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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe ranked #2 in Large SUVs. Currently the Chevrolet Tahoe has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 27 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.8
Safety: N/A
Reliability: TBD

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

The well-rounded 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe enjoys a high ranking in the large SUV class. It has powerful engines and user-friendly features but so-so handling and a meager cargo area.

Pros & Cons

  • Intuitive infotainment features
  • Good V8 engine power
  • History of great predicted reliability
  • Quiet, comfortable ride
  • Cramped third row
  • Below-average cargo space and high load floor

Is the Chevrolet Tahoe a Good SUV?

The Chevy Tahoe is a good large SUV. The two available V8 powertrains deliver ample muscle, solid towing capabilities, and decent fuel economy. The Tahoe is easy to steer in spite of its heft, and though it has a good ride quality, things can feel jittery over bumpy roads. This big Chevy comes up short on cargo and passenger space compared to class rivals, but it comes with a lot of intuitive standard features.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2019 Tahoe is a good value with a long list of standard amenities and a starting price that falls in the middle of the class. However, costs quickly rise as you add more options or upgrade to a more powerful engine. There are other large SUVs worth your consideration. The Ford Expedition is excellent through and through, with loads of cargo and passenger space and engaging performance. You might also consider the related GMC Yukon, which is very similar to the Tahoe but has a nicer interior quality.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe is part of a generation that began with the 2015 model year. The only notable change for 2019 is the optional Premier Plus edition, which makes it easier to combine features and the optional powertrain. There were no major differences in feature availability, so you may be better off shopping for a used 2018 Tahoe or an even older model, which would likely save you a lot of money. A 6.2-liter V8 became available in the Tahoe for the 2018 model year, and the 2017 Tahoe gained a standard Teen Driver system.

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We Did the Research for You: 26 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 26 Chevrolet Tahoe reviews – along with performance specs, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 Tahoe is the right new car for you. This 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2015 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Tahoe Cost?

The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe starts at $47,900, which is about average for this class. There are two packages (only available with the base model) that actually knock a few thousand dollars off the Tahoe's price by removing the third row of seats. The midrange LT trim retails for $52,900, and the Premier trim starts at $62,600. All models come standard with rear-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive is a $3,000 option. The new-for-2019 Premier Plus configuration lumps in a larger 6.2-liter V8 powertrain with a ton of features for a starting price of $74,100.

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Chevrolet Tahoe Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Tahoe or Ford Expedition?

The fully redesigned 2018 Ford Expedition is one of the highest-rated vehicles anywhere on our site, and it leads large SUV class. One of the Expedition's few faults is a higher base price than the rest of the segment. Aside from that, this Ford is a home run, and it's better than the Tahoe in almost every way. The Expedition has dynamic performance thanks to a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and relatively agile handling for a big vehicle. It also boasts a comfortable ride quality, great fuel economy for the class, and a higher towing capacity than nearly all rivals. The Expedition offers an upscale interior quality with lots of premium materials. However, an infotainment system doesn't come standard, which is surprising given the redesign and its high price tag. There are three rows of roomy seats and more cargo space than the Tahoe. The long-wheelbase Expedition Max increases passenger and cargo room even more.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon?

The GMC Yukon is another large SUV under the General Motors umbrella and is very similar to the Tahoe. Both of these SUVs have the same powertrain choices, towing capacity, list of features, and cargo volumes. The Yukon is a little more upscale inside than the Tahoe, and its Denali edition is especially dapper. You can get the Denali in a long-wheelbase version, the Denali XL, which is very comparable to the Chevrolet Suburban. The Yukon’s below-average predicted reliability rating lands it near the bottom of the class rankings. However, the similarities between the Yukon and the Tahoe mean that the decision may come down to your personal preference or budget.

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Tahoe Interior

How Many People Does the Tahoe Seat?

The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe can seat between five and nine people. The standard configuration is for eight, with two front seats and second- and third-row benches. You can get a first-row bench seat only with the base model, and you can also get rid of the third row entirely in the base model to save a couple thousand dollars.

The wide, flat, and cushy front seats are ideal companions for long drives. The second row is equally enjoyable whether you stick with the bench seats or opt for two bucket seats. The cabin feels open and airy around the first two rows, but the rearmost accommodations are a different story. You're better off leaving that to children or smaller adults because there's not a ton of legroom, and it can be hard to access.

