2022 Chevrolet Tahoe vs Suburban
The 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe is a true full-sized SUV, complete with three rows of seats. The Tahoe can accommodate between seven to nine people, depending on the selected seat configuration. The Tahoe also offers massive amounts of cargo space. This SUV has a quiet and comfortable interior with plenty of standard features. Performance is strong, and the Tahoe is quite agile for its size.
The 2022 Chevrolet Suburban also has room for up to nine passengers and an even larger cargo hold. It offers similar power and performance when compared to the Tahoe. Just like the Tahoe, the Suburban also has a nice interior and surprisingly good handling. In fact, these two SUVs share quite a lot in common, both being produced by the same automaker. They even have very similar starting price points.
While there are many similarities, the Tahoe and Suburban are both built on separate platforms. These two vehicles are largely aimed at the same demographic, but their differences could make one a better choice than the other for some specific buyers. For that reason, we will take a closer look at both SUVs to find out exactly what those major differences are.
Size and Styling
Chevy's Tahoe and Suburban have comparable sizes with the Suburban being longer. Both vehicles stand 76-inches tall and are 81-inches wide. The Tahoe is 211-inches long while the Suburban is 226-inches long. The Suburban puts those extra 15 inches to good use, translating them into more cargo space.
On the inside, the Tahoe has 42.3-inches of headroom at the first row, 38.9-inches at the second row and 38.2-inches at the third row. When it comes to legroom, there's 44.5-inches in the first row, 42-inches in the second row and 36.7-inches in the third row. The Tahoe offers 25.5 cubic-feet of storage space with all of the seats in use. This can be expanded up to 72.6 cubic-feet by folding down the third-row seats and 122.9 cubic-feet by folding down the third and second rows.
The Suburban has the exact same amount of headroom and legroom as the Tahoe at all three rows. There's 41.5 cubic-feet of storage space behind the third row, 93.8 cubic-feet of space behind the second row and an impressive 144.7 cubic feet behind the first row. Both vehicles have a great amount of space for passengers to stretch out in. The Suburban, however, wins hands down when it comes to cargo space.
The Tahoe and Suburban both offer great visibility for the driver. They have very similar exterior styles. These SUVs strike a nice balance between a tough and rugged look with just the right amount of elegance and sophistication. Chevrolet calls the top trim level for both SUVs the High Country. The High Country version of both vehicles comes with a set of 22-inch sterling-silver wheels with chrome inserts.
Both SUVs have LED headlights, taillights and daytime-running lights. The exterior mirrors have power-adjustment and power-folding features. Heating and an auto-dimming feature are available at the higher trim levels. Chevrolet also offers rain-sensing, automatic windshield-wipers for the Tahoe and Suburban.
The latest Tahoe and Suburban both have the same three powertrain options. The base engine for both SUVs is a 5.3-liter V-8 that produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. This engine has an aluminum block, variable valve timing, direct injection and Dynamic Fuel Management technology. A Tahoe or Suburban equipped with this engine will have a combined fuel-economy rating of 17 miles-per-gallon.
While the standard V-8 offers plenty of power and torque, Chevrolet also offers a bigger 6.2-liter V-8 engine for both of these SUVs. This model makes 420 horsepower with 460 pound-feet of torque. This engine offers a combined fuel-economy rating of 16 miles-per-gallon. The trade-off here will likely be worth it for most buyers. The 6.2-liter engine offers significantly more power and far better acceleration for only a small hit to the fuel efficiency.
The 6.2-liter V-8 offers all of the same features as the 5.3-liter models. Like the smaller engine, the 6.2-liter has Chevrolet's Dynamic Fuel Management technology. This technology shuts down the engine cylinders at strategic moments in order to conserve fuel and to optimize efficiency. Every model of the Tahoe and Suburban get a 10-speed automatic transmission, no matter what engine they come equipped with.
Last of all, Chevrolet offers a 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine. The diesel motor makes 277 horsepower with 460 pound-feet of torque. Like the gasoline-powered SUVs, the diesel models also come equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Every model of the Tahoe and Suburban have an automatic transmission with overdrive and a Traction Select System. This system has special modes for towing and hauling heavy loads.
When properly equipped, a 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe can tow up to 7,900 pounds. The 2022 Chevrolet Suburban can pull slightly less weight, maxing out at 7,800 pounds. Both vehicles handle really well. They both offer 4-wheel drive for superior traction. They can even tackle modest off-road duties if needed. The Tahoe and Suburban offer quiet and smooth rides, though the Suburban does a little better in this category.
One of the differences that leads to a smoother ride for the Suburban is the inclusion of Magnetic Ride Control. This technology monitors each wheel individually and adjusts the suspension as needed to provide an amazingly comfortable ride. This system also further enhances the vehicle's traction and improves the steering dynamics.
The Tahoe and Suburban are both practical and versatile vehicles to drive and to own. Parking may be an issue with larger vehicles like these two, but this is somewhat mitigated by the great visibility and a number of driver-assist aids that make backing up and parking a lot easier. At the end of the day, both SUVs make great family vehicles, with plenty of room for both people and stuff.
Comfort, Options and Performance
Chevrolet's Tahoe and Suburban both come in different seating configurations. The standard setup is two bucket seats up front and a bench seat for the second and third rows. This can accommodate up to eight people. Buyers can also choose two captain's chairs for the second row, dropping the maximum number of passengers down to seven. Last of all, one can select three bench seats, moving the number up to nine people.
