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2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe ranks high in its class. It has an upscale interior, a muscular V8 engine, composed handling, and a solid predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V8 engine
  • Smooth ride
  • Comfortable, upscale interior
  • User-friendly features
  • Top rivals have more cargo space

New for 2017

  • Teen Driver and child rear-seat reminder became standard
  • Low-speed automatic braking became available

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Large SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best Large SUV for Families award and a finalist for our 2017 Best Large SUV for the Money award. Currently the Chevrolet Tahoe has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 21 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Overview

Is the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Tahoe is a great pick if you’re shopping for a used large SUV. This Chevy rates highly for reliability, and its three-row seating and roomy cargo space make it a practical family hauler. The Tahoe also offers a number of advanced safety features, and it returns good fuel economy for a full-size SUV.

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We’ve analyzed 21 Chevrolet Tahoe reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe?

You can expect to pay between $38,000 and $58,000 for a used 2017 Tahoe. These figures are based on about 1,500 listings for the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe on our site. The average price is $45,100. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Cost to Own?

The Tahoe’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $28,400 – or about $5,700 per year. That’s average for a large SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Tahoe?

The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe starts at $47,500. You can save a lot of money by shopping for a used 2017 Tahoe, especially if you want a base model with few options. That said, you’ll miss out on one big update. For 2018, the Tahoe gained an optional 420-horsepower engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. If you need the extra punch, consider opting for the 2018 model.

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There are several new midsize SUVs that have lower starting prices than the 2017 Tahoe’s average price of $45,100. The 2018 Chevy Traverse offers seating for eight and has a starting price of $29,930. The eight-passenger 2018 Toyota Highlander starts at $31,230 and comes standard with a huge suite of active safety features. The 2018 Honda Pilot ($30,900) even offers third-row seats that can comfortably fit adults. That said, these crossover SUVs can’t match the towing capacity of the truck-based Tahoe.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Tahoe Is Best?

The fourth-generation Chevrolet Tahoe arrived for 2015, and this generation continues through the 2018 model year. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were introduced for 2016. The 2017 Tahoe introduced key safety features, including a rear-seat reminder (to alert drivers when exiting the vehicle of children that are in the back seat) and the Teen Driver system, which helps parents monitor their teen’s driving performance. A new 420-horsepower V8 engine and a 10-speed transmission became available for the 2018 Tahoe, though the Tahoe’s standard V8 engine offers plenty of power for most drivers.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The 2017 Tahoe has an excellent predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one safety recall for the 2017 Tahoe. Chevy has identified a software error with the vehicle’s airbag module, which could prevent the airbags from deploying in the event of a crash. Before buying a used Tahoe, make sure this recall has been addressed.

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Which Used Chevrolet Tahoe Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Chevy Tahoe is available in three trim levels: LS, LT, and Premier. Each is equipped with the same 355-horsepower V8 engine.

The base Tahoe LS comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, five USB ports, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, remote keyless entry, remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, fold-flat second and third-row seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, and 18-inch alloy wheels. That’s an excellent array of standard features, and it makes the LS trim a great pick for most shoppers.

The Chevrolet Tahoe LT trim adds leather upholstery, a power liftgate, a Bose stereo system, forward collision warning with low-speed braking assist, GM’s Safety Alert Seat, and lane keep assist.

Lastly, the Chevrolet Tahoe Premier trim adds a navigation system, blind spot monitoring, front parking sensors, an adaptive suspension, a hands-free liftgate, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and power-folding third row seats. Other available features include a sunroof, a head-up display, a rear-seat DVD player, adaptive cruise control, and the Z71 Off-Road package.

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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?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Tahoe a perfect five-star rating for front and side impact safety, as well as four stars for overall crash safety. However, the SUV earned just three stars for rollover safety.

All Tahoe models come standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available safety features include forward collision warning with low-speed brake assist, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control with full-speed braking assist. Another option is GM’s Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates to warn drivers of potential hazards.

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2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe or 2017 GMC Yukon?

