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2010 Chevrolet Tahoe

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2010 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

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The 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe continues to be one of the best full-size SUV values on the market. Despite rising fuel costs and sometimes erratic sales, those who simply cannot do without the Tahoe's capability will find much to like, including a hybrid model with city fuel economy ratings in the low to mid 20's. As the bestselling full-size SUV nearly 10 years running, 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 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe could be just the ticket. Another plus: The Tahoe's powerful V8 engines offer Active Fuel Management technology and 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. In fairness, the seats are easier to handle than in the past and come in two- and three-passenger configurations.

What's New for 2010

All 5.3-liter engines now feature variable valve timing and are E85 compatible. A new USB port is added to all models, while the Z71 off-road suspension is now available on the 1LT trim. A single-speed transfer case is made standard on all four-wheel-drive models, with a two-speed unit offered as optional equipment.

Driving the Tahoe
Driving Impressions

GM's latest full-size SUV platform gives the 2010 Tahoe a markedly impressive driving character. 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 21-mpg EPA highway mileage rating, which is best in the class. We also give high marks to the standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system because it is potentially life-saving technology that can significantly reduce single-vehicle accidents. Other important safety features include roof-mounted head-curtain side-impact airbags with rollover protection and front seat thorax side airbags.

Smooth, Quiet Ride
With its boxed frame, high tech suspension and precise 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.

2010 Chevrolet Tahoe Details
2010 Chevrolet Tahoe photo Interior

The 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe has definitely moved up a notch or two when it comes to interior refinement and luxury, as befitting a vehicle that can cost $40,000 or more. Leading the list of features is the clever power-release fold-and-tumble second-row seat. This makes gaining access to the third row of seating as simple as pushing a button, as the seat immediately folds out of your way. Heated second-row seats are also available (why make the kids second-class citizens?), and other niceties include sonar-based rear parking assist, rearview camera parking assist and touchscreen-operated navigation system. The instrument panel with LED backlighting is fit for a luxury sedan.

Exterior
2010 Chevrolet Tahoe photo

The face of the Chevrolet Tahoe is its most distinctive exterior feature. The latest design features a twin-port horizontal grille with a bold Chevrolet "bow tie" in the center. The flared fenders, power bulge on the hood and large wheels and tires (up to 20 inches in diameter) speak to an understated but substantial presence on the road. The steeply-angled windshield, wraparound fascia and faired-in headlights help contribute to a best-in-segment 0.363 coefficient of drag, which translates into enhanced fuel economy. Even though the Tahoe is both long (202 inches) and wide (79 inches), it is still easy to handle and park.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

There are four trim levels – LS, LT, LTZ and Hybrid, with the LT level further divided into XFE, LT1, LT2 and LT3 – and that means the vehicle can be configured from well-equipped to super-luxurious. Even the LS model includes dual-zone manual air conditioning, anti-lock brakes (ABS), cruise control, front seat-mounted side and head-curtain airbags, six-way power driver's seat, StabiliTrak stability control system, third-row seat and tire-pressure monitoring system. The LT group adds (depending upon LT1, LT2 or LT3) tri-zone automatic air conditioning, power-adjustable pedals, remote vehicle starter, leather seats, Bose 10-speaker audio system with six-disc CD changer and MP3 capability, ultrasonic rear parking assist, power adjustable pedals, heavy-duty locking rear differential and universal garage door opener. Stepping up to the LTZ trim adds 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, heated and cooled 12-way memory front seats, heated second-row seats with power release, heated windshield-washer fluid system, locking rear differential, power liftgate, RainSense intermittent front wipers and Autoride rear air-assisted load-leveling.

Optional Equipment

The three trim levels should allow you to get the equipment level you need, but the 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe can also be "optioned up" in a wide variety of ways. Among key options are an engine-block heater, cross rails for the standard luggage rack (to make it functional), rear-seat entertainment center with DVD player, Z71 Off-Road Package, Bose premium nine-speaker sound system, Side Blind Zone Alert System, 20-inch chrome wheels, rearview camera system and a navigation system and radio that includes CD, MP3 and XM NavTraffic compatibility. A choice of two- and four-wheel-drive models and a variety of axle ratios are also offered.

Under the Hood

Chevrolet has simplified the engine choices this year to just two: A 5.3-liter V8 with your choice of aluminum or cast iron block. Both engines feature variable valve timing and can run on E85 (a blend of gasoline and 15 percent ethanol). They offer significant power and torque (pulling force) with very little penalty in fuel economy. When running on E85, however, fuel economy drops measurably, although both horsepower and torque see a modest increase.

