Large SUVs make life much easier. Large seating and cargo bays are ideal for parents who need to transport kids between school and activities—as well as friends who take regular road trips. SUVs are must-haves for anyone who needs to lug around a lot of gear for their work or active lifestyle, as well. When you’re ready to shop for yours, your decision might come down to the 2022 Chevy Tahoe vs the 2022 Toyota Sequoia. They’re both worthy contenders and often pinned head-to-head for the title of best large SUV.
Both of these SUVs are veterans of their respective manufacturers’ lineups, too, so you can feel confident each brand has been continuously perfecting each year’s model. Toyota released its first Sequoia in 2000. Chevrolet released the first Tahoe in 1995—at first naming it the S10-Blazer. Chevy has a few more years over Toyota in fine-tuning its best-selling large SUV—and ultimately, it shows. After all, I have awarded the 2022 Chevy Tahoe the top spot in this contest.
As further proof of its superiority, the 2022 Chevy Tahoe is the top-selling large SUV in the United States, far outperforming its competitors by a landslide. Let’s take a look at how these two vehicles compare.
You can’t compare SUVs without taking a look at their performance features. The 2022 Chevy Tahoe offers one of 3 powertrains, including two powerful V8s that max out at 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. There’s also an available Duramax Turbo-Diesel I-6, which increases fuel economy to an impressive 24 mpg combined.
The 2022 Toyota Sequoia, meanwhile, is only available with a single, 5.7-L V8 powertrain. While its max 381 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque beat out the new Tahoe’s base engine, its poor fuel economy and average performance ratings fall short of the Tahoe’s upgraded, 6.2-L EcoTec3 V8. And, the Tahoe’s max tow rating of 8,400 lbs beats out the Sequoia’s capability by 1,000 lbs.
Both the 2022 Chevy Tahoe and the 2022 Toyota Sequoia can seat between seven and eight passengers. The exact number varies by trim and can be adjusted thanks to special customization options for each car. One area in which the Chevy Tahoe stands out is its second and third-row legroom—something it’s known for. If your driver and front seat passenger get tired of being asked to move their seat up to make room for everyone in the back, this roomy SUV can eliminate that nuisance.
Speaking of the driver and front seat passengers, they each will enjoy power-adjustable seats, helping them get perfectly comfortable before beginning a long ride. The car is also equipped with 120-volt outlets, which should let passengers charge up favorite devices, and possibly keep kids happy (and quiet) on road trips. This spacious cabin is equipped with assist handles throughout, including on the interior walls and ceiling, to help everyone get in and out of their seats safely.
The 2022 Toyota Sequoia also considered the difficulty of getting from the front to the back of a large SUV, so they added a one-touch easy-slide feature that makes it easy for passengers to enter the third row. Gone can be the days of climbing over the second-row passengers to get to one’s seat. The second and third rows of this car also fold flat, offering some interesting options in terms of cargo and seating capacity. If you need to pack a lot of luggage or large gear and don’t have many passengers, you can easily make room for huge loads in this SUV. The third row reclines, too, for added comfort for those passengers in the far back. Both vehicles kept passenger convenience in mind, but nobody rivals the 2022 Chevy Tahoe when it comes to that back-row legroom.
Each of these contenders has stepped up their game in the technology department. But the Chevy introduced something that those living that #CamperLife will really enjoy: a transparent trailer view that allows them to see through a connected trailer (so long as it’s compatible). This means that, finally, those towing trailers and campers don’t need to suffer impaired rear vision.
What’s more, the 2022 Chevy Tahoe also offers a view inside of the attached trailer. This will come in handy for drivers who want to keep an eye on delicate or sensitive cargo.
In addition to advanced trailer viewing systems, the 2022 Chevy Tahoe also has 13 available, unique camera views, offering drivers a comprehensive look at what’s happening around and behind their Tahoe at all times. As for useful information inside of the car, there is a 12.3-in. diagonal configurable digital instrument cluster that comes standard on the 2022 Chevy Tahoe LT trim and up. It offers four user-selectable layouts and lets a driver customize how they display relevant information. An infotainment screen up to 10.2-in. is also available. Google built-in also comes standard on LT trims and above, which means drivers can have access to Google Voice, Google Play, and Google Maps.
Sequoia considered a driver’s need to access useful information from the road, too. However, their systems don’t quite hold up to the Chevy’s. The multimedia systems for this pick feature a 7-in. touchscreen display along with smartphone compatibility. While these are useful, the screen is undeniably small compared to that offered in the Chevy. And, it doesn’t provide access to the all-popular Google voice systems that Chevy does.
The new Sequoia does, however, have Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. However, some useful features like dynamic navigation are only available on a trial basis, after which time they become a paid feature. Meanwhile, the Google systems compatible with the 2022 Tahoe are always free.
Towing and technology are certainly fun, but safety must always be a top priority. If passengers and drivers don’t arrive safely at their destination, then all of the other luxury features are useless. The 2022 Chevy Tahoe understands that safety comes first, and has a suite of six active safety features as part of the Chevy Safety Assist. These are standard across all levels of trims and include front and rear park assist, lane keep assist with departure warning, as well as automatic emergency braking. Other notable safety features include front pedestrian braking, forward collision alert, following distance indicator, and IntelliBeam automatic high beams.
Each of the above safety features is designed to actively sense your surroundings, check for obstacles, and help prevent collisions. Drive in total confidence, knowing that your Tahoe has you covered. The 2022 Tahoe is also praise-worthy for its Buckle to Drive system, which doesn’t allow the ignition to start until the driver and front seat passenger are buckled in.
The 2022 Sequoia was also designed with safety in mind. It is equipped with Toyota’s STAR Safety System, which comes with an impressive suite of features. These include the Vehicle Stability Control Anti-lock Braking System, Brake Assist, and Smart Stop Technology brake override, to name a few. Each model also comes with a direct tire pressure monitoring system. All Sequoia trims additionally come standard with Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. While these features are impressive—and generously offered in the base models—the Tahoe has a significantly larger suite of safety tech.
For Long Trips, Go For Chevy
Both the 2022 Chevy Tahoe and the 2022 Toyota Sequoia are built with some excellent features for long road trips and packed vehicles. Ultimately, the Chevy Tahoe pulled out extra stops in the way of safety features and passenger comfort. Its 13 camera angles, as well as technology that lets you see through a towed trailer or inside of a towed camper, have made the 2022 Chevy Tahoe the true standout in this comparison.