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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

A cavernous interior and cargo hold, as well as powerful engines and a perfect predicted reliability rating, help the Chevrolet Tahoe rank near the top of the large SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch predicted reliability rating
  • Huge interior and cargo hold
  • Intuitive infotainment controls
  • Brawny engines
  • Firm ride
  • Some hard plastics in the cabin

Rankings & Research

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe's #2 ranking is based on its score within the Large SUVs category. Currently the Chevrolet Tahoe has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 8 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 8.0
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
TBD
Reliability:
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Is the Chevrolet Tahoe a Good SUV?

Yes, the Chevrolet Tahoe is a great large SUV. It’s relatively easy to maneuver despite its bulk, and it has three capable engine options, including two brutish V8s and a thrifty turbodiesel. The Chevy also has a tremendous amount of passenger and cargo space. On top of that, this SUV has a richly outfitted infotainment system and a class-leading predicted reliability rating.

Why You Can Trust Us: 8 Reviews Analyzed

To make our car rankings and reviews as consumer-oriented as possible, we do not rely on our personal opinions. Instead, we analyze hard data such as cargo space dimensions, mpg ratings, and predicted reliability, as well as the opinions of the automotive press.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we never accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an outside firm manages the ads on our site.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Tahoe?

This Chevrolet is a great choice, but it’s not the only appealing SUV in its class. The GMC Yukon shares many of the Tahoe’s strengths but undercuts the Chevrolet’s starting price by around $2,700. If you like the Tahoe but want even more room for your passengers and their belongings, consider its long-wheelbase sibling, the Chevrolet Suburban.

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2020 vs. 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe: What's the Difference?

Chevrolet redesigned the Tahoe for the 2021 model year. The new Tahoe features an upgraded infotainment system with a larger touch screen (10.2 inches, up from 8), more standard driver-assistance features, a much larger cargo hold, an additional 10 inches of third-row legroom, and revamped exterior and interior styling. A turbodiesel engine will be added later in 2020.

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Alongside its fellow GM family members, the GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, and Chevrolet Suburban, the Tahoe was fully redesigned for 2021. Here are its key changes over the last few years:

  • 2017: Teen Driver made standard; gained available low-speed automatic braking
  • 2018: 6.2-liter V8 engine, 10-speed automatic transmission, and RST package introduced
  • 2019: Premier Plus package debuted
  • 2020: no notable changes
  • 2021: fully redesigned

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2018 Tahoe, 2019 Tahoe, and 2020 Tahoe reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Chevrolet Tahoe Cost?

The Chevy Tahoe has a starting MSRP of $49,000. That makes it one of the most affordable vehicles in the large SUV class. The High Country is the most expensive trim with a starting price of $69,600.

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

Chevrolet Tahoe vs. Ford Expedition

The Ford Expedition is one of the best vehicles in our large SUV rankings. Compared to the Chevrolet, the Ford has more premium cabin materials, a gentler ride, and a higher max towing capacity (9,300 pounds vs. 8,400). The Expedition gets much better fuel economy estimates too, but that’s partly because it comes standard with a twin-turbo V6 engine, whereas the Tahoe has a standard V8. Additionally, the Chevy has a more modern infotainment system, with a larger touch screen and wireless smartphone connectivity. In most other respects, these two vehicles are similar, with comparable passenger and cargo space (with the Expedition Max) and similar starting prices. Choosing between these full-size SUVs is a matter of personal preference.

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Chevrolet Tahoe vs. Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevy Suburban is essentially a long-wheelbase variant of the Chevy Tahoe. It has a bit more legroom for rear-seat passengers and a much larger cargo hold: about 22 cubic feet more space in total and about 15 cubic feet more behind the third row. Otherwise, these two full-size vehicles are nearly identical, with the same powertrains, fuel economy estimates, and features. The Suburban costs about $2,700 more to buy in its base trim. If you need the extra space, go for the Suburban. Otherwise, the Tahoe is a fine choice.

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Tahoe Interior: Outstanding Space and Comfort

Tahoe Cargo Space

This SUV has 25.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 72.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and a total of 122.9 cubic feet with both rows folded. Those are gigantic totals, with the overall space even eclipsing the long-wheelbase Ford Expedition Max. The third row can fold flat with the push of a button, making it easy to load cargo, and the cabin is full of storage options, such as layered compartments and a power-sliding center console.

A hands-free power liftgate comes standard.

How Many People Does the Tahoe Seat?

Seven people can sit in the Chevy Tahoe, eight if you opt for the second-row bench seat. The base LS trim can seat nine, and it comes standard with cloth upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable front passsenger seat. Leather seats with heating and 10-way power adjustments up front are availble, as are perforated leather upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, power-folding second and third rows, and a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel.