5.3-liter V8 FlexFuel, iron block
320 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
326 horsepower @ 5300 rpm (E85)
335 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
350 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm (E85)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD, gasoline), 11/16 (2WD, E85), 15/21 (4WD,gasoline), 11/16 (4WD, E85)

5.3-liter V8 FlexFuel, aluminum block
320 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
326 horsepower @ 5300 rpm (E85)
335 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
350 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm (E85)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD, gasoline), 11/16 (2WD, E85), 15/21 (4WD,gasoline), 11/16 (4WD, E85)

6.0-liter V8 Hybrid
332 horsepower @ 5100 rpm
367 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/22 (2WD), 20/20 (4WD)

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2010 Chevrolet Tahoe Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 549 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Best Vehicle I ever bought

By on Saturday, July 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great drive, a lot of room"

Cons: "no issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2012 Tahoe LT

"2012 Chevy Tahoe LT, DVD, Sunroof. The vehicle runs great. There is a small dent on the front passenger door and the inner door trim is pulling apart at the handle. I will either sell it as is or fix the trim and dent before selling. Depends on the offer."

2012 Tahoe LT

No Nonsense Truck!

By on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Simple to service and affordable to run"

Cons: "Poor plastics on the inside"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 2013 Mocha Steel Metallic Chevy Tahoe LTZ 4x4 in August 2013 and I have enjoyed every moment of it ever since. Its a simple workhorse with solid construction. The engine is a gem on the highway, never runs out of breath and is always unstressed with good passing power. The transmission is a bit moody and tends to hunt for gears sometimes but that can be corrected with the M mode. Brake rotors and pads last really long and have good bite with minimal fade on hilly sections. Interiors are not the best in quality but the the robust mechanicals more than make up for that deficiency. My only wish was if they gave it elockers in the rear axle and not the mechanical locker which locks with a bang. And by the way the exterior styling still looks way better than the fancy pants 2016 Land Cruisers, Durangos etc."

6 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Beautiful car "Iceberg Blue" rare color

By on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Heated seat BACKS--awesome for cold sore back"

Cons: "Need to take back seats in&out"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I use this car to haul supplies for horses. The square design and parking assist make it easier to maneuver in & out of the tightest spots over rough terrain than the more round, space ship shape Lexus RX I previously owned (where all that curvi-linear makes it impossible to know where you are within 4 inches like the Tahoe.) This is a beauty of a car, the LTS with every upgrade from wheels to sound to off white interior and has the rare Iceberg Blue exterior color. What is not to adore about it all? It is pure muscle, having the super-cooling engine and tow package to boot, so hauls horses around nimbly. It has flex-fuel, so technically you can put whatever grade fuel in the tank that you want. But since I own and care about this car, I only use 92 octane fuel...and it responds like a bolt of lightning to the gas peddle when needed. Tho I have the upgraded sound system, it tends to get buried in the depths of the cab and full sound is not always great. But you have about 5 options to choose from on the sound menu about how you can hear the music: concert hall, etc. It is a truck, and all trucks shake apart and get little noises over time; no big for me, still a quiet ride with the big, soft tires. The trunk lift has become squeaky, and I have a recall notice to fix it, so off to the dealer. If you have a very tall torso, it doesn't allow all that much extra head space for you (just let the seat back into a more recline/less upright position) tho the car interior space is just huge otherwise (I can fit 12 bales of horse shavings in it without removing seats. I have camped out in it easily with two people (seats out). I get many offers to buy it because of the unusual color and loaded package. Punched leather seats---gorgeous. I have the split second row configuration in seating. It is okay for getting in and out of the "way back" area, but your dog never has a bench to lie on or your kid a place to fall asleep more comfortably in their harness, so I would think hard about which config you buy. Overall, love my car. Love my car. LOVE my car."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

07 Chevy Tahoe- just the car for the winter

By on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"2007 Chevy Tahoe, 4x4, black exterior/interior, LT model, 20" tires,DVD, Bose speakers,captains chairs in middle row, 3rd row bench seat,leather,no mechanical issues"

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Large vehicle, incredibly reliable

By on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Love every variation of it's 4 wheel drive, AWD, 4WD Hi or Low, 2WD. We have owned this 2007 since new, and it has been mechanically flawless, nothing but standard maintenance - oil, tires, battery. It's actually a fine ride, tows my 5,500lb boat with ease. My wife is only 5ft 2inches but she loves the height and handling. Only two negatives for us - it was supposed to get 21mpg - dreamsville by GM, more like 13mpg. And, third row of seats weight a ton, don't stow very well, and are hard to move in and out. It also holds it's value well."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

reliable transportation that looks good too

By on Monday, December 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "handles all weather with no worries"

Cons: "not the best on fuel"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My wife and I love this vehicle and for that matter so does our 15 year old son. This car has been a hassle free dependable SUV. All my friends like it too. I highly recommend this vehicle."

15 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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