2018 Chevrolet Tahoe

Starting Price: $48,745 | Price Yours

Above Average: Roomy first and second-row seats, spacious center console, two V8s

Below Average: Thirsty in the city (16 mpg); third row best for occasional use

Consensus: Nearly all the capabilities of a Suburban, but shorter and easier to wrangle around town

 

2018 Chevrolet Suburban

Starting Price: $51,445 | Price Yours

Above Average: Roomy in all three rows, tons of cargo space

Below Average: Only engine is the 5.3-liter V8; 6.2 coming in 2019

Consensus: Chevrolet knows how to build big SUVs, today’s version of the classic station wagon

 

Chevrolet’s big workhorse SUVs, with rugged body-on-frame construction, like to work – be it schlepping the kids to school or taking the family on a two-week camping trip to Crested Butte, Colorado. Both of these luxurious SUVs seat nine people when the front bench is ordered, but if you want to carry people and cargo, the longer Suburban is a much better choice. Its third row is roomier, and there’s 39.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind that seat. There’s only 15.3 cubic feet behind the Tahoe’s. Both trucks are powered by an efficient 5.3-liter V8 with 355 horsepower that gives them impressive EPA highway fuel economy of 23 mpg. Only the Tahoe is available with a 6.2-liter V8. It has 420 horsepower and endows the Tahoe with a max tow capacity of 8,600 pounds; Suburbans and Tahoes with the 5.3 are rated at 8,300. 

Chevrolet Tahoe Advantages

Available 6.2-liter V8 with 10-speed automatic transmission, shorter length translates to easier maneuverability and parking in town.

Chevrolet Suburban Advantages

Roomier third-row seat, more spacious cargo hold, longer wheelbase makes for a smoother highway ride.

Similarities

These GM siblings, built in Arlington, Texas, are remarkably similar but differ mainly in size. They impress with their sophistication, comfort, connectivity and ability to work.  

Final Recommendation

With Chevrolet’s two larger body-on-frame SUVs, it’s a question of which best meets your needs. The Suburban is the better people hauler; the Tahoe is an easier vehicle around town. Yet the Tahoe can tow a bit more because it’s available with the powerful 6.2-liter V8 and 10-speed transmission. Chevrolet, though, recently announced that the 2019 Suburban will be available with the same 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 and 10-speed. There’s no wrong choice here.

  2018 Chevrolet Tahoe 2018 Chevrolet Suburban
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 5.3-liter V8 5.3-liter V8
Horsepower 355 hp @ 5,600 rpm 355 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 383 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm 383 lb-ft @ 4,100 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-speed Automatic, 6-speed
Fuel Economy 19 mpg (16 city, 23 hwy) 19 mpg (16 city, 23 hwy)
Also Available 6.2-liter 420-hp V8  
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 4 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 9 9
Wheelbase 116.0 inches 130.0 inches
Overall Length 204.0 inches 224.0 inches
Width 80.5 inches 80.5 inches
Height 74.4 inches 74.4 inches
Turning Diameter 39.0 feet 43.0 feet
Headroom, Front 42.8 inches 42.8 inches
Headroom, 2nd Row 38.7 inches 39.1 inches
Headroom, 3rd Row 38.1 inches 38.5 inches
Legroom, Front 45.3 inches 45.3 inches
Legroom, 2nd Row 39.0 inches 39.7 inches
Legroom, 3rd Row 24.8 inches 34.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 64.8 inches 64.8 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd Row 65.1 inches 65.1 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd Row 62.6 inches 62.6 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 122.4 cu. ft. 120.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 94.7 cu. ft. 121.7 cu. ft.
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