While the length and width of a vehicle have a big impact on things like parking or squeezing down narrow urban streets, there’s another factor to consider. The turning radius, or the turning circle, of an SUV — how much space it requires to make a semi-circular U-turn — is arguably just as important.
The tightness of the turning radius makes itself known when you’re cranking the steering wheel to maneuver your vehicle. Think about trying to turn in the road and head back in the opposite direction: a smaller turning radius could mean the difference between making it in one sweep, or having to shift between drive and reverse to avoid going off the edge of the asphalt. Interestingly, overall SUV size doesn’t necessarily correlate with turning radius. The 2023 Sequoia needs 20.1 feet — though the TRD Pro trim is an outlier, extending that to 22.3 feet — while the Armada demands 20.65 feet. However, some of the larger vehicles can actually turn more sharply.
Jeep’s Wagoneer, for example, requires 19 feet, while the longer Wagoneer L requires 21.1 feet. The Escalade is another unusually nimble behemoth, needing 19.85 feet in standard form, or 21.65 feet for the Escalade ESV. That’s the same as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban — which use the same underlying platform as the Caddy — while the Ford Expedition demands 20.5 feet and the Expedition MAX needs 21.65 feet.