2022 Chevrolet Tahoe vs Nissan Armada
Some buyers are specifically looking for three-row SUVs. The Chevy Tahoe and Nissan Armada are great options if anyone wants to drive something that's capable, spacious, and well-equipped. These models have a lot to offer; this is evident by their somewhat high price tags. This overview will review what each has to offer and how they may differ from each other.
Chevrolet has made three engines available with the Tahoe. They're all quite powerful, so there's not really a bad choice here. The standard engine is a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8, and an upgraded version is an even larger 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8. The "smaller" engine, if you can call it that, can make 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The large one takes horsepower up to 420 and increases torque to 460 pound-feet.
Then, there's a Duramax 3.0-liter turbo-diesel option. It comes with 460 pound-feet of torque, along with 277 horsepower. One advantage to the diesel is that it's more efficient than the others are. It can earn an estimated 28 miles per gallon on the highway and 21 miles per gallon in the city. These are actually good numbers for a full-size SUV. In comparison, the regular V8s can achieve an estimated 20 miles per gallon on the highway and 14 miles per gallon in the city.
Chevrolet has paired all of these engines with a ten-speed automatic transmission, and there are a few different suspensions available. The lower trims have something that Chevy calls a premium smooth ride suspension. It does a great job of providing some cushioning and smoothing out the ride.
The other suspension system is an adaptive air ride suspension. It uses electrically controlled air springs to make necessary adjustments. Based on what's's going on with the roads, the stiffness of the suspension can be adjusted. This system can automatically level things out if the rear is weighed down, and it can adjust ride height to either increase ground clearance or make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle. It can lower itself down to make itself more aerodynamic as well.
Something similar is magnetic ride control. This feature is found on select Tahoes, and it uses electro-magnetism rather than moving valves to change the damper fluid. It can make small adjustments to the vertical suspension for each wheel, and it contributes to traction, steering precision, and overall performance.
Rear-wheel drive is the standard drivetrain to have. Four-wheel drive is optional. Towing capacity is very high at 8,400 pounds, and several mechanisms can make it easier and safer to tow cargo. There are multiple trailer views that can be included with the advanced trailer system. Also included with this system are pre-departure checklists, trailer tire pressure monitoring, and hitch guidance.
The Nissan Armada matches up nicely with the Tahoe. It has a towing capacity of 8,500 pounds, and it has numerous mechanisms that can enhance the driving experience when hauling heavy loads. An auto-leveling suspension is standard with the Armada, and trailer sway control is optional. Tow/Haul mode comes with downhill speed control to make it safer to descend steep slopes. Thanks to an available all-around view monitor, drivers can clearly see what they're doing when trying to line things up just right.
One difference between the Armada and the Tahoe is that the Armada only has one engine. It can certainly handle itself well, as it's a 5.6-liter V8 engine with the ability to make 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. This puts it in the middle of the Tahoe's two available V8s in terms of capability. Nissan has given the Armada a seven-speed automatic transmission that has manual shift mode.
There are other modes to take advantage of as well. The Nissan SUV can be set up with 4x4 capability. In this case, the vehicle would have a 4HI and 4LO mode, in addition to a Snow mode. Having a two-speed transfer case can be so useful for people who deal with many different conditions. They can easily switch between the modes by simply turning a switch. If a wheel ever begins to slip, the available 4x4 system can apply brakes to that wheel and redistribute power to the ones that can do the most with it.
Fuel efficiency is not a strength for the Nissan Armada. It can only earn up to 14 miles per gallon in the city and 19 miles per gallon on the highway. This is similar to what a Tahoe with a V8 engine can do, but it doesn't come that close to the fuel efficiency of a Tahoe with a diesel engine.
These vehicles are far from dainty. They're large and powerful, and they may take some getting used to for some drivers. Their big engines make them feel strong and athletic. People can feel confident when they get behind the wheel of the Tahoe and Armada, but they will have to pay careful attention when making maneuvers in tight spaces.
The Chevy Tahoe is 210.7 inches long, and it's 81 inches wide and 75.8 inches tall. The Armada is slightly smaller in terms of length and width. It's actually the same height as the Tahoe, but it's 208.9 inches long and 79.9 inches wide.
There are much bigger discrepancies between the two models when looking at how much interior space they have to offer. The Tahoe feels quite cavernous. Behind its third row of seating, it has 25.5 cubic feet of space, and cargo capacity can be increased to 122.9 cubic feet by lowering the second and third rows.
It's not as if the Armada is small, as it's able to offer 92.6 cubic feet of total cargo space. However, it just doesn't have as much room for items as the Tahoe does. Behind the third row of the Armada, there's a cargo hold that has a volume of 16.5 cubic feet. This should be more than satisfactory for some buyers, but others are going to be trying to maximize their interior space.
Leg room in these three-row SUVs is pretty good, but again, the Tahoe comes out ahead. It has 44.5 inches and 42 inches of leg room in its first and second rows, respectively. Even its back row feels spacious, coming with 36.7 inches of leg room. This rivals what some other vehicles offer in their second rows of seating, and it's much more than what many other three-row vehicles can provide.
