Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2008 Ford Expedition EL VS 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2008 Ford Expedition EL

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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe

Safety Comparison

Both the Expedition and the Tahoe have standard driver and passenger frontal 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

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.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2005 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 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics, which show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 17th in reliability, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

The Expedition’s 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 5 more horsepower (300 vs. 295) and 60 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 305) than the Tahoe LS’ standard 4.8 V8. The Expedition’s 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (365 vs. 340) than the Tahoe’s optional 5.3 V8.

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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



Front Rotors

13.5 inches

13 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Expedition has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Tahoe doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

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.



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 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 standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Expedition has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Tahoe doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

The Expedition (except XLT)’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Tahoe doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

With optional voice command, the Expedition Eddie Bauer/Limited offers the driver hands free control of the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Tahoe doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Expedition is less expensive to operate than the Tahoe because typical repairs cost much less on the Expedition than the Tahoe, including $44 less for a water pump, $91 less for front brake pads, $88 less for a starter, $29 less for fuel injection, $471 less for front struts and $48 less for a power steering pump.

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