Compared power, size and towing!

Although we have not had the chance to get behind the wheel of the new Wagoneer (or its Grander siblings), there is already plenty of data that we can dredge and use to compare it with its full-size American competitors. Which SUV is the largest? Which has the most power? We analyze all this and more below, and describe how Wagoneer, Expedition and Tahoe are on paper:

Wagoneer vs. Tahoe, Expedition: Drivlinor

Although both the Chevrolet Tahoe and Jeep Wagoneer come with giant V-8s under the hood (Chevyn’s optional diesel has no equivalent to the other two SUVs in this comparison), the expedition can only be obtained with a twin-turbocharged V-6. The 5-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost V-6 delivers a hefty 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. Although the EcoBoost has the smallest stroke volume of any engine here, its snail-shaped lungs provide the most torque of the gang. Expedition and Tahoe both use versions of the same 10-speed automatic transmission that General Motors developed together with Ford a few years ago.

Chevy’s two gas V-8 options are a 5.3-liter unit (355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque) and a 6.2-liter unit available at higher trim levels (420 hp and 460 lb-ft). When it comes to Wagoneer’s V-8, it’s a 5.7-liter Hemi with a 48-volt mild-hybrid electric assistance along with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The power of the Jeep’s V-8 is 392 hp and 404 lb-ft of torque, which places it near the top of the list when it comes to power, but just close to the bottom of this trio in terms of torque. We know that a Wagoneer 4xe plug-in hybrid is on the way, but we’m not sure what kind of power it will make or whether it will bridge the gap between the current Wagoneer’s V-8 and Chevy’s 6.2-liter V – 8.

  • Jeep Wagoneer: 5.7L V-8 (392 hp, 404 lb-ft)
  • Ford Expedition: 3.5L twin-turbo V-6 (375 hp, 470 lb-ft)
  • Chevrolet Tahoe: 5.3L V-8 (355 hp, 383 lb-ft); 6.2L V-8 (420 hp, 460 lb-ft)

Wagoneer vs. Tahoe, Expedition: The Small Matter of Size

Look, Wagoneer, Expedition and Tahoe are not small. All three are the same size, with less than 5 inches separating their overall length measurements. The 214.7 inch long jeep is the longest and measures 4.7 inches longer than the Expedition and 4 inches longer than the Chevrolet. It is also the widest and tallest in the group. But despite its larger footprint, Wagoneer is only the second largest in this group when it comes to interior dimensions.

The highest cargo award goes to the Chevy, which offers the maximum cargo space (so behind the front seats, with the second and third rows folded) at 123 cubic feet. The Jeep offers a respectable 117 cubic feet of maximum cargo space behind the front row, but Ford lags behind and offers only 105 cubic feet of free air to work with. The gap shrinks when you compare the space behind the SUVs’ second and third rows, but Tahoe mostly retains its advantage over the other two even with its second and third seats raised.

Behind the second and third rows, the Chevy 73 and 26 cubic feet offer cargo space. The Jeep is close behind, with 71 cubic feet of space behind its second row, and manages to get a small advantage behind the third row with 27 cubic feet offered. The Ford, although not small compared to other cars, is the least spacious here. You get 64 and 21 cubic feet of space behind the expedition’s second and third rows, respectively.

Cargo space behind 1st row / 2nd row / 3rd row

  • Chevrolet Tahoe: 123/73/26 cubic feet
  • Jeep Wagoneer: 117/71/27 cubic feet
  • Ford Expedition: 105/64/21 cubic feet

Wagoneer vs. Tahoe, Expedition: To tow or not to tow?

Towing is an important reason why many buyers choose a full-size SUV over an otherwise equally useful three-row medium-sized rig. After all, they are the perfect tool to transport you, your family, their stuff, and a boat the nearest lake. The new Jeep shines brighter than the others in this category. Despite its weaker horsepower and torque, the large Wagoneer can still tow more than the Tahoe and Expedition – a nice and even 10,000 pounds.

To get close to Ford, you need to specify the Heavy-Duty Trailer Drawing Package option. The option increases the maximum traction of rear-wheel-drive Expedition models to £ 9,300; four-wheel drive models so equipped lose 100 pounds from that maximum value, for 9,200 pounds. In the Chevy, the maximum you can pull is 8,400 pounds, but you have to specify the 5.3-liter V-8 and rear-wheel drive. As with Ford, four-wheel drive reduces total traction and reduces 200 pounds of the maximum to 8,200 pounds of traction. Interestingly, the Tahoe’s available 6.2-liter V-8 maxes at 8,300 pounds of towing capacity (the same 200-pound four-wheel drive penalty applies).

  • Jeep Wagoneer: 10,000 lbs
  • Ford Expedition: 9,300 lbs
  • Chevrolet Tahoe: 8,400 lbs

There’s a lot more to consider if you want a full-size SUV now that the Wagoneer has arrived. It’s newer, has a sleek interior and revives a legendary name from the Jeep brand’s past. We have to wait to get behind the wheel to tell you more about what the new Waggy is like, but it is safe to say that we are excited to see how it goes in reality and not just on paper.

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