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

At a time when many truck-based SUVs are being transformed into car-based crossovers, we're encouraged by the trend that automakers are finding ways to keep big sport/utilities around, by making them more efficient without sacrificing capability. The Tahoe and Yukon are available as 15 city/21 highway mpg XFE models and as hybrids, yet can carry up to nine people and lug more than 8000 pounds. Second place: the Sequoia, with a class-leading 10,000-pound towing capacity (2WD) and a meager $625 cost to step up to the 5.7-liter V-8.


Full-size SUV, 4WD
Vehicle Chevy Suburban/ GMC Yukon XL Chevy Tahoe/ GMC Yukon Ford Expedition/EL Infiniti QX56
Base price $44,430/$45,280 $42,290/$43,030 $39,410/$43,010 $60,015
Wheelbase 130.0 in 116.0 in 119.0/131.0 in 123.2 in
Base engine 5.3L OHV V-8 5.3L OHV V-8 5.4L SOHC V-8 5.6L DOHC V-8
Opt engine 6.0L V-8 $1605/ $1620* (GMC) 6.0L hyb V-8 $12,185/$11,915   
Power, SAE 310 hp (335) 310 hp (335) 310 hp 320 hp
Torque, SAE 348 lb-ft (382) 350 lb-ft (367) 365 lb-ft 393 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt
Tires 245/75R17 265/70R17 265/70R17 275/60R20
Fuel cap 31.5/39.0* gal 26.0 gal 28.0/33.5 gal 28.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy N/A 15/21 mpg (20/20) 14/20 mpg 12/17 mpg
Seating cap 9 9 8 8
Curb weight 5836/6447* lb 5524 lb 5801/6088 lb 6011 lb
GVWR 7400/8600* lb 7300 lb 7500/7720 lb 7300 lb
Cargo cap 137.4 cu ft 108.9 cu ft 108.3/130.8 cu ft 97.1 cu ft
Max towing cap 7900/9300* lb 8200 lb 9000/8700 lb 8900 lb
Vehicle Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Nissan Armada Toyota Sequoia
Base price $60,825 $43,610 $43,205
Wheelbase 121.1 in 123.2 in 122.0 in
Base engine 3.0L TD V-6 5.6L DOHC V-8 4.6L DOHC V-8
Opt engine 4.6L V-8 $1000
5.5L V-8 $22,900
  5.7L V-8 $625
Power, SAE 210 hp (335, 382) 317 hp 310 hp (381)
Torque, SAE 400 lb-ft (339, 391) 385 lb-ft 327 lb-ft (401)
Airbags Fr, f side, f/r curt, knee Fr, f side, f/r curt Fr, f side, f/r curt, knee
Tires 275/50R20 265/70R18 275/65R18
Fuel cap 26.4 gal 28.0 gal 26.4 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 17/23 mpg (13/17, 12/17) 12/18 mpg 13/18 mpg (13/18)
Seating cap 7 8 8
Curb weight 5423 lb 5661 lb 5970 lb
GVWR 6944 lb 7300 lb 7300 lb
Cargo cap 83.3 cu ft 97.1 cu ft 120.8 cu ft
Max towing cap 7500 lb 9000 lb 9600 lb

Who would you choose as your 2010 Best in Class Full-Size SUV?

  • Chevy Suburban
  • GMC Yukon XL
  • Chevy Tahoe
  • GMC Yukon
  • Ford Expedition/EL
  • Infiniti QX56
  • Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • Nissan Armada
  • Toyota Sequoia
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