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2013 Chevrolet Tahoe

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2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

Big space and big capabilities have made the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe America's favorite full-size SUV. Properly equipped, the brawny body-on-frame vehicle, based on a truck-type construction, can seat up to nine passengers, tow 8,500 pounds and manage well off-road. That keeps the Tahoe at the head of its class, which includes the Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada. Delivering EPA highway fuel-economy figures in the low 20-mpg range, and including in its lineup (along with its sibling, the GMC Yukon) the only hybrid in the segment, for its size the Chevy Tahoe is about as efficient as can reasonably be expected. But, unless you will actually use the Tahoe's towing capacity and off-road capabilities, a large unit-construction crossover, such as the Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango or Chevy's own Traverse, is a much more efficient, and more sensible, alternative.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the look and feel of a big, heavy truck and you have to transport hordes of kids plus the camper trailer to put them in, the 2013 Chevy Tahoe SUV makes a great choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't have to tow more than 6,500 pounds, you can get 8-passenger seating, better fuel economy and easier handling in a unit-construction crossover such as the Chevy Traverse.

What's New for 2013

The Chevy Tahoe has no major changes for 2013. It just gets a higher-capacity battery and a couple of new exterior colors, and the grade braking function, which uses engine compression to help slow the vehicle when going down hills, now works in the normal transmission mode instead of only in the Tow/Haul setting.

Driving the Tahoe

Driving Impressions Chevrolet has pushed the Tahoe's full-size body-on-frame platform to the limits of what such a design can manage, but the results are impressive. The fully-boxed frame results in a rigid...

chassis that helps improve handling and reduce interior noise. The coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering contribute to a surprisingly maneuverable and tractable vehicle. We also give high marks to the standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control because it's a meaningful safety aid that can reduce single-vehicle accidents. With 320 horsepower, the Tahoe's 5.3-liter V8 is more than capable of moving the fully-loaded vehicle easily and responsively, and the Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation seamlessly switches between 4- or 8-cylinder operation as needed for improved fuel economy without compromising performance.

SMOOTH, QUIET RIDE
With its boxed frame, high-tech suspension and precise steering - plus generous sound dampening - the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe offers a luxury-car-like riding and driving experience.

ACTIVE FUEL MANAGEMENT
Helping you have your cake and eat it too, this system smoothly drops out four cylinders when they are unneeded, enhancing fuel efficiency.

2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Details
Interior

Inside the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe, we see more hard plastic surfaces than we'd prefer but that's probably inevitable given the vehicle's vast interior expanse. We like the seat sew patterns, the soft leather seating option and the elegant dash with its blue-backlit controls and white-backlit instruments. Accessing the Tahoe's third-row seats is made simple, either by activating the power release fold-and-tumble mechanism on the standard second-row bench seat or via the walkway between the optional captain's chairs. We also appreciate the available heated-seat feature for the second row and the excellent touch-screen-operated navigation system.

Exterior

Conservative but nicely-sculpted sheet metal is set off by the Tahoe's expressive Chevrolet-family face, consisting of twin horizontal grille sections separated by a big Chevy bow-tie badge. The power-bulge hood and big wheels and tires (up to 20-inchers) give the Tahoe a substantial road presence, an attitude that becomes particularly CIA-like when it's finished in black. The Tahoe's flush headlamps, smooth wrap-around bumper, lower air dam and steeply-raked windshield all contribute to its low 0.363 coefficient of drag, a number that lets this big rolling brick of a vehicle slip through the wind with relative ease.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Chevy Tahoe includes boatloads of standard features. Even the base LS model offers dual-zone (manual) air conditioning, 6-way power driver's seat, StabiliTrak stability control, OnStar, Bluetooth, tire-pressure monitoring and airbags everywhere: Front and side for the front seats and head-curtain bags for all rows. The LT group adds tri-zone automatic air conditioning, heated front seats, power-adjustable pedals, Bose 9-speaker audio system and ultrasonic rear parking assist. Stepping up to the LTZ trim adds 20-inch aluminum wheels, heated and cooled 12-way memory front seats, 10-speaker Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound audio system and Autoride rear air-assisted load-leveling.

Optional Equipment

Beyond the three trim packages, the Chevrolet Tahoe can also be optioned up to a great degree. Among key options are an engine-block heater, rear-seat entertainment center with DVD player, Z71 Off-Road Package, Side Blind Zone Alert System, rearview camera system and a navigation system and radio that includes CD, MP3 and XM NavTraffic compatibility. A choice of 2- and 4-wheel-drive models and a variety of axle ratios and trailering packages are also offered.

