2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

Performance


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2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Performance Review

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Performance: 7.7

The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe has two solid V8 engine options that provide good power and acceleration. Fuel economy estimates and towing capabilities are about average for the class. The Tahoe also has easy steering, but its general driving dynamics leave something to be desired.

  • "The V8 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission work well together, and deliver acceleration and passing power that will make you smile." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Other than confined city driving, which can be a bit challenging given the Tahoe's size, we found most driving situations to be quite comfortable and free of drama." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "Most shoppers nowadays, however, are more concerned with comfort and everyday drivability, which are a couple of the Tahoe's weaknesses. It comes as no surprise that the truck-based Tahoe drives much like a truck. Handling, comfort and maneuverability all take a hit from the emphasis on durability and utility. More modern crossover SUVs are based on passenger cars, which often makes them drive more comfortably and get better fuel economy." -- Edmunds (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The 2019 Tahoe comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that puts out 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. A 6.2-liter V8 mated to a 10-speed automatic is optional, with an output of 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The Tahoe can tow up to 8,600 pounds, which is average for the class.

The 2019 Tahoe gets 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway with its base engine and rear-wheel drive. Those values are about average for a large SUV. With the base engine and four-wheel drive, expect 15/21 mpg city/highway. The 6.2-liter V8 returns 14/23 mpg with rear-wheel drive, which drops by 1 mpg on the highway with four-wheel drive.

The standard V8 engine delivers good power for everyday driving, though it may require a heavy foot when merging onto the highway. The standard six-speed automatic transmission is smooth and delivers good shifts. The available larger V8 provides more authoritative muscle and acceleration. 

  • "On the highway, the Tahoe is refined and quiet. The standard 5.3-liter V8 engine remains a gratifying powerhouse, and its 6-speed automatic transmission is a mostly smooth operator. We've tested the Tahoe over hill and dale and while towing off-road vehicles, and it's always up to the task." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In regular use, the V8 engine's response feels lethargic because the gas pedal must be pressed harder than expected. It does deliver solid thrust when the need arises, though. Our 4WD Tahoe test truck reached 60 mph in only 7.2 seconds with the optional 3.42 axle ratio." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "In our drive from Lake Tahoe to Sacramento, the 5.3-liter proved to be adequately powerful-the 0-to-60-mph time for the Tahoe 4x4 has dropped from more than 8 seconds to an even 7.0 seconds." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

Handling and Braking

The Tahoe comes standard with rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive is available. Some critics note that this Chevy has a nice ride, while others consider the ride to be too harsh. Despite its large size, the Tahoe is relatively easy to maneuver thanks to light and precise steering.

  • "The Tahoe drives quite a bit better than you might expect for a big, truck-based body-on-frame SUV, and certainly better than its predecessors. While not quite as comfortable as a car-based crossover SUV, today's Tahoe rides admirably. This is truer still if you opt for the Magnetic Ride Control suspension that comes on the top-line Premier trim. There's no getting around the Tahoe's girth that can make it a handful in parking lots and other tight spaces, but its steering is light and makes piloting this ship seamless." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "During our extended seat time driving the Tahoe, we experienced a full-size SUV handling remarkably well. The steering is precise, with just enough assist to allow easy maneuvers without creating a numb response on twisting back roads. The Tahoe is extremely quiet inside, and its ride is comfortable and controlled." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "Winding roads don't flatter the Tahoe's steering, which is lighter and slower than we'd like. It also skimps on road feel compared to most competitors." -- Edmunds (2018)
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