In a noticeable contrast, the Nissan Armada only has 28.4 inches of third-row leg room. Because of this, adults might not enjoy riding back there. With 41.9 and 41 inches of first- and second-row leg room, space isn't a concern for riders in the middle and front of the cabins.
One area in which the Nissan Armada stands out is in regards to its luxurious cabin. It comes standard with a ten-way power-adjustable driver's seat with two-way power lumbar support. Its front-passenger seat is power-adjustable, too, and it can be moved in eight ways and offers two-way power lumbar support. Most trims have heated front seats, and some can have heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, and heated steering wheels. Cloth, leatherette, leather, and quilted leather are the choices for upholstery.
The Tahoe doesn't come standard with power-adjustable front seats, but they are found in higher trims. Cloth, leather, and perforated leather upholstery are available, and the second and third rows can have a power-release function that makes it easier to adjust their positioning. Like the Armada, the Tahoe can have a power-adjustable steering column. The difference is that the Armada comes standard with this feature, while only select Tahoes have it. While some Tahoes may be able to have heated and ventilated from seats, unfortunately, the company had trouble putting this feature into many of its 2022 models.
The technology that can be found on these vehicles is very advanced. An eight-inch touchscreen is what the entry-level Tahoe has. It comes with Bluetooth, voice recognition, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. SiriusXM is standard, too, as is Wi-Fi capability.
With the next trim in the Tahoe's lineup, many more upgrades are included. First of all, it has wireless charging, as do the rest of the models in the lineup. This is in addition to two USB ports in each of the three rows. Mid-level and higher trims of the Tahoe have 10.2-inch touchscreens with Google built-in technology. This Google technology comes with many programs, such as Google Assistant and Google Maps, that make it easy to access information while driving.
The 10.2-inch touchscreen complements the available 12-inch driver information center. This display can be personalized, and it can show all kids of data as well as safety concerns and diagnostic information. On the base trim, that digital information center measures eight inches, which is still a good size.
Six speakers are included with the first trim of the Tahoe. The others offer nine or ten Bose speakers, with the more advanced system having CenterPoint technology to enhance audio quality.
The digital information center in the Armada is seven inches, so it's not quite as eye-catching as the one in the Tahoe. However, all Armadas are equipped with 12.3-inch touchscreens that will get a lot of attention. With this touchscreen, navigation is included. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and SiriusXM are all standard, and so is Wi-Fi capability.
Four USB ports and four speakers have been given to the base trim of the Armada. Mid-level trims have six speakers, and the higher ones have 13 speakers, one of which is a subwoofer. At the higher end of the spectrum, an Armada could also have wireless charging and five total USB ports.
One other thing that the Armada can have is a tri-zone entertainment system. It comes with two eight-inch monitors and USB/HDMI inputs. It offers a remote control and a pair of wireless headphones.
With this type of vehicle, people should expect to see advanced safety equipment. They won't be disappointed with either of these SUVs. The Tahoe has a full set of driver-assist technology, including automatic emergency braking and a following distance indicator. All trims have lane departure warning and lane keep assist, and most have blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. There's an option to get reverse automatic braking, which could be very helpful in some situations. A rearview camera is standard, as one would assume from a modern vehicle, and a 360-degree monitoring system is available.
The exception is that the Tahoe doesn't have standard adaptive cruise control. It's too bad that this feature isn't include with the entire lineup like it is on the Nissan Armada.
In addition to having adaptive cruise control, the base trim of the Nissan Armada has all of the features found on the entry-level trim of the Tahoe, plus more. It gets to have a driver alertness program, and it has blind spot intervention, rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse automatic braking. Its higher trims have the ability to read traffic signs and remind drivers of that information, and they can have intelligent rear view mirrors and all-around monitors. That type of rear view mirror can double as a display, showing the live video feed taken by the SUV's rear-facing camera.
Which Has the Best Value?
These vehicles are somewhat expensive, but this makes sense given all the features that they can come with. The Armada starts off with a cost of $49,500. The Platinum is the nicest trim available, and its cost is $68,900.
The Tahoe has a similar starting price, which is $50,500. The price jumps up to $56,000 for the next trim in the lineup, and three out of the six trims are priced higher than $60,000. The most expensive Tahoe is the High Country, which costs $71,100.
The High Country does have great capability and mechanical components, along with a refined exterior, a sophisticated cabin, and 22-inch wheels. It doesn't quite have the same luxury feel as the Platinum trim of the Armada does, and the same can be said for the base trims. It does seem as if the Armada offers more value, but remember that it's the smaller out of the two vehicles.
Which is Better?
The Chevrolet Tahoe scores a lot of points because it has three available engines. Some buyers really prefer having a choice of powertrain. The Tahoe can be outfitted with equipment that makes it stronger than the Armada, and it can also be more efficient. Beyond this, the Chevy Tahoe is the bigger vehicle, and this will be important to many customers.
The Armada might not have as much space, but it does a great job of treating passengers to a nice ride. It feels like a high-end vehicle with all of its special features and advanced technology. Plus, it has a comprehensive safety package. If people want to spoil themselves and don't necessarily need the space that a Tahoe offers, then the Armada could end up being an excellent decision.