The seats are equally comfortable in both SUVs. They seem to be made of the same high-quality materials. Single seats are more padded and comfortable than the bench seats. Both the Tahoe and the Suburban offer premium cloth, leather-appointed and full perforated-leather seat trim. They both have available 10-way power seats up front with 2-way lumbar support.
Chevrolet offers heating and ventilation for the front seats in both SUVs. Power windows and door locks are standard on every model of both vehicles. The High Country models automatically get a memory feature for the driver's seat. The High Country trim level also has access to Chevrolet's Premium Package with a Panoramic Sunroof, Adaptive Cruise Control and a Max Trailering Package.
The 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2022 Chevrolet Suburban both come in the same six different trim levels. All models are available in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive variations, with the exception of the Z71 trim. The Z71 trim was designed to be the serious off-road model for both SUVs. As such, it only comes with four-wheel drive for better off-road traction. Z71 models of the Tahoe and Suburban have an upgraded suspension system with an Autotrac® 2-speed transfer case.
It's worth noting here that the Tahoe and Suburban both perform well during off-road excursions. This is especially true with the Z71 trim level for both SUVs. This makes both SUVs great for family trips or outings where the destination is off the beaten path. The off-road prowess and massive amounts of cargo space make the Tahoe and Suburban perfect for camping and fishing trips in remote locations.
At each of the six trim levels, Chevrolet offers nearly the same features for both the Tahoe and the Suburban. At every comparable trim level, the Suburban is slightly more expensive. Essentially, the driver is paying a bit more for the extra storage space and improved suspension system of the Suburban.
Passengers in either the Tahoe or Suburban will stay comfortable in all weather conditions thanks to the Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control. This system works great and adequately gets heat or air-conditioning to all three rows. High Country models get an extra Heads-Up Display, while all trim levels offer Keyless Entry and Keyless Start features.
Both SUVs have a standard AM/FM stereo and six speakers for music lovers to enjoy. The High Country models get a 10-speaker Surround-Sound system by Bose with CenterPoint Audio technology. The stereos in the High Country trim get an upgrade that includes more features and more watts of power for incredible volume and bass.
Both the Tahoe and Suburban come with Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 System with an 8-inch touchscreen display. This system includes Bluetooth for music streaming and is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The system has Voice Recognition Technology and also allows for hands-free phone calls. There's an available WiFi hotspot to help everyone to stay connected while riding in the Tahoe or Suburban.
Higher trim levels of the Tahoe and Suburban get an upgraded infotainment system. This is the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium System with a larger 10.2-inch touchscreen display. This upgraded system has built-in Google features and a navigation system that makes use of Google Maps.
Safety is one of the most important factors to consider when buying any new vehicle. Thankfully, Chevy has made sure that both the Tahoe and Suburban have plenty of passive and active safety features. They both also come equipped with a lot of driver-assist technology that can help to protect the driver and passengers. Once again, these two SUVs have almost identical features in this category at each of their six, shared trim levels.
All models of the Suburban and Tahoe will have seven standard airbags, unless it's a model with three bench seats. Models with three bench seats will only get six. This includes airbags for front and side-impact protection for the driver and front passenger. There are also head-curtain airbags for the front and rear outboard passengers. Every Suburban and Tahoe are compatible with OnStar® and Chevrolet Connected Services.
The rear areas feature child safety locks and windows. Every model of both SUVs has the standard LATCH system for securing child safety seats in the rear-seat area. A Tire-Pressure Monitoring System with a Tire-Fill Alert feature lowers the possibility of a flat or a blowout. Trailering-Assist Guidelines and a Trailer Side Blind-Zone Alert are available as options.
Warning tones sound to alert the driver and passengers when someone hasn't buckled their seat belt. Tones also sound when the interior lights are left on, or when a door is ajar. Every model of the Suburban and Tahoe have StabiliTrak with Traction Control. These systems enhance control and traction for a safer overall driving experience. Most models of the two SUVs have a rear HD camera, while the High Country models get an HD Surround-Vision Camera.
Chevrolet's Buckle to Drive system won't allow the Suburban or Tahoe to be shifted into reverse or drive unless everyone inside is buckled up. These two SUVs also have GM's Teen Driver Technology for every trim level. This system allows the owner to assign vehicle settings to a key FOB for younger, secondary drivers of the Tahoe or Suburban. It also provides a kind of "report card," so that the owner can monitor the driving habits of an inexperienced driver.
Both SUVs have Automatic Emergency Braking and anti-locking disc brakes. Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking is available as an option. Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking and a Following-Distance Indicator are all standard for the Suburban and Tahoe. Front and Rear Parking Assist makes it a lot easier to get these large SUVs in and out of parking spaces.
All models of both SUVs get Lane-Keep Assist with a Lane-Departure Warning. Lane-Change Alert with Side Blind-Zone Alert are optional for most trim levels. The High Country models of both vehicles feature a high-tech Safety Alert Seat. This unique seat gives the driver audible and haptic feedback to warn them of the direction of impending crashes. This, in turn, provides the driver with more time to make evasive maneuvers.
Which Model to Choose?
The 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2022 Chevrolet Suburban are both fantastic, full-sized SUVs. They both offer three rows of seats and more than enough cargo space. Both have almost all of the same comfort, convenience, entertainment and safety features. The performance stats are almost identical as well. The Suburban offers more cargo space, but is equal when it comes to the passenger space.
For most buyers, the Tahoe will be the better choice. It offers better value with the same features as the Suburban, but at a lower price in each of their shared trim levels. The extra storage space of a Suburban will seldom be worth the price increase.