Full-size SUVs aren’t the most popular segment of the automotive industry but their importance is measured in other ways. For many carmakers, these vehicles are a matter of prestige, flagship models that display the company’s latest technologies and engineering. That’s why the competition among these large vehicles is always interesting.
Most of the models are pretty fresh and competitive, while the next year is about to bring some novelties too. This particularly refers to the all-new Toyota Sequoia, which will be redesigned after almost 15 years. On the other hand, models like Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon have just been redesigned, while the Ford Expedition has been updated for the 2022 model years.
Here is a quick walk through the segment of mainstream full-size SUVs, which includes several interesting and extremely capable options:
Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban
The popular full-size SUV received a full redesign and with all the updates we’ve seen, it is hard to believe that bigger changes could occur in the near future. The 2023 Tahoe will represent the third production year of the generation, the best we could see are novelties regarding the standard and available equipment.
Considering the pretty fresh design, it’s no wonder that Tahoe is one of the best models in the class. It is easy to drive and comes with lots of standard equipment. Still, its main strength is the amount of interior space. All three rows accommodate adults with ease, while the cargo area is one of the most generous in the class. You may count on about 25.5 cubic feet behind the third-row seats and 72.6 cubic feet with those seats folded. The overall cargo volume goes all away up to 122.9 cubic feet.
The Suburban is even more impressive in this aspect. It offers 41.5 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats, 93.8 cubic feet behind the second, and impressive 144.7 cubic feet of the total cargo volume.
Another strong selling point of these SUVs is the broad range of engine options on the offer. Base models come with a familiar 5.3-liter V8, which puts out around 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. For those who are looking for something peppier, there is a bigger 6.2-liter V8, which puts out around 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Finally, there is the diesel version, which comes equipped with a 3.0-liter V6. This one puts out around 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. What’s great about this engine is fuel economy, which goes around 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
The starting price for Tahoe should go around $51.000, while the Suburban would cost you about $3.000 more.
With the recent update, there is no doubt that the current generation of Ford’s flagship SUV will remain competitive for the next few years. The recent refresh has brought a lot of new things, starting from the new styling, which looks notably more attractive than before.
Besides the new styling, there are a few big novelties on the inside, including a new infotainment system, with new software and a larger touchscreen. High-end versions feature a 15.5-inch touchscreen and a hands-free driving mode.
When it comes to passenger space, the Expedition is one of the class leaders, which accommodated adult passengers in all three rows. The cargo area offers around 21 cubic feet behind the third row, 63.6 cubic feet behind the second row and up to 104.6 cubic feet behind the front row. You can also get a long-wheelbase version called Expedition Max, which offers up to 36 cubic feet behind the third row, 80 cubic feet behind the second and 121.5 cubic feet in total.
Under the hood, the Expedition comes with a potent 3.5-liter V6, which comes in three output variants. Base versions are good for about 380 horsepower, while higher trims are good for about 400 horsepower. Also, there is a new Stealth Performance package, with a max output of 440 horsepower. All three versions come in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission. When properly equipped, the Expedition can tow up to 9.300 pounds.
The base Expedition starts at around $52.500, while the Expedition Max goes around 55.000 dollars.
Nissan’s full-size SUV received a facelift for the 2021 model year. So, we are pretty sure that the current generation will remain in production for some more time and that the 2023 Armada won’t look much different than the current model. Still, that doesn’t change the fact that Armada is one of the oldest models in the class, with the design that dates from 2010 when the current-generation Patrol started production.
Despite the age, the Armada still has a lot of good things to offer. We particularly like the new styling, which looks very futuristic. Also, the cabin has received updates and now features a bigger touchscreen and more connectivity features. The dashboard looks outdated, but the materials and overall build quality are pretty impressive.
The Armada is quite spacious in all three rows, though the third row isn’t as comfortable as in some rivals. Also, the cargo area offers around 16.5 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats, 49.9 cubic feet behind the second row and 95.4 in total, which is less than you get from other full-size SUVs on the market.
One of the reasons why we like Armada is the powerful V8 engine, which offers around 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Besides good driving dynamics, this SUV also offers pretty engaging handling for a vehicle of this size.
The starting price currently goes around 50.000 dollars.
The current generation of Toyota’s huge SUV is by far the oldest model in the class. It’s been around since 2008, so it’s no wonder that the spacious cabin and lots of cargo space are its only strong points at the moment. Fortunately, this is about to change, as the 2023 Sequoia is about to come completely redesigned.
Of course, we expect to see significant improvements, considering the age of the outgoing model. One of the first things that come to mind is the powertrain. The current V8 will be retired and the new model will come with a 3.4-liter twin-turbo V6. The new unit puts out around 389 horsepower and pretty respectable 479 pound-feet of torque. Also, there is a new 10-speed automatic transmission. We also expect to see a hybrid version of the SUV, with a max output of 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque.
Of course, this won’t be the only big novelty. We are about to see many other upgrades, starting from the new styling, significantly updated interior design and loads of new tech and safety features.
We expect that the all-new Sequoia will hit the market sometime in the second half of 2022. The starting price should go around 52.000 dollars.
Chevy Tahoe’s mechanical twin comes in the form of a GMC Yukon, which was also redesigned last year. The new generation looks more aggressive than before and we particularly like the new interior design, which seems more upscale compared to Chevy’s model.
Also, there is the famous Denali trim, which brings more luxury and lots of exclusive styling details, such as grille, wheels etc. For the first time, the Denali comes with a unique dashboard design, different from the rest of the lineup.
In terms of mechanics, things are the same as in Chevy’s player. You may count on the same engine options, while dimensions are also pretty much the same. This further indicates the same amount of passenger space, while the cargo area is also pretty similar. You may count on about 25.5 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats, 72.6 cubic feet with the third-row seats folded down and 122.9 cubic feet of the total cargo volume.
The Suburban’s twin comes in the form of Yukon XL and also brings notable improvements regarding cargo space.
The standard Yukon costs around 52.000 dollars, while the XL stands an additional $2.700.