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
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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

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

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
Engines Available
  • 5.3-liter V8 (320 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Running lights require partial removal of fender liner to replace bulb. Terrible! design. Older Tahoe much easier to change bulb. Bad design (not new) giving frequent bulb failures."

Anonymous, VA (2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

"Day running lights constantly out and needed replacement."

Anonymous, ON (2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Headlights

"Routine bulb burnout on running lights"

Anonymous, WY (2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)
Interior lights

"The top light comes on intermittently when the brakes or turn signals are applied. The dealer claimed it could not duplicate the problem, even though I took the service technician for a ride to show him and he definitely saw the problem. The technician claimed he could not see the problem, but it only happens when you are actually driving and the technician never drove the vehicle and thus did not fix it."

Anonymous, TX (2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Keyless entry

"Security system does not arm properly. Many times after setting the security system and leaving the car about 10 minutes the alarm goes off. Dealer does no seem to want to attempt to trouble shoot, repair, or call in factory tech. Been to two dealers first one said they updated soft ware in module, still had problem."

H K., PA (2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 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 the left back door and the weep holes are clogged. I have to continually blow them open"

Michael G., MS (2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

"water leaked in around tailgate window area during heavy rain or car wash."

Stephen D., IL (2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Wind noise

"Wind noise from both front windows. Dealer replaced seals on both windows while still under warranty. Within about 12 months, window noise on both windows came back"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

"At highway speeds, wind noise is pronounced coming from the windshield area. Dealer found nothing wrong, when issue brought to their attention while vehicle was under warranty"

Anonymous, MD (2014 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

Parking brake

"To apply parking brake take a certain amount of pressure. To release the brake it take considerably more pressure. This caused the brake to go to the floor and would not release"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"When purchased, took it off lot, drove at 60 mph, and used brakes, there was a very bad vibration, shaking, and unsteady steering. We took it back to dealer, they accused us of misusing the brakes. We stood our ground, and they replaced the whole brake system."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Rotors

"Had to have replaced every 11000 miles because of warping"

Albert D., NJ (2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

"Both front and back disc brake rotors warped. My not be the vehicle's fault entirely as I tow a boat in the summer months. So, in fairness they are stopping more than just the vehicle. However, since it is a truck-based SUV and a full-size one at that, I kind of expected the brakes to be heavier-duty than they seem to be."

John S., MO (2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"The dashboard cracked. I had purchased the extended warranty, called the dealer ship and they wanted $195.00 just to look at it."

Tim H., CA (2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Problem with fluid circulation caused automatic transmission to not shift"

Patricia C., WY (2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 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

Radio

"XM radio loses signal quite a bit"

Anonymous, TX (2014 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

Electronic or air suspension

"The compressor went out - not completely just the exhaust portion of it - the dealership is unable to fix that small problem and needed to replace the $800 compressor to eliminate the problem (Bunch of bulls...)"

Anonymous, WI (2014 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

Doors or sliding doors

"The door latch on the right from door broke and was replaced."

Michael G., MS (2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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.

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.

Climate System

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

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

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