2019 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. Toyota 4Runner

January 17th, 2019 by

2019 chevrolet tahoe

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe comes standard with Chevy’s 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine. This engine offers best-in-class V8 fuel efficiency, clocking in at 15 mpg city / 22 mpg highway in the base two-wheel drive configuration. This powerful engine generates 355 horsepower and 383 pounds per foot of torque. When equipped with the optional Max Trailering Package, this allows the Tahoe to achieve an impressive maximum towing capacity of 8,600 pounds.

This power dwarfs that of the 4Runner in comparison, as Toyota’s offering comes standard with a 4.0-liter V6 engine that, while decent for its class, falls far short of the raw power of the Chevy Tahoe. The 4Runner’s V6 engine generates a mere 270 horsepower and only 278 pounds per foot of torque in comparison. While still quite respectable, these numbers pale in comparison to the Tahoe and result in a much lower towing capacity of only 5,000 pounds.

But what clinches this category for the Tahoe is fuel efficiency. Despite the 4Runner’s smaller V6 engine, it is only able to achieve 17 mpg city / 20 mpg highway, so drivers will be getting the significantly improved power and performance from the Tahoe for comparable fuel efficiency. The decision becomes even easier for drivers who travel at highway speeds more frequently, as the Tahoe’s V8 outclasses the smaller V6 in EPA estimated highway fuel efficiency by 10%. More power and better fuel efficiency in one? That’s definitely a no-brainer.

Chevy’s standard Tahoe model also comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, while Toyota’s 4Runner makes use of a five-speed automatic. The Tahoe’s six-speed transmission offers a much more refined driving experience, and you’ll hardly notice the vehicle shifting in comparison. The Tahoe also offers a much better quality ride, thanks to Chevy’s inclusion of its Premium Smooth Ride suspension, which isolates the passenger compartment from rough pavement. The vehicle also offers an extremely quiet ride for an SUV, shutting out engine noise, wind noise, and road noise extremely effectively.

The 4Runner’s double wishbone suspension, while suitable for the twisting and torquing of more extreme off-road activities, will feel very raw and dated in comparison. Today, most drivers who purchase SUVs tend to prefer them for their size, safety, and durability — and not for off-roading — so in that regard, most drivers will prefer the superb ride quality of the Tahoe here. All in all, this results in outsized performance by the Tahoe, as drivers will be getting much more power in a smooth, refined ride while benefiting from best-in-class V8 fuel efficiency.

Interior Room and Accessibility

Both vehicles are roomy and can feature a third row of seating, though the Chevy Tahoe comes with the third-row standard. In addition, the Tahoe is significantly larger in just about every respect, ensuring that drivers have plenty of space for their passengers or their cargo. In fact the Chevy Tahoe dominates in headroom, shoulder room, hip room, and leg room, winning every single measure except for third-row legroom. The Tahoe can seat up to nine, while the 4Runner peaks at a seating capacity of seven (even with the third row added).

In terms of total vehicle size, the Tahoe clocks in at just under 14 inches longer overall, making this all possible, and approximately 5 inches wider and 3 inches taller. The Tahoe’s lower ground clearance (7.8 inches instead of 9.6) also makes it more suited to those who travel with elderly passengers or the very young, as the vehicle is more easily accessible from the ground. The 4Runner can be awkward to climb into or out of at times. Hands down, the Tahoe offers more interior room for passengers or cargo, though you’ll have to fold the seats down to get the most out of the cargo hold.

Safety Features

The Chevy Tahoe distinguishes itself in this category by offering many more safety features than the Toyota 4Runner. The Tahoe comes with Rear Park Assist as standard. Additionally, Chevy’s Teen Driver technology allows parents to configure the vehicle to activate customizable settings tied to a key fob so that an inexperienced driver does not obtain the full capabilities of the vehicle, as certain safety systems are turned on, and certain vehicle features are limited. Additionally, an in-vehicle report card allows parents to monitor their teen’s driving. Teen Driver Technology, or anything comparable, is not offered on any 4Runner configuration.

The Tahoe also comes standard with the capability for OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services. These features distinguish the Tahoe from the 4Runner, as Toyota counters with ToyotaCare with Roadside Assistance. However, Roadside Assistance coverage is only free for two years and must be extended afterward to a maximum of seven years total. If you plan to drive your car beyond that, you won’t be able to extend ToyotaCare. However, since Chevy Connected Services is pay as you go, you can extend coverage forever and enjoy peace of mind knowing that no matter how many years you own your Tahoe, help is never far should you encounter a problem.

Technology and Amenities

The Tahoe really distinguishes itself in its technical features and amenities. Chevy has included an eight-inch display screen for its infotainment offering, which dwarfs the 4Runner’s smaller 6.1-inch screen. Both are touchscreens, but the difference in size and functionality is very noticeable. The Tahoe also offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, supporting the two most popular smartphone operating systems, and thus ensuring that your device will be able to connect seamlessly to the vehicle. The 4Runner cannot counter with either. In comparison, the 4Runner’s technology suite of USB ports and AC outlets feels very dated — the Tahoe has those too — hence, the Tahoe wins this one.

In addition, the Chevy Tahoe comes standard with Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control and makes the 4Runner’s simple air conditioning setup seem downright primitive. In fact, 4Runner drivers would have to upgrade to the premium Limited trim level before they would even get a Dual Zone climate control setup, and models with the optional third row have no option for Tri-Zone. Yet Chevy offers the Tri-Zone setup on its base LS model Tahoe, ensuring that everybody in the Tahoe has a comfortable temperature.

Air conditioning in the 4Runner is also loud in comparison to the Tahoe, which starts off loud if the vehicle is hot, but quiets down as the vehicle cools to temperature. Additionally, the base 4Runner model only features a power-adjustable driver seat, while the Tahoe comes standard with this feature on both front row seats, which is something many car owners have come to expect.

As outlined above, the Chevrolet Tahoe bests the Toyota 4Runner in just about every category, making the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe for sale in Purcell, Oklahoma the clear choice for savvy buyers.

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