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2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

Between its powerful engine, comfortable ride, and composed handling, the used 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the better vehicles in its class. It also has an upscale cabin and an above-average reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy for the class
  • Strong V8 engine
  • Easy to maneuver for its size
  • Third row must be removed to maximize cargo space

Rankings & Awards

The 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Large SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2013 Best Large SUV for the Money award. Currently the Chevrolet Tahoe has a score of 8.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 79 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Overview

Is the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe a Good Used SUV?

Large used SUVs with three rows don’t get much better than the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe. It has a powerful V8 engine that earns good fuel economy estimates in the class, and few rivals are as easy to drive. The Tahoe also has a handsome, well-built cabin with user-friendly dashboard controls. Cargo room is one area to pay attention to; some competitors offer larger, more accessible spaces.

Used 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Performance and Interior

The rear-wheel-drive 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe has a 320-horsepower engine that has power to spare, even when the SUV is loaded with people and cargo. The engine is mated to a refined six-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is available. The Tahoe is no gas sipper – it earns an EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Still, that’s marginally better than most of its competitors’ ratings. Despite its size, the 2013 Chevy Tahoe is easy to maneuver and has a smooth, carlike ride. It can tow up to 8,500 pounds, which is good for the class.

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The Chevy Tahoe has three rows and can hold up to nine people when equipped with a front-row bench seat, or seven people with first- and second-row bucket seats. The Tahoe’s well-made cabin features pleasant styling and quality materials, though they include some hard plastics. Simple dashboard controls make for easy audio and climate adjustments.

The first and second rows are comfortable and supportive. The third row, like those of many 3-row SUVs, is too cramped for anyone but small children. Cargo space is competitive for the class, at up to 108.9 cubic feet. Accessing the full cargo capacity, however, requires completely removing the Tahoe’s hefty third-row seat. Some large SUVs have larger, more accessible cargo spaces.

Standard features include Bluetooth, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, USB and auxiliary inputs, and tri-zone climate control. Available features include a Bose nine-speaker sound system, heated and cooled leather front seats, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and a navigation system with a 7-inch touch screen.

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Used 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Prices

A two-wheel-drive Chevrolet Tahoe 1500 LS base model has an average price of about $21,100. A four-wheel-drive Chevrolet Tahoe 1500 LTZ typically costs about $31,200. Exact prices vary depending on the SUV’s location, condition, mileage, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 79 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 79 Chevy Tahoe reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That’s a better score than its class competitors earn.

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How Safe Is the Tahoe?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2013 Tahoe four out of five stars for overall safety. The Tahoe received five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and three stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not evaluate the 2013 Tahoe for safety.

Chevy offers a rearview camera, side blind zone alert, and rear park assist in the Tahoe.

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Is the 2013 Tahoe the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Tahoe is included in a generation that began production with the 2007 model and concluded with the 2014 model. The Tahoe was mostly unchanged between the 2011 and 2013 model years. You should consider a used 2011 or 2012 Tahoe, as they may cost less than the 2013 model while offering just as many features.

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Which Used Chevrolet Tahoe Is Right for Me?

The Chevy Tahoe is available in three trims: LS, LT, and LTZ. The rear-wheel-drive base model Chevy LS comes with Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel controls, a USB port, an auxiliary input jack, a six-speaker stereo, and satellite radio. Most base models in this class also have these features. Four-wheel drive is available in all trims. Most shoppers should be satisfied with the base model’s features, but upper trims include some equipment that can add comfort and convenience to your family’s travels.

The Chevrolet Tahoe LT adds leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Bose stereo, power-adjustable pedals, remote start, and a locking rear differential for greater road traction. The Tahoe LTZ comes with side blind zone alert, heated power-adjustable side mirrors, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, a Bose Centerpoint surround-sound stereo, a touch-screen navigation system, a power liftgate, a power-assisted second-row seat, and a real-time adjustable suspension for optimal ride comfort. The Chevy Tahoe LTZ is also available with a power-retractable step for assistance climbing into the SUV.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Tahoe. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Chevrolet Tahoe and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe or 2013 Chevrolet Suburban?

The Tahoe and Suburban are both made by Chevrolet, and they share many of the same features and systems. The Suburban is considerably longer than the Tahoe, has a larger cargo area, and features a higher tow rating. In contrast, the Tahoe is the better handling vehicle and has a better reliability score. In the end, the Tahoe is the better choice for city driving, while the Suburban is more spacious and better for hauling.

Which Is Better: 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe or 2013 Toyota Sequoia?

The Tahoe is the superior SUV between these two. It has a much nicer interior, is easier to drive, gets better fuel economy, and has a slightly better reliability rating. Still, the Sequoia has its advantages. It has not only more cargo space than the Tahoe but also a third row that folds flat into the floor. The Sequoia is also one of the few 3-row SUVs with an adult-friendly third row.

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