Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2011 Ford Expedition VS 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2011 Ford Expedition

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2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

Safety Comparison

Both the Expedition and the Tahoe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Expedition’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Tahoe’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

The Ford Expedition’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Tahoe’s 6.0 V8 hybrid engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Expedition has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Tahoe.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Expedition has a standard 650-amp battery. The Tahoe’s 600-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 335) than the Tahoe’s standard 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Expedition is faster than the Chevrolet Tahoe V8:

Expedition

Tahoe

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

8.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.9 MPH

85.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Expedition has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Tahoe (28 vs. 26 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Expedition has a standard capless fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation which causes pollution. The Tahoe doesn’t offer a capless fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Expedition’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Tahoe:

Expedition

Tahoe

Front Rotors

13.5 inches

13 inches

The Expedition stops shorter than the Tahoe:

Expedition

Tahoe

60 to 0 MPH

139 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Ford Expedition has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Tahoe has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Expedition has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Tahoe’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Expedition has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Tahoe doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Expedition’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Tahoe (119 inches vs. 116 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Expedition has .6 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom, .4 inches more third row headroom, 12.1 inches more third row legroom and 1.1 inches more third row hip room than the Tahoe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Expedition’s cargo area provides more volume than the Tahoe.

Expedition

Tahoe

Behind Third Seat

18.6 cubic feet

16.9 cubic feet

The Expedition has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly, without having to lift, carry or store heavy seats, like in the Tahoe.

Ergonomics Comparison

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the exterior keypad. The Tahoe doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception.

The Expedition’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Tahoe’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Expedition’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Expedition owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Expedition will cost $230 less than the Tahoe over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Expedition is less expensive to operate than the Tahoe because typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the Tahoe, including $174 less for a water pump, $172 less for an alternator, $23 less for front brake pads, $234 less for a starter, $90 less for fuel injection and $121 less for a fuel pump.

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