Compare 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe vs 2012 Ford Expedition vs 2012 Nissan Armada

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe
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2012 Ford Expedition
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2012 Nissan Armada
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2WD 4-Door 1500 LS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door 1500 LS 15 21 $36,042 $38,755
4WD 4-Door 1500 LS 15 21 $39,817 $42,815
2WD 4-Door 1500 LT 15 21 $40,831 $43,905
4WD 4-Door 1500 LT 15 21 $43,482 $46,755
2WD 4-Door 20 23 $49,111 $51,970
2WD 4-Door 1500 LTZ 15 21 $49,262 $52,970
4WD 4-Door 20 23 $51,762 $54,775
4WD 4-Door 1500 LTZ 15 21 $52,149 $56,075
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2WD 4-Door XL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door XL 14 20 $34,242 $36,530
2WD 4-Door XLT 14 20 $36,617 $39,140
4WD 4-Door XL 13 18 $36,881 $39,430
4WD 4-Door XLT 13 18 $39,256 $42,040
2WD 4-Door Limited 14 20 $42,196 $45,270
2WD 4-Door King Ranch 14 20 $43,569 $46,780
4WD 4-Door Limited 13 18 $44,835 $48,170
4WD 4-Door King Ranch 13 18 $46,208 $49,680
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2WD 4-Door SV
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door SV 13 19 $36,298 $39,870
2WD 4-Door SL 13 19 $41,252 $45,320
4WD 4-Door SV 12 18 $41,389 $45,470
4WD 4-Door SL 12 18 $43,889 $48,220
2WD 4-Door Platinum 13 19 $47,525 $52,220
4WD 4-Door Platinum 12 18 $50,162 $55,120
Pricing
Invoice Price
$36,042
$34,242
$36,298
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,755
$36,530
$39,870
Monthly Payment Estimate
$646 / month
$609 / month
$665 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
7.4
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 14 mpg 13 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 20 mpg 19 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate Liftgate -
Number of Passenger Doors
- - 4
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in)
49.1 NA 48.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
65.2 63.7 64.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.2 41.8
Third Head Room (in)
37.9 NA 35.9
Front Hip Room (in)
60.3 60.2 61.4
Third Shoulder Room (in)
61.7 NA 63.7
Second Leg Room (in)
39.0 39.1 41.9
Front Head Room (in)
41.1 39.6 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
60.6 59.9 60.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
65.2 63.2 65.0
Passenger Capacity
9 5 8
Third Leg Room (in)
25.6 NA 32.2
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 39.8 40.0
Exterior Dimensions
Step Up Height - Side (in)
NA - TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 56.7 - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
31.7 34.8 -
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
202.0 206.5 -
Side Door Opening Height (in)
NA - TBD - -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
9.1 8.7 -
Height, Overall (in)
76.9 77.2 77.2
Step Up Height - Front (in)
NA - TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 34.6 - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
- TBD - 48.2 -
Wheelbase (in)
116.0 119.0 123.2
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
10.5 8.7 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
79.0 78.8 79.3
Side Door Opening Width (in)
NA - TBD - -
Overhang, Front (in)
- TBD - 39.2 -
Liftover Height (in)
- - 35.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
- - 67.5
Track Width, Front (in)
- - 67.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - 9.8
Length, Overall (in)
- - 207.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
60.3 55.0 56.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
NA NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
49.1 49.2 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
81.4 82.5 20.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
108.9 108.3 97.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
15.2 NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
16.9 NA 20.0
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 55.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- TBD - - TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
41.7 34.6 36.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
49.4 44.4 - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 x 0.8 13.5 x 0.9 12.6 x 0.6
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 13.8 x 1.2
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26 28.0 28.0
Fuel Tank Location
- TBD - Midship NA
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA NA
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 42.2 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.8 20.0 20.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 40.8 40.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - 654 - TBD -
Spare Tire Size
P265/70R17 NA P265/70R18
Front Tire Order Code
QGI T5G NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
2135 2305 - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
ZVL NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - 654 - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P265/70R17 P265/70R17 P265/70R18
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
2135 2305 - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code
QGI T5G NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
2135 NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P265/70R17 P265/70R17 P265/70R18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
825 1380 - TBD -
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)
5500 9200 - TBD -
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)
2670 2777 2632
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
7100 7300 7100
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3200 3700 3399
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2778 2772 2740
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
11000 15000 15100
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
4100 4250 4299
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - NA 18 x 8.0
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
16.6 13.0 12.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 650 650
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - 2250 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 150 130
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
320 @ 5400 310 @ 5100 317 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol V8 Gas/Ethanol V8 Gas V8
Fuel System
SFI Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
335 @ 4000 365 @ 3600 385 @ 3400
Engine Order Code
LMG 995 NA
Displacement
5.3L/323 5.4L/330 5.6L/339
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 20 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 14 13
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 16 15
Transmission
Trans PTO Access
NA NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.86 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.06 3.40 2.61
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.36 2.34 2.36
Trans Order Code
MYC 446 NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA NA
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.14 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Model
NA NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.69 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.03 4.17 3.82
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 1.52 1.52
Trans Type
6 6 5
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Tahoe Ford Expedition Nissan Armada
Body Code
E52 119" WB 123.2" WB
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door Sport Utility
Suspension
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.08 3.31 2.93
Axle Type - Front
Independent - TBD - - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
46 34.9 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3400 3500 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Five-Link Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.10 0.7 0.87
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4100 4250 - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
46 34.9 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-floating - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.41 1.4 0.91
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
4200 4250 - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
3250 3500 - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Fully Boxed Ladder
Doors
Side Door Type
NA - TBD - -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.0 11.6 12.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 1 1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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