2016 Full-Size SUV Driving Ranges

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CARS.COM — Full-size SUVs can weigh more than 5,000 pounds, and many come with gas-guzzling V-8 engines, so fuel efficiency isn't one of their strong points. Their large dimensions, however, leave ample room for a big fuel tank that enables several full-size SUVs to travel more than 500 miles between fill-ups.

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With full-size pickup trucks, larger fuel tanks that stretch the driving range are usually available as an option. With full-size SUVs, though, only two — Land Rover's Range Rover and Mazda's CX-9 — offer an optional fuel tank.

That means that the driving range of full-size SUVs depends on the engine, transmission, choice of two- or four-wheel drive when offered, and your own driving style and mix of city and highway driving. Several large SUVs come only with only one engine and transmission, and some only with standard 4WD, so the options for increasing the range are limited.

The information here lists the estimated driving range for model-year 2016 full-size SUVs based on the EPA combined city/highway rating for the powertrain configuration (engine, transmission and number of drive wheels) that produces the most miles between fuel stops.

The EPA combined rating is typically higher with 2WD than 4WD, but on some large SUVs, the combined ratings are the same (though the 2WD model may have a slightly higher city or highway estimate).

EPA combined ratings are based on 55 percent city driving and 45 percent highway driving, so extended periods of highway driving should increase the range. Conversely, driving mostly in a congested urban area, carrying heavy cargo or frequent hard acceleration could reduce the range. Bear in mind that these are estimates and your mileage will vary.

Driving Ranges for 2016 Full-Size SUVs

Buick Enclave

Configuration: 3.6-liter V-6, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 18 mpg
Fuel capacity: 22.0 gallons
Driving range: 396 miles

Cadillac Escalade

Configuration: 6.2-liter V-8, eight-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 17 mpg
Fuel capacity: 26.0 gallons
Driving range: 442 miles

Cadillac Escalade ESV

Configuration: 6.2-liter V-8, eight-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 17 mpg
Fuel capacity: 31.0 gallons
Driving range: 527 miles

Chevrolet Suburban

Configuration: 5.3-liter V-8, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 19 mpg
Fuel capacity: 31.0 gallons
Driving range: 589 miles

Chevrolet Tahoe

Configuration: 5.3-liter V-8, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 19 mpg
Fuel capacity: 26.0 gallons
Driving range: 494 miles

Chevrolet Traverse

Configuration: 3.6-liter V-6, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 18 mpg
Fuel capacity: 22.0 gallons
Driving range: 396 miles

Dodge Durango

Configuration: 3.6-liter V-6, eight-speed automatic transmission, 2WD or 4WD
EPA combined rating: 21 mpg
Fuel capacity: 24.6 gallons
Driving range: 517 miles
(City/highway/combined ratings are 19/26/21 mpg with 2WD and 18/25/21 mpg with 4WD)

Ford Expedition

Configuration: 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 18 mpg
Fuel capacity: 28.0 gallons
Driving range: 504 miles

Ford Expedition EL

Configuration: 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 17 mpg
Fuel capacity: 33.5 gallons
Driving range: 570 miles

Ford Flex

Configuration: 3.5-liter V-6, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 19 mpg
Fuel capacity: 18.6 gallons
Driving range: 353 miles

GMC Acadia

Configuration: 3.6-liter V-6, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 18 mpg
Fuel capacity: 22.0 gallons
Driving range: 396 miles

GMC Yukon

Configuration: 5.3-liter V-8, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 19 mpg
Fuel capacity: 26.0 gallons
Driving range: 494 miles

GMC Yukon XL

Configuration: 5.3-liter V-8, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 19 mpg
Fuel capacity: 31.0 gallons
Driving range: 589 miles

Infiniti QX60

Configuration: 3.5-liter V-6, seven-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 23 mpg
Fuel capacity: 19.5 gallons
Driving range: 449 miles

Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

Configuration: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, seven-speed automatic transmission, 2WD or 4WD
EPA combined rating: 26 mpg
Fuel capacity: 19.5 gallons
Driving range: 507 miles
(City/highway/combined ratings are 26/28/26 mpg with 2WD and 25/28/26 mpg with 4WD)

Infiniti QX80

Configuration: 5.6-liter V-8, seven-speed automatic transmission, 2WD or 4WD
EPA combined rating: 16 mpg
Fuel capacity: 26.0 gallons
Driving range: 416 miles
(City/highway/combined ratings are 14/20/16 mpg with 2WD and 14/19/16 mpg with 4WD)

Land Rover Range Rover

Configuration: 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6, eight-speed automatic transmission, 4WD
EPA combined rating: 24 mpg
Fuel capacity: 23.5 gallons
Driving range: 564 miles

Lexus LX 570

Configuration: 5.7-liter V-8, eight-speed automatic transmission, 4WD
EPA combined rating: 15 mpg
Fuel capacity: 24.6 gallons
Driving range: 369 miles

Lincoln Navigator

Configuration: 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 18 mpg
Fuel capacity: 28.0 gallons
Driving range: 504 miles

Lincoln Navigator L

Configuration: 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 17 mpg
Fuel capacity: 33.5 gallons
Driving range: 570 miles

Mazda CX-9

Configuration: 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 24 mpg
Fuel capacity: 19.0 gallons
Driving range: 456 miles

Mercedes-AMG G63/G65

Configuration: 5.5-liter turbocharged V-8, seven-speed automatic transmission, 4WD
EPA combined rating: 13 mpg
Fuel capacity: 25.4 gallons
Driving range: 330 miles

Mercedes-AMG GL63

Configuration: 5.5-liter turbocharged V-8, seven-speed automatic transmission, 4WD
EPA combined rating: 14 mpg
Fuel capacity: 26.4 gallons
Driving range: 370 miles

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

Configuration: 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6, seven-speed automatic transmission, 4WD
EPA combined rating: 22 mpg
Fuel capacity: 26.4 gallons
Driving range: 581 miles

Toyota Land Cruiser

Configuration: 5.7-liter V-8, eight-speed automatic transmission, 4WD
EPA combined rating: 15 mpg
Fuel capacity: 24.6 gallons
Driving range: 369 miles

Toyota Sequoia

Configuration: 5.7-liter V-8, six-speed automatic transmission, 2WD
EPA combined rating: 15 mpg
Fuel capacity: 26.4 gallons
Driving range: 396 miles

Cars.com Data Integrity Analyst Bryan McTague contributed to this story.

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