Best Buy Awards Full-Size SUV/Crossover 2015
Our Full-Size SUV Best Buy of 2015 demonstrates the category's most appealing mix of quality, value, features, driving dynamics, fuel economy, safety and more, as informed by yearlong vehicle testing, back-to-back comparisons and our industry-leading pricing and resale value insight.
The segment stalwart proves once again that it's a step ahead of the competition.
We'll get this out of the way first: This segment's voting came down to the wire, and then some. This was the tightest race seen out of all 12 segments featured in this program. The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe won the editors' vote due to its comfortable, quiet ride, easy handling, and overall packaging. The 2015 Ford Expedition benefited heavily from the addition of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, but left us wanting more elsewhere. And the Toyota Sequoia had an edge on resale value, thanks to its Toyota heritage. When it came time to vote, however, we felt that the Tahoe offers better overall value and more standard features for the dollar. With that, the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe is our Full-Size SUV Best Buy for 2015.
Since its inception back in 1992, the Chevy Tahoe has been popular with soccer moms and government agencies alike. Due in part to its cavernous interior, comfortable ride and ability to seat seven passengers, the Chevrolet Tahoe offers something for everyone. Now in its fourth generation, the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe offers an array of innovative features including MyLink infotainment, power-folding rear seats, and the use of aluminum in the hood and tailgate. A new 5.3-liter V8 EcoTec3 engine also makes its debut in the 2015 Tahoe, and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Old Reliable, All New
All-new for 2015, this is the best rendition of the Tahoe yet. Chevy did a nice job improving the Tahoe in places that needed it without overdoing it in places that didn't. The tried-and-true 5.3-liter V8 engine is all-new for the latest model year to go along with revised exterior and interior styling. Inside, the updated cabin looks sharp, modern and, perhaps most importantly, is whisper quiet. In fact, our full review of the new Chevy Tahoe said it was, "the best interior treatment we've ever seen in a domestic SUV." Outside, HID headlights and a redesigned grille set the Tahoe apart from its corporate sibling, the GMC Yukon. Standard features like keyless entry, magnetic ride control, and MyLink help the Tahoe pace the rest of the segment.
One feature that doesn't get enough credit on the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe is the magnetic ride control. A vehicle that weighs just north of 7,000 pounds shouldn't be able to handle the way the Tahoe does. While the Ford Expedition we also tested was on par with the Tahoe's handling, Chevy's offering just did a better job when it came to ride comfort. During vehicle evaluations, we took the Tahoe around a drive route that consisted of an even balance of city and highway driving. Getting on the highway, merging in with traffic, or just making a simple turn on a city street was done with ease, thanks in part to the magnetic ride control, which comes standard on every 2015 Tahoe. We found the ride on the Tahoe to be the most comfortable, stable and quiet of the three full-size SUVs we tested.
Stretching the Dollar
All three of the big SUVs we tested were within a few hundred dollars of each other but the Tahoe offered the most on-board tech and features. Chevy's MyLink is intuitive and the map display was far and away the best of the three. Another interesting feature the Tahoe had that the others didn't was the retractable infotainment screen. With the simple touch of a button, the screen sinks into the center console giving way to enough storage space for keys, wallet, and a smartphone. There's also a USB port in that space as well if you need to charge your phone. Simply press the button again to raise the screen and keep your phone away from prying eyes while it charges.
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Photo Gallery
The Chevrolet Tahoe is our Full-Size SUV Best Buy for 2015 but that doesn't mean it's the right fit for everyone. Both the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia were also picked to participate in our biggest test of the year based on their individual merits. Neither disappointed, and it's not at all a stretch to think both could be a better fit for some buyers.
2015 Ford Expedition
A fresh drivetrain injects new life into another popular segment choice
It's no secret that the Ford Expedition was getting a little long in the tooth. Ford realized this and decided to breathe some new life into its full-size SUV offering for the 2015 model year. While some things remain the same, others changed for the better including the addition of Ford's highly touted 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine.
In our full review of the 2015 Ford Expedition we said, "Ford effectively uses existing technology to counterpunch the new GM SUV twins, the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon, plus bit players like the Toyota Sequoia."
2015 Toyota Sequoia
High resale value and a plush interior make the segment even more crowded
The Toyota Sequoia is our reigning Best Resale Value champ in the full-size SUV/Crossover category and for good reason. A sturdy truck chassis and available 4-wheel-drive system make the Sequoia an appealing option for those who live in parts of the country concerned with winter weather. During warmer months, a robust 5.7-liter V8 engine serves up more than enough muscle to tow the boat or camper, too.
In our full review of the 2015 Toyota Sequoia, we said it "provides all the space and ability expected in a vehicle of such massive stature with the added benefit of strong resale values and proven reliability."