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2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe has one of the best cabins in its class. But this large SUV is more than just a pretty face; it also has composed handling and a muscular engine for towing heavy loads. Altogether, these qualities advance the Tahoe toward the top of our ranking.

Pros & Cons

  • Premium interior
  • Smooth ride
  • Muscular V8 engine
  • Excellent reliability rating
  • Competitors have more cargo space
  • Cramped third-row seats

New for 2016

  • 8-inch touch screen became standard
  • Lane keep assist, auto high beams, and a head-up display became available
  • Apple CarPlay became available

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Large SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2016 Best Large SUV for Families award. Currently the Chevrolet Tahoe has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 18 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Overview

Is the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe a Good Used SUV?

With generous power, a comfortable interior, and an easy-to-use infotainment system, the 2016 Chevy Tahoe is a very good SUV. Due to its cramped third row and small cargo space, this large SUV is best for those who don't plan to use the third row regularly for adults or need the most cargo space possible.

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Our Chevrolet Tahoe review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 18 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The average price of a 2016 Tahoe (based on 950 listings for the vehicle on our site) is $44,600. That's more than the typical cost of a Ford Expedition, but less than what you'll spend on a Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon. Prices may reach as low as $36,000 or as high as $54,500, depending on the vehicle's trim level, condition, mileage, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Cost to Own?

It will cost you about $28,270 over five years to insure, fuel, maintain, and repair a 2016 Tahoe. That's similar to what these expenses will cost you with a 2016 Chevrolet Suburban or 2016 GMC Yukon.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Tahoe?

If you have a young driver in the house (or frequently lend your vehicle to other people), we recommend skipping the 2016 model year and buying a new 2018 Tahoe instead. The new model comes standard with Chevrolet's Teen Driver, a safety feature that alerts the driver if the vehicle exceeds a predetermined speed, mutes the stereo until seat belts are buckled, and prevents users from deactivating essential safety systems. You can also add automatic braking at low speeds in the 2018 Tahoe, giving the SUV a Basic level of front crash prevention (as evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

Other advantages of the 2018 model year include standard Android Auto and a new car warranty. There is a marginal upcharge: the base Tahoe's MSRP of $47,500 is about $2,900 higher than the average 2016 Tahoe listing. Savvy shoppers can close the price gap somewhat with a money-saving Chevy deal. Take a look at this month's Chevrolet deals to see if one works for you.

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No 2018 large SUVs on the market cost less than a 2016 Tahoe. However, if you don't need a cavernous cargo hold or the ability to tow heavy trailers, you might consider stepping down to a smaller vehicle if you want to buy new. In the midsize SUV segment, there are numerous alternatives that offer three rows of seats for a price comparable to a 2016 Tahoe. The 2018 Buick Enclave is spacious for this class. Its premium cabin seats up to seven people, and its ride is smooth and comfortable. Prices start at just under $40,000 for a base Enclave. If you prefer something a little more spirited, try the 2018 Mazda CX-9. This athletic 3-row SUV is fun to drive and provides upscale seating for seven. You can get a well-optioned CX-9 for around $40,000, while the base trim level costs closer to $32,000.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe?

With a score of 4.5 out of five, the 2016 Tahoe is expected to be one of the most reliable used vehicles you can buy.

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2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Recalls

Four recalls have been issued on the 2016 Tahoe as of this writing. Of these, two address issues with software that may stop the front air bags from properly deploying. Additional recalls pertain to a potentially loose brake pedal and defective control arms (a piece of the suspension system). Check to ensure that any applicable recalls are properly fixed before you buy a used Tahoe.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Tahoe Is Best?  

The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe is part of a generation that launched for 2015 and includes the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe. You can likely save money with a 2015 Tahoe, but it won’t include Apple CarPlay or offer available lane keep assist.

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Which Used Chevrolet Tahoe Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe comes in three trims: LS, LT, and LTZ. The base Chevrolet Tahoe LS includes features like an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay. The Chevrolet Tahoe LT adds things like leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power liftgate, and a vibrating safety alert seat. The top Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ trim has ventilated front seats, keyless entry, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, and an upgraded suspension that improves the ride and handling. Adaptive cruise control is also available. The LS trim should meet most of your needs, unless you want leather seats.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Tahoe?

