The utility segment is anything but compromising in its current state. You can go out right now and purchase a behemoth machine with seating for seven, four tons of towing capacity, and a sub-seven-second 0 to 60 time without a commercial drivers’ license, let alone any clue how to drive competently.
That said, some utilities are more uncompromising than others. This is what Car and Driver has found with their latest ute comparison test, between the 2015 Ford Expedition Premium, and the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ.
To the Tahoe’s credit, the magazine found that the Chevrolet featured more front-passenger dwelling space, a higher-quality cabin, and even better fuel economy (as-tested). That’s in-addition to ample towing capacity (8,400 pounds), seating (accommodating seven as-tested), and decent ride handling for a 5,670 pound vehicle.
But the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe still makes due with a solid rear-axle, and that’s perhaps the ute’s biggest hindrance. That solid axle effectively raises the cargo floor, and is less capable of reigning in the Tahoe’s weight. That’s where the Expedition shines; it has an independent rear-suspension, not to mention a lower center of gravity, meaning that it feels comparatively car-like, and performs better on the slalom and skidpad.
The Expedition also has a bigger greenhouse for better visibility, a higher towing capacity of 9,200 pounds, and quicker acceleration. In the end, it’s not that the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ is by any means a bad machine; it’s capable of everything you ask of it and more. But rather, the Ford Expedition Premium simply makes fewer compromises.