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2012 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. Its Competition

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Both the Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia offer a similar truck-based configuration, but amp up the macho design cues, both inside and out.

Compared to the Tahoe, the Armada has lower fuel economy ratings and doesn't feel as refined; meanwhile, the Sequoia doesn't ride as well.

The primary rival for the Tahoe is the Ford Expedition; the Ford's engine has power and torque numbers that are close to those of the Chevy, yet it doesn't feel as quick.

Some would argue that the Expedition rides and handles a bit better in its base form, though.

The Expedition is due to get an engine upgrade—some form of Ford's new 5.0-liter V-8—within the next year, so at that time it may have an advantage over the GM utes.

Against the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid, the most direct rival is probably the Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTec, which gets great real-world fuel economy, performs and tows well, and breaks past the old noisy, sooty diesel impressions.

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe2012 Chevrolet Tahoe2012 Ford Expedition 2WD 4-door Limited Side Exterior View2012 Ford Expedition2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class 4MATIC 4-door 4.6L Side Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz GL Class2012 Nissan Armada 2WD 4-door SV Side Exterior View2012 Nissan Armada2012 Toyota Sequoia RWD 5.7L Limited (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Toyota Sequoia
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The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe is no longer fresh-faced, but it remains one of the best bets for those needing tough, true truck capability and plenty of passenger space.
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If you're one of the few SUV fans left standing in the full-size arena, the 2012 Ford Expedition offers truck toughness in a well-rounded, well-featured SUV package.
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With rugged styling, fairly nimble handling and diesel economy, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class can charm the mud right off a Land Rover Range Rover.
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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.
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Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas V8Gas V8
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N/AN/A4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/ASport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door 1500 LS2WD 4-Door XL4MATIC 4-Door GL350 BlueTEC2WD 4-Door SVRWD 4.6L SR5 (SE)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sport Utility4 DoorSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
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