Freshly redesigned for the 2021 model year, the new Tahoe is much roomier than its predecessor. An additional 10 inches of third-row legroom helps make the rear more hospitable for adults, and you can fold, slide, or tip the second-row seats forward to easily access the third row. The seats are comfortable, although they get a bit flatter and firmer in the two back rows.

Tahoe and Child Car Seats

This Chevrolet has three complete sets of LATCH connectors for the second row and a single tether anchor for each third-row seat.

Tahoe Interior Quality

Cabin materials are mostly nice, but a few critics express disappointment at the Tahoe’s faux-wood trim and the amount of hard plastics in such a pricey vehicle. Others compliment the abundance of soft leathers and striking visual elements.

Tahoe Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Chevrolet’s Infotainment 3 Plus system is easy to use. The large touch screen is displayed prominently on the dash, making it easy to read. The screen itself is responsive, and there are plenty of physical controls for climate and audio settings. You can also connect your smartphone to the system through wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, both of which are rarities even for luxury cars.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 10.2-inch touch screen, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, six USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a six-speaker sound system, satellite radio, and HD Radio
  • Available infotainment features: navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system with two 12.6-inch touch screens and Wi-Fi capability, wireless device charging, and a nine-or 10-speaker Bose stereo
  • Additional standard features: tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, and proximity keyless entry
  • Other available features: a panoramic sunroof

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

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Tahoe Performance: Strong and Tough

Tahoe Engine

You have three engine choices in this SUV. The LS, LT, Z71, and Premier have a standard 5.3-liter V8 that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The top-of-the-line High Country trim upgrades to a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Chevy is scheduled to introduce a turbodiesel 3.0-liter inline-six making 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque to the lineup by the end of 2020. Regardless of engine, you’ll get a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission.

The smaller V8 delivers a large amount of power. Whether you’re driving around town or cruising on the freeway, you won’t have much trouble getting up to speed or passing other vehicles. The larger V8 is even brawnier and helps this Chevy accelerate more briskly.

Later in 2020, you can get GM’s turbocharged diesel engine. It’s the same diesel offered in the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, delivering ample power and plenty of torque for towing.

Tahoe Gas Mileage

The base Tahoe earns an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, regardless of whether it has rear- or four-wheel drive. Those are decent figures for a V8-powered large SUV, surpassing both the Toyota Sequoia and the Nissan Armada. Models with the larger engine return fuel economy of 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway (14/19 mpg with 4WD). As of this writing, the diesel engine has not been evaluated.

Tahoe Ride and Handling

For a body-on-frame vehicle, this Chevy handles reasonably well. Its precise steering makes it easy to maneuver, which is a huge plus for such a bulky SUV. However, you’ll also feel plenty of bumps and vibrations from the road. There are several upgrades offered, such as an air suspension that can adjust ride height or Magnetic Ride Control to facilitate a smoother journey.

Tahoe Towing Capacity

This full-size SUV can tow up to 8,400 pounds when properly equipped. A two-speed transfer case, a trailer brake controller, an in-vehicle advanced trailering system, hitch guidance on the rearview camera, and a higher rear axle ratio are available.

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Tahoe Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Tahoe Reliable?

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe has a stellar predicted reliability rating of five out of five.

Chevrolet Tahoe Warranty

Chevrolet covers the Tahoe with 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

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the 2021 Chevy Tahoe.

Tahoe Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision warning
  • Forward automatic emergency braking
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Following distance indicator
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • GM’s Teen Driver (lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers)

Available advanced safety features:

  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Rear camera mirror
  • Front parking sensors
  • Reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane change alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Head-up display

Read more about safety »

Tahoe Dimensions and Weight

The Tahoe is 17.6 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,473 to 5,845 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight rating is between 7,400 and 7,500 pounds.

Where Is the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Built?

General Motors builds the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe in Texas alongside the Chevy Suburban.

Which Chevrolet Tahoe Model Is Right for Me?

Chevrolet makes the 2021 Tahoe in five trim levels: LS, LT, Z71, Premier, and High Country. The company also plans on introducing an RST trim by late 2020. Lower trims have a 5.3-liter V8 engine, and the High Country gets a larger 6.2-liter V8. Also later in 2020, you can outfit any trim except the High Country with a 3.0-liter inline-six turbodiesel engine.

Unless you need the nine-passenger LS trim, the richly equipped base LT should suit most shoppers.

