Chevy Tahoe Vs. GMC Yukon: Full-Size and Ready to Haul

By Justin Cupler | March 21st, 2019

Looking for a powerful vehicle that can haul the troops and all their cargo? You need a full-size SUV like the 2019 Chevy Tahoe and 2019 GMC Yukon. But which of these SUVs is better for you, our Green Cove Springs, Florida area buyers? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

General Motors based the 2019 GMC Yukon and 2019 Chevy Tahoe on the same architecture, and they share most of their hard body parts. Essentially, from the front fenders back, the Tahoe and Yukon are virtually identical.

Where these SUVs differ is in their soft parts, which includes their headlights, grille, bumpers, and other accent pieces. The Chevy Tahoe features dual-wing-style headlights that swoop around the fenders and a truck-like grille with distinct upper and lower sections. There are small color and sheen variations to the grille as you shuffle through the trim levels, but the structure is the same.

The Yukon’s front end features headlights that sweep up and over the top of the front fenders, giving it a smoother look than the Tahoe’s. The Yukon’s grille lacks the clear separation the Tahoe has, but it has fewer slats that form three small rectangular zones. The Yukon also makes a more dramatic shift in grilles when you move to the range-topping Denali model, as it gains a chrome mesh-like design.

 

Around back, the differences between the Yukon and Tahoe fade, as they are structurally identical. The only way to tell — other than the badges, of course — are the taillights. The Tahoe features solid-red taillights, while the Yukon has white center sections for its turn signals and reverse lights.

 

The 2019 GMC Yukon widens the gap between these SUVs with its Denali model, which adds more chrome accents, big chrome wheels, projector-beam headlights, and more.

 

Being based on the same platform and sharing most of the hard body parts, the 2019 Chevy Tahoe and 2019 GMC Yukon have identical measurements. They are 203.9 inches long, 80.5 inches wide, and 74.4 inches tall. They both ride on the same 116-inch wheelbase.

 

The only area they vary in is weight, as the Tahoe checks in between 5,355 and 5,602 pounds, while the extra equipment in the Yukon puts its range higher at 5,379 to 5,743 pounds.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Tahoe

  • More rugged truck-like front end
  • Dark-accented RST Edition

Advantage: 2019 GMC Yukon

  • More premium look in all levels
  • Near-luxury-looking Denali model

Interior

Inside, the 2019 GMC Yukon and 2019 Chevy Tahoe are virtually identical, save for slight differences in their steering wheels. Where these models vary are their standard interior features. The Chevy Tahoe is well-equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen, a six-way power driver’s seat, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Android Audio, and Apple CarPlay as standard features. The Yukon adds a little more like a standard nine-speaker Bose audio system, 10-way power driver’s seat, SiriusXM, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more.

As you get into the range-topping 2019 GMC Yukon Denali, you run into a luxurious space the Tahoe simply cannot match without opting for the range-topping Premier trim and checking a few optional packages. These extra features include Bose active noise cancellation, a head-up display, Mastique Ash wood-grain interior accents, and a customizable 8-inch driver information center.

 

Like the exterior, sharing a platform and many interior components means the 2019 Tahoe and 2019 Yukon share interior measurements. In their front seats, these SUVs offer 42.8 inches of headroom, 45.3 inches of legroom, 64.8 inches of shoulder room, and 60.8 inches of hip room.

 

Their second rows are a little tighter but still plenty roomy. They offer 38.7 inches of headroom, 39 inches of legroom, 65.1 inches of shoulder room, and 60.3 inches of hip room.

 

Despite being large SUVs, the Tahoe and Yukon struggle in third-row roominess with just 38.1 inches of headroom, 24.8 inches of legroom, 62.6 inches of shoulder room, and 49.3 inches of hip room.

 

Cargo room is also the same between these SUVs at 15.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 51.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 94.7 cubes with both rear rows folded.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Tahoe

  • Identical to the Yukon, save for a few features

Advantage: 2019 GMC Yukon

  • More upscale features without checking boxes
  • Upscale Denali model

Performance

Under the skin, these cousins again share many of the same bits, including a standard 5.3-liter V-8 engine with 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. In the Yukon and Tahoe, this engine pairs with a standard six-speed automatic transmission that ships power to the rear wheels. Optional four-wheel drive is available.

 

Both SUVs also have an available 6.2-liter V-8 that cranks out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This engine mates to a 10-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive — four-wheel drive is available. This higher-output engine is optional in the Yukon SLT and standard in the Yukon Denali.

To get the 6.2-liter engine in the Tahoe, buyers must get the $63,995 Premier trim and opt for the $2,705 RST Edition and the $2,720 RST Performance Edition packages that also add black bow tie emblems, trailer-brake controller, a high-capacity air filter, 22-inch wheels, and more. This brings the Tahoe’s grand total to $68,125, which is $1,925 more than the 2019 Yukon Denali.

 

While SUVs are not the first choice for heavy towing, some buyers need to know they can tow a moderate-size trailer without issue. The 2019 Chevy Tahoe can tow 8,100 to 8,600 pounds. The lowest rating is with the 6.2-liter engine and four-wheel drive, while the highest rating comes with the 5.3-liter and two-wheel drive.

The 2019 GMC Yukon can tow 8,100 to 8,500 pounds. The lowest rating is in the Denali trim with four-wheel drive, while the highest rating is with the 5.3-liter engine with two-wheel drive.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Tahoe

  • Small towing advantage

Advantage: 2019 GMC Yukon

  • Cheaper access to 6.2-liter V-8 engine

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Tahoe comes in just three trim levels: LS, LT, and Premier. Their starting prices range from $49,295 to $63,995.