Tahoe and Car Seats

There are up to three complete sets of LATCH car-seat connections in the Tahoe's second row, and each third-row seat only has a top tether anchor. The lower anchors are easy to locate and access, but you might have some trouble moving your hands around to attach the straps.

More problems surround the tether anchors. For the second row, they're hard to find since they sit on the back of the seats near the base. The third-row tethers are under a fabric flap, so they also may be difficult to locate on the first few tries.

Tahoe Interior Quality

The Tahoe’s cabin is kind of a mixed bag when it comes to design and quality. Most materials are elegant and impressive, but there are still a few hard plastics. For an SUV that easily tops $50,000, that can be disappointing. If you’re willing to overlook that or spring for a higher model with features like leather seats, you’ll likely be satisfied by the Tahoe.

Tahoe Cargo Space

Cargo room is a downside to the Tahoe. The 15.3 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats is about the size of a trunk in some midsize sedans. The third row folds down to create a flat floor and opens up 51.7 cubic feet of space. However, to make sure the cargo floor is flat and level, Chevy had to make the load-in height pretty high. That means you might have some trouble lifting heavy or bulky items in. You’ll get 94.7 cubic feet of space with both rear rows folded down. That’s a lot of space, but it’s still below average for the class.

Tahoe Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2019 Tahoe boasts a long list of standard features, including the centerpiece 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, along with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Chevy’s MyLink interface is one of the most straightforward systems on the market, thanks to its quick response times and simple menus. There are plenty of large physical buttons on the center stack to quickly turn up the volume or adjust the temperature. The Tahoe also has up to seven USB ports to keep your whole crew charged.

Other standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, HD Radio, and a 110-volt power outlet. Optional amenities include a rear-seat DVD player, wireless charging, navigation, and one of two Bose premium stereos.

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Tahoe Performance

Tahoe Engine: Bigger is Better

The 2019 Chevy Tahoe's standard powertrain is a 5.3-liter V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which puts out 355 horsepower. It can move this big SUV with little trouble, though you may have to jam on the gas pretty hard when you need a lot of power for merging onto the highway or passing other cars. The six-speed automatic delivers smooth and timely shifts.

For more satisfying muscle, look to the Tahoe's optional 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower. It's mated to a 10-speed automatic, and it provides thrilling acceleration every time you hit the throttle. However, this larger V8 is only available in select trims, at roughly $20,000 more than the Tahoe’s base price. For many buyers, it probably won't be worth spending that much.

Tahoe Gas Mileage: Right in the Middle

The 2019 Tahoe gets up to 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, which is about average for a large SUV. The 6.2-liter V8 engine returns estimates of 14 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. With four-wheel drive, both engines lose one mpg highway. The 2018 Ford Expedition is marginally better than the rest of the class, at up to 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

Tahoe Ride and Handling: Light on its Feet

The Chevy Tahoe is a big vehicle, but it drives with grace thanks to light and precise steering. It's easy to maneuver through parking lots and get it exactly where you want it to go. The downside is that there's little steering feedback from the road. At high speeds, the Tahoe's cabin stays quiet and serene, shielded from most outside noise. Ride quality is decent overall, though the body-on-frame construction means that you'll still feel some bumps in the road or broken pavement. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is optional. A relatively low ground clearance prevents the Tahoe from doing any serious off-roading, even with 4WD.

Tahoe Towing

A properly equipped Tahoe can tow up to 8,600 pounds. That's enough for most applications like larger trailers or boats, and it's right in line with what many other large SUVs can handle. The Ford Expedition leads this segment with its 9,300-pound capacity.

The Tahoe comes standard with a trailering hitch platform, a 2-inch receiver, and trailer sway control. Optional trailering equipment includes a different rear axle ratio, trailer brake controls, a two-speed active transfer case, and an air-leveling suspension.

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Tahoe Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Tahoe Reliable?

As of this writing, the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe doesn't have a predicted reliability rating. The very-similar 2018 Tahoe has a score of four out of five from J.D. Power, which is better than many new cars.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Chevy Tahoe an overall crash-test rating of four out of five stars. The Tahoe earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, and three stars in the rollover test.

Tahoe Safety Features

All Tahoes come standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Chevy also includes its Teen Driver system, which allows you to set limits on speed and audio volume, as well as monitor the driving of other people that may use your car.

