Best In Class: Full-Size SUV

Winner: Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon
Runner-Up:
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

This is our favorite SUV category in Best in Class, because it's where a vehicle has to be body-on-frame and full-size to be allowed to play. These are the big boys, the sport/utilities that can tow nearly 9000 pounds and have room for three rows of people. The Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon stay at the top -- they work hard, have hybrid models and active fuel management, nine-passenger seating, and 8200-pound towing capacity.


Full-size SUV, 4WD
Vehicle Chevy Suburban/ GMC Yukon XL Chevy Tahoe/ GMC Yukon Ford Expedition/EL Infiniti QX56
Base price $47,135/ $48,440 $44,885/ $46,190 $44,500/ $47,210 $64,845
Wheelbase 130.0 in 116.0 in 119.0/131.0 in 121.1 in
Base engine 5.3L OHV V-8 5.3L OHV V-8 5.4L SOHC V-8 5.6L DOHC V-8
Opt engines 6.0L V-8 $1605*, 6.2L V-8 $11,960 6.0L hyb V-8, $9710/$11,185 None None
Power, SAE 320 hp (352, 403) 320 hp (332) 310 hp 400 hp
Torque, SAE 335 lb-ft (382, 417) 335 lb-ft (367) 365 lb-ft 413 lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur
Tires 265/70R17 265/70R17 265/70R17 275/60R20
Fuel cap 31.5/39.0* gal 26.0 gal 28.0/33.5 gal 26.0 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 10-15/16-21 mpg 15/21 mpg (20/23) 13/18 mpg 14/20 mpg
Seating cap 9 9 8 8
Curb weight 5824/6419* lb 5567 lb 5781/6078 lb 5855 lb
GVWR 7400/8600* lb 7300 lb 7500/7720 lb 7500 lb
Cargo cap 137.4 cu ft 108.9 cu ft 108.3/130.8 cu ft 97.1 cu ft
Max towing cap 8000/9400* lb 8200 lb 9000/8700 lb 8500 lb
Vehicle Mercedes- Benz GL-Class Nissan Armada Toyota Land Cruiser Toyota Sequoia
Base price $63,305 $47,785 $79,550 $46,675
Wheelbase 121.1 in 123.2 in 112.2 in 122.0 in
Base engine 3.0L TD V-6 5.6L DOHC V-8 5.7L DOHC V-8 5.7L DOHC V-8
Opt engines 4.7L V-8 $1500, 4.7L V-8 $24,500 None None None
Power, SAE 240 hp (362, 429) 317 hp 381 hp 381 hp
Torque, SAE 455 lb-ft (406, 516) 385 lb-ft 401 lb-ft 401lb-ft
Airbags Fr, side, cur, knee Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur Fr, side, cur, knee
Tires 275/55R19 265/70R18 285/60R18 275/65R18
Fuel cap 26.4 gal 28.0 gal 24.6 gal 26.4 gal
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 19/26 mpg (14/19, 13/18) 12/18 mpg 13/18 mpg 13/17 mpg
Seating cap 7 8 8 8
Curb weight 5401 lb 5606 lb 5730 lb 5985 lb
GVWR 6944 lb 7300 lb 7385 lb 7300 lb
Cargo cap 84.1 cu ft 97.1 cu ft 81.7 cu ft 120.1 cu ft
Max towing cap 7500 lb 9000 lb 8500 lb 7100 lb