Two of the most capable full-size SUVs on the market are the Chevy Tahoe and the GMC Yukon. Both of these models are also readily available used, providing you with luxury and performance at a more affordable price. But which one of these two models should you choose? A used Chevy Tahoe or a used GMC Yukon? Since General Motors owns both Chevrolet and GMC, you’d think that the Tahoe and the Yukon would generally be the same. However, that’s not exactly how it is.
Sure, these two SUVs ride on the same platform and offer some similar features, but there are a few noteworthy differences that may help you decide which model is best for you. These generally center around pricing, but there are some customization differences as well. For example, a used Chevrolet Tahoe will usually have more color options than a used GMC Yukon. We’ll get into the details below, but don’t be fooled by their appearances. These vehicles may look the same, but their differences are very important – especially when it comes to pricing.
2015 Chevy Tahoe
If you’re looking for a nice used SUV, a good place to start is with the 2015 Chevy Tahoe. This model comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Like most V8s, this model doesn’t get the best mileage, but that’s to be expected given the Tahoe’s power. The 2015 Tahoe can even tow up to 8,400 lbs when properly equipped, making it a great option for families who like to travel with a small boat or camper. Therefore, unless you own a large 5th wheel camper, you can easily take the family on a camping trip with the 2015 Tahoe. You’ll also be able to throw a kayak or two on the roof racks to really make the trip worthwhile.
To top it all off, the 2015 Tahoe received 5-star front and side crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). So, not only can you haul around campers and family members, but you can also rest assured that you’ll be safe while doing so. To sweeten this deal, the 2015 Tahoe is also more affordable than newer models. You can easily purchase a used 2015 Chevy Tahoe for anywhere between $30,000 and $40,000, and there are even vehicles in decent condition for under $30,000 if you look around.
2015 GMC Yukon
The 2015 GMC Yukon comes with the same 3.5-liter V8 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, and its body style is definitely similar to the Tahoe’s. The main visual difference lies in the front grill. However, the regular Yukon can only tow up to 8,500 lbs in its standard trims and 8,400 lbs in its Denali trim. This is 100 – 200 lbs less than the Tahoe. Perhaps more importantly than this difference in towing capacity, it’s also important to note that a used 2015 Yukon will typically cost you a couple of thousand dollars more than a used 2015 Tahoe. Given how similar the two vehicles are, it is difficult to justify that price difference unless you really like the look of the GMC logo on the grille.
2011 Chevy Tahoe
If you want to purchase a used model because you’re on a budget, sometimes it’s more appealing to go with an older model. In that case, the 2011 Chevy Tahoe is a nice option. Despite being a slightly smaller vehicle, it has the same 8,500 lbs towing capacity as the 2015 GMC Yukon. The only real performance drawback of this model year is its slightly worse fuel efficiency of 17 MPG combined – but let’s be honest, no one shopping used Tahoes is really going to be put off by that. The 2011 model comes in 14 different colors, including appealing options like Steel Green Metallic, Red Jewel Tintcoat, and Tangier Orange. Best of all, you can easily buy a 2011 Chevy Tahoe for under $20,000, making it a great choice if you’re looking to pay out of pocket.
2011 GMC Yukon
The two 2011 two models are a lot more similar than the 2015 models. For instance, the regular 2011 Yukon can tow up to the same 8,500 lbs. However, it doesn’t have as many color options and is missing some of the flashier paints available on the Tahoe. So if you are looking for an SUV that reflects your personality, you may not be able to find it with the Yukon. Prices for this model, of course, vary according to condition, trim, and customization levels, but a used 2011 Yukon will likely run you more than a used 2011 Tahoe.
2018 Chevy Tahoe
If you want a newer used model, look no further than the 2018 Chevy Tahoe. While it’s not brand new, it’s also not ancient. This model is one of the best in its class, offering plenty of modern features. Unlike older models, it can get up to 19 MPG combined. Plus, it seats up to 8 passengers, and it can tow up to 8,600 lbs. As usual, Chevy is on top of safety with this model as well, including standard side-impact bars, electronic stability control with anti-roll, break-resistant glass, and optional forward collision alert with automatic braking.
This model comes in 12 different colors, including Blue Velvet Metallic and Siren Red Tintcoat. It also brings back an even prettier version of Woodland Green. While prices will, of course, be higher for a newer model, you can easily find a used 2018 Tahoe in good condition for under $40,000. Overall, 2018 is a great year for the Tahoe if you want a new, used SUV.
2018 GMC Yukon
The standard 2018 GMC Yukon comes in only nine colors, giving you fewer options to customize your ride. It can tow up to 8,500 lbs, 100 lbs less than the 2018 Tahoe. It has the same sized engine as its Chevy competitor, and it gets the same fuel economy. Overall, the 2018 models are pretty close when it comes to specs. However, when it comes to price, the two vehicles are quite far apart, and you can expect to pay over $40,000 for a 2018 Yukon. As usual, the Yukon is more costly than the Tahoe, and without much to show for it.
Which Model Is Best For Me?
Out of all six models years we’ve looked at, the Tahoe wins when it comes to towing and affordability. It also typically comes with more color options as well. While the Yukon is similar when it comes to performance, it is also significantly more expensive. If you’re trying to choose between these two models, it’s better to stick with the Chevrolet regardless of what year you’re going for.
Speaking of the year, here’s a tip. The 2011 and older models are great if you’re looking for something temporary to hold you over. It obviously won’t last as long as a newer used model should, but if you can find one that was well taken care of, it’ll get you where you need to be. Otherwise, it’s best to consider something around the 2015 and 2018 model years for better mileage and long-term usage.