KBB Editors' Overview
By Keith Buglewicz
- Updated Date: 3/6/2014
If there was ever a case for, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," it was the Chevrolet Tahoe. GM's stable of full-size SUVs – which includes the GMC Yukon – already dominate the full-size SUV class to the tune of owning around 70 percent of the market. They outsell Ford 5-1, and Toyota 10-1. Yet Chevrolet went all out with the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, giving it an all-new chassis, all-new styling, an upgraded suspension and engine, and an interior that's more luxurious than the last-generation Cadillac Escalade. Throw in class-leading technology, and it's clear that there's little out there to dethrone this king of the road.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you need real 4-wheel drive (4WD), if you tow a trailer or a boat, and if you want to do that surrounded by the best interior and some of the highest tech you can get in the segment, then this is your ride.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If the idea of a full-size SUV is just too much vehicle, if you value fuel economy over sheer towing capacity, or if you can't stand upright inside your garage, then you might want to pass on the new Tahoe.
What's New for 2015
Everything about the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe is new this year. It now rides on an all-new frame derived from the new-for-2014 Chevrolet Silverado. The engines have been upgraded with advanced technology to improve horsepower and fuel economy, and the new interior could be out of luxury sedan.
The 2015 Chevy Tahoe is still a big, heavy full-size SUV, yet Chevy has managed to infuse the new Tahoe with a smoother ride, sharper steering, and overall better driving dynamics than you might expect from such a large vehicle. Key to this is the available Magnetic Ride Control (MRC), standard on LTZ trims, which adjusts the stiffness of the shock absorbers in milliseconds according to changing road conditions. The result is little body lean for a vehicle this size, but with a compliant ride. Unlike its competition, the Tahoe still has a solid rear axle – normally that means a harsher ride – but MRC helps here, too. The suspension, newly responsive steering and 355-horsepower V8 engine combine to make the Tahoe easy to drive on mountain roads. The biggest downside is fuel economy, which hovered in the mid- to high-teens despite tricks like cylinder deactivation.
This is the best interior treatment we've ever seen in a domestic SUV. We're not exaggerating when we say the 2015 Tahoe LTZ interior is nicer than the one in the previous-generation Cadillac Escalade Platinum.
FOLD FLAT THIRD ROW
Better late than never, they say. While much of the Tahoe's competition has embraced fold-flat seats for more than a decade, this is the first time you don't have to remove this big Chevy's third row to maximize cargo room. The power fold mechanism even works quickly.
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