2012 Chevrolet Suburban vs. Its Competition

2012 Chevrolet Suburban
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

They don't get much bigger than the Suburban--unless we're talking about its mechanical clone, the GMC Yukon XL, which can be a bit more pricey than its Chevy cousin, or the Cadillac Escalade ESV, which soars far above either with a sticker that starts at more than $65,000.

Ford's Expedition EL almost equals the Suburban on space, and has a superior third-row seat that folds flat, but its powertrain isn't quite as muscular.

The Nissan Armada's V-8 is up to snuff, but the styling inside and out is a little offbeat, and the cabin has lots of plasticky trim.

The Toyota Sequoia shares its Tundra cousin's powertrains, which makes it a little more refined than the others here, but of all the vehicles here it drives with the least zeal.

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Quick Specs
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Old-school, mostly in the right ways, the Chevrolet Suburban's survived the big-SUV shakeout for a reason.
The 2012 Ford Expedition EL offers the most full-size truck XXXXXXXtoughness in a well-rounded, well-featured SUV package.
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It's lacking in some features and its interior is a bit cheap, but the 2012 Nissan Armada has rugged good looks and a beefy V-8 powertrain.
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The 2012 Toyota Sequoia delivers traditional truck toughness, towing ability, and strong V-8 engines—plus the macho look to go with it.
MSRP From     
$42,220$65,770$40,055$43,555$39,870$40,930
Gas Mileage     
10 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy10 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/ASport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door 1500 LS2WD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door XL2WD 4-Door 1500 SLE2WD 4-Door SVRWD 4.6L SR5 (SE)
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
975888
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/A4N/A
Body Style     
4 Door 15004 Door4 DoorSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission     
AutomaticHD Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic