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This big SUV, which is built on a full-sized pickup chassis, seems like a throwback in a world where nearly every other SUV was based on a carlike unibody structure. For 2015, the Tahoe was redesigned, with chiseled looks, a nicely finished interior, the latest technology of the time and slightly better fuel economy. The first thing you notice when driving any Tahoe is its exceptional quiet, much like a good luxury car.
Alerts
There are 14 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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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 big SUV, which is built on a full-sized pickup chassis, seems like a throwback in a world where nearly every other SUV was based on a carlike unibody structure.

For 2015, the Tahoe was redesigned, with chiseled looks, a nicely finished interior, the latest technology of the time and slightly better fuel economy.

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Display screen blinks and stutters. Also, has gone blank. It has been to the dealership 3 times and I'm still having problems”

Anonymous, LA (2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Will not link to multiple phones, dealer can't fix”

Anonymous, SC (2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

“Completely failed, dealer repaired under warrently”

Anonymous, SC (2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

“MyLink system is not fully compatible with the SiriusXM traffic notification subscription as the map does not show the type of traffic (light, medium, heavy) for all roads. For example, around Baltimore MD, it will only display the type of traffic for the beltway (695). It ignores all others including 70. I've contacted both GM and SiriusXM and they blame each other. I'm siding with SiriusXM as my previous vehicles (a Ford and Chrysler) worked fine”

Anonymous, PA (2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

“directions not accurate”

Kenneth R., SC (2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

“Water entered antenna base rendering GPS inoperable”

Fred E., NC (2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Radio

“The radio system will not store radio frequencies”

George S., TX (2015 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

A/C compressor

“Locked up”

Kandi S., MD (2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 5.3-L V8)

“Compressor locked up and had to be replaced (under warranty) at approximately 17,000 miles/15 months”

William J., MS (2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

“I took the truck in to have the AC looked at and they asked if I had extended coverage as it had a hole in it. I told them no and it was just outside my warranty. They told me a $2k fix. I took it to my mechanic who told me he couldn't find the AC condenser anywhere. I then researched and a lot of people had similar problems. I contacted Chevy in MI and they told me they would give me financial assistance and fix it if I covered just $200. I told them yes. When I contacted the parts guy a”

Tom B., WA (2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Automatic climate control

“Seems like when you first start the car it wants to blow cold air irrespective of the outside temperature”

Anonymous, IN (2015 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

“Wind noises”

Kent G., FL (2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)

“Loud squeak out of tail gate area when going over road bumps”

Anonymous, OH (2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Failed. Dealer replaced with a smile”

James H., AZ (2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

“Within two weeks of passing inspection the engine light went on. Turns out it was catalytic converter - they replaced it, still under warranty”

Amanda R., TX (2015 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Turn signal bulb had to be replaced when 1 year old”

Nathan B., AR (2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 5.3-L V8)
Warning lights

“the side light warning lights burnt out but covered under warranty so no cost”

Anonymous, OH (2015 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

Slipping transmission

“I do believe something is wrong as on one recent road trip I only averaged about 17 MPG for highway driving when as in previous road trips I had averaged closer to 23MPG”

Anonymous, IN (2015 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

Master cylinder

“Actually it was the vacuum booster”

Anonymous, TX (2015 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

“Noticed the engine was unable to make it to scheduled oil changes without needing to be topped off and a low oil warning light would keep coming on before I could get to the normal 5,000 mile oil change. I thought this strange on a brand new engine. Over a period of months, I made the dealer start documenting the problem, and eventually the dealer agreed to do a closely measured oil consumption test where I had to bring the car in every 1000 miles to get the oil level checked - (a bit of a has”

Timothy A., IL (2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 5.3-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

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

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.

Drive System

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

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.

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.

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.

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