 

The 2019 GMC Yukon comes in four trim levels — SLE, SLT Standard Edition, SLT, and Denali — and their starting prices range from $50,395 through $67,495.

2019 Chevy Tahoe Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LS: $49,295

  • 5.3-liter V-8 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Automatic-transmission-oil cooler
  • External engine-oil cooler
  • Heavy-duty locking rear differential
  • Hill-start assist
  • Trailer-sway control
  • Trailer hitch platform
  • Seven-wire tow-hitch wiring harness
  • Black assist steps
  • Daytime running lights
  • Deep-tinted glass
  • Heated, power-adjustable, body-color mirrors
  • Rear parking sensors
  • 18-inch high-polished aluminum wheels
  • Grille shutter
  • Acoustic glass
  • Roof-rack side rails
  • Rain-sensing front wipers
  • Rear intermittent wiper
  • SiriusXM radio
  • HD Radio
  • Cargo net
  • Cruise control
  • 4.2-inch multicolor driver information center
  • First- and second-row floor mats
  • OnStar and Chevrolet connected services capable
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Chevrolet Connected Access
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • Five 12-volt power outlets
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Remote ignition
  • Premium cloth seating
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System with 8-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth with audio streaming
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Six-way power passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding second and thirdrow seats
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Power windows with express-up/down front windows
  • Teen Driver
  • Rearview camera

 

LT: $54,295

  • All LS features, plus
  • Power liftgate
  • Bose nine-speaker audio system
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat and pedals
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirrors
  • Leather seating
  • Heated front seats
  • Universal home remote
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Forward collision alert
  • Safety alert rear seat

 

Premier: $63,995

  • All LT features, plus
  • 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels
  • Magnetic ride control
  • Fog lights
  • High-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Keyless unlock
  • Perforated leather seats
  • 12-way power front seats
  • Power-release second-row bucket seats
  • Heated second-row outboard seats
  • 60/40 power-folding third-row seats
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Navigation
  • SiriusXM NavTraffic
  • 10-speaker Bose Centerpoint audio system
  • Keyless ignition
  • Lane-change alert
  • Blind-zone alert
  • Rear cross-traffic monitoring

2019 GMC Yukon Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SLE: $50,395

  • 5.3-liter V-8 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • 18-inch bright machined aluminum wheels
  • Hill-start assist
  • Heavy-duty transmission-oil cooler
  • External engine-oil cooler
  • Heavy-duty locking rear differential
  • Trailer hitch with sever-wire harness
  • Active grille shutters
  • Black assist steps with chrome strip
  • Daytime running lights
  • Fog lights with chrome surrounds
  • Deep-tinted glass
  • Halogen projector headlights
  • Black luggage-rack side rails
  • Heated, power-adjustable, body-color mirrors
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Rain-sensing front wipers
  • Cargo net
  • GMC Infotainment System with 8-inch touchscreen
  • SiriusXM
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • HD Radio
  • Five USB ports
  • Nine-speaker Bose audio system
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows
  • 4.2-inch multicolor driver information center
  • First- and second-row floor mats
  • Remote vehicle ignition
  • OnStar and GMC connected services capable
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • GMC Connected Access
  • 110-watt power outlet
  • Rearview camera
  • Keyless entry
  • Premium cloth seating
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Tilt steering
  • Power windows with express-up/down front windows
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Teen driver

 

SLT Standard Edition: $55,695

  • All SLE features, plus
  • Power liftgate
  • Two-position memory for driver’s seat, steering column, pedals and mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Five 12-volt outlets
  • Leather seating
  • 10-way power passenger’s seat
  • Manual tilt-and-telescoping steering column
  • Universal home remote
  • Safety-alert rear seat
  • Low-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Forward collision alert
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning

 

SLT: $58,495

  • All SLT Standard Edition features, plus
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Power-folding mirrors with auto-dimming feature
  • Keyless ignition
  • Perforated leather seats
  • 12-way power front seats
  • Heated second-row outboard seats
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • 60/40 power-folding third-row seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering column
  • Lane-change alert
  • Blind-zone monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

 

Denali: $67,495

  • All SLT features, plus
  • 6.2-liter V-8 engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • 20-inch bright machined-aluminum wheels
  • Trailer-brake controller
  • Magnetic ride control
  • Projector-beam HID headlights
  • Unique chrome grille
  • Unique chrome exterior accents
  • Bright body-side moldings
  • Navigation
  • SiriusXM NavTraffic
  • 8-inch customizable driver information center
  • Power-release second-row bucket seats
  • Wireless charging
  • 10-speaker Bose Centerpoint audio system
  • Bose active noise cancellation
  • Head-up display
  • Mastique Ash wood-grain interior accents

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Tahoe?

The Chevy Tahoe starts $1,100 cheaper than the Yukon, making it better for buyers who care more about this SUV’s roominess than features. Also, with its Custom Edition package, you can delete the third row, add painted-aluminum wheels in place of the high-polish wheels, and a simpler grille and drop another $4,200 from the MSRP.

Who Should Buy the 2019 GMC Yukon?

The GMC Yukon is the more premium of these cousins, making it the better buy for those who want upscale features without buying a pricey luxury SUV. Also, buyers who must have the 6.2-liter V-8 can get it cheaper in the 2019 Yukon Denali.

Whether you have a daily commute to Jacksonville, heading to Orange Park to see family, or towing a camper to Fleming Island for a much-needed break, the 2019 Chevy Tahoe can get you there with minimal fuss. Come on by the Garber Automall showroom serving the Green Cove Springs area today to test drive the 2019 Tahoe. If you can’t make it in today, you can also check out our online inventory to see what 2019 Tahoe models we have in stock before coming by.