When you need cargo space for the kids, the dogs, the kayak and all your camping gear, nothing beats a full-size SUV. They may not be the most fuel efficient vehicles and can be hard to park, but many of the models in this class are workhorses.
A full-size SUV is a truck with a family-ready cargo area instead of a cargo bed. This makes them often indispensable for large families on vacations, long road trips and getting the team to the soccer game. They pull boats and trailers with ease and can comfortably fit the whole family.
Here is a look at five of the most durable full-size SUVs now on the market.
The current model in the Ford Expedition line has a more fuel-efficient V-6, 3.5-liter engine with EcoBoost technology. This produces a powerful 365 horsepower, more than enough for a fully loaded, long road trip. In earlier model years, the Expedition was offered with a solid V8 engine.
Eight adults can fit comfortably in an Expedition, still leaving plenty of space for cargo. In fact, the storage space can handle sheets of building materials that are four-by-eight in size. The independent rear suspension has improved the ride and stability of this full-size model.
The Chevrolet Suburban has had the longest run as a full-size SUV, which is a testament to its durability. The first one rolled out of the General Motors factory in 1935. The newest model has improved fuel economy of 23 mpg highway, quite impressive considering its mammoth size and best-in-class cargo room.
New Suburbans have easier handling, better suspension and can tow up to 8,300 lbs. Using Chevrolet MyLink technology, it has a wide range of information and entertainment options. Safety features include seven air bags and a safety cage made from high-strength steel.
The Sequioia is a top choice as a dependable full-size SUV. In fact, Forbes estimated it to be the most reliable full-size model with 4.8% of models on the roads exceeding 200,000 miles. It’s also one of the heaviest SUVs in its class and has a
top resale value.
The newest Toyota Sequoia seats eight in comfort, with room left over for the dog. It can tow up to 7,400 pounds with its powerful 5.7-liter, 381 horsepower V8 engine. The Sequioa comes equipped with a full line of high-tech devices, including the Entune App Suite, Blu-Ray disc player and navigation. Safety equipment includes a backup camera, blind spot monitor and daytime running lights.
The Chevy Tahoe combines plenty of power with the latest tech gadgets for safety and performance. The cab has connectivity for 4G LTE and Wi-fi. Safety tech includes lane keep assist and forward collision alert. The engine is a 5.3-liter, 355 horsepower V-8 with more power and greater fuel efficiency that in prior model years.
Maneuvering is easier with newer Tahoes, with the addition of electrical assisted steering. As a full-size SUV, it has ample cargo space and is a popular choice. For more details on the Tahoe and how it measures up in our class, check out our Tahoe vs. Expedition comparison.
The newest GMC Yukon seats nine passengers if you use the front bench seat, or eight if you have captain’s chairs up front. It provides a comfortable ride because of the new Magnetic Ride Control suspension system that automatically adapts to road changes. Added safety in this model includes a center-mounted airbag, a blind-zone monitor and a warning system for lane departure.
The Yukon and Tahoe are built on the same platform. The more luxurious and larger Yukon Denali is closely related to the Cadillac Escalade.
These full-size SUV models have proven to be durable, often standing the test of hundreds of thousands of miles on the roads.