2020 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2020 Nissan Armada

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Safety

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Both the Tahoe and Armada 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 Armada’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.

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 Armada doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Tahoe and the Armada have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Tahoe is safer than the Nissan Armada:

Tahoe

Armada

OVERALL STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

223

258

Neck Injury Risk

33%

43%

Neck Stress

372 lbs.

377 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

167/244 lbs.

877/369 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.9 inches

Neck Injury Risk

34%

38%

Neck Stress

199 lbs.

251 lbs.

Neck Compression

74 lbs.

153 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

97/333 lbs.

509/594 lbs.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Tahoe is safer than the Nissan Armada:

Tahoe

Armada

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

23

27

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1 inches

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

355

437

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

Warranty

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The Tahoe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Armada’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Nissan 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 Armada doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Tahoe’s reliability 13 points higher than the Armada.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe first among large suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Armada 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 Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 7th.

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 Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

Engine

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The Tahoe’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 30 more horsepower (420 vs. 390) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 394) than the Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Tahoe gets better fuel mileage than the Armada:

MPG

Tahoe

2WD

5.3 DOHC V8

15 city/22 hwy

6.2 DOHC V8

14 city/23 hwy

4WD

5.3 DOHC V8

15 city/21 hwy

6.2 DOHC V8

14 city/22 hwy

Armada

2WD

5.6 DOHC V8

14 city/19 hwy

4WD

5.6 DOHC V8

13 city/18 hwy

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

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 a seven-speed automatic is available for the Armada.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Tahoe stops shorter than the Armada:

Tahoe

Armada

70 to 0 MPH

176 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tahoe’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Armada (285/45R22 vs. 275/60R20).

The Tahoe LS/LT’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Armada SV’s standard 70 series tires. The Tahoe’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Armada Platinum’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tahoe offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Armada’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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The Tahoe offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Armada’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the Armada.

The Tahoe Premier 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the Armada Platinum 4x4 pulls only .74 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 Armada Platinum 4x4 (27.9 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tahoe’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Armada’s (39 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Tahoe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 350 pounds less than the Nissan Armada.

The Tahoe is 4.9 inches shorter than the Armada, making the Tahoe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Armada doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Armada can only carry 8.

The Tahoe has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 3.4 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear hip room, 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.7 inches more third row headroom, .5 inches more third row hip room and 2.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the Armada.

Cargo Capacity

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

Tahoe

Armada

Third Seat Folded

51.7 cubic feet

49.9 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 Armada doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

The Tahoe’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Armada’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

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 Armada doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Nissan Armada is limited to 8500 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 Armada can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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The Tahoe has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Armada doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

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The Tahoe Premier offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Armada doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the Tahoe and the Armada 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 Armada prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Tahoe’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Armada SV’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Tahoe detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Armada doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Tahoe’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Armada’s power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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 $1465 to $2765 less than the Armada over a five-year period.

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 Armada only retains 42.82% to 44.66%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tahoe is less expensive to operate than the Armada because typical repairs cost much less on the Tahoe than the Armada, including $179 less for a starter, $171 less for front struts and $310 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 $6986 to $7672 less than for the Nissan Armada.

Recommendations

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its April 2018 issue and they ranked the Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4x4 higher than the Nissan Armada Platinum 4x4.

The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Nissan Armada by over three to one during the 2019 model year.

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