It was a strange dynamic: For years, America’s most popular full-size SUVs — the Chevrolet Tahoe and its GMC Yukon twin — could barely fit in three rows of seats. Their third rows were cramped and offered minimal cargo room behind them. The most family-friendly competitor was the roomier Ford Expedition, which broadened its appeal beyond mere interior space during a 2018 redesign. It became easily the class leader.
But now the Tahoe and Yukon have been redesigned, too. Due to a growth spurt and a more sophisticated suspension design, they’ve 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 GMC Yukon and 2021 Ford Expedition.