Both 2014 Ford Expedition and 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe are large SUV’s that received significant changes. Both of these vehicles offer significantly improved design that is now much more family friendly and not so much like truck. With these changes more buyers were interested and we can say that we are now getting much nicer vehicles.
2014 Ford Expedition Review
Instead, Ford has left the Expedition to carry over unchanged for many years now as the F-150 has seen even more incremental tweaks and enhancements. The result is that while the newest F-Series trucks have a crisper, edgier appearance, the Expedition has remained more rounded in its details on the outside, while inside it now feels like the relic of an additional era at Ford.
If you’re okay with the 2014 Ford Expedition not-intentionally-retro appearance, you’ll want to determine your parking area and carefully pick in between the standard-length 2014 Ford Expedition and the extended-length EL. That leaves instead the exact same 310-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 that the Expedition has actually had for years. It makes 365 pound-feet of torque and enables the 2014 Ford Expedition to move rapidly many of the time; however hitch up a trailer or lots this car near its limit (up to 9,200 pounds for pulling) and this engine doesn’t have the stout, unrelenting character of GM’s existing batch of V-8s– particularly the larger V-8 in the Suburban.
Considering the 2014 Ford Expedition mammoth size, driving it is quite simple thanks to light but precise steering, as well as a suspension that does a good job in controlling all that weight. Yes, it’s one of the biggest land yachts on the market, but it’s manageable. The only issue we’ve noted in prior years is that the pedal feel of the brakes can be somewhat spongy. Ride quality isn’t really up to the standards of contemporary crossovers, for the most part, however the 2014 Ford Expedition does keep its composure on rougher surfaces, and it rides much better than other body-on-frame trucks. If you can afford it, the King Ranch edition offers a unique spin on a luxury-SUV interior, with unpolished leather like that of a baseball glove.
While some older, more trucklike SUV designs had spacial disconnects, with interiors that were smaller sized than you could have suspected, the interior of the 2014 Ford Expedition is cavernous, almost like that of a full-size van. The 2014 Ford Expedition front seats are captain’s chairs, mounted high and managing a good view out, and a telescopic steering wheel and power-adjustable pedals allow for a huge range of body types.
The feature arrived the 2014 Ford Expedition is a little behind the times as well; it lacks Ford’s cutting-edge (and in some cases irritating) MyFord Touch connectivity interface, rather providing the more dated Sync system, integrated with a voice-activated navigation system and HD Radio in top trims. The lineup consists of XL, XLT, Limited, and King Ranch cuts, with a total of ten equipment teams. Basic devices across the entire range includes keyless entry keypad, heated power mirrors, air conditioning, an electrochromic rearview mirror, illuminated visors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, while Ford’s MyKey system and SecuriCode keypad-entry system are standout features. This year Ford has added a new dual-head-restraint DVD system, and a new 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheel design.
2014 Chevrolet Tahoe Review
Today most of those families have downsized, moved to sedans, or most likely, moved to smoother, more carlike crossovers. Before you dismiss the Tahoe as a relic of an additional time, this big SUV stays remarkably competitive against the options. The good news is GM provided the Tahoe, as well as its platform-mates the GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade (the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL are extended-length versions) some very good bones, along with chiseled good looks that have stood up well to the test of time.
And a body-on-frame sport-utility vehicle like the Tahoe remains your best option if you need truck toughness for regular towing– and you need good passenger space. GM hasn’t forgotten about the green set either: With EPA ratings of up to 23 mpg and towing capability that approaches that of the standard models, the Tahoe Hybrid is smart.
The 2014 isn’t going to charm you with its exterior design, but it remains really handsome. Inside, it’s a little less rosy; the Tahoe’s instrument panel and trims (as with those in the rest of GM’s full-sizers) now look dated alongside Chevy’s crossovers and vehicles and somewhat out of place next to the more macho-styled alternatives from other automakers.
Tahoe Hybrid models get a huge 332-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8 that’s aided by electric motors and battery power, making use of a variation of the Two-Mode Hybrid system developed by GM with BMW, Daimler, and Chrysler. Take off lightly, and the system can run at lower speeds on utilizing the electric motors alone.
The Tahoe shares most of its running gear with the GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade and has a fully boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension, and rack-and-pinion steering. At its best, the Tahoe is as responsive as any 5,600-pound vehicle can be and feels much more maneuverable than it should. Base variations of the Tahoe do not quite ride as well as high-grade Tahoe LTZ models with the magnetic suspension.
Inside, the Tahoe remains very accommodating and comfortable. Most Tahoe models include big, encouraging front container seats, and in both the 2nd and first rows there’s plenty of headroom and legroom. Getting back to the third row is a challenge, and even getting feet and knees past the thick B-pillar for the second row will be an issue for some, so for those looking to regularly use the third row, we recommend the longer Suburban.
The Tahoe lives up to its impression of security and solidity, with excellent five-star ratings from the federal government in side and frontal impact. The IIHS hasn’t rated the Tahoe or the nearly identical Yukon. Side-curtain bags in the Tahoe cover all three rows.
Base Tahoe LS models are tough and secure yet comfortable transportation, but not all that generously geared up considering their base $39,750 price tag (with 2WD). Bluetooth and a USB port are now included in all models, but LT and LTZ models add more features, with the top-of-the-line LTZ getting serious load-bearing upgrades like a heavy-duty locking differential, Autoride load-leveling suspension, and 20-inch wheels, in addition to an upgraded Bose Centerpoint audio system, a nav system with voice recognition, heated up and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, remote beginning, and power-adjustable pedals.
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