2020 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2020 GMC Yukon

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Tahoe Z71’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Yukon doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Tahoe and the Yukon 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, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 73 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tahoe’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe first among large SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Yukon isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 2 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine

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

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

Tahoe

Yukon

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

90 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

The Tahoe stops shorter than the Yukon:

Tahoe

Yukon

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Tahoe LT handles at .77 G’s, while the Yukon SLT pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Towing

The Tahoe’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Yukon’s (6400 vs. 6300 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the GMC Yukon is only 8500 pounds. The Tahoe offers up to a 8600 lbs. towing capacity.

Economic Advantages

The Tahoe will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tahoe will retain 50.08% to 50.55% of its original price after five years, while the Yukon only retains 48.92% to 49.45%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tahoe is less expensive to operate than the Yukon because typical repairs cost less on the Tahoe than the Yukon, including $128 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Tahoe will be $1422 to $3355 less than for the GMC Yukon.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the GMC Yukon/Yukon XL by 29% during 2018.

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