Under the Hood

The Tahoe's sole engine offering is a strong, smooth and sophisticated 5.3-liter V8. In the interest of performance with efficiency, it employs variable valve timing, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation that cuts off four cylinders when they aren't needed) and Flex Fuel capability. When running on E85 (85-percent ethanol and 15-percent gasoline), fuel economy suffers by about 25 percent but power and torque increase slightly. To save weight, aluminum cylinder heads are used, and the engine block is either aluminum or cast iron depending on other equipment ordered. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic. The 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid uses a 6.0-liter V8 working with a 2-mode electric motor/generator.

5.3-liter V8 FlexFuel
320 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
326 horsepower @ 5,300 rpm (E85)
335 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
348 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm (E85)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg (2WD and 4WD, gasoline), 11/16 mpg (2WD and 4WD, E85)

6.0-liter V8 Hybrid
332 horsepower @ 5,100 rpm
367 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/23 mpg

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2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 541 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • 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 vehicles I have owned will buy again

By on Sunday, July 12, 2015

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
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "07 LTZ is a functional and capable delux SUV."

Cons: "Absolutely none!"

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

"Have owned 82,97,2011 and the 2007. Love all! I tow a 4000lb++ boat, tows at high speed. and above 55 on extreme mountain roads. Combined mileage non- towing is 24. 12-14 towing. Goes like a tank in snow/ice. I only plow my steep driveway if over 18 inches accumulates. Thanks for the pricing assistance"

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Not the same old 3.5 L engine

By on Sunday, July 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Really the best travel car I have found"

Cons: "Chevy quality and reliability have nose dived"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"I love Chevys but this Tahoe broke down after 150,000 miles and my mechanic was clueless. After putting a new jaspers engine in it had the same problem (using way too much oil) until a mechanic in Arkansas finally told me that the valve covers had to be replaced. I nearly ruined another engine for the price of a $100 part but none of my earlier Tahoes ever had such a problem. The mechanic told me that in his oppinion, the newer Chevys were built to wear out after 150,000 miles. This was certainly my experience."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great SUV

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very smooth ride, good MPG for a full size SUV"

Cons: "No automatic updating phone directory"

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

"Bought this 2014 LTZ Tahoe, to replace my 2004 LS, and man what a difference, first of all it has the White Diamond tri coat paint, with the upgraded chrome wheels and it looks real classy. The 5.3 has lots of power,and for a full size SUV,I am averaging 17.3 miles per gallon. The seats are very comfortable, and the air ride suspension, makes most of the bumps in the road disappear. The blind spot warning feature is very handy. My only disappointment is, with the Bluetooth system, it doesn't have an automatic phone contact list that my 2014 Malibu has,and a lot of times in area's where I have never had a problem, it suddenly drops the call, but I can live with that. overall I really love this SUV, it looks classy and rides great."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great towing vehicle

By on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fuel savings"

Cons: "no longer made"

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

"When I went looking for a SUV that could tow over 5000LB, I found that the Hybrid not only could offer 360 LB of torque, (Suburban 2500 has 380 LBS)but could maintain 20-21 MPG when not towing. nothing compares to the AC, it has a 480 VAC refrigeration compressor that can take 110 degree cabin temperature to 65 degrees in 8 minutes. No other full size comes close..."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Good looks with respectable power & handling

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Looks, Performance, Handling, Utility, Interior."

Cons: "Dealership Service Dept. Training"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

Always gets comments

"Reliable with few small problems. (However REAR MAIN SEAL replaced under warranty). Chevy's fix for a poorly designed hot water heater (for the windshield washer) burned up a few Tahoes. Chevy finally had all of water heaters disconnected and gave owners a small $200 credit on a new Tahoe. Not a classy high point in Chevy history. However, overall I'm glad I bought this vehicle. It holds the grand kids safely. It also looks, rides and handles well."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Always gets comments

Best vehicle ever

By on Friday, June 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,000

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: "Lots of bells & whistles, comfortable,fun 2 drive!"

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

"fell in love with this 2013 Tahoe LTZ at first sight! Test drive and condition of vehicle was excellent! Dealer was generous and offered under BB! Driving it everyday in pure comfort! No problems at all! I got the best deal for a luxurious suv!"

8 people out of 20 found this review helpful

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