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2014 Chevrolet Tahoe: Used Car Review

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ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Ron Sessions February 2016

Think of the 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe as the Chevy Suburban lite. It's more than a foot and a half shorter overall than the big Suburban, so it fits more easily in garages without having to remove the bikes and shelving to make room, yet with an 8,400-lb towing capacity in 4-wheel-drive guise, it'll pull nearly everything that a Suburban will. Three-row passenger space or cargo space with the 3-row seats up isn't as generous as the Suburban's, but the powertrain selections, suspension, steering and brakes are identical. The Tahoe comes standard with a full suite of safety systems, including OnStar automatic crash notification, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front and side airbags, tire-pressure monitoring and roof-mounted head-curtain airbags that deploy in a rollover. A side blind spot monitoring system and integrated trailer brake controller are also available.

The 2014 Tahoe features a stiff, fully boxed frame, rack-and-pinion steering and wide front and rear tracks for greater stability. It can tote up to nine passengers or 108 cu ft. of cargo with the second- and third-row seats folded. Both rear-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive are offered. The fuel tank holds 26 gallons.

For 2014, the Tahoe adds standard remote start, rear-park assist, a backup camera and adjustable pedals. The Tahoe Hybrid model is dropped.

What We Like

Seating capacity; interior quality; ride quality on LTZ model; towing capacity; comfortable first- and second-row seats; relative fuel economy; standard adjustable pedals

What We Don't

No tilt-telescopic steering wheel; uncomfortable third-row seat; no fold-flat second- or third-row seats; less cargo space than some competitors

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The only available engine is a 5.3-liter small-block Chevy V8 with 320 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque. The 5.3-liter V8 is E85 capable, which means it can operate on regular unleaded gasoline, clean-burning E85 ethanol or any combination of the two. A yellow fuel filler cap and an E85 sticker inside the fuel filler door are your clues. However, because E85 has a lower energy content than gasoline, using it will cause fuel mileage to drop by about 25 percent. The 5.3-liter also features active fuel management, a cylinder-deactivation system that shuts down four of the eight cylinders when coasting or highway cruising under light loads to save fuel.

Chevy's Tahoe comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A tap-up/tap-down gear selection on the column shifter gives the driver easier manual gear control for grades, and a tow/haul mode offers the driver improved control of transmission shift points when dealing with heavy loads. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy estimates are 15 miles per gallon in the city and 21 mpg on the highway for both 2-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive powertrains.

Standard Features & Options

The 2014 Tahoe is available in three trim levels: base LS, mid-level LT and luxury LTZ trim.

LS standard fare includes OnStar, SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a split front bench seat with fold-down armrest and power driver's seat or power front driver's and passenger bucket seats, dual-zone air conditioning with both front- and second-row controls, a backup camera, cruise control, power adjustable pedals, a leather-wrapped tilt wheel, keyless remote entry, 17-inch alloy wheels and a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with steering-wheel controls and a USB port. Also standard are a trailer-hitch receiver, split fold-down second- and third-row seats, a security system, a trip computer, a rear defroster, a rear wiper/washer, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a compass, outside temperature display, intermittent wipers, automatic headlamps, ultrasonic reverse sensing, power windows, mirrors and door locks and a remote start system that allows owners to remotely start and warm up the engine on frigid winter mornings or cool down the interior on a blazing summer day in the driveway from the comfort of home. Four-wheel-drive LS models come with a 1-speed transfer case; a 2-speed case is optional.

Moving up to LT trim brings standard leather seats, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, a Bose 9-speaker premium audio system, fog lamps, a locking rear differential, rear-seat audio controls and power front bucket seats. It is also available with a host of optional features the LS doesn't offer, such as a power rear lift gate, turn-signal indicator mirrors, sonar backup sensors, a sunroof, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, heated leather seats with memory and rain-sensing wipers.

LTZ trim adds such standard items as heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, a touchscreen navigation system, surround sound, 20-in alloy wheels, Autoride real-time adjustable shock-absorber damping, auto-leveling suspension, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto air-conditioning, a power lift gate, a side blind spot monitoring system, heated outside mirrors, HomeLink garage-door opener, heated front seats with memory, heated rear seats, rear-seat entertainment and rain-sensing wipers. Four-wheel-drive LTZ models come standard with a 2-speed transfer case.

Optional is a Z71 Off Road Appearance package for LT models that adds an off-road suspension with high-pressure gas shocks, 18-in on/off-road tires, skid plates, a high-capacity air cleaner, auto-locking differential and front recovery hooks. Z71 appearance items consist of large body-color wheel flares, chrome tubular running boards and an aggressive front fascia with chrome grille insert.

Other popular Tahoe options include power retractable running boards, power release second-row seats and a heated steering wheel.

Pricing

The Chevy Tahoe is the best-selling full-size SUV. And due to its trucklike durability, roomy cabin and carlike civility it's a popular used-vehicle choice as well. Four-wheel-drive versions fetch higher prices, especially in rural and mountain areas and northern climates.

For a good idea of the prices of used 2014 Tahoes, check out the used-car values on KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The following safety recalls have been issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding the 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe:

A contaminated chassis control module may short out, disabling stability control and increasing the risk of a crash.

The rear brake caliper bolts may not have been tightened to specifications at the factory and may loosen, reducing braking ability and increasing stopping distances.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

In NHTSA testing, the 2014 Tahoe received a 4-star overall rating, a 5-star rating for driver and passenger front-impact performance as well as side-impact performance, plus a 3-star rollover rating.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not crash-test the 2014 Tahoe SUV, hence no ratings from the organization.

The Chevrolet Tahoe featured a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty with free roadside assistance, 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion-perforation warranty and 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.

A certified pre-owned (CPO) Tahoe can be no more than 5 years old or have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer. Each CPO Tahoe undergoes a 172-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty plus whatever remains on the transferable original 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage. Also included is a new 2-year/30,000-mile maintenance plan and roadside assistance.

Other Cars to Consider

2014 Ford Expedition -- Ford's biggest SUV shares many components with the F-Series pickup and matches the Tahoe's passenger and cargo-carrying space. It can tow up to 9,200 pounds and is available with a power lift gate and power fold-flat third-row seat. The 310-hp 5.4-liter V8's 13-14 mpg city/18-20 mpg hwy EPA estimates don't quite match the Tahoe's, but the Expedition's independent rear suspension rides better than Chevy's live rear-axle setup.

2014 Toyota Sequoia -- Toyota's biggest SUV is based on the Tundra full-size pickup and has been a class winner for full-size SUV initial quality in many J.D. Power surveys. It has more passenger and cargo space than the Tahoe, but can only tow up to 7,400 pounds. The standard 381-hp 5.7-liter V8 delivers entertaining performance, but EPA estimates are a disappointing 13 mpg city/17-18 mpg hwy.

Autotrader's Advice

When gasoline prices dip, the safety and security appeal as well as the trailer-towing ability of a full-size SUV is undeniable. We like the LT trim, which comes with most of the standard features buyers want. Look for a 4-wheel-drive version if you live in a mountainous area, snow country or have to deal with a lot of unpaved roads. The trucks enjoy a high resale value and have a solid reputation for durability. A certified pre-owned Tahoe is a good way to go. It's best to avoid customized Tahoes with modified suspension or oversized aftermarket wheels. Always get a car history report before you buy, and make sure any applicable recall repairs have been performed by a GM dealer.

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