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The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe is essentially an enclosed pickup truck with three rows, bolstered by the useful space and handy towing capability such a design brings. Despite its relatively poor fuel economy and rich price, this hefty Chevy continues to be a popular seller. There are two V-8 powertrains available with rear- or all-wheel drive, along with a robust 420-hp V-8 and a 10-speed automatic transmission for setting cul-de-sac lap times. The Tahoe also offers excellent infotainment integration and a serene cabin. However, its truck roots cramp its third-row space and are immediately apparent on patchwork pavement. Still, don’t confuse it for a lifted minivan.
What’s New for 2019?
The 2019 Tahoe receives a new Premier Plus package that includes the bigger V-8 engine and several other exclusive features. Previously, the 6.2-liter V-8 and 10-speed automatic transmission were only available with the RST Performance package, which was reserved for the top-tier Premium model. While the new Premier Plus package is also available only on the Tahoe Premium, it features chrome exterior bits instead of the body-color and blacked-out accents on the RST. The Premier Plus package also includes distinct black and mahogany leather surfaces inside that are offset by Jet Black accents. Exterior addenda include polished 22-inch wheels, gold Chevy bow-tie logos, and chrome badges, power-retractable running boards, and car cover for 2019 genesis g90.
Chevrolet Tahoe Pricing and Which One to Buy
The base Tahoe LS has plenty of satisfying standard features, such as remote start, rear parking sensors, three-zone climate control, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with a 4G LTE mobile hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. All-wheel drive adds $3000. We’d also tack on the Max Trailering package, which unlocks the Chevy’s maximum towing capacity of 8600 pounds. The Enhanced Driver Alert package includes affordable driver assists, such as low-speed forward automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assist. We’d also add the split-folding front bench seat. It might be a faux pas compared with the standard buckets, but it makes the front row feel more spacious and lets the Tahoe seat nine people in total.
Engine, Transmission, Performance, and Towing
The Tahoe is motivated by one of two V-8 engines, one of which is a potent 420-hp version mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. While the standard 355-hp 5.3-liter engine and six-speed automatic deliver sufficient push and seamless shifts, the quicker and more powerful duo is dynamic. It took the Tahoe RST we tested from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, which is an impressive 1.5 ticks quicker than the standard powertrain. It also closed the gap between 50 and 70 mph by 0.8 second—another noticeable improvement. Although it’s an expensive option, the upgraded powertrain transforms the Tahoe with greater speed to match its considerable bulk. The rear-drive 5.3-liter version can tow up to 8600 pounds (when properly equipped); all-wheel-drive models have a max tow rating of 8400 pounds. The high-riding Chevy Tahoe doesn’t handle nearly as much like a hay cart as its proportions suggest. Its steering is light, which imparts a feeling of agility, and its relatively tight turning circle gives it good maneuverability. However, the Tahoe still has pickup-truck underpinnings that compromise the ride on rough roads. The RST version rides on 22-inch wheels and adaptive Magnetic Ride Control dampers, which are standard on the top-level Premier trim. However, the firm ride on its big rollers was less compliant on uneven surfaces.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
It comes as no surprise that the full-size, V-8–powered Tahoe fails at preserving fossil fuels. While the Tahoe’s EPA estimates match or best most rivals, the 5.3-liter engine and six-speed automatic underperformed in our real-world testing, where they earned 19 mpg on our 200-mile highway-test route. The more powerful 6.2-liter engine exceeded the smaller engine’s observed figure on the interstate by 3 mpg, for 22 mpg.
Interior, Infotainment, and Cargo
The Tahoe has a quiet, comfortable cabin that can be fitted with features galore. While the GMC Yukon’s interior doesn’t meet its upscale aspirations, the build quality and materials inside the Tahoe are satisfactory for the price. The Tahoe Premier we tested had an attractive Cocoa and Dune interior color scheme, and the leather was supple to the touch. Most surfaces above the waistline were covered in soft-touch plastics, and the large knobs and buttons made the controls easy to operate. Every model provides plenty of space for passengers in the first two rows, but its tight third row is basically reserved for those of short stature. Those hoping to haul more than six people will want to consider the longer Chevy Suburban, the extended Yukon XL, or basically any other SUV in this class. Every Tahoe has a full-feature touchscreen infotainment system. Not only does it include a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, it also has attractive menus and responsive feedback. Every model also has five USB ports and five 12-volt outlets distributed throughout the cabin. For additional cost, the Tahoe can be equipped with navigation, a 110-volt outlet, a Bose premium stereo, two extra USB ports, and a rear-seat entertainment system. The Tahoe has impressive interior storage space, and its cargo-carrying ability compares favorably with similarly sized rivals. Still, those who want to maximize carry-on capacity should check out the supersized Chevrolet Suburban. That said, the Tahoe’s massive center console had more room than any competitor we tested. It also has useful front-door pockets and extra storage space in the cargo area.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The Tahoe hasn’t been fully evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. While the three-row SUV is available with the most important safety and driver-assistance technologies on the market, none of it is standard. Key safety features include:
Available forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The Tahoe doesn’t have the best warranty coverage across the board, but it compares favorably with rivals. Chevrolet also provides one complimentary scheduled maintenance visit within the first year of ownership.
Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit
Performance and Capacity
The Tahoe has three trims: LS, LT, and Premier. All models come standard with the base engine, a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 that makes 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Tow/Haul mode. With no added accessories, the rear-wheel drive model can tow up to 6,600 pounds, but when you add the Max Trailering Package, the towing capacity increases to 8,600 pounds. Four-wheel drive models lose 200 pounds of towing capacity. The Tahoe Premier is available with a 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine that makes 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, mated to a Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission with Tow/Haul mode. Tahoe Premier RWD models can tow up to 8,400 pounds, while AWD models can tow up to 8,100 pounds.
Comfort and Convenience
The 2018 Tahoe LS comes standard with front bucket seats with premium cloth upholstery and 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, including a 6-way power cushion and 2-way lumbar support and power recline. When you upgrade, you’ll get perforated leather-appointed seating, heated and ventilated front seats with 12-way power adjustment, heated second-row seats, heated steering wheel, and a power-folding 60/40 split third-row bench. Standard convenience features include Teen Driver technology, heated exterior mirrors, a rear vision camera, intermittent wipers with Rainsense, three-zone climate control, 11 charging locations, built-in Wi-Fi, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Tahoe LS also has Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth wireless tech, and Sirius XM Radio. The Tahoe LT adds a Bose 9-speaker audio system, Universal Home Remote, and auto-dimming interior mirrors. The Premier also features a hands-free liftgate, Keyless Open and Start, extra charging locations, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound, and Chevrolet MyLink Radio with Navigation. Upper trims also have the option for a Rear-Seat Blu-ray Entertainment System with Wi-Fi wireless projection, overhead display, and wireless digital headphones.
Safety and Technology
The 2018 Chevy Tahoe is available with an array of driver assistance technologies to keep you alert, and your family safe. Features include Forward Collision Alert, Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Driver Seat, IntelliBeam high beam assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Front and Rear Park Assist.
All the amenities
Striking style A comfortable, elegant and fully connected cabin. Reactive V8 performance with incredible fuel efficiency . † These are just some of the reasons why Tahoe is part of the best-selling SUV family in the US. UUDesigned to cause a first and lasting impression
Storage compartment with hidden lock and USB port †
Customizable driver information center available
8 “diagonal touch screen with phone integration
Wi-Fi ® † 4G LTE available
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Sewing and craftsmanship of first quality
Front seats, heated and ventilated, with electric adjustment in 12 positions available
Second row heated seats with heating available
Comfortable seats for up to nine people †
Up to 94.7 cubic feet of cargo space †
Second row and folding third row motorized seats available
110V power adapter
Electric, programmable and hands-free rear floodgate available
With its sculpted exterior and reliable and athletic posture, Tahoe demands attention. The interior lined with soft-touch leather surrounds the driver and passengers with premium services and comfort on each trip.
Spacious and versatile
Get ready for anything with the second-row and third-row folding power seats available, and up to 94.7 cubic feet of cargo space . †
Peace and tranquility
Windshield laminated glass and triple-sealed doors help make the Tahoe your peaceful refuge from the outside world.
Tahoe offers up to seven ports † USB, a three-pin 110-volt plug, one Connection†Wi-Fi ® 4G LTE available and a charging station † available at Premier. It’s all you need to keep your devices charged and connected while you’re traveling.
Special editions of the Tahoe
Design of SUV Tahoe 2019: grill
From all-terrain amenities to an elegant urban look, the Tahoe offers several special editions for you to have your favorite SUV with a tailor-made look. In the RST and Premier Plus editions, you can also choose a powerful 6.2L V8 engine that is ready to take on important jobs.
Power and full-size V8 performance
Tahoe has a 5.3-liter V8 engine that offers amazing capacity along with a best-in-class V8 fuel economy of 22 MPG on the road. † Combined with the available Max Trailering package, the Tahoe offers a maximum towing capacity of up to 8,600 lbs † ; enough power to tow boats,