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing, the 2016 Chevy Tahoe earned a perfect five-star rating in front and side crash protection and three stars in rollover protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not crash test the Tahoe.

The 2016 Tahoe comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, active lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and a safety alert seat are available. The Tahoe also has the segment’s only front-seat center air bag and seat-mounted side-impact air bags.

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2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe or 2016 GMC Yukon?

From a distance, it's hard to tell a 2016 GMC Yukon apart from a 2016 Tahoe. These cousins both belong to the GM family tree, with similar dimensions and features. Still, the Tahoe is the preferred SUV out of this pair. It's gentler on your wallet, with listing prices averaging $4,700 less than the Yukon's. The Tahoe is also expected to be more reliable than the Yukon, though the Yukon's rating is still above average.  

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe or 2016 Ford Expedition?

The 2016 Ford Expedition offers more cargo and passenger space than the Tahoe. Adults can sit in each of the Expedition’s three rows. The Expedition also has up to 9,200 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped, while the Tahoe maxes out at 8,600 pounds. The Tahoe has a much nicer interior, but for max utility, the Expedition is the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe or 2016 Toyota Sequoia?

The 2016 Toyota Sequoia has over 25 percent more cargo space than the Tahoe, and the Sequoia's third-row legroom is 11 inches larger. However, the Sequoia has an EPA rating of just 13/17 mpg city/highway, quite a bit lower than the Tahoe. The Tahoe also tows up to 8,600 pounds compared to the Sequoia’s 7,400 pounds. For its larger passenger and cargo space, go with the Sequoia – unless you need the Tahoe's extra towing capacity.

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2016 Tahoe Performance

How Does the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Drive?

The 355-horsepower V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission move the large Tahoe with ease, even with a trailer in tow. The Tahoe's responsive steering delivers good feedback, its handling is composed, and its ride is both quiet and comfortable.

Does the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2016 Tahoe gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Active fuel management – a system that saves fuel by deactivating four of the vehicle’s eight cylinders when they aren't needed – is standard.

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Towing Capacity

The Tahoe has a maximum trailering capacity of 8,600 pounds.

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2016 Tahoe Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Tahoe Seat?

The Tahoe has standard seating for eight. Two other seating arrangements are available: Second-row captain’s chairs reduce capacity to seven, while a front-seat bench allows you to carry nine. Fold-flat second and third-row seats are standard. The Tahoe’s spacious front seats are comfortable for the long haul, and the second row has plenty of room for adults. The third-row seats, however, are best suited for children.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The Tahoe has three lower anchors and upper tethers in the second-row seats for securing child car seats. The third row has three tether anchors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Tahoe’s LATCH system as Acceptable – the second-highest score – for ease of use. The IIHS reports that the tether anchors are hard to find.

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Features

The Tahoe's cabin has upscale refinement and style, with lots of high-end materials and excellent build quality. Tri-zone automatic climate control is standard, along with a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, five USB ports, HD Radio, OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, the Chevrolet MyLink interface, remote start, and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay. The Tahoe's infotainment system is simple to use and set up.

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2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Dimensions

Chevrolet Tahoe Cargo Space

In comparison to its class rivals, the Tahoe doesn't have much cargo space. It offers 15.3 cubic feet of room behind the rearmost seat, and 94.7 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. Both measurements are among the smallest in the segment. A few niceties add convenience to the cargo area. The standard fold-flat third-row seats mean you don't have to lift out heavy seats when you need more cargo room. Some models may come with a hands-free liftgate, power-release second-row seats, and power-folding third-row seats.

Chevrolet Tahoe Length and Weight

The 2016 Tahoe stretches 17 feet from tip to tail. Two-wheel-drive models have a curb weight of 5,466 pounds, while four-wheel-drive models weigh 5,683 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Built?

Chevrolet has built the Tahoe at its plant in Arlington, Texas, since 1998.

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