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2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe places in the upper half of our large SUV rankings. It boasts powerful engines, a comfortable ride, and an above-average predicted reliability rating, but cargo space is a bit low for the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Potent engines
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Ride quality worsens over bumpy roads
  • Below-average cargo space
  • Tight third row

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe's #2 ranking is based on its score within the Large SUVs category. Currently the Chevrolet Tahoe has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 6.6
Interior: 7.2
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the Chevrolet Tahoe a Good SUV?

Yes, the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe is a good large SUV. This Chevy has composed handling and a fairly smooth ride, especially for its size. It also has a long list of standard technology as well as an easy-to-use infotainment system, and there’s plenty of space in the first two rows. However, the Tahoe is plagued by a cramped third row and a ride that can be jarring over bumpy roads.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Tahoe?

There’s a lot to like about the 2020 Tahoe, but you’ll want to shop around to make sure it’s the best fit for your needs. Classmates like the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition have roomier third rows and more cargo space than the Tahoe.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2020 Tahoe belongs to a generation that started with the 2015 model. There were no major changes for the 2020 and 2019 models.

For 2018, the Tahoe gained an available 6.2-liter V8 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Chevy added several available active safety features to the Tahoe the two previous model years, including low-speed automatic emergency braking for 2017. The 2016 Tahoe received a standard 8-inch touch screen, as well as available Apple CarPlay, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and a head-up display.

We recommend the 2018 Tahoe since it is nearly identical to newer models. If the stronger V8 engine option isn’t a must-have, you may want to consider an older Tahoe from this generation instead.

If you’re interested in a used model, read our 2017, 2018, and 2019 Tahoe reviews to help make your decision. You can also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 26 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 26 Chevrolet Tahoe reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision. This Chevrolet Tahoe review incorporates applicable research for all vehicles in this generation, which includes the 2015 through 2020 model years.

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Tahoe Cost?

The base Tahoe LS trim costs $48,000, which is one of the lowest starting prices in the large SUV class. The midlevel LT trim comes in at $53,000, while the Premier starts at $62,700.

Several packages are available with each model. In addition, a more-powerful V8 engine is available for $4,930 in the Premier trim. Front-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive can be had for $3,000.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Chevrolet deals page.

Chevrolet Tahoe Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Tahoe or Chevrolet Suburban?

The Chevrolet Suburban is essentially a long-wheelbase version of the Tahoe. Both vehicles have the same engine choices, identical fuel economy, and similar lists of standard and available features. The main difference between them is size. The Suburban has loads of cargo space (121.7 cubic feet overall versus 94.7 in the Tahoe) along with enough room for adults to sit comfortably in the third row. That said, the Tahoe costs less than the Suburban and boasts a higher predicted reliability rating. Stick with the more affordable Tahoe if you're content with the amount of space it provides. For additional room, go with the Suburban.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Tahoe or Ford Expedition?

The Ford Expedition has less standard equipment and costs about $4,100 more than the Tahoe, but despite those two downsides, it’s a better SUV. The Expedition’s V6 engines have similar power to the Tahoe’s V8 but are more fuel-efficient. The Ford has a comfortable and composed ride, and it absorbs road bumps well. You’ll get far more passenger and cargo space with the Expedition, and the long-wheelbase configuration adds even more room. The Expedition also has a higher towing capacity (9,300 pounds) than the Tahoe (8,600).

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Tahoe Interior

How Many People Does the Tahoe Seat?

There's seating for up to nine people in the Tahoe. It comes with standard seating for eight, with two front bucket seats and second- and third-row bench seats. The base model has an available first-row bench seat that increases capacity to nine. There’s also a package available with the base model that eliminates the third row, lowering seating capacity to five and reducing the price by a few thousand dollars.

The first two rows have ample space and support, but the third row doesn’t have much legroom and can be difficult to access.

Tahoe and Child Car Seats

There are three complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the Tahoe’s second row, as well as upper tether anchors for each third-row seat. The lower anchors in the second row are easy to access, but the upper tethers in both rows can be difficult to locate.

Tahoe Interior Quality

The Tahoe’s cabin is solidly built and features soft-touch materials throughout, though some reviewers note the presence of hard plastics in some places. Cloth seats are standard, while leather upholstery of varying grades is available.

Tahoe Cargo Space

Compared to large SUV class rivals, the 2020 Tahoe’s cargo hold is a bit below average, but there's plenty of space. It has 15.3 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 51.7 cubic feet behind the second row, and 94.7 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. It has a high cargo floor, which is great for most packing, but it can be difficult to load large, heavy items.

Tahoe Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Tahoe comes standard with the easy-to-use Chevrolet Infotainment System, which features an intuitive 8-inch touch screen with crisp graphics, quick response times, and smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also comes standard with a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and satellite radio. The Tahoe also has up to seven USB ports.

