Trucks & SUVs

The Ford Expedition Just Outranked the 2021 Chevy Tahoe

Say what? The 2020 Ford Expedition just pulled ahead of the 2021 Chevy Tahoe? This is a true underdog move as the 2021 Chevy Tahoe received a total refresh that fans love. Let’s check out what the Ford Expedition has on the Chevy Tahoe. 

The 2020 Ford Expedition beats the 2021 Chevy Tahoe 

According to the U.S.News list of the 6 best large SUVs of 2020, the 2020 Ford Expedition is 1st, and the 2021 Chevy Tahoe landed in 2nd place. This is shocking news after the 2021 Chevy Tahoe got a total refresh for an improved ride and a more luxurious feel. Also, just for the record, the 2020 GMC Yukon landed in last place. 

Ford Expedition towing a camper trailer
2020 Ford Expedition | Ford

The U.S.News also ranks the 2020 Ford Expedition as #1 for SUVs with 3 rows and as the winner of the 2020 best large SUV for families. So, it goes without saying that they really like the 2020 Ford Expedition.

Rankings by the U.S.News are carefully selected based on their evaluation process that includes 18 different research areas and data elements from various sources, including the AutoBlog, Edmunds, KelleyBlueBook, and more. So, please don’t take their rankings lightly. 

Why is the 2020 Ford Expedition in first place? 

U.S.News praised the Ford Expedition for having a muscular turbocharged engine. It has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that pumps out 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. The platinum models have the same engine, but get 400 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. 

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This amount of power rivals the competition with their beefy V8 engines. Plus, the Ford Expedition can tow up to 9,200 lb when properly equipped. Also, the Expedition is pretty fast, with the ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mpg in 6.7 seconds. 

The 2020 Ford Expedition also has a smooth, comfortable ride with balanced handling. It has three rows of specious, comfy seating. The cabin is filled with quality materials with an infotainment center that’s easy to use. 

But the point that U.S.News drives home is that the Expedition has the best possible combination of cargo space and passenger room. There are 20.9 cubic feet of space behind the third row and up to 104.6 cubic feet total. 

The inside of the Expedition feels stylish and upscale.
2020 Ford Expedition Interior | Ford

The only negative aspect of the Ford Expedition that U.S.News mentions is the fact that its massive size can make it difficult to maneuver. But it’s agile handling and camera views should help. 

Why is the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe in 2nd place? 

U.S. News praised the 2021 Chevy Tahoe for having a high predicted reliability rating. It received 5 stars for reliability from J.D.Power while the Ford Expedition only scored a 3 out of 5. This makes the Chevy Tahoe feel like the safer choice. 

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 driving down dirty road
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 | Chevrolet

Also, the Chevy Tahoe has brawny engines to choose from. The 6.2-liter V8 pumps out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. There is also a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder diesel engine available. The 2021 Chevy Tahoe can tow up to 8,300 lb. 

The 2021 Chevy Tahoe received negative feedback for having a stiff ride and for having hard plastic materials in the cabin. The Ford Explorer must have a better feel on the road and in the cab.