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Like the Suburban, the redesigned Tahoe gets an independent rear suspension that improves ride comfort, handling, and third-row room. This is a massive vehicle that's very functional, comfortable, and high-tech.
The standard 5.3-liter V8 is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, and together the powertrain supplies plenty of predictable, uninterrupted power. The ride is comfortable but steadier in the Premier trim because of its electromagnetic dampers. Handling is rather ponderous but secure. The enormous cabin is eerily quiet. Controls are very easy to use except for the tricky gear selector. It's a big step to get into the Tahoe, and the tall hood cuts forward visibility. FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection are standard, and BSW is optional.
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2015-2020
2015 Redesign Year
The 2015 redesign brought a sumptuous and quiet interior, power folding second- and third row seats, and optional advanced safety features like forward-collision and lane-departure warnings. Beyond that, it's pretty much your tried-and-true Tahoe, with a 5.3-liter V8 and a six-speed automatic transmission.
If your budget permits, the LTZ's Magnetic Ride Control package significantly improves the Tahoe's emergency handling, as well as ride quality. The LTZ also brings blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. If you plan to frequently tow a big trailer, get the Max Trailering Package with its built-in trailer brake controller and 3.42 rear-axle ratio. We found it makes a minimal difference in fuel economy. Changes for 2016 included optional Apple CarPlay capability, a head-up display, and lane-keeping assist.
$47,425 - $66,700
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$42,800 - $64,025
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$39,000 - $53,775
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$35,450 - $48,550
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$30,475 - $41,875
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$25,150 - $34,975
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2007-2014
2007 Redesign Year
The 2007 redesign brought a better ride and steering, along with an improved interior. The powertrain remains strong, though unrefined.
The third-row seats lack thigh support and don't fold into the floor, eating up cargo room. Handling is cumbersome, stopping distances are long, and fuel economy -- though improved over earlier models -- is poor. However, the highway ride is comfortable and the first two rows of seats are spacious. Curtain airbags are standard, as is a six-speed automatic transmission.
$19,050 - $27,050
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$15,550 - $25,700
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$13,875 - $22,075
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$12,550 - $20,125
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$10,900 - $18,375
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$9,500 - $16,625
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$7,950 - $14,750
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$7,325 - $12,850
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2000-2006
This full-sized SUV offers impressive towing and an absorbent low-speed ride. However, it offers little cargo space behind the raised third row and the ride deteriorates on the highway.
Fit and finish are unimpressive and the third-row seat is very tight. Handling is imprecise, steering is vague, and the brakes are so-so. However, on the plus side, 4WD models have a full-time system that can remain engaged indefinitely and electronic stability control (ESC) was made standard for 2002.
$6,150 - $9,450
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$4,975 - $7,600
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$4,600 - $7,050
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$3,775 - $6,525
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$3,250 - $6,000
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$2,900 - $5,250
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$2,900 - $4,650
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