Can you choose between the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe? Actually, it’s not so easy to do, because you have to make your choice between twins. And yet there is a difference.
As a whole, the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe are closely related vehicles, and the differences between them are only aesthetic (in appearance packaging) and in price. Those, who have ever owned or driven both trucks, say they have similar maintenance costs and resale value. Mechanically, the Yukon and Tahoe are almost completely identical, but the former has a more pleasing design.
Let’s take a closer look at the 2023 GMC Yukon and the 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe and compare.
The Chevy Tahoe starts at $56,095 for a base LS trim with 2WD; the most expensive is the Tahoe High Country 4WD priced at $79,295.
The GMC Yukon’s starting price is $59,295 (a base SLE), while the range-topping Denali Ultimate model costs $96,450.
MSRPs include a destination charge and exclude tax, title, license, dealer fees, and optional equipment.
Verdict: the Yukon is significantly more expensive. So, the Chevrolet Tahoe is more attractive in terms of price.
According to J.D. Power’s quality and dependability ratings, both SUVs earn 80 out of 100 scores (average level). They have a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty coverage and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Both offer equally comfortable seating for 7-9 occupants with ample room for adults on all 3 rows, and similar lists of standard and optional interior features.
Both have an easy-to-use infotainment system, controls and buttons, many USB ports and a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, proximity keyless entry, remote start, and wireless Apple Car Play/Android Auto as standard equipment.
The cargo capacities of the Tahoe and Yukon are also identical: 25.5 cu ft behind the 3rd row, 72.6 cu ft with the 3rd row folded down, and 122.9 cu ft with all the rear seats folded. A long-wheelbase Yukon XL and the Tahoe’s long-wheelbase version, the Chevrolet Suburban, have similar cargo areas.
However, when it comes to the overall quality of the cabin, the more upmarket GMC Yukon wins. It offers materials of better quality: soft-touch ones, open-pore wood, and an upholstered dashboard. The Yukon Denali version can compete with more luxurious and costly SUV models.
The Chevy Tahoe’s interior features an excess of hard plastic and a deficiency of classy style.
Verdict: the GMC Yukon surpasses the Chevrolet Tahoe.
The maximum towing capacity of the Tahoe and Yukon is up to 8,400 pounds: it is not the highest for a full-size SUV but sufficient to haul ski boats or big camping trailers.
The engines, transmission, and drive systems of both SUVs are identical: a 5.3-liter V8 with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft as standard, a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder turbodiesel with 277 hp and 460 lb-ft, and a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, all mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or all-wheel drive,
The fuel efficiency is 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway/17 mpg combined for both.
Ride and Handling
Either the Chevy Tahoe or GMC Yukon has a smooth and comfortable ride, especially when equipped with air suspension or adaptive suspension options.
A suite of safety systems in both SUVs is similar and includes, among other things, a head-up display, rear cross-traffic alert and rear pedestrian detection, a safety alert seat, automatic high-beam headlights, and a surround-view parking camera.
Both have an overall safety rating of 4/5 and come with GM’s Super Cruise semi-automated driving tech.
Simply put, the GMC Yukon is the improved Chevrolet Tahoe. The former has a more refined look and uses better materials, which of course affects the price tag, but technically and mechanically the models match each other. Thus, if you need a practical and versatile vehicle – choose a Tahoe, but if aesthetics are important to you and you don’t care too much about money, you’d better buy a Yukon.
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