Chevrolet Tahoe vs. Chevy Suburban

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

2016 Chevrolet Suburban

2016 Chevrolet Suburban

 

Chevrolet is the master when it comes to producing premium-quality large SUVs. Take a look at the 2016 models of the Chevy Tahoe and Chevy Suburban, and you’ll find that they’re both in high demand. Why? These SUVs are powerful machines that handle well, and they offer plenty of room for passengers and gear. That’s why they’re extremely popular with families and people who need to move a lot of cargo or tow boats and toys. They’re filled with features to help make life easier, and their safety features are on point. Which one should you choose? We compared the base models in several categories, so you can see how they’re similar and how they’re different, and then making your selection should be a snap!

Engine Power

These SUVs are true workhorses. The entry-level models of both the Tahoe and Suburban come equipped with a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine. This machine puts out a powerful 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and allows an impressive level of capability for moving heavy loads. This engine features technologies like Direct Injection, Variable Valve Timing, and Active Fuel Management to improve fuel efficiency, and both vehicles get an EPA-estimated 23 mpg on the highway. The Tahoe has an edge when it comes to towing capability. When equipped with the Maximum Trailering Package, it can tow up to 8,600 pounds. The Suburban can tow up to 8,300 pounds with the Maximum Trailering Package.

Handling

Vehicles of this size can sometimes drive like big, unwieldy boats. Not the Tahoe or the Suburban. Both are built with lightweight suspensions that help keep the riding experience nice and stiff. They also handle responsively and are surprisingly quick. The Suburban might be a bit more difficult to maneuver in tight spots because of its massive size, but other than that, expect to feel in precise control of the major power behind the wheel of these SUVs.

Passenger and Cargo Space

Space is where the Tahoe and Suburban deliver, big time. Both vehicles are available in seating configurations for seven, eight, and nine passengers. The biggest difference here is in overall size. They are about the same height, but the Tahoe is 204 inches long, and the Suburban is almost two feet longer at 224.4 inches. And, although they both feature the same front head room and leg room, the Suburban offers a lot more cargo space. The Tahoe’s max is 94.7 cubic feet, and the Suburban contains 121.7 cubic feet. Both offer high style and refined interior design and are engineered to handle business. The center console can hold a laptop computer, and the eight-inch standard touch screen slides up to offer a handy cubicle for storing valuable items. The interiors are intuitive, smart, and make things easier.

Safety

These SUVs do a phenomenal job protecting you on the road. They’re built with a high-strength steel safety cage and an intricate system of powerful airbags. In government crash tests by the NHTSA, the Tahoe and the Suburban each received four out of five possible stars for overall crash protection. They each received five stars for total frontal impact protection and for total side-impact protection.

Standard safety features on both vehicles include antilock disk brakes, stability control with trailer-sway control, traction control, and airbags for the side of the front seat and the full-length side curtain. Rear parking sensors assist you along with a rearview camera for greater visibility—they are also standard on every Suburban and Tahoe. Chevrolet also includes OnStar roadside assistance as a standard feature for both SUVs. This feature includes on-demand live roadside assistance, help if your vehicle is stolen, remote door unlocking, and navigation with turn-by-turn directions. Both the Tahoe and Suburban offer advanced safety technology options, including rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision alert, lane-departure warning and intervention, front parking sensors, and a safety-alert seat that vibrates as a hazard warning.

Price

Pricing for these vehicles is fairly close. The Tahoe has a starting MSRP of $47,000, and it has three trims available. The top-of-the-line LTZ trim begins at $64,740, for the mother lode of features. The Suburban base model begins a bit higher, at $49,700, and the loaded LTZ trim starts at $67,440. This is not a huge price difference, so for clients strongly considering the Suburban, it’s probably not a deal-breaker.

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Exterior

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

Chevrolet Suburban

2016 Chevrolet Suburban

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

Go Time

The good news is that both the Chevy Tahoe and the Chevy Suburban are awesome SUVs, and they’re ready and waiting for you. Biggers Chevy in Elgin has a huge selection, and our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you learn all there is to know about both models. Stop in anytime, or contact us now online. We can’t wait to meet you!