The Tahoe is a large vehicle and you won't forget it while driving. The 2007 redesign brought improved fit and finish for the interior and better brake pedal feel, but didn't set any new standards among large SUVs. Handling is cumbersome, stopping distances are long and fuel economy, though improved, is poor. However, the highway ride is comfortable.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Side air bags standard from 2000-2002, available until 2006, standard from 2010. ESC available from 2003, standard from 2005. Head protection air bags available in 2007, standard from 2008.
Road Test

The Tahoe is a large vehicle and you won't forget it while driving. The 2007 redesign brought improved fit and finish for the interior and better brake pedal feel, but didn't set any new standards among large SUVs. Handling is cumbersome, stopping distances are long and fuel economy, though improved, is poor. However, the highway ride is comfortable. The first two rows of seats are spacious, but the third row is too low for adults. Later years brought standard curtain airbags and a six-speed automatic transmission.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.8-liter V8 (295 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (320 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"The headlights are unbelievably difficult to replace due to poor design"

J R., VA (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"One headlight burned out and was replaced on a road trip to Yellowstone, the other headlight burned out when we go home and was replaced"

Joseph P., TX (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The DRLs are unbelievably difficult to replace due to poor design"

J R., VA (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Heated or cooled seats

"Driver's heated seat suddenly activated and began to burn my back. Happened twice. Repair shop could not duplicate the problem. On both occasions, turning the engine off and then back on solved the problem"

Joseph P., TX (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"I've replaced 3 sensors. The 4th works off and on. I'm not willing to spend the money to fix it. Doesn't really both me that much"

Anonymous, GA (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

"Tire pressure monitor went out shortly after purchase in Dec. 2016. Mechanic said you might as well replace all 4 sensors because they're all about the same age. Price was about $600, so we didn't have it repaired. Tire pressure monitoring isn't that important! I would do it myself, but I can't mount and dismount tires onto the wheels, and that's part of the job"

Kenneth K., FL (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Lower ball joints went out as well as the rod ends. Veh. Is used in street only mainly highway driving"

Thomas R., TX (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Electronic or air suspension

"The air suspension pump and shocks at the rear of the car had failed, and a suspension component was broken. Total cost of repairs was about $2500"

Robert K., OH (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"Hoses for the power steering started leaking. Relatively easy and inexpensive fix. No problems since"

Anonymous, GA (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Tie rods

"Went out before ball joints"

Thomas R., TX (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"Sudden deterioration of front left wheel bearing, resulting in up to two inches of play. Replaced both wheel bearings at the same time"

Craig W., AB (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Experinced water under the mats but could not determine the cause"

Richard D., TX (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4.8-L V8)

"wind noise and banging in back spare tire assembly"

Anonymous, TX (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4.8-L V8)
Wind noise

"hissing sound from cracking molding"

Ellis E., MD (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4.8-L V8)

"The wind noise in the cabin made conversation almost impossible"

Richard D., TX (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4.8-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

"Both side view mirrors will not fold in or stick when retracting"

Anonymous, FL (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"driver mirror does not work"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe Unsure Unsure)

"Mirrors turned down on reverse, will not come back to original location"

Victor M., FL (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LS Unsure)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Molding was a recal. Got change ,them about 5 or 6 years they star falling off, Chevrolet refuse to replace. The paint stared to peel and fade in surging places"

Victor M., FL (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LS Unsure)

"Areas of paint gone"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe Unsure Unsure)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"Wiring harness broke loose and became tangled in the front drive shaft. Had to repair @ dealer"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"Shortly after purchase in Dec. 2016 I noticed brake odor from the left rear wheel and discovered it was locked up due to the caliper not releasing upon removing your foot from the brake pedal. It was all because a mechanic had failed to lubricate the slide pins. They were as dry as a bone!"

Kenneth K., FL (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"An icon appeared on the dash. Computer analysis stated the CC needed replacement. All is well since replacement"

Frank M., IL (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4.8-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"This year the air conditioner ceased working. I have not ye been able to take it in for servicing!"

Anonymous, VA (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Unsure)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"Leaks and noisy. Both front and rear differentials have had to be worked on"

James B., WI (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Roller tappet failed in valve body/cylinder head causing catastrophic engine failure. Body integrity, electronics and all other aspects of drive train still in excellent condition, so replaced damaged engine with new factory engine"

Robert N., GA (2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

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