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2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

$48,000 - $65,700
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2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Review: A Solid No-Frills SUV

by Jared Rosenholtz

Built upon the same foundation as the Silverado, the Chevrolet Tahoe presents buyers with impressive towing capacity and enough ground clearance to handle off-road angles with relative ease. And it is just as imposing inside, with plenty of space, seating for nine, and a respectable list of standard features. Ranked highly for its excellent initial quality, and winning the 2018 Kelly Blue Book five-year cost to own award, the Tahoe seems like a great investment. But looks can be deceptive; although it is an excellent contender in the large SUV segment, the Chevy has its failings, such as sloppy handling, very average fuel consumption, and less ride comfort than you would expect from what looks like a land boat. Still, with a starting MSRP of $48,000, the Tahoe isn't trying to sell itself as a luxury SUV. And, as a utility-focused daily driver, it certainly holds its own.

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 Tahoe?

The Chevy Tahoe enters 2019 without significant changes. A new package is offered, the Premier Plus Special Edition, which comes with the larger engine and a host of exterior aesthetic accents to go with the plush black and brown leather-appointed interior.

Pros and Cons

  • Spacious interior with room for nine
  • Two powerful engines offered
  • Well-appointed cabin with plenty of features
  • Respectable safety and reliability ratings
  • Very competitive towing capacity
  • Smaller-than-average trunk size that looks deceptively larger
  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Ride quality could be smoother
  • Can be difficult to maneuver thanks to steering and size

Tahoe Exterior

Larger SUVs are seldom lookers, but the Tahoe is by no means unattractive. Not as flashy as its GMC cousin, the Chevy focuses on a simple design that is uncontentious, if somewhat uninspired. The large honeycomb grille hosts the Chevrolet bowtie and is bordered by unusually designed headlights. The rear fascia is less adventurous, with a bland liftgate bordered by taillights built into the main body only. A small roof-mounted brake signal strip sits atop the liftgate. 18-inch alloy wheels come standard on the lower trims, with the 20-inch options standard on the Premier and available to all trims in various packages.

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Front Angle View
2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Front Angle View
2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Front Angle View
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Dimensions

Falling somewhere between the Ford Expedition and Toyota Land Cruiser, the Tahoe measures in at 204 inches long, 80.5 inches wide, and 74.4 inches high. The wheelbase is 116 inches long, while the vehicle's curb weight of 5,355 lbs is a bit below many rivals like the Toyota Land Cruiser but more on par with the Ford Expedition. Opting for four-wheel-drive will increase the weight to 5,602 lbs, which is still on the light side.

Exterior Colors

The color palette is comprised of ten choices, depending on the trim level. The base LS is available in Summit White, Black, Silver Ice Metallic, Shadow Gray Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Pepperdust Metallic, Blue Velvet Metallic. Siren Red Tintcoat is offered at a surcharge of $495, while Iridescent Pearl Tricoat is available on the LT and Premier for $995. A limited-availability color is offered too, for which you will have to check with your dealer, named Deepwood Green Metallic.

Tahoe Performance

Equipped with a 355 horsepower, 5.3-liter V8, the heavyweight SUV is capable of accelerating to 60 mph in around 7.2 seconds. While this is slightly slower than segment front-runners like the Ford Expedition, it's nothing to sniff at. With the stronger 420 hp 6.2-liter V8 engine available to the Premier Trim, this figure drops to around 5.8 seconds, which is quite impressive indeed, but it's still on par with rivals dressed up in their Sunday finest.

Across the range, the Tahoe is capable of towing a maximum weight of 8,600 lbs. Yet again, this doesn't beat segment leaders like the Expedition (9,300 lbs), but it's still a respectable figure. With the correct gear equipped, the Chevy should have no trouble pulling large trailers or even boats. Without the Max Trailering Package, you can expect this figure to drop by around 2,000 lbs, so if towing is a priority for you, you may want to spring for the extra equipment.

The best figures are attained with the rear-wheel-drive models, but the more grippy four-wheel-drive may deliver a better towing experience, and you only have to sacrifice around 200 lbs off your maximum capacity.

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Front View Driving
2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Side View Driving
2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Brakes

Engine and Transmission

Two engines are offered with the Chevrolet Tahoe, the base offering is the 5.3-liter V8, which comes mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. This powertrain delivers 355 hp and 383 lb-ft to the rear wheels, giving the large SUV more than enough zest to get around with an impressive degree of haste. Acceleration around town, and passing on the highway are no challenge for this truck-like vehicle.

