2019 GMC Yukon vs. 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Yukon and the Tahoe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seat center airbag, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the GMC Yukon is safer than the Chevrolet Tahoe:

 

Yukon

Tahoe

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

18 inches

18 inches

HIC

355

355

Spine Acceleration

50 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

893 lbs.

893 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Yukon second among large suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Tahoe was rated third.

Engine

The Yukon Graphite Performance Edition/Denali’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 65 more horsepower (420 vs. 355) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 383) than the Tahoe’s standard 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the GMC Yukon 5.3 V8 is faster than the Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3 V8:

 

Yukon

Tahoe

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.7 MPH

87.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Yukon has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Tahoe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The Yukon stops much shorter than the Tahoe:

 

Yukon

Tahoe

 

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Yukon SLT 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Tahoe LT 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Yukon SLT 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Tahoe Premier 4x4 (27.5 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Yukon has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tahoe (8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Yukon to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Yukon Graphite Performance Edition//Denali uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Tahoe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Ergonomics

The Yukon’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Tahoe’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

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