In the battle of the premiere large American SUVs, the combating behemoths are the 2019 Ford Expedition and the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe. These two have been slugging it out for years to take the top spot for best large SUV in the USA. At Franklin's Spring Creek Ford of Colquitt, Georgia, we decided to put these two monster trucks to the test and see which would make its way to the top title.

Both the Ford and Chevy have the same New Vehicle Warranty terms, 3 years/36,000 miles, and Powertrain Warranty, 5 years/60,000 miles. But, that's where the similarities end. As far as sheer size is concerned, the 2019 Ford Expedition tops the Tahoe. The Expedition is 2 inches taller, 3 inches wider and 6 inches longer than the Chevy. Let's see what else sets the Expedition apart from its rival. 

Best Seats: 2019 Ford Expedition or 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe?

When it comes to seating, if both SUVs are outfitted with luxurious, front bucket seats, and second and third row bench seats, the Expedition and Tahoe seat eight. This is the usual seating configuration for large, luxury SUVs. However, the Tahoe LS can be outfitted with a front bench to squeeze in nine passengers, technically beating the Expedition in seating capacity. Though, you really have to wonder who is going to give up the luxury of power, bucket, leather-appointed, heated and ventilated front seats just to shoehorn in one more front-row passenger. It seems to be about the most anti-luxury large SUV thing you could do. But Chevy gives you that anti-luxury option on the Tahoe LS.   

Speaking of front seats, along with the usual seat bells and whistles of leather trim, heated and ventilated and, of course, power, the 2019 Expedition Premier front seats come with a feature called Active Motion. This Ford exclusive is designed to reduce muscle fatigue in your legs and lower back. How does the Expedition seat do this? With the press of a button, you activate the seat to gently massage your lower back and legs. For long trips or long days, the Active Motion seating in the Ford really takes the ache out. The Chevy Tahoe has nothing like it.  

2019 Ford Expedition vs. 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe in the Technology Arena

Another option the 2019 Ford Expedition has that the Chevrolet Tahoe does not, is the FordPass Connect app. From your cell phone, you can remotely lock and unlock, remotely start and check how much gas is left in your Expedition. This is fingertip convenience. Ford Expedition has it. Chevy Tahoe doesn't.  

Engine Power Battle of the 2019 Ford Expedition and 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe comes with 2 engine options. The first is its standard 5.3L V8. It develops 355 horsepower, 383 lb-ft of torque, and gets 15 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway. Also, its maximum towing capacity is 8,600 pounds.   

The second, optional engine is also a V8. It displaces 6.2L and raises the bar for horsepower, at 420, and torque, at 460 lb-ft. With greater size and power, however, this larger engine tanks in fuel efficiency, getting only 14 MPG city and 22 MPG highway. Surprisingly, it also drops 200 pounds in towing capacity, down to 8,400 pounds.   

The 2019 Ford Expedition Platinum, on the other hand, only comes with a turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine. Before you groan, this engine beats both Chevrolet engines in nearly every way. In raw horsepower, this V6 generates 400 hp. This beats the Chevy's 5.3L V8 355 horses and nearly matches the 420 horses of the much bigger 6.2L V8. The Ford V6 turbo beats both bigger engines in torque with 480 lb-ft and maximum towing capacity at 9,300 pounds. Ford's overachieving V6 also whips the two bigger Chevy V8s in fuel efficiency at 17 MPG city and 24 MPG highway. With the smaller Expedition V6 you can tow more and go farther on a gallon of gas. The Ford Expedition Platinum V6 thoroughly thumps both bigger Chevrolet Tahoe V8 engines.  

Who has the Maximum Cargo Capacity? 2019 Ford Expedition or 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

Last but not least, let's compare cargo capacity. The 2019 Tahoe is cramped at a meager 15.3 cubic feet in the rear, and 94.7 cubic feet maximum storage space. The 2019 Ford Expedition positively crushes the Tahoe. It boasts 20.9 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear, and nearly 10 more cubic feet of maximum cargo room, at 104.6 cubic feet. When measuring the Tahoe against the Expedition Max in maximum cargo capacity, there is no contest. The Expedition Max has a cavernous 121.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. The Expedition Max cargo space is so huge, you can almost hear your echo. In the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe, not so much.  

2019 Ford Expedition or 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe: And the Winner Is...

Conclusion? You decide. We have. The 2019 Ford Expedition is the definitive large SUV champion over the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe. When you want to test drive a winner, come to Franklin's Spring Creek Ford in Colquitt, Georgia. We'll show you why "Being Up the Creek is a Good Thing."