A panoramic sunroof, a split-folding second-row bench seat, a rear-seat entertainment system with two 12.6-inch touch screens and Wi-Fi capability, and a front window shade (helps keep the sun out of the car when you’re parked) are available throughout the lineup. Four-wheel drive costs $3,000 in every trim level but the Z71, where it comes standard.

Chevrolet Tahoe LS

With a base MSRP of $49,000, the Chevrolet Tahoe LS is the sole nine-passenger trim in the lineup. It comes with Chevrolet’s Infotainment 3 Plus system, a 10.2-inch touch screen, smartphone connectivity via wireless Apple CarPlay or wireless Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, HD Radio, Bluetooth, six USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an eight-wy power-adjustable front passenger seat, proximity keyless entry, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control,

Several driver assistance features are included too, such as forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, a following distance indicator, rear parking sensors, a rear seat reminder, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and GM’s Teen Driver.

For $790, you can get the Driver Alert package, which outfits this vehicle with front parking sensors, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, lane change alert, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. A split-bench front seat can be added for $250.

Chevrolet Tahoe LT

The Chevrolet Tahoe LT has an MSRP of $53,800. It gains a nine-speaker Bose stereo, wireless device charging. leather-appointed front seats with heating and 10-way power-adjustments, an auto-dimming rearview mirror,  a hands-free power liftgate, and a limited-slip rear differential.

The Driver Alert package remains avalable. The $2,820 Luxury package adds all of that plus second-row heated outboard seats, power-folding second- and third-row seats, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, a surround-view parking camera system, and rear automatic braking. The LT Signature package includes all of that and a panoramic sunroof for $5,585.

There’s also a Rear Media and Nav package. It costs $2,490 and, like the name suggests, adds navigation and a dual-screen entertainment system for the rear seats.

Many of these features can also be added as stand-alone options.

Chevrolet Tahoe Z71

The Z71 has a retail price of $59,200. It has most of the same equipment as the LT, but it adds a few performance upgrades, such as four-wheel drive, a front skid plate, a two-speed transfer case, a heavy-duty air filter, a premium suspension, and hill descent control.

The same packages are available.

Chevrolet Tahoe Premier

Premier models (MSRP: $62,600) revert to rear-wheel drive and lose the Z71’s performance features. The Premier trim adds an 8-inch driver information display, a navigation system, a 10-speaker Bose stereo, ventilated and 12-way power-adjustable front seats, perforated leather upholstery, a safety alert seat, larger alloy wheels, the Driver Alert package, and the Luxury Package’s seating upgrades.

The Premium package ($4,485) equips this Chevy with a rear camera mirror, adaptive cruise control, and a panoramic sunroof. There’s also a $2,000 Texas Edition package, which adds unique styling elements. Power-retractable assist steps can be added for $1,745.

Chevrolet Tahoe High Country

The Chevy Tahoe High Country starts at $69,600. It is the only trim with the stronger V8 engine. It also gains Magnetic Ride Control, an adaptive air suspension, a surround-view parking camera system, a rear camera mirror, reverse automatic emergency braking, and a 15-inch head-up display.

The Premium package is still offered, though it now costs $4,605 and includes the power-retractable steps. The Technology package costs $3,355 and adds the rear-seat touch screens and adaptive cruise control, as well as a trailering system and brake controller.

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The Final Call

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe stands out in our large SUV rankings for its best-in-class predicted reliability rating, its generous cargo hold, and its intuitive and well-equipped infotainment system. The Tahoe also has a roomy cabin, three capable engine options, and composed handling. However, its truck-like construction means your ride may feel jittery or bumpy, and there are some down-market plastics in its cabin.

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

  • "How do you make a truck better than a truck? By putting a whole lot more into it than usual. The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe has almost completely separated itself from its roots with the addition of key upgrades like an independent rear suspension and a well-thought-out interior. Those with large families or the need for more capaciousness than most walk-in closets will not be let down with this latest generation of full-size SUVs, which is now fully positioned as a 21st-century hauler." -- CNET
  • "The 2021 Tahoe is unquestionably a major improvement over its predecessor. The independent rear suspension in particular corrects the previous ride, handling and interior packaging issues, while the new cabin keeps the Tahoe fresh and modern in a segment that is mostly quite the opposite." -- Autoblog
  • "[T]he 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is the best one yet, bringing a more refined ride quality and competitive safety and tech features – all while retaining its rugged chassis. Its ability to seat up to nine passengers and tow heavy loads makes it a great vehicle for families and active individuals with toys to haul." -- Autotrader

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 16, 2020

Class-Leading Sales: The fully redesigned Chevy Tahoe is the best-selling large SUV in 2020. However, Tahoe sales have slipped by 25.7 percent this year compared to the same period in 2019.

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