As we’ve learned over the last few years, Twitter is the go-to platform to kick digital dirt in the face of those you despise. While such juvenile tomfoolery is common among divisive political views, Ford is taking diligent notes, as evident from the in-house comparison of the new-for-2018 Ford Expedition to the aging Chevrolet Tahoe, citing several instances where the Expedition outperforms the Tahoe. But is it a fair comparison?
One of the first comparison highlights is third-row legroom. In the Expedition, third-row legroom measures 40.9 inches compared to 24.8 inches in the Chevy Tahoe. However, the Expedition grew in overall length from the previous generation to the current one, increasing from 206.5 inches to 210 inches. The current Tahoe measures 204 inches in length. Needless to say, the far more spacious Chevrolet Suburban, and its ten extra inches of rear legroom over the Tahoe, was left out of Ford’s in-house comparison test.
Next came a chart comparing max horsepower and torque, towing capacity, cargo space, second- and third-row legroom measurements, and combined fuel economy ratings of several Expedition competitors. The Tahoe and Suburban, and their GMC counterparts have the most available horsepower—420. However, the Expedition outshines with torque—480 pound-feet compared to 460—and towing capacity—9,300 to 8,600.
Lastly, the comparison pointed out the massive panoramic roof the Expedition offers. Chevrolet doesn’t offer one for the Tahoe.
Stats are fun, but here comes the caveat: while customers may indeed cross-shop the Expeditor and Tahoe/Suburban, there is a stark price difference between the three. The Tahoe starts at $48,000 while the Suburban starts at $50,800. The Expedition is more expensive than both, starting at $52,130. While Ford is eager to compare the Expedition to its crosstown rivals, it’s not a fair fight. A better comparison would be to pit the inevitable all-new Chevy Tahoe against the Expedition. But by the time that could happen around 2020, the Expedition would already be two years old, perpetuating a cycle of not-so-fair comparisons.