2015 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV - Rating Details


C
Edmunds Rating
Vehicle Tested 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ SUV (5.3L V8 FFV 4x4 6-speed Automatic) Driven On 3/17/2014 Ratings Summary The 2015 Tahoe has a fantastic new cabin and a distinctive look, along with more power and better fuel economy. But the decision to retain solid-axle rear suspension (GM is the lone holdout) compromises third-row legroom and ride comfort. While the third row folds flat, the resulting higher load floor drops the Tahoe to last-in-class in terms of cargo space and loading ease.
C
Performance The 5.3-liter direct-injected V8 is a stout motor, and it's paired with an effective 6-speed automatic. But the sluggish tuning of the throttle, brakes and steering only serve to make the Tahoe feel large and heavy. Towing and off-road attributes are a saving grace.
Acceleration
C
5.3-liter V8 is healthy and can push the Tahoe to 60 mph in 7.3 sec. with the optional 3.42 axle ratio. But in regular use response feels lethargic because the throttle pedal must be pressed harder than expected.
Braking
C
Our panic stop from 60 mph ate up just 126 feet, admirable for a vehicle this large. But in regular use the brakes felt disconcerting because the action seemed to lag behind our pedal application.
Steering
B
Steering effort falls between just about right and a tad light. But effort buildup lags behind as you steer into corners, making it feel remote, or slightly disconnected, on winding roads.
Handling
C
Generally stable, the Tahoe's size and weight are nevertheless impossible to ignore. It doesn't like to be rushed when the road gets twisty. The rear suspension isn't great at handling bumpy corners.
Driveability
C
Throttle and brake lag loom large here, but the six-speed automatic shifts smoothly and confidently. "Grade Braking" downshift logic is welcome, but we wish it were more proactive.
Towing
B
Concealed receiver hitch std. 4x4 tow rating is 8,300 lb. with trailering pkg (3.42 axle ratio, trailer brake controller). Standard 3.08 axle is good for 6,300 lb., although these ratings are not SAE compliant.
Off-Road
B
The Tahoe 4x4 doesn't have a low-range transfer case unless you buy the max trailer pkg. There isn't enough clearance for serious boulder-hopping, but it has more than your typical crossover.
B
Comfort This new Tahoe is about as quiet as SUVs get. The first two rows of seats are roomy and comfy. Although the suspension is adept and well-damped over big bumps, seemingly insignificant ripples and road patches tend to give the cabin the shakes.
Seating Comfort
B
Front seats have nicely-shaped padding, stay comfy for extended periods. Second row doesn't adjust much because of folding mechanism, but they're still comfy. Third row is thin and flat.
Ride Comfort
C
Cushions sharp impacts and is resistant to large float and bounce motions. But small ripples and unseen bumps do tend to come through by way of a low-grade shake and shudder.
Quietness
A
Admirably quiet inside. Road noise is especially well controlled. New door shape with triple perimeter seal design is one of many improvements. Engine noise restrained.
B
Interior The first two rows of the 2015 Tahoe are excellent in terms of ease of use, room and access. But the rear floor is high because of the old-school solid-axle suspension, and that harms third-row legroom and cargo space.
Ergonomics
A
Telescopic wheel now available. Instrument panel includes a handy new configurable screen. Central MyLink touchscreen system vastly improved. New audio and climate control buttons/knobs are generously-sized.
Ingress/Egress
A
The central door post is 2 in. forward from last year, giving extra foot clearance and longer rear doors. Power fold-and-tumble second row makes for excellent third-row access.
Space/Room
B
Abundant front and rear leg- and headroom. Depending on seat position, driver's elbow may contact large center armrest when steering. Third-row legroom is terrible (24.8 in.) compared to competition (34-38 in.).
Visibility
B
Good view out the front and sides, thin windshield pillars. Backup camera and rear parking sensors standard on all grades. Blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert standard on LTZ. Outside mirrors are too small.
Cargo/Storage
D
Good news: the third row seats finally fold flat into the floor like everyone else's. Bad news: the floor was raised 4.3 in. to do it, reducing capacity by 14 percent. Competitors carry more, have lower load heights.
B
Value More standard features this year and build quaility is up, especially inside. MPG is class-leading compared to truck-based SUVs, so-so compared to crossovers. But it's expensive, making the old-school chassis that much harder to stomach.
Build Quality (vs. $)
B
Exterior build and paint quailty are improved, but the interior sees the the biggest steps. Material quality and the look/feel of the various buttons and knobs have made significant leaps.
Features(vs. $)
C
The 2015 Tahoe has more standard content than before and our LTZ tester had many new active safety features. But the new fold-flat third seat and cargo area are compromised by the ancient suspension beneath.
Cost
C
You'll need to bring more money to buy a 2015 Tahoe. The $62,995 base price of our LTZ is $4,000 higher than last year. Volume-selling LT price is up a similar amount.
MPG
B
Best-in-class EPA rating of 18 mpg Combined (16 City/22 Highway). We averaged 16.3 mpg over 1,600 miles with a best tank of 19.5 mpg, due to the optional short gearing. Still exceeded the Expedition and Sequoia's rated mpg.
Warranty
B
The powertrain is covered for 5 years/100,000 miles, which is great. The bumper-to-bumper warranty is rather ordinary at 3 years/36,000 miles.
Ownership
B
Scheduled maintenance (oil changes, tire rotation) is included for the first 2 years/24,000 miles. 24-hour roadside assistance lasts for 5 years/100,000 miles.
C
Fun To Drive Certain aspects of the Tahoe's performance seem designed to discourage fun, which is understandable given this truck's mission. But these measures extend too far into the realm of everyday driving to the point where they become annoying.
Driving Experience
C
Enough power and braking when you really need them but these systems feel noncommital in normal use. The Tahoe feels heavy, doesn't like to be rushed. Very quiet, though.
Personality
B
The new body has a distintive look, but still has as much towing and rough-road capability as before. It's decidedly more expensive, but it does at least look the part inside and out.
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