Think of the 2017 GMC Yukon as the Tahoe’s better-dressed twin. The Yukon offers nicer cabin materials, especially in the Denali trim. The Yukon is also available with a burlier 6.2-liter V8, which the 2017 Tahoe doesn’t offer. Otherwise, these General Motors SUVs are much the same when it comes to safety and convenience features, passenger and cargo space, interior designs, and towing capacities. Either large SUV is a great choice, though you’re likely to find used Tahoe models for less.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe or 2017 Ford Expedition?

The 2017 Ford Expedition is a good SUV to consider as well, though it has its drawbacks. The Tahoe boasts a nicer interior with higher-quality materials, as well as far more advanced safety features. However, the Expedition has a higher towing capacity (up to 9,200 pounds) and used models are often less expensive. Notably, both SUVs rate well for predicted reliability and have user-friendly infotainment systems. The choice comes down to driver preference.

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2017 Tahoe Performance

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Drive?

The Tahoe has a 5.3-liter V8 engine with 355 horsepower. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and four-wheel drive is available. The big V8 is plenty powerful and can confidently hustle the Tahoe up to speed, even with a trailer or heavy cargo in tow. The standard six-speed automatic transmission changes gear smoothly as well. However, it can be reluctant to downshift when needed, which hurts passing power on the highway.

The Chevrolet can’t quite mask its large dimensions in the city. It has a wide turning radius, making it cumbersome to park and maneuver in tight areas. Hit the open road however, and the Tahoe is much more pleasant. Its steering feels light and responsive, and the suspension soaks up uneven pavement comfortably. Premier models add GM’s Magnetic Ride Control – a form of adaptive suspension – that adjusts the shock absorbers as road conditions change, yielding an even smoother ride.

While the Tahoe isn’t billed as an off-road vehicle, it does offer the gear to tackle tough conditions. An available Z71 Off-Road package adds skid plates, tow hooks, and a two-speed transfer case with high- and low-range gearing.

Does the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Tahoe gets good fuel economy for a large SUV. It returns 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway (16/22 mpg, 4WD).

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Towing Capacity

The Tahoe can tow up to 8,600 pounds, when properly equipped with Chevrolet’s Max Trailering package. All models are rated for at least 6,400 pounds.

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2017 Tahoe Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Tahoe Seat?

The 2017 Tahoe is a 3-row SUV that can seat seven, eight, or nine occupants, depending on configuration. The first- and second-row seats are available as captain’s chairs or bench seats. Both offer good head- and legroom, and the seats are comfy and supportive. The third-row seats aren’t as accommodating though. These fold-flat seats are skimpy on cushioning and have minimal legroom, making them suitable for kids only.

The Tahoe’s cabin is well-dressed with quality materials that wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury vehicle. Cloth seats are standard; leather, heated, and ventilated seats are available. The interior is very quiet on the highway as well, with limited wind and road noise intruding into the cabin.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The Tahoe has up to three full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child car seats in the second row. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the SUV’s LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use, noting that some anchors are hard to access and difficult to maneuver around.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Features

All Tahoe models come standard with an 8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, five USB ports, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The user-friendly touch screen has straightforward on-screen menus, complemented by redundant physical audio and climate controls. The system also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which make it easy to access your smartphone’s apps and functions while on the go.

Also standard is a feature that reminds you to check the back seats for children before exiting the vehicle. The standard Teen Driver system allows parents to set speed, distance, and audio volume limits for young drivers. Available features include a navigation system, a Bose stereo system, a rear-seat DVD player, and a head-up display that projects driving info onto the windshield.

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2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Dimensions

Chevrolet Tahoe Cargo Space

The Tahoe has a boxy cargo area, giving it lots of usable storage space. There’s 15.3 cubic feet of space with all seats upright, a roomy 51.7 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 94.7 cubic feet with all the rear seats collapsed. However, the cargo floor is rather high, making it tough to load and unload heavy items. A few other large SUVs offer even more cargo space.

2017 Tahoe Length and Weight

The Tahoe is 17 feet long. Its curb weight is between 5,356 and 5,631 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Built?

Chevy built the 2017 Tahoe in Texas alongside the 2017 Chevrolet Suburban, 2017 GMC Yukon, and 2017 Cadillac Escalade SUVs.

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