This revised version of the Tahoe has its good points, but the SUV remains a big hulk that handles clumsily and thirsts for gasoline. On the upside, it delivers readily available power, rides pretty well, its cavernous cabin stays quiet and it offers generous second-row seating. The six-speed automatic transmission also brings some improvement in acceleration and fuel economy. Towing heavy loads is another forte.
Alerts
There are 5 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.
Emissions
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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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.
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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
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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

This revised version of the Tahoe has its good points, but the SUV remains a big hulk that handles clumsily and thirsts for gasoline. On the upside, it delivers readily available power, rides pretty well, its cavernous cabin stays quiet and it offers generous second-row seating. The six-speed automatic transmission also brings some improvement in acceleration and fuel economy. Towing heavy loads is another forte. However, handling is clumsy -- though ultimately secure. Interior quality is pretty good, but unimpressive for the class. The third-row seat is barely usable and doesn't store out of sight. Test results also apply to the GMC Yukon.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 5.3-liter V8 (320 hp)
  • 6-liter V8 hybrid (332 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Doors or sliding doors

"Had to replace door panel as it basically fell apart. Both front doors"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

"Driver interior door handle/armrest plastic wore completely through and had to be replaced. Could not find used part. Cost about $650 to replace. GM refused to compensate me in any way. Warranty had expired."

Anonymous, PA (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

"Door handles (driver and left rear doors) broke. Driver door couldn't be opened from inside or out. Also, inside grab bar broke."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

"Passenger rear Door handle came off."

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"The right side passenger door fills with water when it rains."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Locks and latches

"Had to replace passenger front door handle. Interior mechanism that locks door had broken."

Tom S., TX (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 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

A/C compressor

"Metal shavings compromised entire system."

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

"Made of very loud noise when turning on and would not cool seemed to also affect engine performance"

Sheilah A., OK (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"High pitch squeal"

Scott L., AR (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Repeated servicing has failed to enable a/c system to keep up with outside temperatures over 85 degrees. It blows coolish air but not cool enough. Told by dealer it is working fine. Not good enough for central Florida."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"The Tahoe AC stopped cooling, taken to dealer, no refrigerant in system, dealer replaced High Pressure line between the compressor and condenser. It stopped cooling again after 1 month, back to dealer, no refrigerant again, dealer replaced the rear Evaporator core. It has worked fine since."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"The front and rear evaporator cores leaked and the service tech had very hard time finding them and then repairing then. This was in large part his lack of skill/knowledge even working at the dealer."

Anonymous, LA (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 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

Ball joints

"Mechanic shop said they were significantly worn so we replaced them with the worn out struts."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Unsure 5.3-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"Squeaking noise when turning"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

"Struts were so worn out it almost caused loss of control going over bumps. Replacement solved the issue."

Anonymous, TX (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Unsure 5.3-L V8)

"Extremely rough ride - replaced both shocks and struts and enjoying the smoother ride"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

"Front anti sway bar assembly broke at the connection on the driver's side of the vehicle. Replace entire front sway bar assembly"

David C., CO (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Parking light shorted out"

Donald C., SC (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Headlights

"In order to replace headlight bulbs, have to remove fender liner, loosen grill and bumper, over 1 hr shop labor. At shop rates around here, over $200 to replace 2 headlight bulbs. Ridiculous."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wire failure for rear wiper. Short above headliner"

Charles A., MI (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

"rear wiper hatch not working blows fuse"

Charles A., MI (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 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

Air or water leaks

"Water enters vehicle floorboard from unknown source"

Mark-Mary P., LA (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3-L V8)

"water can be heard sloshing around in door"

Charles A., MI (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"When it rains heavily, my driver and passenger doors FILL with water. You can hear it sloshing around."

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Wind noise

"Since my husband bought it for me brand new. I took it back to get serviced the CSR told me it was air from driver side . I told him when I am driving I can here the wind. I took back 3 times never was fixed . Still to this day I have the noise."

Anonymous, (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Trim came lose had to find glue to keep it attached"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Door panel handle broke, because it is plastic, bought new front driver door panel."

John A., TX (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

"Door handle broke made of cheap plastic in a 60k suv"

John A., TX (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Corrosion from road salts on cast aluminum wheels. All wheels were replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 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

Calipers

"calipers locked causing premature failure which damaged rotors"

Everett B., SC (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"I began to hear noise like worn brake pads so I had them replaced."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

"I replaced the pads and rotors myself without issue."

Thomas K., MI (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Rotors

"Salt environment in the Michigan winters causes the rotors to delaminate/crumble which in turn causes the pads to wear unevenly. I replaced the rotors and pads with parts from Autozone and Advance Auto Parts."

Thomas K., MI (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"sensor failure"

R S., NJ (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

"warning light did its job and we addressed the sensor failure"

R S., NJ (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

"Airbag light activated telling us that no air bag was enabled for the front passenger side."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 6.0-L V8 hybrid)

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

4WD/AWD components

"Loud noise in 4 wheel drive. Believe it was differential"

Scott L., AR (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"Making a squealing noise"

Scott L., AR (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

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.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"General Motors charges more than $200.00 to update the route information. Cheaper to buy a Garmin!!!"

Mike M., MO (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Radio

"Radio turns off and restarts occasionally for no reason"

Mike M., MO (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"The engine knock was what I determined as mild roughness in the engine. There were not two problems, just the knocking/roughness apparently caused by the two bad spark plugs."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Oil leaks

"oil pressure sensor leak"

P K., WV (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

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

Fuel pump

"My fuel pump went out on me with absolutely no warning , kind of pissed me off. But what really pissed me off was the $936.00 price tag to fix the car"

Janet T., OH (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"My motor light would turn on. Took to machinist said it was sensor. This started about 3 yrs ago. Also before the year of having Tahoe the dashboard started to crack. I took it in CSR said it was not a recall and they couldn't fix it. 3 down the line once again 2 more cracks on dashboard they couldn't repair. I told them I had my Ford Expedition and Never had I had the dashboard crack. This sucks because it was brand new and have cracks on the dash. Very disappointed."

Anonymous, (2013 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

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Original plus 2 more and I had pay to install even with warranty"

Douglas P., WI (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"The malfunction indicator on the dash was on steadily and the engine was running mildly rough. Local shop located the problem as two spark plugs. They replaced them. Engine now running well."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Very upset that we had to have transmission rebuilt cost for new is same price but only 1 year guarantee so we chose rebuild with life time guarantee"

Sheilah A., OK (2013 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

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