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Chevy's full-size SUV finds itself being matched up against Nissan's full-size SUV. If you're only in the market for one of these spacious vehicles, then you'll have to gauge the features and offerings and decide which one you're going to go with. We make the decision easy by rolling out the differences between the 2022 Chevy Tahoe vs 2022 Nissan Armada.
The 2022 Tahoe is available in six different trims, starting with the base LS, followed by the LT, the RST, the off-road Z71, the high-end Premier, and the luxury-oriented High Country. The 2022 Armada is available in only four trims, including the base S, the customizable SV, the SL, and the high-end Platinum. You can also outfit both SUVs with a number of optional packages and upgrades. With more options, more features, and more capability, it is clear that Chevy's full-size model gets the better of Nissan's in this head-to-head competition.
Full-size SUVs require powerful engines to propel their large, massive frames across the highway, through the winding streets of Albany, or along dirt-covered back roads. Horsepower and torque are key for vehicles this large. However, in this category, only one of these two full-size SUVs really takes the power game to the next level in a serious way, and it's not the Nissan.
The 2022 Nissan Armada is available with only one powertrain option, a 5.6-liter V8 that makes 400 horsepower and delivers 413 pound-feet of torque. This V8 is paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission and is available in two-wheel drive or with Nissan's Intelligent 4x4, the latter of which offers dynamic torque distribution depending on the road or terrain conditions for maximum traction. The Intelligent 4x4 system offers four different modes, including 4High, 4Low, Snow Mode, and Tow Mode.
The 2022 Chevy Tahoe actually comes with three different powertrain options depending on what you want from the full-size SUV. The standard 5.3-liter V8 provides 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, but you can opt for the more fuel-efficient 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel, which makes 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The Duramax offers the best fuel economy ratings for the Tahoe. Alternatively, there's the available 6.2-liter V8, which comes standard on the High Country trim, making 420 horsepower at 460 pound-feet of torque. All of the Tahoe's engine options are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Where the Armada has the Intelligent 4x4 system, the Tahoe counteracts with available adaptive air ride suspension with magnetic ride control, which dynamically adjusts the dampers based on the road conditions. This ensures that the Tahoe provides a smooth ride, no matter what the surface is like or what the road conditions are. The suspension will stiffen and soften automatically to tune the suspension for the conditions at hand. The Autotrac two-speed transfer case is also standard on the Z71 trim for off-road traversal, providing additional four-wheel traction control for hills, descents, rocks, and uneven terrain.
The Tahoe pulls further ahead of the Armada in the fuel economy department as well. The 2022 Armada manages a maximum of 14 miles per gallon in the city and only 19 miles per gallon on the highway. Since the Nissan only has one powertrain option, that means you don't get any alternatives when it comes to the fuel economy. With the Tahoe, you can get up to 21 miles per gallon in the city and up to 28 miles per gallon on the highway with the 3.0-liter Duramax. So with the Tahoe, you get better fuel economy, more power, and an adaptive air ride suspension to boot.
A full-size SUV makes its mark with its capacity. Passenger volume and cargo space are crucial for a quality full-size SUV. The 2022 Chevy Tahoe vs 2022 Nissan Armada match-up is a little more even in this category because both come equipped with large interiors sporting three rows and plenty of space for up to eight passengers. However, in a comparison, only one model can reign supreme, and in this case, it's the Tahoe.
The full-size Chevy SUV features 25.5 cubic feet of space behind the third-row, up to 72.6 cubic feet of space with the third row folded, and up to 122.9 cubic feet of space with the second and third rows folded. The Tahoe also provides up to 42.3-inches of headroom, 44.5 inches of legroom, 66 inches of shoulder room, and 61.5-inches of hip room. Additionally, the Tahoe can tow up to 8,400 pounds and has a payload capacity of up to 2,044 pounds.
The Armada, by comparison, manages to top out at 16.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 49.9 cubic feet of space with the third row folded, and 92.6 cubic feet of space with the second and third rows folded. The Armada actually does manage to top the Tahoe in the conventional towing department, but only by 100 pounds, managing a max tow rating of 8,500 pounds. However, it comes up short in the payload department at only 1,650 pounds.
When accounting for how much space you get in both vehicles, the capacity category clearly favors the 2022 Chevy Tahoe. You get more cargo volume to store your belongings, more passenger space, and several hundred pounds more payload capacity compared to the Armada. Much like in the performance category, the Tahoe clearly takes the capacity category with flying colors.
The battle of tech between the 2022 Chevy Tahoe vs 2022 Nissan Armada is a hard-fought one. The Armada does barely get the advantage on the Tahoe in the infotainment screen size department, offering a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen, while the Tahoe's touchscreen tops out at 10.2-inches. However, the Tahoe does feature a 12-inch driver information display, which severely outclasses the 7-inch driver information display made standard across the Armada's trims.
Both the Tahoe and Armada come with Bluetooth support for voice-activated controls, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay–but only the Tahoe offers wireless Android Auto. Both the Tahoe and the Armada also feature a Bose surround sound system. The Tahoe, however, comes with an all-new suite of technology powered by Google Built-In, a software infrastructure that covers everything from voice commands to real-time navigation support.
While both SUVs are available with SiriusXM subscriptions and rear-seat infotainment media centers, only the Tahoe comes with a 15-inch full-color heads-up display and OnStar support. The Tahoe also features an array of camera and trailering technology to make it easy to connect, view, and maintain status displays of an attached trailer. While the Tahoe and Armada share a lot of similarities, such as power-adjustable driver and passenger seats, tri-zone climate control, and wireless charging, when it comes to the infotainment and trailering capabilities, the Tahoe takes the edge with a greater variety of tech features than the Armada.
The edge that the Tahoe takes over the Armada also extends to the safety suite. Both full-size SUVs come with a lot of standard and active safety features, from lane-departure warnings and blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alerts to tire pressure monitoring systems and child-safety features. However, once again, the Tahoe steps out in front with added safety features, such as the Teen Driver mode, which has automatic safety checks in place for teenage drivers, as well as report cards for parents to view. This feature helps give the advantage to Chevy's full-size SUV. In fact, the Tahoe simply offers a lot more in almost every category than what the Armada brings to the table.