Winner: Toyota Sequoia
Runner-Up: Chevrolet Suburban 2500

Toyota has a winning formula right now: take every competitor's measurements in the segment and make a vehicle that beats it in each category. The new-and-improved Sequoia is as big as a full-size SUV can get, packed with a high-tech DOHC 32-valve V8, a ridiculously rigid frame, and more storage and practical packaging solutions than anyone else. Our only reservation is that it didn't include any fuel-saving technology beyond the six-speed transmission. The thing is a rocket off the line and can tow 10,000 pounds. Enough said, but it's still a one-size-fits-all approach. Running a close second, we chose the Suburban 2500 (about $2000 more than the 1500), which gets bigger brakes, bigger axles, leaf springs, more payload, and much bigger towing numbers.


Full-size SUV, 4WD
Vehicle Chevy/GMC Suburban/Yukon XL Chevy/GMC Tahoe/Yukon Chrysler Aspen
Base price $38,280/$39,085 $34,995/$35,690 $32,750
Wheelbase, in 130 116 119.2
Base engine 5.3L OHV V-8 4.8L OHV V-8 4.7L SOHC V-8
Opt engine 6.0LV-8 $1095 5.3L V-8 $800 5.7L V-8 $985
Horsepower, SAE 320 (366) 295 (320) 303 (335)
Torque, SAE 340 (380) 305 (340) 330 (370)
Airbags Dual, side Dual, side Dual, side, head
Largest tires 265/70R17 265/70R17 265/60R18
Fuel capacity 31 26 27
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 14/20 (13/18) 14/19 (14/20) 13/17 (13/18)
Max pass 8 8 7
Base curb weight, lb 5608 5265 4859
GVWR, lb 7000 6500 6600
Max cargo cap, cu ft 137.4 104.6 102.4
Max towing cap, lb 8100 7700 8950
Vehicle Dodge Durango Ford Expedition Ford Expedition EL
Base price $27,200 $31,520 $35,045
Wheelbase, in 119.2 119 131
Base engine 3.7L SOHC V-6 5.4L SOHC V-8 5.4L SOHC V-8
Opt engine 4.7L V-8 $985 N/A N/A
Opt engine 5.7L V-8 $1780    
Horsepower, SAE 210 (303, 335) 300 300
Torque, SAE 235 (330, 370) 365 365
Airbags Dual, side, head Dual, side, head Dual, side, head
Largest tires 265/75R17 275/55R20 275/55R20
Fuel capacity 27 28 33.5
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 14/19 (13/17, 13/18) 12/18 11/17
Max pass 8 8 8
Base curb weight, lb 4659 5578 5833
GVWR, lb 6600 7700 7900
Max cargo cap, cu ft 102.4 108.2 130.8
Max towing cap, lb 8950 9200 9000
Vehicle Nissan Armada Toyota Sequoia  
Base price $36,075 $37,290  
Wheelbase, in 123.2 118.1  
Base engine 5.6L DOHC V-8 4.7L DOHC V-8  
Opt engine N/A 5.7L V-8  
Horsepower, SAE 317 276 (381)  
Torque, SAE 385 314 (401)  
Airbags Dual, head Dual, side, head  
Largest tires 265/70R18 265/65R17  
Fuel capacity 28 26.4  
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 12/18 12/17 (13/18)  
Max pass 8 8  
Base curb weight, lb 5302 5850  
GVWR, lb 7100 8100  
Max cargo cap, cu ft 97.1 135.1  
Max towing cap, lb 9100 10,000