Whether you need for towing an RV or just to drive the family around, there’s no doubt a full-size SUV makes a great choice. These huge luxurious vehicles offer safety and a great driving experience – but at what cost? Can you enjoy the benefits of such a vehicle without emptying your bank account? We checked the prices on the most popular full-size SUV’s to find out which ones are more affordable.
The cheapest full-size SUV is the Nissan Armada SV with a suggested retail price of $46, 090 for a brand new vehicle. Here is the full list of full-size SUV’s under $50,000 arranged from cheapest to more expensive:
- Nissan Armada SV – Starting at $46, 090
- Toyota Sequoia SR5 $48,600
- Chevrolet Tahoe LS – $48,795
- GMC Yukon Slt Standard, Slt – $49,100
To come up with these numbers, we checked the websites Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, Nissan and GMC. We checked the official prices suggested by the manufacturers for the 2018 models. For each brand/model, you’ll find a list of the available versions and the price tag for each one.
To make things more interesting – and helpful – we also searched used cars databases to see what older models would cost you. This article also introduces the prices of the older versions of these SUVs. The information is gathered based on multiple factors – model, variant, and mileage. All tables will show 2017 and 2015 models only. Mileage, as used in this article, pertains to the number of miles the particular vehicle has already traveled. For consistency and accuracy, the info will only show vehicles with around a 50k mileage, or at least the closest thing to it as presented by cars.com.
No surprises there – buying used will get you a lower price but that used price is in correlation to the new vehicle’s price.
Without further ado, here are the models we inspected (based bestseller lists). They’re reviewed by popularity – the models most people look for. Clearly, the price difference alone doesn’t affect the choice of most owners.
Introducing the full-size SUV with the highest price tag. The recently refreshed 2018 Ford Expedition is a big leap from its predecessor. For starters, it has an upgraded look that has made it more appealing than ever before. Moreover, people who value passenger space can opt for the extended EL body version.
You can expect an improved fuel economy by as much as 3 mpg on the highway. More importantly, the model’s twin-turbo V6 engine also got a boost in horsepower.
Impressively, the Ford Expedition boasts the most powerful towing capacity, a staggering 9,300 pounds, while having the most cargo space in the class. Further, adult passengers will have an easy time getting in and out of the third row – that’s a big plus.
The interior is crafted with high-quality design and materials that can easily compete with the most luxurious SUVs. While the Ford Expedition comes with the highest price, its features can pretty much justify the price tag.
|XLT||Starting at $51,790|
|XLT MAX||Starting at $54,475|
|Limited||Starting at $62,675|
|Limited MAX||Starting at $65,365|
|Platinum||Starting at $73,030|
|Platinum MAX||Starting at $75,720|
|Model/Variant||2017 Ford Expedition XLT||2015 Ford Expedition XLT|
|Mileage||52k mi||53k mi|
The Chevy Suburban offers abundant space in a striking beauty – designed to make a statement. The SUV’s exterior alone gives a commanding presence you can’t feel on conventional wagons.
The Chevrolet Suburban is Ford Expedition’s closest competitor in terms of cargo space and it’s a compelling choice. Handling is Suburban’s greatest edge; driving on the highway will make you feel like you’re riding a smaller vehicle. But it’s actually a large SUV; kinda like the extended-length version of the Tahoe.
A 5.3-liter 355-horsepower V8 engine running at its core indicates a powerful SUV designed not just for common urban travel. The brand even boasts impressive safety features so you get more than just power and towing capability.
|LS||Starting at $51,495|
|LT||Starting at $56,595|
|Premier||Starting at $66,195|
|Model/Variant||2017 Chevrolet Suburban LT||2015 Chevrolet Suburban LT|
|Mileage||51k mi||54k mi.|
Undeniably an eye-turner, the GMC Yukon boasts fuel economy with an upscale cabin. Most people agree that this SUV is the most corporate-looking vehicle in its class – a look that would fit those high-profile power brokers in suits and ties. Moreover, the GMC Yukon can also perfectly match families who are looking for a decent wagon that will take them to places.
It has a powerful 355-horsepower engine at its core – same with the Tahoe – while delivering one of the best fuel economy ratings in the full-size category. If you want something more impressive, you can opt for the 420-horsepower V8 Yukon Denali model that boasts a 10-speed automatic smooth-shifting transmission.
