Will a Full-Size SUV Like An Aviator Durango or Telluride Fit In My Garage?
SUVs seem to creep up in size every model year. For 2021, the average width of a full-size SUV is now almost 80 inches without mirrors factored in. Automakers want to obscure the massive width of these big vehicles, so we have created the chart below to let you know how wide your garage bay will need to be in order to fit one inside. We have added five inches to each side beyond our estimated width with the ears open.
Width is usually the main challenge. If you have a foot or more of space in front and in back, the vehicle will fit ok, but you won’t be able to open the tailgate. Add four feet to be safe if you plan to open the tailgate while the vehicle is parked in the garage for loading and unloading.
As you can see, a garage with an opening about 104-inches wide is usually enough to swallow even the widest of the full-size SUVs popular today. If you opt for an XL-sized SUV like the GM Suburban/Tahoe/Escalade/Yukon SUV, plan to add a couple of inches to that.
How To Measure a Garage For Size
We understand it’s not rocket science to measure a garage door. However, we will add that laying a tape on the ground and measuring between the innermost trim is the way we do it.
With SUVs costing upwards of $70K these days, protecting tour investment only makes sense. Before you buy, it is worth knowing if the SUV will live its life taking up a substantial part of your driveway or filling one garage bay.
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One last tip: Most vehicles with automatic power tailgates allow you to adjust the height to which they will open. If you park nose-in it is worth setting the maximum opening height to less than the top f your garage door opening. Your owner’s manual will have instructions on how to set the height.
John Goreham is a long-time New England Motor Press Association member and recovering engineer. Following his engineering program, John also completed a marketing program at Northeastern University and worked with automotive component manufacturers. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American newspapers and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on Twitter, and view his credentials at Linkedin