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2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe was new.


Performance: 8.2

The V8 engine under the hood of the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe is capable of prudently balancing power with fuel economy. It's mighty enough to move this large SUV without hesitation but doesn't suck down the gas as fast as some rivals do. The Tahoe has a quiet, composed ride and is most at home cruising on the highway.

  • "During our test drive, we encountered a blizzard, which allowed us to fully utilize the all-wheel-drive system along with the numerous electronic aids, such as lane-departure warning and the Safety Alert Driver's Seat. In whiteout conditions, the Tahoe's numerous electronic nannies went a long way toward calming otherwise frayed nerves." -- Autotrader (2015)
  • "With a couple significant caveats, the Chevy Tahoe is an outstanding road-trip companion: quiet and comfortable, this truck eats up miles while occupants enjoy that commanding view of the road that makes SUVs and crossovers so popular." -- Autoweek (2015)
  • "The electric power steering is smooth. It's easy to spin the steering wheel with one hand and there's a nice snap back to center. There's a certain attitude that comes with driving these big vehicles, and the steering needs to have a good balance between ease and feedback. GM nailed it. The ride for all of the vehicles was impeccable, whether in two-wheel-drive, four-wheel-drive, or auto, which acts like an all-wheel-drive system by monitoring the vehicle's performance and sending power where it's needed." -- Motor Trend (2015)

Acceleration and Power

Powering the 2017 Tahoe is a 5.3-liter V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Overall output for this powertrain is 355 horsepower, which is more than enough to move this SUV, even when it's full of people and gear. Occasionally, the automatic transmission is slow to respond, resulting in a slight acceleration delay.

With rear-wheel drive, the 2017 Tahoe has a fuel economy rating of 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Upgrading to four-wheel drive drops the highway rating by 1 mpg. That's pretty good for a large SUV, though you can get better gas mileage with a V6-powered model like the 2017 Dodge Durango (19 mpg city/26 mpg highway).  

  • "The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe's 5.3-liter V8 is certainly capable when it comes to hauling a full load of people and cargo. It has the potential to deliver authoritative acceleration, too, but the delayed responses from the gas pedal often make the Tahoe feel slower than its horsepower suggests." -- Edmunds
  • "The Tahoe's … potent 355-horsepower V8 is always up to whatever task is asked of it. However, even the best technology can't squeeze blood from a turnip, which is why we were not surprised that our fuel economy never broke the high-teens, even with the cylinder deactivation in play." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "The EcoTec V8 is a smooth engine, but with just 5.3 liters, it requires a fairly heavy foot to get much acceleration. On the open road it cycles seamlessly between V4 and V8 modes, and while more power would be appreciated it's probably not necessary unless lots of towing is on your agenda." -- Autoweek (2015)

Handling and Braking

The 2017 Tahoe comes standard with rear-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive is available. As a large SUV with a body-on-frame build, the Tahoe feels more like a truck than a crossover to drive: Navigating tight spaces takes a bit of preplanning, and this is not a vehicle you'll be taking high-speed turns in. Still, reviewers say the Tahoe feels solid at highway speeds and has a smooth, quiet ride. The brakes are strong, and the steering is responsive. If you want an SUV that can soak up even more bumps in the road, the Tahoe Premier features Magnetic Ride Control, which automatically adjusts the suspension to match changes in road conditions.

  • "The suspension ably smooths over larger road imperfections and undulations, but shakes and shudders are noticeable over smaller ripples and bumps. … The Tahoe's truck origins are even more apparent when it comes to handling and maneuverability. It's best to take it slow around turns because there's simply no way to mask the size and weight of this vehicle. It's not very maneuverable in tight spaces either, so multiple-point turns are common." -- Edmunds
  • "Instrumental to the Tahoe's driving dynamics is the available Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) that continually adjusts the stiffness of the shocks based upon changing road conditions. Despite a somewhat antiquated solid rear axle, body lean and roll are kept in check, while the ride remains smooth even over harsh and rutted surfaces. The Tahoe's steering is responsive but still nicely weighted for easy use at low speeds." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "We found the brake pedal reassuringly firm, and that's comforting when piloting such a large vehicle full of precious cargo... like seven human beings." -- Autoblog (2015)

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