Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Land Rover LR4 VS 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Land Rover LR4

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2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

Safety Comparison

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the LR4. But it costs extra on the Tahoe.

The LR4 HSE offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Tahoe only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the LR4 uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Tahoe uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the LR4 and the Tahoe 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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The LR4 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Tahoe’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The LR4’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Tahoe runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the LR4 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Tahoe.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the LR4’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tahoe doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the LR4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Tahoe:

LR4

Tahoe

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The LR4 stops shorter than the Tahoe:

LR4

Tahoe

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

180 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

136 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

The LR4’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tahoe LS/LT’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the LR4 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Tahoe LS/LT.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Land Rover LR4 has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Tahoe has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The front and rear suspension of the LR4 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Tahoe, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For better maneuverability, the LR4’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Tahoe’s (37.6 feet vs. 39 feet).

For greater off-road capability the LR4 has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Tahoe (9.5 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the LR4 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The LR4 is 1 foot, 1.9 inches shorter than the Tahoe, making the LR4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The LR4 is 5.1 inches narrower than the Tahoe, making the LR4 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Unibody construction makes the LR4’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Tahoe doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

Passenger Space Comparison

The LR4 has 3.7 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more third row headroom and 11.5 inches more third row legroom than the Tahoe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The LR4’s cargo area is larger than the Tahoe’s in almost every dimension:

LR4

Tahoe

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

13.3”/44.3”/76.8”

11.1”/43.2”/79.9”

Max Width

48.6”

n/a

Min Width

45.1”

49.3”

Height

41.7”

33.9”

Ergonomics Comparison

The LR4’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Tahoe’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the LR4 the driver can raise them all using the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Tahoe can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The LR4 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Tahoe doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the LR4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Tahoe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The LR4 HSE has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Tahoe doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the LR4 HSE detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Tahoe doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the LR4 HSE offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Tahoe doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Recommendations Comparison

The LR4 was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2011 4x4 of the Year. The Tahoe has never been chosen.

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