Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 GMC YUKON VS 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

Safety Comparison

Both the Yukon and the Tahoe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seat center airbag, 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the GMC Yukon is safer than the Chevrolet Tahoe:



Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

18 inches

18 inches




Spine Acceleration

50 G’s

50 G’s

Hip Force

893 lbs.

893 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Engine Comparison

The Yukon Denali’s standard 6.2 V8 produces 65 more horsepower (420 vs. 355) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 383) than the Tahoe’s 5.3 V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the GMC Yukon 5.3 V8 is faster than the Chevrolet Tahoe:



Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.7 MPH

90.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Yukon has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Tahoe doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Yukon SLT 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Tahoe LTZ 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Yukon SLT 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Tahoe LTZ 4x4 (27.5 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Yukon has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Tahoe (8 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Yukon to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Yukon Denali uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Tahoe doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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



Third Seat Folded

57.6 cubic feet

51.6 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

The Yukon’s front and rear power windows all lower 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 open them fully.

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