2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

Performance


#2 out of 6 in Large SUVs

MSRP
$49,000
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2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 6.6

Like most large SUVs, the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe isn’t the most graceful vehicle when rounding curves. However, this Chevy delivers a fairly comfortable ride for a vehicle of its size. The base engine has a solid amount of power, but the stronger available V8 helps the Tahoe accelerate more quickly.

  • "Thanks to its rugged body-on-frame construction, the Tahoe can tackle the toughest situations, yet its ride- and interior-comfort levels remain on par with those of many car-based crossover SUVs." -- Autotrader
  • Two V8 engines are available for the 2020 Chevy Tahoe. Most are powered by a 5.3-liter 355-horsepower V8 with high-tech fuel injection that enhances both fuel economy and power; it also features GM's Active Cylinder Management, which imperceptibly shuts off half the cylinders under steady cruise to help preserve fuel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • There's no hiding the Tahoe's size when you try to hustle it. The old-school rear suspension becomes obvious on broken surfaces. Midcorner bumps easily upset the chassis. Drive the Tahoe moderately, and it's fine." -- Edmunds (2019)

Acceleration and Power

A 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard in the Tahoe. This powertrain has lots of pep, but the vehicle takes a while to accelerate in this setup. You'll have to opt for the available 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission for quicker acceleration. The catch is that the upgraded engine is only available in the highest trim level.

The Tahoe delivers 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway in its standard setup, which is on par with the class average. Models with the optional engine get 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • In regular use, the V8 engine's response feels lethargic because the gas pedal must be pressed harder than expected. But it does deliver solid thrust when the need arises. Our 4WD Tahoe test truck reached 60 mph in only 7.2 seconds with the optional 3.42 axle ratio." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • 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

Although the Tahoe is a big vehicle, it’s pretty easy to maneuver. The handling is generally stable, and the steering is precise. However, there is some body roll around corners, and its smooth ride becomes unsettled over rough roads. The Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension system that comes with Premier trims helps to mitigate this issue.

  • 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." -- 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." -- Autotrader
  • "Over imperfect roads, the Chevy shudders and shakes, and its responses to throttle and braking inputs can be annoyingly slow.” -- Edmunds
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