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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NA
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NA
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NA
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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
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 4.8-liter V8 (295 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (320 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 hybrid (332 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (395 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Rear abs sensor went out"

Anonymous, LA (2009 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

"If you are on the brakes like waiting in line at a drive through on of the calipers lock up. If you cut off the truck open the master cylinder then it will release and work fine"

Richard P., TX (2009 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Master cylinder

"Loss of master cylinder fluid resulted in brake and stabilitrack dashboard warnings"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)
Rotors

""dealer" said they were worn out..... who knows!"

William B., CA (2009 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 4.8-L V8)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"Oil leak fouled cylinders and oil pressure sensor gave false readings about low oil pressure. Result was plug fouling leading to excessive vibration and lifter damage. Repair was approximately $6000 CAD"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 6.0-L V8 hybrid)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Valve seat in cylander #6 broke and fell into the piston causing an impact on the piston and valve seat. This caused internal motor failure"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Unsure)
Head gasket

"loss in oil pressure"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The side strips on the doors faded to bare plastic. Was not covered under warranty. Chevy dealer wanted a lot of money to repainted, so I had independent body shop repaint at a savings of about 60%. They did a great job"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

"The interior door handles started cracking and peeling causing silver paint shards in fingers and hands. The exterior handles are peeling underneath the handles but not causing any hazard"

Marsha M., TX (2009 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 6.2-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

Shocks or struts

"leakage"

William B., CA (2009 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 4.8-L V8)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Back passenger door on drivers side has a leak that cause the door to hold water"

Richard P., TX (2009 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

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

Keyless entry

"Door lock on drivers door shorted out and quit working. Must use key to open door. Must lock manually"

Michael J., KY (2009 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-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

"Power fold failed. Dealer replacement quoted at over $800. Had work done at body shop for $402. Felt this was grossly overpriced by dealer"

Anonymous, AL (2009 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Air conditioner will sometimes blow hot air on one side. Occasionally can be fixed by resetting system through process of disconnecting battery, etc. and then not using passenger side controls. Diagnosis and fix would be at least $2000"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 6.0-L V8 hybrid)

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.

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.

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

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

Transmission Minor

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

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