It's our job to make sure you find the right vehicle for you. Below we've created a chart so you can gather helpful information on these two vehicles at a quick glance, with some more detailed explanations below.

2016 Ford Expedition vs. 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

Important note: For the purposes of this comparison, we'll use the base trims for each model.

 2016 Ford Expedition2016 Chevrolet Tahoe
Engine3.5-liter V65.3-liter V8
Torque420 lb-ft383 lb-ft
TransmissionSix-speed automaticSix-speed automatic
Towing Capacity9,200 lbs8,600 lbs
MPG16 city/22 highway16 city/23 highway

Power and Haul

The 2016 Ford Expedition is powered by a twin-turbo 3.5-L V6 engine that produces a whopping 365 horsepower. That kind of power is more than enough to move the full-size SUV. The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe relies on a 5.3-liter V8 engine that is larger is size, outputs 355 horsepower, and does not feature a turbo. Although ten horsepower may not seem like a big difference, turbocharging does make acceleration more readily available in the Expedition.

All that extra power behind the Expedition really shows through towing capacity. At 9,200 pounds, the Ford Expedition can tow 600 pounds more than the Tahoe's 8,600 pounds capacity.

Six-speed automatic transmissions and rear-wheel drive are standard on both SUVs and four-wheel drive versions are available. Both of these SUVs feature EPA-estimated efficiency numbers that are consistent with the average for full-size SUVs - 16 city/22 highway for the Explorer and 16 city/23 highway for the Tahoe.

Interior and Cargo

Chances are, if you're in the market for a full-size SUV, you're looking for a third row of seats that offer plenty in terms of space (otherwise you would likely be considering a mid-size SUV instead). If that is the case then the Expedition will surely be more appealing than the Tahoe. In terms of interior measurements, the Expedition offers much more space. 

The Expedition features 18.6 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 55 cubic feet behind the second row, and 108.3 cubic feet behind the first row. Less impressively, the Tahoe offers 15.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 51.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and only 94.7 cubic feet behind the first row.

Additionally, the amount of legroom in the third row of the Expedition is 37.7 inches and only 24.8 inches in the Tahoe. As the numbers show, the Tahoe cannot hold up against the Expedition in terms of interior space.


Each of these full-size SUVs include standard safety features that one would come to expect and then some. Bluetooth, rearview cameras, smartphone capabilities, and post-collision safety systems are included with both the Expedition and Tahoe. Additional available safety features include blind spot assistance and radar-based lane keeping assistance. There's not a big difference in these vehicles in terms of safety features.

2016 Ford Expedition vs. 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

When considering the most ideal characteristics and features for a full-size SUV, power and interior space are definitely important. The 2016 Ford Expedition is the clear winner in these departments over the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe. While the Tahoe is an impressive vehicle, the Expedition is clearly the stronger contender.

Now that you've started your research we strongly suggest test driving both vehicles to help you make the decision that is right for you. Richmond Ford has two stores. Richmond Ford West in Glen Allen, VA (most convenient to those in Short Pump, Ashland, and Wyndham) and Richmond Ford Lincoln of Richmond, VA (convenient to Chesterfield, Henrico, and Mechanicsville). Click on either store for our Escape inventory and schedule a test drive for the vehicle (or vehicles!) of your choosing. Our product specialists and sales team will be happy to answer any questions you have.

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