2020 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2020 Lexus LX 570

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Safety

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Both the Tahoe and LX 570 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Tahoe has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The LX 570’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Tahoe are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Tahoe has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The LX 570 doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Tahoe and the LX 570 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, 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

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There are over 12 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tahoe’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Tahoe has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe first among large suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The LX 570 isn’t in the top three in its category.

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 Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Tahoe’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 37 more horsepower (420 vs. 383) and 57 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 403) than the LX 570’s 5.7 DOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3 V8 is faster than the Lexus LX 570:

Tahoe

LX 570

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

89.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Tahoe 4x4 with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the LX 570 (15 city/21 hwy vs. 12 city/16 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Tahoe’s fuel efficiency. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Tahoe has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the LX 570 (26 vs. 24.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Tahoe EcoTec3 6.2 V8, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the LX 570.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Tahoe stops shorter than the LX 570:

Tahoe

LX 570

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Tahoe’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the LX 570’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tahoe offers optional 22-inch wheels. The LX 570’s largest wheels are only 21-inches.

The Chevrolet Tahoe’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Lexus LX 570 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Tahoe has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The LX 570 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tahoe’s wheelbase is 3.8 inches longer than on the LX 570 (116 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 3.8 inches wider in the front and 3.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the LX 570.

The Tahoe Premier 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the LX 570 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Tahoe LT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the LX 570 (27.9 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Tahoe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Lexus LX 570.

The front grille of the Tahoe uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The LX 570 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the LX 570 can only carry up to 8.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tahoe’s cargo area provides more volume than the LX 570.

Tahoe

LX 570

Behind Third Seat

15.3 cubic feet

9.1 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

51.7 cubic feet

24.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

94.7 cubic feet

45 cubic feet

The Tahoe’s cargo area provides more volume than the LX 570 Two-Row.

Tahoe

LX 570

Third Seat Folded

51.7 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

32.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

94.7 cubic feet

50.5 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Tahoe’s (except LS) optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The LX 570 doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

The Tahoe’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The LX 570’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tahoe’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its tailgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Payload and Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Lexus LX 570 is limited to 7000 pounds. The Tahoe offers up to a 8600 lbs. towing capacity.

The Tahoe 4WD can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Tahoe can be unhitched and driven around locally. The LX 570 can’t be towed flat on the ground.

The Tahoe has a much higher standard payload capacity than the LX 570 (1670 vs. 1280 lbs.).

The Tahoe has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the LX 570 (1720 vs. 1280 lbs.).

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the Tahoe and the LX 570 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Tahoe is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The LX 570 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Tahoe’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The LX 570’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

Model Availability

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The Tahoe is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The LX 570 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tahoe owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tahoe will cost $4985 to $7040 less than the LX 570 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Tahoe will be $31648 to $32605 less than for the Lexus LX 570.

Recommendations

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The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Lexus LX 570 by over 24 to one during the 2019 model year.

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