Winner: Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon
Runner-Up: Toyota Sequoia

Times are changing, and along with them, so is the full-size SUV. The manufacturers' dilemma is now how to keep the capability of the big sport/utilities while improving efficiency. GM has done it with the Tahoe (and Yukon). It's one thing to convert a truck to a car-based platform to improve mpg; GM has gone to great pains to keep the Tahoe capable of holding nine people and towing more than 8000 pounds, all while getting 20 mpg (21 with XFE models). At close second is the Sequoia, with a class-leading 10,000-pound towing capacity.


Full-size SUV, 4WD
Vehicle Chevy Suburban/ GMC Yukon XL Chevy Tahoe/ GMC Yukon Chrysler Aspen Dodge Durango
Base price $44,165/$45,015 $41,975/$42,715 $35,580 $28,980
Wheelbase 130.0 in 116.0 in 119.2 in 119.2 in
Base engine 5.3L OHV V-8 5.3L OHV V-8 4.7L SOHC V-8 4.7L SOHC V-6
Opt engine 6.0L V-8 $2600 6.0L hyb V-8 $12,235 5.7L V-8 $795, 5.7L hyb $10,540 5.7L V-8 $4915, 5.7L hyb $16,910
Power, SAE 310 hp (352) 320 hp (332) 303 hp (376, 345) 303 hp (376, 345)
Torque, SAE 335 lb-ft (382) 340 lb-ft (367) 330 lb-ft (401, 380) 330 lb-ft (401, 380)
Airbags Fr, f/r cur Fr, f/r cur Fr, f/r cur, side Fr, f/r cur, side
Tires 265/70R17 265/70R17 265/60R18 245/70R17
Fuel cap 31.0 gal 26.0 gal 27.0 gal 27.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 14/19 mpg (14/17) 14/20 mpg (20/20) 13/17 mpg (13/18, 19/20) 13/18 mpg (13/19, 19/20)
Seating cap 9 9 7 7
Curb weight 5925 lb 5579 lb 5082 lb 4768 lb
GVWR 7400 lb 7300 lb 6650 lb 6500 lb
Cargo cap 137.4 cu ft 108.9 cu ft 102.4 cu ft 102.4 cu ft
Max towing cap 7900 lb 8200 lb 8900 lb 8950 lb
Vehicle Ford Expedition/ EL Mercedes- Benz GL450 Nissan Armada Toyota Sequoia
Base price $37,975/$41,500 $59,075 $40,790 $34,895
Wheelbase 119.0/131.0 in 121.1 in 123.2 in 122.0 in
Base engine 5.4L SOHC V-8 3.0L TD V-6 5.6L DOHC V-8 4.7L DOHC V-8
Opt engine ----- 4.6L V-8 $1000, 5.5L V-8 $2318 ----- 5.7L V-8 $1125
Power, SAE 310 hp 210 hp (335, 382) 317 hp 276 hp (381)
Torque, SAE 365 lb-ft 398 lb-ft (339, 391) 385 lb-ft 314 lb-ft (401)
Airbags Fr, f/r cur, side Fr, f/r cur, side Fr, f/r cur Fr, f/r cur, side
Tires 265/70R17 275/50R20 265/70R18 265/65R18
Fuel cap 28.0/33.5 gal 26.4 gal 28.0 gal 26.4 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 12/18 mpg (11/17) 17/23 mpg (13/18, 13/17) 12/18 mpg 14/17 mpg (14/19)
Seating cap 8 7 8 8
Curb weight 5801/6088 lb 5313 lb 5661 lb 5680 lb
GVWR 7500/7720 lb 6944 lb 7250 lb 7000 lb
Cargo cap 108.3/130.8 cu ft 83.3 cu ft 97.1 cu ft 120.8 cu ft
Max towing cap 9000/8700 lb 7500 lb 9000 lb 10,000 lb