2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe

March 20th, 2019 by


SUVs started getting popular in the 1990s, and since then the Ford Explorer (which hit the market in 1991) and Chevrolet Tahoe (which was introduced in 1995) have been rivals. The two were pretty similar truck-based SUVs. Here’s what the 2018 vehicles have in common and how they are different as SUVs.


Chevy Tahoe: The Tahoe comes standard with a 355-horsepower and a 5.3-liter V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Another option is the 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 mated to a 10-speed automatic engine. Both have an Active Fuel Management system that assists in revamping the fuel economy by limiting some of the engine’s cylinders when they are not in use.   

Ford Explorer: The standard engine in the 2018 Explorer is a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower. All Explorers come with a polished six-speed automatic transmission and two additional engines are available. The 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder gets slightly better gas mileage in exchange for lower power output.  


Chevy Tahoe: Cloth upholstery and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat come standard while leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats are available options. The Tahoe comes standard with front bucket seats and second- and third-row bench seats- the 2018 Tahoe can seat eight passengers in three rows. A front bench is available, which increases passenger capacity to a total of 9. As an option, customers can get second-row captains chairs in the LT trim.

The Tahoe’s LATCH system, a child safety feature, includes upper tether on second- and third-row seats, it also includes lower anchors on the second-row outboard seats and all Tahoe models have a rear-seat reminder, which reminds parents to check their children’s chairs. The front seats are comfortable, with sufficient space and the second row is roomy enough for the seats to recline. Thanks to the vehicle’s ample noise insulation the cabin is quiet.   

Ford Explorer: The Ford Explorer seats eight passengers and has power-adjustable driver’s seat, a second-row 60/40-split-folding bench seat, and a third-row 50/50-split-folding bench. Every trim has an option to change from a seven-seater to a six-seater, thanks to second-row captains chairs.    

Other available seating features include leather seats, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated outboard second-row seats, and power-folding third-row seats. The optional captain’s chair for the second row creates comfier accommodations for all rear-seat travelers.   


Chevy Tahoe: The Chevy Tahoe has tri-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, USB ports, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone integration which come standard. Available features are a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, push-button start, wireless charging for smartphones and rear cross traffic. Also available are forward collision warning, a safety alert seat and blind spot monitoring. As for parents whose teens are driving, not to worry the Tahoe comes equipped with Teen Driver which is a built-in system that helps you teach the new driver in your life.

The infotainment system is easy to navigate thanks to its fast responses, straightforward menus, and crisp graphics. The inclusion of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay gives drivers access to some of their favorite phone apps right on the touch screen. The buttons on the center stack are easy to reach.      

Ford Explorer: The Explorer’s standard infotainment system has the SYNC interface, a 4.2-inch color display, voice commands, Bluetooth, a USB port, and six speakers. Included is also a rearview camera and Ford’s MyKey system (it gives drivers the ability to set audio and speed limits for other drivers of the car) and it’s available in every model. Upgrades include the SYNC 3 interface with an 8-inch touch-screen display, navigation, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Sony audio system and keypad access on the door.     

Active driver assistance features include rear parking sensors, forward collision warning with automatic braking, a 180-degree front parking camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, inflatable safety belts for the second-row outboard position, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and active park assist. The touch-screen displays are responsive, and for those who prefer physical buttons, there’s a clearly labeled control panel within the driver’s reach. The SYNC interfaces are very user-friendly.   

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