Available features include navigation, wireless device charging, a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system, a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system, and a rear-seat DVD player.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Tahoe Performance

Tahoe Engine: Two Solid Options

The Tahoe comes standard with a 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 engine paired to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. This combination gives the Tahoe quick acceleration in most driving situations, though it may take an extra push to the gas pedal to make passes on the highway. The available 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 takes care of that problem, as it helps deliver speedy acceleration. A 10-speed automatic transmission comes with this engine.

Tahoe Gas Mileage: Average Among Class Rivals

With the base V8 engine, the Tahoe gets 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Those figures are about average for a large SUV. With the stronger V8 engine, it gets 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

Tahoe Ride and Handling: Not Bad for Its Size

The Tahoe has stable handling and a mostly pleasant ride, though its trucklike body-on-frame construction gives it a noticeably bumpy ride over broken pavement. Light steering makes the Tahoe easy to drive, but it results in limited feedback from the road. Front-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available.

Tahoe Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2020 Tahoe can tow up to 8,600 pounds, which is on par with that of class rivals. Standard trailering equipment includes trailer sway control, a trailering hitch platform, and a 2-inch receiver. Optional trailering equipment includes a two-speed active transfer case, an air-leveling suspension, an integrated trailer brake controller, and a higher rear axle ratio.

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Tahoe Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Tahoe Reliable?

The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Chevrolet Tahoe Warranty

The Tahoe has a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Tahoe Safety

Tahoe Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Tahoe an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. It earned five stars in the side crash tests, four stars in the frontal crash test, and three stars in the rollover evaluation. At the time of writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Tahoe Safety Features

The Tahoe's standard safety equipment includes rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. It also comes with the Teen Driver system, which lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers, as well as monitor their driving performance.

Available features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front parking sensors, a head-up display, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, and forward automatic emergency braking. A safety alert seat is optional.

Read more about safety »

Tahoe Dimensions and Weight

The Tahoe is 17 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,355 to 5,772 pounds.

Where Is the Chevrolet Tahoe Built?

Chevrolet builds the 2020 Tahoe in Texas.

Which Chevrolet Tahoe Model Is Right for Me?

The Tahoe comes in three trims: LS, LT, and Premier. The base LS trim should please most shoppers. It features a solid 5.3-liter V8 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. It comes loaded with standard features, including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a rearview camera, and the Teen Driver system. There is an available package that adds more safety features.

You'll want to move up to the LT trim for comfort features like leather upholstery and heated front seats. Shoppers interested in the stronger 6.2-liter V8 engine will have to purchase the top-of-the-line Premier trim and add this engine as an option.

Chevrolet Tahoe LS

The LS trim starts at $48,000 and features cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, the Teen Driver system, and a rearview camera. It also comes with an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system that includes USB ports, Bluetooth, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, six speakers, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

The Enhanced Driver Alert package ($695) includes a safety alert seat, power-adjustable pedals, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning.

The Custom Edition package eliminates the third-row seats and lowers the price by $4,200.

Chevrolet Tahoe LT

The LT trim has a starting price of $53,000. It adds all the features in the Enhanced Driver Alert package plus leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power liftgate, and a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system.

The Sun, Entertainment and Destination package costs $3,430 and includes a sunroof, navigation, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Priced at $2,860, the Luxury package adds push-button start, proximity keyless entry, heated second-row seats, a power-folding third row, a heated steering wheel, a hands-free liftgate, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and front parking sensors. Second-row bucket seats are available for $795.

Chevrolet Tahoe Premier

The top-of-the-line Premier trim starts at $62,700 and includes 12-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, power-release and folding heated second-row bucket seats, a power-folding third row, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. The Premier also comes with wireless device charging, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and the Magnetic Ride Control suspension system.

This is the only trim that's available with the more powerful V8 engine ($4,930).

Several packages are available, including a Premier 6.2L Value bundle ($6,675) that comes with a sunroof, a head-up display, and a rear-seat entertainment system. A Premium Plus Edition package ($11,575) adds upgraded leather upholstery, power-release and folding second-row seats, a head-up display, a sunroof, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Chevrolet deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe is a wonderful large SUV. It boasts roomy first- and second-row seats, many standard features, and a composed ride. It also earns an above-average predicted reliability rating. However, this isn’t the most ideal vehicle if you need an expansive third row or loads of cargo space.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "With its attractive styling, capable interior and powerful standard V8 engine, the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe remains one of the best full-size SUVs money can buy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe is built with utility in mind. Unlike a car-based crossover SUV that sacrifices towing capability in exchange for on-road comfort and refinement, the Tahoe is built using a traditional body-on-frame design. It can accommodate as many as nine passengers while offering a tow rating as high as 8,400 pounds." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "For those who need full-size SUV towing- and people-hauling abilities, the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe makes an ideal choice. Not as long as the big Suburban but bigger and more powerful than most midsize crossover SUVs, the Tahoe presses all the right buttons, which is why it remains one of the best-selling full-size SUVs around." -- Autotrader (2019)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 11, 2019

Strong, Steady Sales: The Tahoe was the best-selling large SUV in 2018, and after briefly falling behind the Ford Expedition this year, has managed to retake its top spot. Dealerships have moved about the same number of Tahoe models to date in 2019 compared to the same period last year.

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