GMC Yukon vs. Chevy Tahoe

June 12th, 2022 by

When shopping for a full-size SUV, you’ll find many options on the market. Two popular models you might explore include the GMC Yukon and the Chevy Tahoe. These vehicles share many of the same qualities but also differ in a few ways. Our team at Meadowland GMC wants to help you decide which might be best for you, whether you’re looking for a vehicle to bring the kids to school or taking your SUV on an off-road adventure. Let’s look at how the Tahoe and the Yukon compare.


There are two different GMC Yukon options for you to choose from: the Yukon and the Yukon XL. Each has three trim options: the SLE, SLT, and Denali. The Yukon and XL have similar features, with the main difference being the size of the vehicle. The XL is the bigger model, with an exterior length of 225.2 inches compared to the Yukon’s 210 inches.

The Chevy Tahoe has many more trim options to choose from. Starting with the LS model, you’ll find the LT, RST, Z71, Premier, and High Country. Each price increases but also offers more standard features as you move up in trims.


The GMC Yukon has several exterior features that give it a tough look that can handle many driving conditions. With 20-inch all-season Blackwall tires and 17-inch and 20-inch aluminum wheels, you can move this SUV on many different terrains. You can also upgrade to 22-inch wheels if you prefer a higher ride. You’ll also find standard features on the SLT model, like assist steps, LED lights, and heated outside mirrors, with upgrade options like roof rack cross rails.

The Chevy Tahoe’s sturdy exterior shows that it’s sturdy and built for safety and power. The base trim comes with 18-inch wheels and all-season tires that allow it to drive through the changing conditions of Carmel. It also comes standard with a chrome roof rack luggage carrier. Available for upgrade or on the higher trims, you can get 22-inch spoke wheels. Similar to the Yukon, this SUV also comes with LED lights.


Both vehicles are rear-wheel drives with the option to get all-wheel drive. The GMC Yukon comes standard with a 5.3-liter eight-cylinder engine that boasts 355 horsepower and puts out 383 lb-ft. ff torque. You can upgrade to the 3.0-liter diesel engine with less horsepower and a little extra torque. Each vehicle comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Chevy Tahoe has the same standard engine, producing the same horsepower and torque. If you choose the High Country trim, you’ll get a standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine that can generate 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. of torque.

Cargo, Towing, and Payload

The Chevy Tahoe has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 7,400 lbs and can trailer between 7,900 and 8,400 lbs. The GMC Yukon has the same payload with a max trailer weight of 7,900. Both offer 122.9-cubic feet in storage with the second and third rows of seats folded down, providing plenty of storage space for equipment or luggage for long trips.

Cabin Space

The cabin space for both vehicles is the same. They both have three rows of seating that can fit seven people comfortably, which is perfect for when you’re on a road trip with friends or picking the kids up from school. For legroom, you can expect 44.5 inches for front-seat passengers, 42 inches in the second row, and 34.9 inches in the back row. Headroom measurements are 42.3 inches in the front, 38.9 in the middle, and 38.2 inches in the back.


Both SUVs have very similar technology components that come standard in their models. For example, you’ll find a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 12-inch driver information system. The Tahoe comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, and the Yukon has a nine-speaker Bose system. You’ll also find several power outlets and USB connections to help you stay connected on long drives or when off-roading.

Fuel Economy

The GMC Yukon and Chevy Tahoe both have the same fuel economy and similar engines. You’ll get 15 miles per gallon in the city and 20 on the highways. This can vary depending on the trim. With higher trims like the High Country and the Denali, you might see a lower fuel economy of 14 mpg when driving in the cities.


Both the Yukon and the Tahoe have the same safety ratings, protecting you on and off the road with airbags and technology features to keep you safe. Common features in the Yukon include forward-collision warnings, blind zone alerts, and lane-departure warnings. These are available on the lower trims in the Tahoe and standard in the higher trims. Available on the higher trims on both vehicles is adaptive cruise control, which adjusts your speed depending on the weather and traffic conditions. You’ll also find hitch guidance and trailer guidance systems to help you tow your trailers safely across terrains.

Should I Choose the GMC Yukon or the Chevy Tahoe?

As both of these vehicles have many exact specifications and capabilities, it could depend on what type of look you want in your car. They both have rugged exteriors. The Yukon has more of a luxury appearance, while the Tahoe looks more like a functional truck. Price can also factor into your decision for which vehicle to pursue, as this can vary for each model and trim.

You can check out the used inventory at Meadowland GMC when shopping for a full-size SUV. You’ll find several specials on our pre-owned vehicles. Before you stop in, consider checking out our finance center, where you can review our payment calculator, estimate the value for your trade, and research your financing and leasing options that work best with your budget. Contact our dealership at (888) 741-3918 to speak to our certified professionals. They can help answer your questions and schedule a time to check out the GMC Yukons and Chevy Tahoes we have in stock.

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