LT starts at $50,995 and the top-level LTZ trim, starts at $60,490.
Opt for four-wheel drive on any trim and it’ll cost an additional $3,0000.
The 2015 Expedition XLT has a base MSRP of $43,390. Opt for the Extended Length
Expedition XLT EL and it’ll start at $46,295. Go with the Expedition Platinum EL and it’s starting price is $60,795.
The 2015 Tahoe has more revisions and improvements than the 2015 Expedition. The Tahoe offers better fuel economy but the Expedition has superior towing capacity and a powerful twin turbo engine.
Ultimately, absent a need for the greater towing capacity and cargo space, the Tahoe is a more compelling value proposition than the Expedition. The Tahoe is a popular vehicle and it has best-in-class resale value. According to the IntelliChoice 5-Year Retained Value score, the Tahoe came in at an impressive 54% while the Expedition came in at 48%.
Beyond just numbers, the interiors of the models should be carefully examined to determine a preference. And don’t forget to take a look at the Tahoe’s sister model, the GMC Yukon, and the larger Chevy Suburban. More information on these models and other large SUVs can be found in our 2015 full-size SUV preview.