How the two SUVs really stack up

Anyone in the market for a large SUV in 2022 will likely consider it Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon at some point in the buying process. They have been strong sellers in their segment for years now, beating out competition from Jeep, Ford and Nissan. Most buyers will be aware that both the Tahoe and Yukon share the same platform and many of the same parts, so it’s easy to assume that both SUVs are largely identical aside from their different badges.

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Is it true? Well, not really, as there are some key differences that mean some buyers will be better off choosing one over the other. Even in 2022, both cars are still leaders when it comes to the full-size SUV segment, but the subtle differences between the two mean it’s important to choose carefully. Comparing the two cars across eight key areas should help buyers decide which is right for them, so let’s get right into it.

8 Force

There are several areas where the two cars are almost identical, and their choice of powertrain is one of them. Both the Tahoe and Yukon are offered with a choice of two gasoline V8s or a six-cylinder diesel engine.

The smaller 5.3L V8 produces a respectable 355 hp, and the larger 6.2L V8 produces 420 hp. Both of these engines are strong enough to pull trailers and small boats, but for maximum pulling power, it’s best to go with the diesel option, which makes an impressive 460 lb-ft of torque, despite being down on horsepower compared to the V8s.

7 Styling

Chevy’s latest makeover of the Tahoe has been the subject of some controversy, as some people are fans of the new, brutal look and some can’t stand it. Anyone in the latter camp should probably go with the GMC, as its styling is relatively conservative aside from the massive grill that seems to be a feature on all large SUVs these days.

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That’s not to say the Chevy is ugly, in fact in a decade or two its styling may well age better than the rather forgettable Yukon. Really, it comes down to personal preference, along with brand loyalty of course.

6 Interior

Another area where the two trucks are very much neck and neck is in their interior design. Both offer a comfortable cabin with room for up to eight people and plenty of space in the second and third rows as well.

There are a variety of details available in each truck that vary the materials and finishes used, but by and large they all manage to strike a good balance between feeling premium and durable. Both interiors have plenty of extra storage and cubbyholes to really maximize the utility of the available space.

5 Technology and assistance

Both cars are well equipped with comfort and assistance technology, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a WiFi hotspot as standard. All Tahoe trims come with a standard 10.2″ center-mounted touchscreen that serves as the primary control point for the infotainment system.

The standard Yukon trim comes with an almost identical setup but pay a little extra for the Denali trim and the touchscreen is integrated into the center console for a more streamlined look. GMC’s Pro Safety Plus is also offered on the Yukon that adds extra safety features, including a suite of 13 cameras and ultrasonic sensors for hazard detection.

4 Cargo space

The whole point of buying a large SUV is to be able to carry as much as possible, whether it’s cargo, passengers or a mix of both. The Chevy comes with a very respectable 123 cubic feet of space with the second and third rows folded down, but it’s the Yukon that takes the crown here.

In XL trim, it offers a whopping 145 cubic feet of space with the seats folded, placing it at the top of its class in terms of capacity. That’s significantly more than competitors like the Ford Expedition Max, which has just 122 cubic feet of space, less than even the standard-wheelbase Yukon.

3 Towing

As mentioned earlier, both the Yukon and Tahoe come with the same powertrain options, so unsurprisingly their maximum towing capacities are identical. Both can tow a maximum of 8,400 lbs, or 3,810 kg.

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This is one area where the Tahoe/Yukon twins are beaten by the competition, as the Jeep Wagoneer takes the towing crown with a maximum capacity of 10,000 pounds. Even the Nissan Armada can tow marginally more, with a capacity of 8,500 lbs.

2 Economy

A large SUV like the Tahoe or Yukon will never be the most fuel-efficient form of transportation, but even so, both cars claim reasonable EPA ratings for their class. The most fuel-efficient option is the six-cylinder diesel Tahoe, albeit only a fraction.

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In the Yukon, the diesel can achieve 21 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, but in the Tahoe it’s marginally more efficient with a rating of 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Neither V8 option is particularly eco-friendly, barely scraping 20 mpg even on the highway.

1 Award

There’s a wide range of trims available for each SUV that drastically affect its price, although it’s probably worth splashing out on extras to get the most out of each car. The Tahoe starts at $51,845 for a base-spec LS model, but that rises to $53,295 for a base-spec Yukon.

The Yukon also has the more expensive top trim of the two, with fully equipped Denali models costing $74,295. In comparison, the Tahoe offers a very similar level of luxury for slightly less, at $72,095. Their prices, as with many other aspects of the two SUVs, are broadly similar, but look closely at the minor differences, and most buyers will be able to pick a clear favourite. Both the Yukon and Tahoe are objectively good choices for a full-size SUV, so no matter which buyer chooses, they’re likely to be very happy with their purchase.

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