The Chevrolet Tahoe and Nissan Armada compete in a market that's increasingly interested in crossover maneuverability and fuel economy rather than towing capacity and horsepower. Even so, many American families still need the space and extra power that a full-size SUV offers -- but they don't want to sacrifice safety, fuel efficiency or luxury.
Both of these SUVs have remarkably similar list of standard and optional features. But which vehicle gives you the most value for your dollar?
Safe and Efficient Tahoe
The Tahoe boasts an array of safety equipment as standard equipment -- everything from airbags to traction control and secure anchors for child seats. Chevrolet also offers Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist and rearview cameras on upscale LTZ and Hybrid editions.
The Tahoe's 5.3-liter V8 pumps out 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque -- the Vortec engine also gets a respectable 21 mpg highway.
The Armada really shines in the luxury features department. With available DVD entertainment system, Bose speakers, leather upholstery, heated seats and wood trim, the Armada provides sumptuous transportation. USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity and iPod compatibility are all standards features are well.
Having a 5.6-liter V8 with 317 horsepower to haul all that luxury around doesn't hurt, either.
Efficiency is Key
Though these SUVs are very similar, the Tahoe excels at delivering class-leading gas mileage, something Nissan still hasn't found a way to duplicate. While that may not be a huge selling point for some, with the ever-rising price of gas, it probably should be.
Our Verdict: The Tahoe
Though the Tahoe does have a slightly higher MSRP than the Armada, the trade-off in price is well worth what you get in standard safety features and fuel economy.