Compare 2012 Chevrolet Suburban vs 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe vs 2012 Ford Expedition

2012 Chevrolet Suburban
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2WD 4-Door 1500 LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Suburban 2WD 4-Door 1500 LS 15 21 $39,264 $42,220
Suburban 2WD 4-Door 1500 LT 15 21 $42,761 $45,980
Suburban 2WD 4-Door 1500 LTZ 15 21 $51,256 $55,115
Suburban 2WD 4-Door 2500 LS 10 16 $40,761 $43,830
Suburban 2WD 4-Door 2500 LT 10 16 $44,240 $47,570
Suburban 4WD 4-Door 1500 LS 15 21 $41,910 $45,065
Suburban 4WD 4-Door 1500 LT 15 21 $45,407 $48,825
Suburban 4WD 4-Door 1500 LTZ 15 21 $54,046 $58,115
Suburban 4WD 4-Door 2500 LS 10 15 $43,403 $46,670
Suburban 4WD 4-Door 2500 LT 10 15 $46,885 $50,415
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2WD 4-Door 1500 LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tahoe 2WD 4-Door 1500 LS 15 21 $36,042 $38,755
Tahoe 2WD 4-Door 1500 LT 15 21 $40,831 $43,905
Tahoe 2WD 4-Door 1500 LTZ 15 21 $49,262 $52,970
Tahoe 4WD 4-Door 1500 LS 15 21 $39,817 $42,815
Tahoe 4WD 4-Door 1500 LT 15 21 $43,482 $46,755
Tahoe 4WD 4-Door 1500 LTZ 15 21 $52,149 $56,075
Tahoe Hybrid 2WD 4-Door 20 23 $49,111 $51,970
Tahoe Hybrid 4WD 4-Door 20 23 $51,762 $54,775
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2WD 4-Door King Ranch
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Expedition 2WD 4-Door King Ranch 14 20 $43,569 $46,780
Expedition 2WD 4-Door Limited 14 20 $42,196 $45,270
Expedition 2WD 4-Door XL 14 20 $34,242 $36,530
Expedition 2WD 4-Door XLT 14 20 $36,617 $39,140
Expedition 4WD 4-Door King Ranch 13 18 $46,208 $49,680
Expedition 4WD 4-Door Limited 13 18 $44,835 $48,170
Expedition 4WD 4-Door XL 13 18 $36,881 $39,430
Expedition 4WD 4-Door XLT 13 18 $39,256 $42,040
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,264
$36,042
$43,569
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,220
$38,755
$46,780
Monthly Payment Estimate
$704 / month
$646 / month
$780 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
7.6
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Old-school, mostly in the right ways, the Chevrolet Suburban's survived the big-SUV shakeout for a reason. 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. 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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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 15 mpg 14 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 21 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate Liftgate Liftgate
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in)
49.4 49.1 50.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
65.2 65.2 63.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.3 41.2
Third Head Room (in)
38.1 37.9 38.3
Front Hip Room (in)
60.5 60.3 60.2
Third Shoulder Room (in)
64.7 61.7 51.9
Second Leg Room (in)
39.5 39.0 39.1
Front Head Room (in)
41.1 41.1 39.6
Second Hip Room (in)
61.8 60.6 59.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
65.2 65.2 63.2
Passenger Capacity
9 9 8
Third Leg Room (in)
34.9 25.6 37.7
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 39.2 39.8
Exterior Dimensions
Overhang, Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 39.2
Step Up Height - Side (in)
NA NA - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 56.7
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
31.8 31.7 34.8
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
222.4 202.0 206.5
Side Door Opening Height (in)
NA NA - TBD -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
9.1 9.1 8.7
Height, Overall (in)
76.8 76.9 77.2
Step Up Height - Front (in)
NA NA - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
31.8 - TBD - 34.6
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 48.2
Wheelbase (in)
130.0 116.0 119.0
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
10.5 10.5 8.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
79.1 79.0 78.8
Side Door Opening Width (in)
NA NA - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
90.0 60.3 55.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
NA NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
49.1 49.1 49.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
101.8 81.4 82.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
137.4 108.9 108.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
35.6 15.2 13.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
45.8 16.9 18.6
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
41.4 41.7 34.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
69.6 49.4 44.4
Brakes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 x 0.8 13.6 x 0.8 13.5 x 0.9
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.2 13.0 x 1.2 13.0 x 1.2
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
31 26 28.0
Fuel Tank Location
- TBD - - TBD - Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA NA
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - 42.2
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.8 17.8 20.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
43.0 39.0 40.8
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - - TBD - 654
Spare Tire Size
P265/70R17 P265/70R17 NA
Front Tire Order Code
QAN QGI T8B
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
2135 2135 2305
Spare Tire Order Code
ZRS ZVL NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - - TBD - 654
Rear Tire Size
P265/70R17 P265/70R17 P275/65R18
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
2135 2135 2305
Rear Tire Order Code
QAN QGI T8B
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - 2135 NA
Front Tire Size
P265/70R17 P265/70R17 P275/65R18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
765 825 1380
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5100 5500 9200
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500 500
Weight Information
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2723 2670 2777
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
7200 7100 7300
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3500 3200 3700
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2949 2778 2772
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
11,000 11000 15000
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
4200 4100 4250
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5 18 x 8.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5 18 x 8.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
16.0 16.6 13.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 600 650
Maximum Alternator Watts
NA - TBD - 2250
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 160 150
Engine
Displacement
5.3L/323 5.3L/323 5.4L/330
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
320 @ 5400 320 @ 5400 310 @ 5100
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol V8 Gas/Ethanol V8 Gas/Ethanol V8
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection SFI Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
335 @ 4000 335 @ 4000 365 @ 3600
Engine Order Code
LMG LMG 995
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 21 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 15 14
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 17 16
Transmission
Trans Type
6 6 6
Trans PTO Access
NA NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.85 0.86
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.06 3.06 3.40
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.36 2.36 2.34
Trans Order Code
MYC MYC 446
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA NA
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.15 1.14
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Model
NA NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.67 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.03 4.03 4.17
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 1.53 1.52
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Suburban Chevrolet Tahoe Ford Expedition
Body Code
NA E52 119" WB
Body Style
4 Door 1500 4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door
Suspension
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4200 4200 4250
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
3300 3250 3500
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.08 3.08 3.31
Axle Type - Front
Independent Independent - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
46.0 46 34.9
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3500 3400 3500
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi link 5-Link Five-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.10 1.10 0.7
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4200 4100 4250
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
46.0 46 34.9
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-floating Semi-floating - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Coil springs Independent Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.41 1.41 1.4
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Ladder Fully Boxed
Doors
Side Door Type
NA NA - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.0 11.0 11.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 2 1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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