Chevrolet Tahoe was first introduced in 1995, and since has been one of the best selling three-row SUV’s. This model’s popularity isn’t just limited to the US market, and it is available in South American, Russian and Middle East markets as well.
The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe is available in three trim levels, namely LS, LT and Premier, and is priced between $46,700 – $65,600. For this year, Chevrolet has skipped giving any major revamp, and changes are limited to some cosmetic tweaks. Can this big SUV continue its dominance? Read ahead to find out.
A genuine carrier; can seat up-to 9 people
Good NVH levels
Options of two V8 motors
Sluggish standard V8 and lethargic brakes
Humongous dimensions makes manoeuvring this vehicle a task
High loading bay hinders cargo capacity
The 2019 Tahoe is available with two engine options, which include a 5.3-liter V8 engine, which produces 355 hp of power and 383 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, which sends power to the rear wheels, while there is an option of 4-wheel-drive available across all trims.
The RST Performance Edition, which can only be had with the Premier trim, gets a 6.2-liter V8 engine, which makes 420 hp of power and 460 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The standard 5.3-liter V8 engine is sluggish to start off, and the hefty curb weight does take a toll on the performance front. If initial acceleration is sluggish, you expect a strong mid range performance, but in case of Tahoe, the power is just about adequate, nothing more and nothing less. Being a large body-on-frame vehicle, one isn’t expected to take hard corners in Tahoe, and rightly so, as there is a lot of body roll and the vague steering doesn’t inspire confidence to take it around corners.
Ride quality, at lower speeds is just about acceptable, but becomes better as you gather pace. The car rides on 22” wheels, and despite that, braking isn’t sure-footed, and the car tends to nosedive under heavy braking, due to large dimensions and heavy curb weight.
Overall, the Tahoe doesn’t offer the performance that one expects from large SUVs, is it any better on other aspects?
There is no denying the fact that Tahoe is a large vehicle, and command a lot of road presence. It isn’t curvy or modern, and its boxy design does give it a muscular and imposing look.
Step into the interior, and the first thing you immediately notice the amount of space that’s on offer. There is a lot of space in the first and second rows, and the third row is good for children.
The seats are plush, big and supportive, and all round visibility is also good. What’s impressive the most are the NVH levels, the cabin is quiet for the most part, and it’s only on the really bad roads that you can feel the suspension doing its job.
Overall, the interior is a nice place to be in, unlike large trucks we’ve seen from other manufacturers.
The Tahoe received a 4 star safety score from NHTSA, and with a lot of mass on its side, the Tahoe is reasonably safe, but the big dimensions and weight do take some points away.
Standard safety includes seven airbags, ABS, stability control. With collision-avoidance package, you can get automatic emergency braking, active lane control, automatic high-beams, power-adjustable pedals and adaptive cruise control. For the size and safety tech on offer, the Tahoe can be considered as a safe vehicle.
With a lot of offerings in the segment, including its distant cousins, the Tahoe doesn’t come across as the most value-for-money proposition. It doesn’t offer the best performance, doesn’t boast of the best equipment, and is as safe as other vehicles. What stands apart in the overall package though, is the Chevrolet badge which ensures that owning the car in the long run is going to be cheap and owners won’t be complaining.