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The Tahoe has a luxurious and quiet interior, but the ride is too stiff and the third-row seat is tight. In addition, the 5.3-liter V8 and six-speed automatic combine to form a lackluster powertrain that returned 16 mpg overall. The touch-screen infotainment system is easy to use, and the front seats are very comfortable. The Magnetic Ride Control suspension on LTZ trims improves ride comfort, as well as handling response and capability. Properly equipped versions can tow 8,500 pounds. But if towing isn't your main concern, car-based SUVs drive better and are roomier. Lane-keeping assist is now available, joining the already-available blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert systems. Reliability has been well below average.

Road Test

This big SUV, which is built on a full-sized pickup chassis, seems like a throwback in a world where nearly every other SUV is now based on a carlike unibody structure. It's a virtual twin of the GMC Yukon and essentially a shorter version of the Che...

Highs

  • Large and utilitarian
  • Very quiet

Lows

  • Large and tall, hurting maneuverability
  • High-step-in

Best Version to Get

We think it's important for you to get the LTZ version. Its Magnetic Ride Control package significantly improves the Tahoe's emergency handling, in addition to improving the ride. Lower trim lines without this feature have sloppy handling in emergency situations. If you plan to freq...

Specifications

Seating
3 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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