Optional advanced safety features include front parking sensors, a head-up display, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. An available safety alert seat vibrates to warn you of an impending collision.

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Which Chevrolet Tahoe Model Is Right for Me?

Chevrolet offers the 2019 Tahoe in LS, LT, and Premier trim levels. All models come standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is optional in every trim for $3,000. A 6.2-liter V8 and a 10-speed automatic transmission are optional with the Premier model.

The base model's long list of standard features makes it a good choice for those who want a lot of value right out of the box. You'll still have access to a full suite of driver assistance features for under $700. However, the roughly $53,000 midrange LT model might be a better choice. It comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats, and Bose stereo. It also features advanced safety tech like lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and low-speed automatic emergency braking.

Chevrolet Tahoe LS

The base 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe LS starts at $47,900. Standard features include cloth upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable front seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, the Teen Driver system, remote start, a 110-volt power outlet, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. There’s also a standard 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a six-speaker stereo, USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and HD Radio.

The optional Enhanced Driver Alert package costs $695 and includes power-adjustable pedals, automatic high beams, a safety alert seat, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward-collision warning, and low-speed automatic emergency braking. You can also opt for the Custom Edition package, which deletes the third-row seats and lowers the Tahoe's price by $4,200. Individual options include performance brakes for $2,795, a front-row bench seat for $250, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system that costs $1,995.

Chevrolet Tahoe LT

The Tahoe LT starts at $52,900. It adds leather upholstery, a power liftgate, heated front seats, a nine-speaker Bose premium sound system, and all the contents of the Enhanced Driver Alert package above.

For $2,860, the Luxury package comes with proximity key entry, push-button start, heated second-row seats, a power-folding third row, a heated steering wheel, a hands-free liftgate, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Another package costs $3,430 and includes navigation, satellite traffic, a sunroof, and a rear-seat DVD system. Second-row bucket seats are optional for $795.

Chevrolet Tahoe Premier

The 2019 Tahoe Premier retails for $62,600. This trim comes with the Magnetic Ride Control suspension, 12-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, a power-folding third row, power-release and folding heated second-row bucket seats, a heated steering wheel, proximity key entry, push-button start, navigation, satellite traffic, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, wireless charging, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Getting the Tahoe with the 6.2-liter V8 ups its starting MSRP to $67,950, and that price includes styling upgrades like larger black wheels and black exterior trim pieces. You can also jump to the Premier Plus Edition from the standard Premier, adding $11,600. This model includes the 6.2-liter V8, along with an 8-inch color driver information display, a sunroof, a head-up display, the rear-seat DVD player, power-retractable assist steps, and lots of other styling details.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe earns a high ranking thanks to solid engine power, easy maneuverability, and user-friendly features. If having roomy seats and a cavernous cargo hold are imperative, you may want check out other large SUVs.

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

  • "Powerful, roomy and versatile, the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe remains one of the most capable and recommendable full-size SUVs. Unlike a sedan-based crossover SUV, the Tahoe is built on a tough, trucklike frame. This trades some of the comfort and fuel efficiency of a crossover SUV like Chevy's own Traverse, but it enables the Tahoe to tow up to 8,600 pounds, ideal for boats, trailers and other recreational toys." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Not as big as the mammoth Chevy Suburban but more capable than the new midsize Traverse, the … Chevrolet Tahoe SUV hits the sweet spot for families who need lots of room, abundant power and the ability to tow heavy loads. The Tahoe's body-on-frame construction helps it tackle the toughest situations, yet its ride and interior comfort levels remain on par with those of many car-based crossover SUVs." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "Most midsize and smaller SUVs have switched to more carlike unibody construction in pursuit of improved ride quality, driving experience and efficiency. But for large SUVs, truck-based body-on-frame construction is still king. The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe demonstrates some of the strengths of this approach, but it also has quite a few shortcomings." -- Edmunds (2018)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: December 14, 2018

Strong Demand: The Chevy Tahoe is currently the best-selling large SUV in 2018. In fact, the Tahoe and its extended-wheelbase twin, the Chevy Suburban, together make up 50 percent of all large SUV sales to date this year. Sales of the Tahoe are up by 6.2 percent this year compared to the same period in 2017.

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