Big boy learns a new trick
Although GM’s current full-size SUV has just been overhauled for 2021, the bow tie brand is working on making the Tahoe even better. Changes for the new year include a larger 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, which is now included on most trims. Additionally, front and rear parking sensors and lane-keeping assist are standard across the range, the off-road-ready Z71 model is now available with an electronic limited-slip rear differential, several new paint colors on offer, and the availability of a top 6.2-liter V8. -dog has been extended. You can now get this beautiful machine in RST, Z71 and Premier trim.
However, what has not changed is the size. Even though Tahoe was smaller than his brother, Chevy Suburbanit’s fixed really giant. The hood stands at chest level, you jump into the driver’s seat like on a horse, and the grille is practical in a different zip code than the rear bumper. This SUV is no bigger than its main rivals like Ford Expeditions, Nissan Fleet and Toyota Sequoiabut for whatever reason it feels so much bigger.
Motorcoach comfort, tractor-trailer capacity
Matching its large exterior, the Tahoe’s cabin is very spacious, with ample space in all three rows and exceptional passenger comfort. Sliding and reclining second-row seats offer plenty of support for long trips and the optional 12.6-inch dual entertainment screens ($1,995) will keep kids occupied for hours. Even the third row of the Tahoe is suitable for adults, providing ample space in all directions, a major benefit of the SUV’s neatly packaged independent rear suspension.
Improvements to the previous generation live axle also help increase luggage space. The Tahoe’s cargo space is very spacious, with 25.5 cubic feet behind the third row. Drop the split, power-folding backrest and this SUV provides 72.6 cubes worth of space. Fold in the second row seats, which you can also do with the push of a button in the cargo area, and you’re treated to 122.9 cubic feet of space, more cargo-carrying space than the wade through The Max Expedition, which competes with the larger Suburban. Yes, Tahoe is an excellent pack mule.
Best technology and decoration
This beast of burden is also surprisingly well trimmed, even if the interior isn’t quite as good as you’ll get at Jeep Grand Cherokee. In Premier form, one step down from the top-shelf High Country model, there’s plenty of soft, eye-catching plastic in the usual places and contrasting color stitching brings everything to life. The brushed metal trim keeps things interesting, and the spacious center console is a great dumping ground for life’s sundries. I also appreciate the simple climate control. Consisting of physical buttons and switches, they couldn’t be easier to use, even if mounted just one skosh lower in the middle stack than I would like. The Tahoe electronic shifter, on the other hand, sits high on the dashboard, right in the driver’s line of sight. This toggle switch style gear selector takes about five minutes to get used to, but after that it’s instantly intuitive.
Other elements of the technology in the cabin of this SUV also make no sense. The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is easy to read and the menus and settings are very easy to scroll through. The 10.2-inch center touchscreen is equally impressive, home to the top-tier Chevrolet Infotainment 3 multimedia system, which is fast and functional. It also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, both can be connected wirelessly. But beyond that, this infotainment system has a variety of Google services including the Play Store as well as apps for podcasts, news and maps. Navigating with the last item is awesome. The app is fast and easy to use, plus it feels very familiar, like something on your smartphone, so the learning curve is minimal.
When it comes to driver assistance, Tahoe falls short. Automatic height beams and front and rear parking sensors are standard across the range, but perks such as blind spot monitoring and rear traffic warning are not. Even weirder, if you want adaptive cruise control, it’s bundled in one package, even on the tallest High Country models.
V8 . performance and consumption
Three engines are available at the Tahoe, and this high-end example features the most powerful. The rumbling 6.2-liter V8 makes 420 horsepower, 460 pound-feet of torque, and all the subtlety of buttercream frosting. Smooth and loud, this V8 is a lot of fun and has no trouble motivating such a husky SUV, which happens to weigh 5,845 pounds on the pavement.
The 10-speed automatic transmission that always hits the spot takes advantage of that incredible power, shifting quickly and imperceptibly. Despite having so many ratios, this gearbox never feels busy as it works to deliver astounding performance. Tahoe is so confident and calm that I often find myself going a lot faster than the set limit without even realizing it. this truck scootyet so subtle that you don’t even notice it.
Tahoe’s impressive spirit should make towing a breeze. With a 6.2-liter engine, this four-wheel drive model can carry up to 8,100 pounds, although when properly equipped it can reach up to 8,400 pounds. That’s only 100 pounds less than Nissan Fleet can manage, though the Ford Expedition can tow up to 9,300 pounds, nearly half a ton more.
Powerful and peaceful, there’s a lot to like about this rig’s powertrain, though efficiency isn’t one of them. Expect 14 mpg city and 19 mpg on the highway. Combined, my testers rated it at 16 mpg, a pretty accurate number considering I got 15 and a change in mixed driving during the chill of Michigan winter. Dynamic Fuel Management, an advanced version of cylinder deactivation, helps reduce consumption whenever possible and is completely smooth.
The Tahoe’s powertrain is fun, but the other dynamics leave something to be desired. No, this truck isn’t bad to drive, and it’s a lot faster than its predecessor, but the stuff just feels too bulky. The soaring hood makes it nearly impossible to visualize where the bumper and front corners are, so lane placement can be a problem. Luckily, parking isn’t all that difficult as this Tahoe has a $4,485 Premium Plan, which includes a high-definition 360-degree camera system. It offers up to 13 different views including a cool transparent trailer feature that lets you see what’s behind whatever you drag behind.
Magnetic Ride Control is standard on Premier and High Country trims, although the latter can also be had with adaptive air suspension for increased comfort and an adjustable ride height. The Tahoe’s adaptive dampers work pretty well, although the ride of this Premier model is definitely on the strong side. Polished 20-inch aluminum wheels make the vehicle feel like wearing a concrete shoe. Switching between driving modes makes little difference. But at least the independent rear suspension keeps the rear in place at all times, even when driving on a bad washboard surface that would cause the live axle to bounce like an Olympic gymnast. Making the Tahoe feel bigger is its slightly sluggish steering. The ratio feels a little too slow, plus the wheels, with their tiny rims, do a poor job of centering themselves after turning.
Big SUV, great price tag
As a full-size SUV, the 2022 Chevy Tahoe is a delight, although all these advantages come at a price. This Premier model retails for $76,670. Those winking totals include $4,485 for the Premium Package, $2,495 for the exquisite 6.2-liter V8, $1,995 to cover the rear-seat entertainment system and $1,695 for the destination fee. When seated, this Chevy is within spitting distance of the entry-level Cadillac Escalade or Lincoln Navigator. Luckily, opting for fewer perks means you can get a Tahoe base for less, around 52k.
But even with lower expectations, this SUV is still an excellent choice as it carries the basics, is spacious and upscale, refined yet capable. Despite its heavy feel, this is a well-equipped SUV and one of the best offerings in its segment.