Handsome styling; good highway fuel economy; luxurious interior; user-friendly MyLink infotainment
Third-row seats fold flat but not flush with the floor; expensive for the average family; tow ratings not as good as the Ford Expedition's
Other than some new colors and dealer-installed options, the 2019 Tahoe carries over largely unchanged.
We'd pick the middle LT trim as the best choice. It offers more than enough amenities and can be loaded with many of the Premier's standard features should you decide more is better. Those who must deal with winter's worst on an annual basis would be well-advised to choose 4WD.
The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe comes in three trims: LS, LT and Premier. All three can be outfitted with 4WD. The upgraded RST package with the larger engine is only offered on the Premier trim.
The Tahoe LS ($49,195) includes a 5.3-liter V8 engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission, rear park assist, OnStar, Teen Driver mode, active aero shutters, MyLink radio with an 8-in touchscreen, HD Radio and SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, side assist steps, heated outside mirrors, 18-in alloy wheels, a luggage rack, Bluetooth hands-free cellphone connectivity, tri-zone automatic climate control, front bucket seats (can be substituted for a 40/20/40-split bench at no extra cost), a 10-way power driver's seat, a power passenger seat with power lumbar and recline, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, a tilt steering wheel, a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The Tahoe LT ($54,195) adds forward-collision alert, a heavy-duty locking rear differential, a power rear lift gate, Bose premium audio with nine speakers, leather seating, heated front seats, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, lane-departure warning, low-speed forward emergency braking and power adjustable pedals with memory for the driver's seat and pedal placement.
The Tahoe Premier ($63,895) adds Magnetic Ride Control, keyless entry and access with push-button start, front and rear park assist, power-folding outside mirrors with memory function, 20-in polished aluminum wheels, HID headlights, fog lights, a Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound 10-speaker audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, power-release second-row seats, remote starting, power-folding third-row seats, a power tilt-telescopic and heated steering wheel, rear cross-traffic alert and a blind spot monitoring system with lane-departure warning and assist.
All-wheel drive adds about $3,000 to the bottom line of each trim.
Option packages for the LS include the Enhanced Driver Alert package (forward-collision warning, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, low-speed forward automatic braking, a Safety Alert Seat warning system, adaptive headlights and power adjustable pedals), 20-in wheels and a dealer-installed rear-seat entertainment system.
The LT can be equipped with much of the Premier's standard equipment when ordered with the Luxury package (a blind spot monitoring system, keyless entry, push-button start, a power-folding third-row seat, power-folding outside mirrors, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel and a power tilt-telescopic steering column). The Sun, Entertainment and Destination package adds a power glass sunroof, a navigation system and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. You can also order navigation, a power glass moonroof, second-row bucket-style seating and rear-seat entertainment as stand-alone features.
The Premier offers only a few options, including a power glass sunroof, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, power retractable side steps and adaptive cruise control. Also available are a configurable multicolor gauge cluster, a heads-up display and the RST Performance Edition, with its various options.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||1 Year/1 Visit|
2019 Ford Expedition -- The 2019 Ford Expedition equals the Tahoe for size and passenger space. Ford's big SUV, however, can tow more weight than the Tahoe, features an aluminum body and has a flush-folding rear seat for improved cargo room and easy loading. The Expedition's dash design isn't as elegant as the Tahoe's, and the materials are not as polished.
2019 GMC Yukon -- Not surprisingly, we recommend checking out the Tahoe's GMC mechanical twin. The Yukon is similar in most ways, though it's pitched as a slightly more upscale model, with a higher price tag to match.
2019 Chevrolet Traverse -- The recently redesigned Traverse can't tow as much as the Tahoe, but its interior is surprisingly roomy, and it can hold up to eight passengers. The Traverse also rides and handles more like a car, is easy to park and maneuver and has better gas mileage. Its starting price is about $15,000 less than the Tahoe's base MSRP.
Used Cadillac Escalade -- If you like the Tahoe's size and interior volume but want more attitude, you'll want to check out the Cadillac Escalade, as it offers more power, more stuff and a bolder look. Prices are steep, though, so you may want to consider a used model.