Ford Explorer vs Chevrolet Tahoe


There's plenty of full-size SUV options out there, but drivers know that the 2019 Ford Explorer and  Chevy Tahoe are some of the top options in the category. While each SUV offers plenty of benefits to their respective drivers, when it's time to decide, you can pick only one.

At Richmond Ford West, we're here to help our friends in Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump learn a bit more about these SUVs with what they offer and how they differ. The Ford Explorer vs. Chevy Tahoe comparison will help you learn more, so you can decide on your next SUV!

Ford Explorer vs Chevy Tahoe Engine Options & Performance

The Explorer and Tahoe are full-size SUVs, which means considerable power from under the hood. Each vehicle offers an impressive array of options, with their respective base level engines exceeding 285 horsepower. Each vehicle includes 6-speed automatic transmissions with their engine options.

  • The Ford Explorer offers three distinct engine options (3.5L V6, 2.3L EcoBoost® V6, 3.5L EcoBoost® V6).
  • The Chevy Tahoe only comes with two available engine options (5.3L V8 and 6.2L V8).
  • The Ford Explorer's 3.5L EcoBoost® V6, the twin-scroll turbocharged option, delivers 365 horsepower, which is higher than the output of the 5.3L V8 included with the Tahoe.

Cabin Space & Cargo Capacity

Both the Explorer and Tahoe offer expansive cabins that include three rows of seating for seven to eight passengers, depending on the middle-row bench or captain's chairs. The difference in space between the Explorer vs. Tahoe is particularly noticeable with the rear rows, with the Explorer offering more room for passengers, especially in the third row. Each vehicle offers split and folding rear seats to accommodate for more cargo space.

  • The Explorer features 40.6 inches of headroom and 39.5 inches of legroom in the second row, while the Tahoe only includes 38.7 inches of headroom and 39 inches of legroom.
  • The Explorer includes 33.3 inches of third-row legroom, which is more spacious than the 24.8 inches offered in the Chevy Tahoe.
  • The Ford Explorer includes 21 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, while the Chevy Tahoe includes only 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the rear of its cabin.

Entertainment & Technology Features

The Ford Explorer and Chevy Tahoe each offer an impressive assortment of entertainment and technology within their respective cabins. Each vehicle includes voice-activated dashboard display screens that drivers can use to select their media or phone contacts without using their hands. Each SUV includes a variety of audio entertainment options, including the radio, USB/auxiliary connections, and the Bluetooth® streaming. Both models offer an optional SiriusXM® trial; however, the one included with the Ford Explorer is twice as long than the Tahoe trial.


Deciding Between the 2019 Ford Explorer vs Chevy Tahoe

At Richmond Ford West, we hope you found our Explorer vs. Tahoe comparison helpful in showing you what these vehicles offer, how they differ, and which one is right for you. While you've noticed several of the advantages held by the 2019 Ford Explorer, you may find that dropping by for a closer look and for some experience behind the wheel can help push you in the right direction.

Schedule your test drive with us at Richmond Ford West by browsing our full inventory of Ford Explorer models online. We're proud to help our friends in Glen Allen, Ashland, and Short Pump find the vehicle that's perfectly suited for them!

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