Still, if you really want to kick dirt in the eyes of unsuspecting motorists at the intersections, the more powerful V8, displacing 6.2 liters, throws out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft to get this juggernaut moving like a sedan half its size. Merging and passing become a joke, hindered only by the Tahoe's inability to squeeze into tight openings in the traffic. This engine is paired with a Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic that rows through the gears seamlessly, giving the thirstier engine surprisingly good fuel economy.

While rear-wheel-drive is standard across the range, four-wheel-drive is offered without restriction. Should you opt for it, you get an active two-speed transfer case to better regulate power distribution between the wheels on slippery surfaces.

  • Engines
    5.3-liter V8 Flex-fuel (FFV), 6.2-liter V8
  • Transmissions
    10-Speed Automatic, 6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

While the Tahoe has impressive outputs at its disposal thanks to either of its audacious V8 engines, at the end of the day this SUV is still more truck that sport sedan, despite its plush interior.

While the potent engines lend themselves to aggressive acceleration, the throttle can be a bit lazy on the uptake, asking that you really put your foot down to get the SUV moving. And it is certainly satisfying to hear the V8 grumble when you give it the boot. Unfortunately, coming to a stop is less enjoyable as the brake pedal is equally unreceptive, requiring you to sink your heel into the grabby quagmire before the large vehicle lurches to a stop. On the plus side, the brakes are strong, capable of bringing the Tahoe to a halt in as little as 123 feet. No small achievement for a car of this size!

The steering is a bit on the light side, but it's adequate for daily driving around town, although sharper turns will give you some hassle despite the relatively tight turning circle and there is not much feedback through the steering wheel. The vehicle's size and weight strike again when it comes to handling; it lurches when turning at higher speeds, and mid-corner bumps are the bane of its existence. But as a family car, the Tahoe hopes you will drive it with a modicum of restraint, and it doesn't let you down when treated this way.

Ride comfort is nothing special, thanks to the body-on-frame construction, but the comfortable seats and ample air suspension help to damp down the disruptions. The well-made cabin also blocks out most unwanted noise from the outside, and any intrusion by the engine is usually quite pleasant thanks to the throaty V8 burble.

Tahoe Gas Mileage

When equipped with the 5.3-liter V8, the Tahoe gets an EPA-estimated 15/22/18 mpg on the rear-wheel-drive model and 15/21/17 mpg when equipped with all-wheel-drive. The 6.2-liter variant is a little thirstier, but, thanks to the refined 10-speed automatic transmission, it gets a competitive 14/22/17 mpg with the all-wheel drivetrain. Regardless of the setup, the Tahoe is on par with the Land Cruiser, but significantly less efficient than the Expedition. With 26 gallons of premium fuel in the tank, the SUV is capable of covering up to 468 miles between pit stops.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    26.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 15/22 mpg
* 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 2WD

Tahoe Interior

It's no surprise in a vehicle this large, but the Tahoe is extremely spacious inside. Its dimensions are slightly less liberal than larger rivals like the Ford Expedition, but it still has plenty of room. This spaciousness is complemented by well-appointed seats, a stylish interior design, and a host of tech features that make the ride that much more enjoyable. The controls are well laid out, and not overly difficult to learn on the fly. The infotainment suite is certainly up to scratch and comes standard with smartphone integration, which is a big plus when so many competitors ask you to spring for it as an optional add-on.

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Dashboard
2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Dashboard
2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Steering Wheel
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Seating and Interior Space

The SUV can seat anywhere between five to nine depending on seat arrangements, with those upfront enjoying a great deal of head and legroom. The second-row seats are still large enough to seat adults without too much difficulty, but the third row is really not designed for anything more than children or young teens. Passengers will find the seats to be extremely comfortable, even over long drives, which is nice considering that ride comfort is a bit on the poorer side of the spectrum compared to segment rivals. Both the second and third row of seats can fold down to make extra space for cargo. Entering and exiting are pretty simple tasks, with the front and middle-row seats being easily accessible. The third row is naturally trickier to get to, but it's no harder than with any rivals.

  • Seating capacity
    8-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

The cabin of the Tahoe is well-built, with spaciousness and ease of use particular strong points. Sadly, a lot of that the rugged durability is due to the presence of plenty of hard plastics. This can lead to a few creaks and rattles, but there are soft-touch surfaces around the controls to give the illusion of more plushness than is actually present. The standard upholstery is premium cloth, available in Dune with Cocoa accents, or Jet Black. The leather seats that come with the LT offer Dark Ash with Jet Black accents on top of the same color choices as the cloth. Available perforated leather seats are offered in the same color schemes as the cloth seats, as well as Mahogany with either Cocoa or Jet Black accents.

