2018 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2018 Toyota Sequoia

August 9th, 2018 by

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe

For small and midsize SUVs, automakers have switched to a more car-like body frame in order to improve the vehicle’s fuel efficiency, driving experience, and ride quality. However, when it comes to full-size SUVs, having a truck-like unibody construction is still king. The Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Sequoia are two such SUVs that still have the traditional appeal of a burly SUV.

Let us have a look at how these two powerhouses stand against each other.

Introduction

The Tahoe’s USP is its massive towing capacity – 8,600 pounds that can be used to pull large items like campers and boats. This stout towing ability is married to an equally powerful V8 engine, which comes as standard and generates 355 hp of power. If this isn’t enough, there’s an option of a 420 hp V8 as well. As rugged as the Tahoe may be on the outside, it has a well-appointed cabin where passengers can easily get in and out of. The interior space is huge with plush materials used. The driving experience is also smooth with super cool air conditioning and a sleek ride quality.

The Toyota Sequoia is also a heavy-duty three-row SUV capable of seating up to eight passengers. While its towing capacity may not be as stout as the Tahoe, it does have decent off-roading ability thanks to its air suspension system.

Design

Chevy’s Tahoe is a handsome behemoth with crisp lines that go well with the chrome. The optional blackout trim has a similarly muscular appearance. It may not be the longest or tallest SUV in its segment but boy is it huge and spacious! Starring in many music videos, the Tahoe is as snazzy from the outside as it is powerful from the inside. The Tahoe is available in three trim levels – LS, LT, and Premier – all with a 5.3L V8.

As for the Sequoia, Toyota has left it unchanged for nearly a decade. This leaves the large SUV with an urgent need of redesign as can be seen in its outdated exteriors, interiors, and fuel economy. The Sequoia comes in four trims, all with a 5.7L V8.

Interiors

The Tahoe allows excellent access to its first two rows while the last row access is also good. Getting in and out is easy. Chevy has used the MyLink infotainment system for the Tahoe, which has a handy configurable screen with straightforward controls. In addition, the audio and climate control knobs are huge, making reaching out to them simple.

The Premier trim also has a heads-up display that lets the driver know the speed and other details within the line of sight. The Sequoia trims do not have the same option.

Another cool feature of the Tahoe is its rain sensitive wipers that adjust speed automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to focus on driving without having to worry about the speed of the wipers. Toyota has not used any such feature for the Sequoia though. For cold regions, the Tahoe has a heated steering wheel that provides much-needed warmth and comfort to the driver – again something that is unavailable in the Sequoia.

Getting in and out of the Sequoia’s first two rows is a challenge but huge handles and running boards help. Getting in the third row is okay by sliding and tilting the second-row seats but getting out requires some amount of flexibility, especially for tall passengers. Toyota has used a wide windshield to aid the driver’s visibility, however, a wide A-pillar dampen the effect. A rearview camera is a must for reversing the Sequoia. As mentioned earlier, Toyota’s indifference to the Sequoia’s design for a decade is obvious in its interior.

Engine & Performance

The Tahoe is powered by a 5.3L V8 generating 355 hp of power. Also available now is the new 6.2L V8 with 420 hp that was initially reserved only for GM pickups. This is packaged with a 10-speed automatic transmission included in the Rally Sport Truck (RST) available only on the top end Premier models. While the standard engine mated to a six-speed automatic generates seamless shifting and plenty of power, it is the 420 hp V8 that is the star of the show!

Considering the size of the Tahoe, Chevy has purposely left the gas pedal soft for long travel. In addition, the slow pedal helps a driver maneuver in off-road conditions. The brakes are nevertheless effective, halting the SUV running at 60 mph within 123 ft. This is impressive for something as heavy as the Tahoe.

The Sequoia’s 5.7L V8 engine, on the other hand, feels strained even in slow traffic. The gas pedal is soft here as well but when it comes to emergency brakes, it tightens up. The ABS is noisy while the braking distance is below average for an SUV.

Conclusion

Both the Chevrolet Tahoe and Toyota Sequoia are monstrous SUVs with immense power. However, the Sequoia somewhat lags behind when it comes to freshness of design, towing capacity, use of technology, engine performance, and driving capabilities.

The Tahoe is bold, powerful, and has the advanced technology owners expect. Winner of the Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Award, and with the best-in-class highway fuel economy for a V8, the Tahoe stands head and shoulders above the competition. It’s refined, and the interior is well-equipped with technology that’s both advanced and instantly easy to use. Unlike other options in the sector, the Tahoe makes an impression, and Tahoe drivers in Oklahoma enjoy the quiet ride and understated style.

This makes the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe for sale in Purcell, Oklahoma the go-to choice for buyers looking at a full-size SUV. Ask us about the 2018 special editions of the Tahoe such as the RST Edition, the Tahoe Custom Edition, or the Tahoe Custom Midnight Edition, or come in to see the Tahoe for yourself.

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