The Chevrolet Tahoe is still one of the most common solutions for anyone looking for a full-size SUV, with plenty of space and packed with comfort and tech features.
Design of the Chevrolet Tahoe
The bulky vehicle does nothing to hide its size and it is just the way it should be. It is a body-on-frame, full-size SUV and it is massive, sharp, elegant and practical.
The chrome grille is huge and hugged by squared headlights that complement the overall rectangular look of the front. The rear of the Chevrolet Tahoe is similarly sharp with simple design features that ensure large glass surfaces and narrow pillars for better visibility.
The Tahoe is a great mixture of modern and classic design features. It is not as sleek as some modern, and usually smaller SUVs, but it is also far from outdated. Having in mind its size, this kind of a design is simply a better idea.
Interior of the Chevrolet Tahoe
Interior design and materials are great. The infotainment screen which includes MyLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is hugged by air vents, as is common on several Chevrolet vehicles nowadays. Even though there are plenty of dashboard controls, buttons and knobs, they are easy to get used to, well laid out and remarkably close to the steering wheel – even the lowest ones.
Instruments are easy to read and the design with four small dials on top of the two main ones and the driver information screen gives the feeling of driving a proper truck. It looks just great.
It is remarkably easy to get into the large SUV. Running boards on the Tahoe are great help and the power folding of the second row seats makes third-row entry easy. Once you are inside, you will enjoy modern design, fine materials and great fit and finish.
The two front rows of seats are very comfortable and spacious. The seats in both of these rows are plush, soft and comfortable on long trips. The third row does not have the same kind of room, but it is more than enough.
Rear seats on the Tahoe fold to create a large loading area which is almost completely flat, with the exception of a hole that is left between the two second-row armchairs.
Another advantage of the Tahoe is its solid air conditioning. Despite the vehicles huge body, or the outside temperature, the cabin is cooled very quickly.
Engines and Drive of the Chevrolet Tahoe
The Tahoe has two engine options in Canada. The first one is a 5.3 l EcoTec3 V8 with features such as direct injection, active fuel management and VVT. It produces a healthy punch with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque.
There is also a larger option in the form of 6.2 l EcoTec3 V8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It is available only on the Premier model.
The smaller engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic, while the 6.2 gets a 10-speed automatic.
Towing capacity of 3900 kg makes towing large items like boats or campers peril-free.
The ride is remarkably quiet and comfortable. The Tahoe soaks up bumps with ease and elegantly glides along on the highway.
The Tahoe is designed to be spacious, reassuring, comfortable, competent and capable – all the things the Tahoe is. With this in mind, the base Tahoe is suitable for mild off road driving, but not more. It is simply not designed to do that.
However, if you like the Tahoe, but fancy a bit of off road adventures, tick the Z71 optional package and get dedicated off road perks.
The Premier trim level also features a Magnetic Ride Control system familiar from the Corvette. It scans the road ahead and adjusts dampening in real time, thus making the ride as smooth as it can be.
Trim Levels for the Chevrolet Tahoe
The Chevrolet Tahoe has three trim levels – LS, LT and Premier – and there are also several optional packages that can be added to the above trim levels.
All three come standard with the 5.3 V8, while the 6.2 V8 is optional for the Premier trim level.
The LS comes as standard with tow/haul modes, driver shift control, grade braking, Duralife brake rotors, ABS, DRP, hill-start assist, StabiliTrak, proactive roll avoidance, traction control, trailer sway control, locking rear differential, trailering package, 18” wheels, active aero shutters, heated power windows, rear park assist, rearview camera, remote keyless entry, remote starter, Teen Driver, tri-zone climate control, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight seats covered in premium cloth, power 10-way driver seat, power 6-way front passenger seat, 110V power outlet, 8” infotainment screen with MyLink, SiriusXM Radio with 3-month subscription, 5 USB ports sprinkled around the cabin, Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar Safety and Security Plan with 1-month coverage and 4G LTE with Wi-Fi.
The LT trim adds low speed forward automatic braking with forward collision alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic high beam on/off, leather seats, programmable power rear lift gate, heated front seats, safety alert driver seat, 2-position memory for seat and power adjustable pedals, auto-dimming rearview mirror and Bose premium audio system with subwoofer.
The Premier trim adds more with outstanding Magnetic Ride Control suspension, 20” wheels, HID headlamps, fog lamps, lane change alert, side blind zone alert, front and rear park assist, heated, power exterior mirrors, power-folding with integrated turn signal indicators, ground illumination and driver-side auto-dimming feature, hands-free programmable power rear lift gate, heated steering wheel, power 12-way adjustable front seats, power tilt and telescoping steering column, perforated leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats with power release, 10-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround audio system and wireless charging.
Aside from this there are also 13 optional packages which can be added to some trim levels, enhancing off-road ability, styling, comfort, luxury, safety, trailering ability and more.
Come into Shaw GMC’s Calgary car dealership at 4620 Blackfoot Trail SE, or give us a call at (403) 243-4200. We’re eager to answer any questions you might have. Want to skip right to the fun part? Book atest drive online and see why the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe is a top performer.