For years, America’s favorite full-size SUV had the smallest interior. That was the Chevrolet Tahoe, which offered big-car flavor, plenty of towing capacity, and two comfortable rows of seats — but which barely wedged in an uncomfortable third row, and left little cargo space with it in use. The most family-friendly competitor was the roomier Ford Expedition, which broadened its appeal beyond mere interior space during a 2018 redesign. It easily became the class leader.
But now the Tahoe has been redesigned, too. Due to a growth spurt and a more sophisticated suspension design, it has become even roomier than the Expedition. Does that mean the Ford has been outclassed, or does it have other strengths to retain its place as a class leader? Here’s what we learned from testing a 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2021 Ford Expedition.