Tahoe Trunk and Cargo Space

Behind the third-row seats, the Tahoe provides an unimpressive 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space. This is quite a bit less than the bulkier Ford Expedition. However, you can fold down the third-row seats to free up 51.7 cubic feet, and a total of 94.7 cubic feet is available if you fold down both the second and third rows. While this still isn't class-leading, it's certainly more than enough to handle just about any day-to-day task. However, the awkward floor height limits the acceptable dimensions of potential cargo.

Small-item storage is more generous, with a standard glove compartment, four door pockets, two front cupholders, a spacious center console bin, and a couple of storage trays near the transmission.

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Trunk Space
2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Maximum Cargo Space
2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Maximum Cargo Space

Tahoe Infotainment and Features

Features

Standard features comprise tri-climate control, cruise control, a 4.2-inch driver information screen, five 12-volt power outlets and one 110-volt outlet, a rearview camera, rear parking assist, a rear-seat reminder, power accessories, keyless entry and ignition, teen driver technology, rain-sense wipers, and fold-down second and third-row seats. One month of OnStar is included. Moving up the trim levels, the LT model adds 10-way power front seats with power lumbar, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, forward collision alert, lane-keep assist, a safety alert seat, and a power liftgate. The Premier-exclusive upgrades comprise a hands-free power liftgate, heated and ventilated front seats with heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, power-folding rear seats, lane-change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking assist.

Infotainment

The infotainment suite on the Tahoe is extensive and high-quality, with the basic offering comprising an eight-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, SiriusXM, five USB ports, an auxiliary audio jack, and a six-speaker sound system with AM/FM/CD playback as well as HD radio. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, too, along with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi system. The LT enhances this suite of features by upgrading the sound system to a nine-speaker Bose premium setup, while the Premier adds navigation, a wireless charging pad, and a 10-speaker Bose audio system. A rear-seat DVD entertainment system is available at an extra fee.

Tahoe Problems and Reliability

J.D. Power awards the 2019 Tahoe a dependability score of 86 out of 100. The 2016 model was recalled for faulty airbags, while the 2018 Tahoe suffered from a faulty power brake system. Warranties include a 36,000-mile/36-month bumper-to-bumper and a 60,000-mile/60-month powertrain warranty with roadside assistance valid for the same duration.

Tahoe Safety

The Tahoe is rated at four stars out of five for safety by the NHTSA. However, the IIHS has not evaluated the SUV.

Key Safety Features

The standard suite of safety features comprises four-wheel ABS brakes, a rearview camera, rear parking assist, rain-sense wipers, a rear-seat reminder, teen driver technology, and seven airbags: center, dual front, front side, and side curtain. An OnStar safety and security plan is included with a one-month free trial period. The Tahoe LT improves upon this offering by adding forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist and lane-departure warning, a safety alert seat, automatic headlights, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The final standard upgrades come with the Premier trim and include lane-change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking assist and fog lights.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe a good SUV?

The Chevrolet Tahoe has been a solid contender in the large SUV segment for quite some time. And, while it doesn't lead the pack, it is certainly worth closer examination. Two powerful engines, each mated to a well-designed automatic transmission, give the vehicle solid performance around town, on the highway, and even off-road. However, if you want to go off-road, we certainly suggest you opt for the available four-wheel-drive system. Combined with the truck-like SUV's naturally high ground clearance and approach/descent angles, this gives the Tahoe truly rugged all-terrain performance.

The interior contrasts this outdoorsy quality by being quite well-appointed with lots of creature comforts and an array of modern features. There is space for up to eight passengers, although comfort might drop considerably over long drives if you choose to fill every seat. The cargo space is ample, although not class-leading, and the Tahoe can tow a respectable 8,600 lbs.

It isn't the best handling SUV on the market, but unless you plan to try a high-speed chase around tight city alley-ways, it should meet most daily needs. And the host of standard, and optional, safety features will complement this level of restrained driving. Overall, we find it hard to deny that the Chevy Tahoe is a good vehicle. It's not the greatest, but for the asking price, it certainly impresses.

What's the Price of the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe?

All it will take to get you behind the wheel of the entry-level Tahoe LS is $48,000, making it one of the more affordable large SUVs on the market. Moving up the LT trim will set you back an additional $5,000, while the top-tier Premier model has an MSRP of $62,700. And if the base 5.3-liter V8 isn't enough for you, then you can upgrade to the potent 6.2-liter variant and pay $68,125. Replacing the standard rear-wheel-drive with all-wheel-drive will add $3,000 to the invoice on the lower two trim levels and the Premier trim. These prices exclude tax, registration, licensing, and Chevrolet's $1,295 destination charge.

