Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Chevrolet TAHOE VS 2015 Land Rover Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Chevrolet TAHOE

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2015 Land Rover

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Tahoe are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Land Rover LR4 doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.

Both the Tahoe and LR4 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Tahoe has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The LR4’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Tahoe has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The LR4 doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Tahoe LTZ offers optional Crash Imminent Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The LR4 offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Chevrolet Tahoe has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The LR4 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Tahoe’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The LR4 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Tahoe has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The LR4 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Tahoe and the LR4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Tahoe 1 year and 50,000 miles longer than Land Rover covers the LR4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the LR4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tahoe for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Land Rover only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the LR4.

There are over 24 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tahoe’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Tahoe has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The LR4 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe third among large suvs in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The LR4 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 13th in reliability. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Land Rover is ranked 29th.

Engine Comparison

The Tahoe’s 5.3 V8 produces 15 more horsepower (355 vs. 340) and 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (383 vs. 332) than the LR4’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Tahoe 4x4 gets better fuel mileage than the LR4 (16 city/22 hwy vs. 15 city/19 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Tahoe’s fuel efficiency. The LR4 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Tahoe uses regular unleaded gasoline. The LR4 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Tahoe has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the LR4 (26 vs. 22.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Tahoe stops shorter than the LR4:

Tahoe

LR4

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Tahoe has larger standard tires than the LR4 (265/65R18 vs. 255/55R19). The Tahoe’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the LR4 (285/45R22 vs. 255/55R19).

The Tahoe’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the LR4’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tahoe offers optional 22-inch wheels. The LR4’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

The Chevrolet Tahoe’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Land Rover LR4 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The Tahoe has a standard full size spare so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare costs extra on the LR4 Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Tahoe offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The LR4’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tahoe’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the LR4 (116 inches vs. 113.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 5.5 inches wider in the front and 5.1 inches wider in the rear than on the LR4.

The Tahoe LTZ 4x4 handles at .79 G’s, while the LR4 HSE pulls only .66 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Tahoe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 300 pounds less than the Land Rover LR4.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the LR4 can only carry up to 7.

The Tahoe has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 2.9 inches more front legroom, 5.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear legroom, 5.9 inches more rear shoulder room and 19.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the LR4.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tahoe’s middle row seats recline. The LR4’s middle row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Tahoe’s cargo area provides more volume than the LR4.

Tahoe

LR4

Behind Third Seat

15.3 cubic feet

9.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

51.6 cubic feet

42.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

94.7 cubic feet

90.3 cubic feet

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Tahoe’s (except LS) optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The LR4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The Tahoe’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The LR4’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Tahoe LT/LTZ has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The LR4 doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Tahoe’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The LR4 has two small center buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

The Tahoe has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The LR4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Tahoe’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The LR4 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Tahoe has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the LR4 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Tahoe’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the LR4’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Tahoe offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The LR4 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Tahoe LTZ’s standard air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The LR4 doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Tahoe’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The LR4 doesn’t offer a filtration system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Land Rover LR4 by over eighteen to one during the 2014 model year.

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