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The 2022 Ford Explorer is a mid-size SUV with a rugged exterior bigger than the Ford Edge but smaller than the Ford Expedition. The Chevy Tahoe is a full-size sporty SUV in the Chevy lineup. Both vehicles deliver an impressive performance on Dallas roads. The Explorer may be smaller, but that doesn't mean that it's less capable than the Tahoe. It challenges Chevy Tahoe in different areas and boasts lower annual carbon emissions.
For the 2022 model year, the Ford Explorer comes with all new ST-Line trims, new color choices, and an all-new cargo organizer. The Ford Explorer also is less expensive than the Chevy Tahoe. We compare and contrast these two rivals below to help you decide which one to purchase in Dallas, Texas.
Both the Explorer and Tahoe come in standard rear-wheel drive, although four-wheel drive is available for specific trims. For instance, the Explorer's Platinum and Timberline trims come standard with all-wheel drive, while the Chevy Tahoe's Z71, Premier, and High Country do as well.
The Ford Explorer has a 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder engine which provides 300 horsepower on their standard trim level. The Explorer's Platinum, King Ranch, and ST trims get a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 engine which produces 400 horsepower, while the Limited has a 2.3-liter turbo engine with 300 horsepower. The Platinum and Limited trims also feature Hybrid variants, which boast 3.3-liter V-6 engines which generate 318 horsepower.
The Explorer can also tow a maximum of 5,600 pounds. Your Explorer's configuration, cargo capacity, and onboard passengers influence your Explorer's towing capacity. The Explorer's three powertrains offer remarkable performance, efficiency, and capability.
The Tahoe's base model has a 5.3-liter V-8 base which generates 355 horsepower. A 6.2-liter V-8 engine which provides 420 horsepower, is also available for the High Country, RST, Premier, and Z71 trims. A 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine is available, except on the Z71 trim level. A ten-speed automatic transmission gets paired to all engines.
The Ford Explorer outshines the Chevy Tahoe in fuel efficiency as it boasts 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, while the Chevy Tahoe gets 15 mpg in the city 20 mpg on the highway.
Both the Explorer and Tahoe offer a spacious interior with seating options that can be customized to fit your needs. The Ford Explorer boasts standard bucket and cloth seat options, while the Chevy Tahoe lacks bucket seats. Since the Tahoe is significantly more significant, it also has a larger seating capacity than the Explorer and can seat up to nine passengers with its third-row seating. The Ford Explorer can seat up to seven passengers with the available third-row PowerFold seating configuration.
The Explorer also has a power-tilt telescoping steering wheel, an eight-way power driver's seat, and a power liftgate. A hands-free liftgate is optional for the Explorer and a standard feature for the Chevy Tahoe.
The Tahoe has a classic leather steering wheel, 10-way adjustable driver's seat, an eight-way adjustable passenger's seat, and cloth upholstery.
The Explorer also boasts a twin-panel moon roof which provides ambiance while you're cruising around Dallas, while a panoramic sunroof is optional for the Chevy Tahoe.
The Tahoe boasts 122.9 cubic feet of space when you lower all the rear seats, 72.6 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and 25.5 cubic feet behind the third row. The mid-size Explorer has less cargo room than the full-size Tahoe, but it still provides a significant amount compared to other SUVs in its class. You will still get 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space when you lower all of the rear seats, 47.9 cubic feet with just the third row folded down, and 18.2 cubic feet behind the third row when all of the seats are upright.
Standard details on the 2022 Tahoe include tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Other features include a satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, eight USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, and a remote start. Optional infotainment features include an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a 12.3-inch digital cluster, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound stereo, navigation, and a universal garage door opener.
The Explorer's features include a SYNC 3 voice-activated technology system with Amazon Alexa compatibility, an 8-inch touch screen, tri-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker stereo, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Optional features include a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, wireless device charging, and a 12/14 speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo.
The Ford Explorer has a variety of Ford Co-Pilot 360 driver-assist features such as rear cross-traffic alert, auto-high-beam headlamps, pre-collision assist with emergency braking, a rear-view camera, and lane-keeping system. Auto-high-beam headlamps can detect poor lighting conditions and light up your path ahead.
Also, they can dim automatically by sensing oncoming headlights, so you don't worry about other drivers getting blinded on Dallas roads. Other features include adaptive cruise control, LATCH connectors, and Active Park Assist 2.0. Each 2022 Ford Explorer trim earns a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.
Safety features on the Chevy Tahoe include two front and rear headrests, dusk-sensing headlamps, daytime running lights, auto on/off headlamps, LED headlamps, and dual front side-mounted airbags. Additional features include lane-departure warning, post-collision safety system, traction and stability control, emergency braking assist, and tire-pressure monitoring.
Both SUVs offer a three-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty. The Tahoe offers a corrosion warranty of 36,000 miles or three years, while the Explorer offers an unlimited miles/five-year corrosion warranty. Both vehicles also offer drivetrain and roadside assistance coverage of 60,000 miles.
Located in Dallas, Texas, our dealership has several of Ford's latest models, from the Ford Edge, Expedition, Ranger, Explorer, Maverick, Bronco to the Escape. Our service technicians and experts are here to guide you to make an appropriate decision on what model and trim are suitable for you. We also offer auto financing services to help you get your desired model and cruise Dallas roads in style. Visit us at our dealership to buy or lease your dream Ford.