By KBB.com Editors
After undergoing a complete remake in 2007, the most popular full-size SUV in America, the Chevrolet Tahoe, arrives largely unchanged for 2008. The extensive re-design included improved chassis and steering, a quieter, more upscale interior and segment-leading fuel economy thanks to the new line of Active Fuel Management-equipped V8 engines and, later this year, the introduction of a new hybrid model that promises a 25-percent improvement in fuel economy over the standard Tahoe. As the bestselling full-size SUV since the previous redesign in 2001, the Tahoe has long had a lot going for it, including top rankings in the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Survey. Despite the slightly conservative exterior styling, the Tahoe is still handsome, and its ride quality and overall responsiveness have never been better.You'll Like This Car If...
If you have a number of children, tow a boat or horse trailer and like the feel of a substantial V8-powered vehicle, the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe could be just the ticket. Another plus: The Tahoe's powerful V8 engines offer Active Fuel Management technology and many are E85-ready.You May Not Like This Car If...
Our one quibble with the Tahoe is the necessity to remove and store the third-row seats to gain maximum cargo room. But the new seats are easier to handle and come in two- and three-passenger configurations.What's New for 2008
Chevrolet introduces the world's first full-size hybrid SUV. The system features GM's 2-Mode hybrid drive system teamed to a 6.0-liter V8 featuring Active Fuel Management. Also new are standard head curtain side-impact airbags on all models.Driving It Driving Impressions
GM's latest full-size SUV platform gives the 2008 Tahoe a markedly better ride-and-handling combination than its predecessors. The fully-boxed frame (for more chassis stiffness), coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering result in a surprisingly maneuverable and tractable vehicle. We were also struck by the Tahoe's quiet cabin and its inviting, upscale interior. The 5.3-liter V8 with Active Fuel Management puts its 320 horsepower right at your command thanks to a wide torque curve, and you never notice when the engine switches between eight- and four-cylinder operation. By using this technical wizardry, the two-wheel-drive version of the Tahoe achieves a 20-mpg EPA highway mileage rating, which is best in the class. The two-wheel-drive Tahoe LT is tow-rated at 7,200 pounds, while the four-wheel drive is rated at a stout 7,700 pounds. We also praise the fact that Chevrolet has made its StabiliTrak electronic stability control system standard on the Tahoe, because it is potentially life-saving technology that can significantly reduce single-vehicle accidents. Additional new safety features include roof-mounted head-curtain side-impact airbags with rollover protection.Favorite Features
Smooth, quiet ride
With its new frame, suspension and steering system---plus additional sound dampening---the Tahoe offers a luxury-car-like ride.
Active Fuel Management
Helping you have your cake and eat it too, the Active Fuel Management system, which cuts the operation of four cylinders when they are unneeded, enhances fuel economy.