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Models

The Chevy Tahoe is available in three trim levels: the LS, LT, and Premier. Two engines are offered, with a 5.3-liter V8 being standard on all three models. Mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox this powertrain delivers 355 hp and 383 lb-ft to the rear wheels. Four-wheel-drive is available on every trim level, and comes with a corresponding two-speed transfer case. Exclusive to the top-tier Premier model, the throaty 6.2-liter V8 engine option produces a whopping 420 hp and 480 lb-ft, giving the Tahoe hard-to-beat performance. A refined 10-speed automatic transmission is paired with this engine, helping it not to be overly greedy when it comes to fuel consumption.

Standard equipment on the base LS trim includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, a teen-driver monitoring system, keyless entry and ignition, power accessories, tri-zone climate control, cruise control, a 4.2-inch driver information display, power driver's seat, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, five USB ports, an 110-volt power outlet, eight-inch touchscreen display, a six-speaker sound system, satellite radio, Bluetooth compatibility and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

When you upgrade to the LT model, you get a power liftgate, a safety alert seat, forward collision alert, forward automatic braking, lane-keep assist, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 10-way power front seats with power lumbar, leather upholstery, and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.

Going all the way up to the Premier trims sees heated front and second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel installed. Fog lights are added, and the safety suite receives front parking sensors, lane-change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. More imposing 20-inch alloy wheels are equipped to the chassis along with heated power exterior mirrors, while the interior gets a wireless charging pad, power-folding rear seats, and a 10-speaker Bose audio sound system.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
LS
5.3-liter V8 Flex-fuel (FFV)
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$48,000
LT
5.3-liter V8 Flex-fuel (FFV)
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$53,000
Premier
5.3-liter V8 Flex-fuel (FFV)
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$62,700
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Additional Packages

Multiple packages are available to those who wish to dress up their Tahoe. Notable examples include the Enhanced Driver Alert Package ($695) for the LS, which comprises power-adjustable pedals, forward collision alert, automatic headlights, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and safety alert. The Z71 Off-Road Package ($1,850) for the LT adds off-road suspension, a 3.42 rear axle ratio, a two-speed transfer case, hill-descent control, front and rear parking assist, fog lights, a unique grille, skid plate, and 18-inch wheel designs, as well as decals, logos, and badges. Available on every trim, the Max Trailering Package ($780) includes a 3.42 rear axle ratio, integrated trailer brake controller, with the LS and LT gaining rear air leveling suspension.

What Chevrolet Tahoe Model Should I Buy?

In terms of value for money, the LT should tick all the requisite boxes. It offers the same performance as every other trim unless you option the 6.2-liter V8, which is exclusive to the to Premier trim, and comes with enough safety features to ensure you and your family will always feel confident and secure. The upgraded sound system over the LS won't go unnoticed and, if that still isn't enough, there are a few upgrades offered such as built-in navigation or a rear-seat Blu-Ray system. The Premier is certainly a tempting trim with its extra tech and safety features, but you can find most of these in the packages available to the LT.

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe Comparisons

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe
2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe vs Ford Expedition

With access to a potent turbocharged V6, producing 375 hp and 470 lb-ft, the Ford Expedition is no slouch on the road. And the stronger optional engine matches the Tahoe's best engine in terms of performance. Both vehicles are well-appointed inside, with plenty of safety features and infotainment tech. However, the Ford delivers slightly better driveability along with a more spacious interior and larger cargo space. The Expedition also offers better fuel economy, although it asks you to lay out more capital for the initial purchase. In the long run, the Ford Expedition is the better investment but it's a very close decision, and we wouldn't fault you for still finding the Tahoe more appealing.

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2019 Chevrolet Tahoe vs Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevy Suburban is basically the Tahoe's big-boned twin. Both SUVs share the same underpinnings and even the same engine options with identical power outputs. However, with its extended dimensions, the Suburban has some advantages over the Tahoe, as well as some disadvantages. The larger SUV has a lot more space inside, capable of seating nine with greater ease, and it expands on cargo capacity quite a bit too, shoring up one of the Tahoe's weaknesses. However, all this extra size makes the Suburban even more unwieldy on the road, and the extra weight negatively impacts on fuel economy. Luckily, the larger Suburban is only around $3k more expensive than the Tahoe, but it will cost you more to run. If you enjoy carpooling for all the kids in your cul-de-sac, then the Suburban makes sense, but for regularly sized families looking for a reliable daily SUV, the Tahoe should suffice.

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