Updated March 5, 2022
WHY IS THIS INFORMATION IMPORTANT?
This page will tell you everything that you need to know about this SUV. Buying a vehicle is a huge accomplishment and a large financial outlay. We want you to have as much information as possible, so that you can make the best decision for you.
The Chevrolet Tahoe, and its badge engineered GMC Yukon counterpart, are full-size SUVs from General Motors, offered since 1994 and 1991, respectively. Since 1982, Chevrolet and GMC sold two different-sized SUVs under their ‘Blazer’ and ‘Jimmy’ nameplates, by introducing the smaller S-10 Blazer and GMC S-15 Jimmy for the 1983 model year, below the full-size Blazer and Jimmy models. This situation lasted into the early 1990s. GMC first rebadged the full-size Jimmy as the ‘Yukon’ in 1991. Chevrolet however waited until 1994, when they rebadged the redesigned mid-size S-10 Blazer as their ‘new Blazer’, while renaming the full-size Blazer as the ‘Tahoe’. The name Tahoe refers to the rugged and scenic area surrounding Lake Tahoe in the western United States. The name Yukon refers to the Yukon territory of northern Canada.
For the 1995 model year, the Tahoe and Yukon gained a new, longer 4-door model, slotting in size between the 2-door models and the longer wheelbase Chevrolet/GMC Suburbans.
The Tahoe is sold in North America, parts of Asia such as the Philippines and the Middle East, plus other countries including Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Angola as a left-hand drive vehicle. The Yukon is only sold in North America and the Middle East.
The Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon currently serve as a part of General Motors’ full-size SUV family and are differentiated from similar models the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL primarily by the length of the passenger and cargo area behind the C pillar. An upscale trim Denali sub-model joined the Yukon lineup for the 1999 model year and the Cadillac Escalade is a closely related upscale version sharing the same platform.
The Tahoe’s main competition comes from the Ford Expedition, but it also competes with the Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada.
As of February 2014, the 2014 Tahoe was the top-ranked Affordable Large SUV in U.S. News & World Report‘s rankings. The Tahoe has regularly been the best selling full-size SUV in the United States, frequently outselling its competition by 2 to 1.
— Source Wikipedia
- Official Page – Chevrolet Tahoe
- Price: Starts at $57,748 CAD
- Comparable to: Ford Expedition, Hyundai Palisade, GMC Yukon
- Reliability: According to JDPower this vehicle has a reliability rating of 79/100, which is considered AVERAGE.
- Maintenance costs: Approximately $9,302 over 10 years.
REVIEWS AND IMPRESSIONS
We have put together as many reviews and impressions as we could find. Each finds a way to touch upon something that the others missed. If you are serious about this vehicle then these videos are worth watching. If you have review or first impressions that helped you and that aren’t listed here, please contact us!
OUR SCORE: 82
Our Score is determined by entering as many data points as we can find into our scoring algorithm to come up the most unbiased vehicle score on the planet.
SCORES BY PUBLICATION:
We have put together as many reviews and impressions as we could find. Each finds a way to touch upon something that the others missed. If you are serious about this vehicle then these videos are worth the time.
- Autoblog — 7.5 / 10
- CNET Road Show — 8.7 / 10
- Kelley Blue Book Review — 4.6 / 5
- Car and Driver Review — 8.5 / 10
- Edmunds Review — 7.4 / 10
- USNews Review — 8.2 / 10
- JD Power Review — 83 / 100
- Motortrend Review — 8.2 / 10
What the critics have to say…
Big SUVs like the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe will likely be bought as family vehicles, and it’s crucial that they don’t toss you all over the place when you’re on a drive. Ride quality is settled and controlled with the available air spring/magnetic shock combo. On the new coil-sprung suspension, we noticed lots of head toss and gut jiggle.
HOW DOES IT DRIVE?
Considering its size, the Tahoe does all right for itself under acceleration and braking. We tested a 4WD Tahoe with the 5.3-liter V8 engine and recorded a 0-60 mph sprint of 7.7 seconds, which is an average time for a large SUV. But for higher-speed passing maneuvers, you’ll need a lot of throttle and some patience since the Tahoe’s smaller V8 engine simply runs out of steam once you’re past 65 mph or so. The somewhat soft brake pedal is our only complaint with the otherwise smooth and capable braking system.
IS IT RELIABLE AND HIGH QUALITY?
Is the Chevrolet Tahoe Reliable?
The 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe has a predicted reliability score of 79 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.
Chevrolet Tahoe Warranty
Chevrolet covers the Tahoe with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
HOW COMFORTABLE IS IT?
The Tahoe’s new independent rear suspension has cured many issues that plagued the last generation. Our test vehicle was equipped with a fully adaptive suspension and easily soaked up bumps big and small. The Tahoe could have scored higher in this category, but the first and second row seats are overly hard and lack the support and padding needed for long-distance driving. The Tahoe’s third-row seats at least offer better padding and support than the third rows in most of the competition.
WHAT IS THE INTERIOR LIKE?
This latest generation Tahoe boasts its biggest interior yet, with what feels like acres of space compared with the outgoing model. Its previously cramped third row adds about 10 inches of legroom, and the second-row seats now slide fore and aft to provide much needed flexibility. Adults can now sit comfortably in the far back.
Car and Driver
WHAT IS THE TECHNOLOGY LIKE?
Our test vehicle was equipped with a 10.2-inch screen and navigation. We’re fans of Chevrolet’s latest touchscreen interface — it offers crisp graphics, an easy-to-understand menu structure and quick response times. It also has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
WHAT IS THE CARGO SPACE LIKE?
The Tahoe is among the best large SUVs for cargo space. You get 25.5 cubic feet behind the third-row seats and 72.6 cubic feet with those seats folded. Both the second- and third-row seats fold nearly flat, creating a wide and boxy maximum cargo hold of 122.9 cubic feet.
IS THIS VEHICLE A GOOD VALUE?
Packing a full-size SUV with technology and luxury isn’t going to result in a low price tag. The Tahoe starts at just over $50K and can easily exceed $80K if you like your options. Our fairly well-equipped Z71 test vehicle came in at $68,940, and for the most part it looked every bit worth that price. There are some areas of unimpressive hard plastic, but the overall fit and finish is generally good. It’s definitely a match for Ford’s equally pricey and capable Expedition.
IS THE Chevrolet Tahoe A GOOD SUV?
Yes, the Chevy Tahoe is a good vehicle. It offers three rows of welcoming seats and more cargo room than most other large SUVs. A full redesign for 2021 brought a wealth of updated infotainment and active safety technology. Two brawny V8 engines and a turbodiesel comprise an intriguing powertrain stable. No matter the engine, handling remains composed.
SHOULD I BUY THE Chevrolet Tahoe?
The 2022 Tahoe costs less than many rivals, and it offers plenty of standard features and tons of space. If it’s value and capability you prioritize, this Chevy should be near the top of your list.
THE FINAL WORD
The Chevrolet Tahoe offers a lot of value, but you should also look at the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition.