Here is the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Gill asks: In your opinion, what is a good full size SUV to buy? My needs: Cargo capacity. Road trips for 5-6 with comfort. Towing a trailer. I’m thinking of the Chevy Suburbun. So far, it’s the only V8 that I’ve seen. Ford’s offerings are V6.
My reply: The Suburban is an excellent choice – but might be more than you need (in terms of overall size). Have you looked at the Tahoe? It is the same thing, basically – just not as long. But same V8s (5.3 standard, 6.2 optional) and general capacities (excepting cargo, which the ‘Burban has more of, obviously).
You might also have a look at the Nissan Armada – it’s in the same class as the Tahoe and also comes with a powerful (5.6 liter) V8, meaty tow rating and so on.
I have been hesitant about recommending the Expedition for the same reason that you seem to be hesitant about buying one: The fact that it no longer offers a V8. However, the twin-turbo V6 in the Ford seems to be pretty reliable – and is very stout. This engine makes more power than the standard V8s in the Tahoe/Suburban and more torque than any currently available gas V8 in this class. The Ford’s tow rating is also best in class. It’s a hoss.
Might be worth a (cautious) look!
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