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2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

If you need three rows of comfortable seats and an SUV that can tow a heavy load, reviewers said the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe is a great choice. With one of the best fuel economy ratings in the class and good handling for such a large vehicle, the Tahoe is a good choice for anyone looking for an affordable large SUV.

Pros & Cons

  • Decent fuel economy for the class
  • Spacious interior
  • Third row must be removed to expand cargo space




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Overview

When it was new, reviewers lauded the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe for its comfortable interior and surprisingly, they also gave the Tahoe points for maneuverability, noting that it drives like a smaller SUV. With high safety scores and seating for up to nine when equipped with a front bench seat, the Tahoe has space for the entire family. Thanks to these attributes along with solid fuel economy in its class, the Tahoe was named our 2011 Best Large SUV for the Money.

The only engine offered in the Tahoe is a 5.3-liter V8, which reviewers found plenty powerful. Additionally, test drivers liked that the Tahoe gets 15/21 mpg city/highway with either rear- or available four-wheel drive. The Tahoe is also capable of towing up to 8,500 pounds.

Reviewers complained that the Tahoe’s bulky third-row seats don’t fold flat into the floor. However, they liked its ample cargo space once the seats were removed. If you need even more cargo space, consider the 2011 Chevrolet Suburban.

Critics found the Tahoe’s interior quality favorable and the seats comfortable when it was new. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth and USB connectivity, tri-zone climate control, GM’s OnStar telematics system and power windows, door locks and mirrors. Available features included leather upholstery, a power-folding middle seat, remote vehicle starter, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and a touch-screen navigation system. The Tahoe was last redesigned in 2007, so you might be able to save some money by looking for an older model.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re looking at a Tahoe, it’s worth checking out its corporate cousin, the 2011 GMC Yukon. Aside from some unique styling elements, the two are quite similar, which means that the Tahoe’s good safety scores and fuel economy also apply to the Yukon. The main difference is that the Yukon offers a luxurious Denali trim, which the Tahoe cannot match. However, if you aren’t looking for high-end luxury, your best bet is to shop for both models and find the one that offers you the best value.

Another competitor to consider is the 2011 Ford Expedition. Its cargo volume is virtually identical to the Tahoe’s, but its third-row seat folds easily at the touch of a button. On the other hand, reviewers said the 2011 Expedition was not as easy to drive as the Tahoe, and its fuel economy estimates aren’t quite as good.

Compare the Tahoe to the Yukon and Expedition »

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