The base configuration alone can standardly sit 8 people comfortably. You can even choose a front-row bench, effectively increasing the capacity to 9. If you want something more exclusive, you can upgrade the second row into captain’s chairs – though it also means reducing the capacity into 7 passengers.
|Sle, Slt Standard, Slt||Starting at $49,100|
|Denali||Starting at $66,200|
|Model/Variant||2017 GMC Yukon SLT||2017 GMC Yukon Denali||2015 GMC Yukon SLT||2015 GMC Yukon Denali|
|Mileage||50k mi.||46k mi.||50k mi.||52k mi.|
Getting into a Chevy Tahoe, you’ll be greeted by near-luxury materials in a spacious and comfortable passenger seats in the first two rows. The cargo, however, offers lesser volume than four (out of six) vehicles on the list.
This popular Chevy is like the younger sibling of the Suburban and nearly a copy of its corporate cousin, the GMC Yukon. Its edge mainly is fuel efficiency and a lower price than its close competitors.
After all, it uses the same 355-horsepower V8 engine you can see on the Suburban and Yukon. So if you’re looking for the same power at a lesser price – minus some perks you can experience on the higher-end competitors – then it’s wise to settle with the Tahoe.
|LS||Starting at $48,795|
|LT||Starting at $53, 895|
|Premier||Starting at $63,495|
|Model/Variant||2017 Chevrolet Tahoe LT||2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LT|
|Mileage||51k mi||51k mi.|
Offering a more muscular look and a masculine impact, the Toyota Sequoia makes an ideal blend of power and elegance – at a lesser price than its competitors in the full-size class. Starting at $48,600, this Japanese SUV offers above-average cargo space with a roomy interior that can easily fit all-adult passengers up to the third row.
The 2018 model comes with a standard suite of modern driver assistance technologies including lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection and forward collision. Further, this SUV comes with 6.1-inch touchscreen &navigation, blind spot monitoring, sensors, rearview cameras, and more.
Packing a powerful 381-horsepower V8 engine, the Toyota Sequoia offers more power than the three previous vehicles in their base variants. It also has impressive torque for your towing needs.
The vehicle received a refreshed 2018 redesign but its infotainment system is not as advanced as other competitors in the class.
|SR5||Starting at $48,600|
|TRD Sport||Starting at $51, 315|
|Limited||Starting at $57,095|
|Platinum||Starting at $64, 310|
For the Toyota Sequoia, the table will only show vehicles with a mileage of around 30k miles. There are no available 2017 and 2015 models that have at least 50k mileage and this is the closest info available.
|Model/Variant||2017 Toyota Sequoia SR5||2015 Toyota Sequoia Platinum|
|Mileage||30k mi.||33k mi.|
Most powerful. Least expensive. The Nissan Armada 2018 turns out to be the full-size SUV with the lowest price tag, starting at around $46,090 at the SV level; while actually having the highest horsepower.
This Asian beauty has a well-built interior and packs a competitive towing power and a decent cargo space – surprisingly has more available volume than the Chevy Tahoe.
You can fit eight people comfortably; each passenger has his ample share of the SUV’s roomy seats. Matter of fact, Nissan Armada has the roomiest second-row in the class. The front seats and the ‘cockpit’ also give a superior and lavish feel. Overall, the interior is luxurious enough that you won’t feel like you’re riding the least expensive SUV in the class.
The Nissan Armada has a strong V8 engine at its core featuring 390 horsepower – the highest number on the list! Further, it comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, front & rear parking sensors, rearview camera, navigation, and voice recognition.
|SV||Starting at $46, 090|
|SL||Starting at $50, 850|
|Platinum||Starting at $59, 190|
|Platinum Reserve||Starting at $62, 190|
For the Nissan Armada, here are two models with a mileage of around 45-48k; the closest thing available to the average mileage aimed to present which is around 50k.
|Model/Variant||2017 Nissan Armada SV||2015 Nissan Armada SV|
|Mileage||48k mi.||45k mi.|
Brand loyalty seems to play a huge part in the decision of buying a car – SUV’s included. Trusted American brands, Chevrolet and Ford are still the best sellers in this category. But if you’re looking for the cheapest option – the Nissan Armada is worth considering. It will cut thousands off your bill without sacrificing power.
What do you think? Which of these is your favorite and why? Leave us a comment!