KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
- Updated Date: 6/28/2013
It is not by accident that Chevy's Tahoe is this country's all-time favorite full-size SUV. For what it is and what it does, it does those things very well. Need to carry up to nine people? Tow a good-sized trailer? Deal with bad weather or lousy roads? Take a long trip in easy comfort and bring all your stuff with you? The Tahoe will do all of that and more, and has maintained a position at the head of a class that includes the Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada. In addition, it can travel more than 20 miles down the highway on a gallon of gas. Yet, as appealing as all that might be, if you don't require those sorts of capabilities and your transportation needs include mainly family and pavement, you'd be better off with one of the more efficient crossover SUVs, such as a Ford Explorer, Dodge Durango or Chevy's own Traverse, any of which would be much more sensible.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you absolutely need something that does what the Tahoe does so well, and you don't mind driving around in and parking a big, heavy truck-type SUV, it's a great choice.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If your trailer-towing will be less than 6,500 pounds, you can get seats for eight passengers, measurably better fuel economy, easier maneuverability, better handling and a more comfortable ride in a crossover SUV. Try Chevy's Traverse or one of its siblings, the Buick Enclave or GMC Acadia.
What's New for 2014
There are few changes to the Chevy Tahoe for 2014. LS models receive a standard Convenience Package that includes power-adjustable pedals, remote start and rear park assist with rear-vision camera and inside mirror with camera display. Concord Metallic is a new color choice.
Chevrolet has pushed the Tahoe's full-size body-on-frame SUV 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, tractable and smooth-handling SUV. 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 system seamlessly switches between 4- or 8-cylinder operation as needed for improved fuel economy without compromising performance.
There is no doubt the Chevrolet Tahoe can accomplish a wide variety of tasks, and will do anything its reputation would indicate it can handle. It's not the most efficient thing on the road, though not bad for its size, and, within reason, the Tahoe will not let you down.
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.
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