Handsome styling; good highway fuel economy; luxurious interior; user-friendly MyLink infotainment
Third-row seats fold flat but not flush into the floor; expensive for the average family; tow ratings not as good as Ford and Nissan SUVs
The Chevrolet Tahoe gets a complete overhaul this year, with a new exterior, a new interior, more features and improvements to the vehicle's suspension and engine.
In this Goldilocks scenario, we'd pick the middle LT trim as the best choice. It offers more than enough amenities and can be loaded up with many of the LTZ'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 get 4WD. Find a Chevrolet Tahoe for sale
The Chevrolet Tahoe comes in three trims: LS, LT and LTZ. All three can be outfitted with 4WD.
The Tahoe LS ($45,595) includes a 5.3-liter V8 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, rear park assist, OnStar, an AM/FM/CD radio with HD Radio and SiriusXM, side assist steps, heated outside mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, a luggage rack, Bluetooth hands-free cell-phone 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 ($50,995) adds forward-collision alert, a heavy-duty locking rear differential, a power rear lift gate, MyLink infotainment with an 8-in color touchscreen and five USB ports, Bose premium audio with nine speakers, leather seating, heated front seats, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, lane-departure warning and power-adjustable pedals with memory for driver's seat and pedal placement.
The Tahoe LTZ ($59,995) 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 cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, power-release second-row seats, remote start, power-folding third-row seats, a power tilt-telescopic and heated steering wheel, rear cross-traffic alert and side blind-zone alert with lane-change alert.
4WD adds about $3,000 to the bottom line of each trim.
Option packages for the LS include the Driver Alert Package (forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, a safety-alert seat warning system and power adjustable pedals), 20-in wheels and a dealer-installed rear-seat entertainment system.
The LT can be equipped with much of the LTZ's standard equipment when ordered with the Luxury Package (blind spot alert, keyless entry and 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 moon roof, navigation and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Navigation, the power glass moon roof, second-row bucket-style seating and rear-seat entertainment can also be ordered as stand-alone features. The LTZ offers only a few options, including a power glass moon roof, navigation, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, power retractable side steps and adaptive cruise control.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles|
Nissan Armada -- The Armada starts at about $5,000 less than the Tahoe and has a 9,000-pound tow rating. On the flip side, the Armada's engine isn't as powerful as the Tahoe's, and its fuel economy is much worse.
Ford Expedition -- The Expedition is easily the Tahoe's equal for size and passenger space, but Ford's big SUV can tow more, costs about $2,000 less and has a flush-folding rear seat for improved cargo room and easy loading.
Chevrolet Traverse -- The Traverse can't tow as much as the Tahoe, but its interior is surprisingly roomy and can hold up to eight passengers. The Traverse also rides and handles more like a car, is easy to park and maneuver and gets better gas mileage. Oh, and its starting price is about $15,000 less than the Tahoe.