2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

  • Roomy interior for passengers and cargo
  • Smooth ride
  • Easy-to-use touchscreen
  • Newly available diesel engine
  • Uncomfortable front and second-row seats
  • Interior control layout isn't particularly intuitive
  • Some interior materials seem downmarket for the price
  • Low handling limits
  • The Chevrolet Tahoe has been fully redesigned
  • Longer, larger and more spacious than the previous Tahoe
  • New optional 3.0-liter diesel engine
  • Independent rear suspension for better handling and ride comfort
  • This marks the first year for the Tahoe's fifth generation

The Tahoe is one of the few truck-based SUVs still around. But being truck-based can't be an excuse for being behind the times. The previous-generation Tahoe offered plenty of towing capacity but came up short in refinement, versatility and features. This year's redesigned 2021 Tahoe has addressed many of those shortcomings.

On the inside, the new Tahoe has more rear legroom, particularly for the third row. Max cargo room gets a significant boost, going from 94.7 cubic feet last year to 122.9 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. The Tahoe also gets an independent rear suspension for the first time. As a result, the new Tahoe rides more smoothly over bumps and around turns than the old Tahoe, which had a traditional solid-axle rear suspension.

A more car-like three-row crossover SUV such as Chevy's Traverse will still be easier to drive and get you better fuel economy. But along with the Ford Expedition and the Tahoe's corporate twin, the GMC Yukon, the 2021 Tahoe is worth checking out for a roomy three-row SUV with stout towing and hauling capabilities. Read our Expert Rating for our in-depth evaluation and test results on a 2021 Tahoe.

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The redesigned Tahoe has big improvements in ride comfort, technology and convenience features. But overly firm seats and a puzzling interior layout mean there's less useful storage than you might expect for such a big vehicle. Still, family haulers don't get much more modern and capable than this.
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.

Navigating city streets with the Tahoe is easy thanks to its tight turning circle and light steering. The 10-speed automatic transmission shifts promptly and unobtrusively. But the Tahoe's light steering is vague, especially at higher speeds, and the Tahoe makes it clear that you're driving a large SUV and should probably take it easy around corners.

When equipped with the optional Z71 package, the Tahoe benefits from its height-adjustable air suspension and good approach and departure angles. It's quite capable in moderate off-roading situations.
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.

The Tahoe's multi-zone climate control system's effectiveness does not disappoint; heating and cooling are effective for all three rows. We're less fond of the smaller climate control buttons in the front and the excessive noise of the rear climate system, especially if you're sitting in the third row. Another source of elevated noise is the windshield. It produced a distinct roar at highway speeds.
The wide-opening doors offer easy access to front and rear seats, and even third-row passengers have ample headroom to get to their seats. The driver's seat and steering wheel have a wide range of adjustment to suit a variety of drivers. Visibility is generally good, though the tall front end can make it nearly impossible to see obstacles closer than 6 feet away. Thankfully, the Tahoe offers an excellent multi-view camera system to make parking in the tight spots a breeze.

Our biggest complaint is the Tahoe's inefficient use of space. The dash-mounted push-button shifter has forced many secondary controls to be relocated and bunched together, for example, and the redundant controls for the audio system and touchscreen take up too much prime dashboard real estate. The Tahoe's steering wheel-mounted controls aren't very intuitive either.
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.

You'll find plenty of charging ports through the cabin, but if you opt for the power center console, those charge ports are moved to the same bin that holds the wireless charging pad. That creates a somewhat inconvenient mess of wires.

Our Z71-equipped test vehicle did not offer adaptive cruise control, which is a bit of an oversight for a nearly $70,000 SUV. We also found the lane-keeping assist system to be slow to respond and inconsistent. Another disappointment: Our test Tahoe's stability control system was poorly calibrated. It was prone to overreacting when going around turns and dramatically reduced the vehicle's speed far beyond what we thought was necessary.
Thanks to the new independent rear suspension and larger overall dimensions, the new Tahoe can hold 25.5 cubic feet of stuff behind the third-row seats compared to the predecessor's 15.3 cubic feet. The maximum capacity grows to 122.9 cubic feet, larger than last year's Suburban.

The driver and front passenger have little in the way of small-item storage, with only two cupholders and a bin that, depending on your options, may or may not be a wireless charging pad. The center console isn't as big as we expected either and is lined with hard plastic. Chevrolet did give the Tahoe a lot of door pocket storage, with the front doors getting three tiers for your personal items. Second-row passengers lack a center console but also get ample storage in the door pockets.

When properly equipped, the Tahoe can tow up to 8,400 pounds. Our 4WD Z71-equipped test vehicle was rated to tow 8,200 pounds, though we think the 5.3-liter V8 might be pretty strained doing so. Consider getting the more powerful 6.2-liter V8 or more frugal diesel six-cylinder if you plan on doing a lot of towing. For comparison, Ford's Expedition can tow up to 9,000 pounds.
The EPA estimates a 4WD Tahoe will get 18 mpg combined with the 5.3-liter V8, which is an average figure for a big SUV. On our 115-mile evaluation route, our test Tahoe returned 17.8 mpg, nearly matching the EPA's estimates.

It should also be noted the 5.3-liter engine in the Tahoe does not require premium gasoline, while the Expedition recommends it. Chevrolet offers a more powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine that is estimated to get 17 mpg combined. There's also an available diesel engine that's good for an impressive 24 mpg.
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.

The Tahoe's bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties are fairly standard at three years/36,000 miles and five years/60,000 miles, respectively. More impressive are Chevy's five years/60,000 miles of roadside assistance and year of free scheduled maintenance.
People expect comfort, capability and convenience with a large SUV, and the Chevrolet Tahoe delivers. Its redesigned rear suspension offers better interior space, increased cargo volume and a smoother ride over a wide variety of surfaces. In short, it does a better job at being the family workhorse.

Chevrolet Tahoe models

The 2021 Tahoe is offered in six trim levels: the LS, LT, RST, Z71, Premier and High Country. The standard engine on the Tahoe is a 5.3-liter V8 (355 horsepower, 383 lb-ft) mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is available on all trim levels (standard on the Z71). Two other engines are also available:

For the High Country trim only, Chevy swaps in a 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp, 460 lb-ft). There's also an optional turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel engine (277 hp, 460 lb-ft). It won't be available at the start of the Tahoe's production run, but eventually Chevy will offer it on every Tahoe trim except the Z71.

LS
Starts you off with features such as:

  • LED headlights
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Eight-passenger seating (2-3-3); front-row bench seat is optional on LS only
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

LT
Adds to the LS with:

  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Leather upholstery
  • Nine-speaker Bose audio system
  • Driver-seat memory settings and heated front seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

RST
Includes these features:

  • 22-inch wheels
  • Unique front fascia and black exterior trim
  • Special RST seats with contrasting stitching

Z71
Adds extra off-road capability with:

  • Unique front fascia to improve the Tahoe's approach angle
  • Two-speed transfer case (for low-range gearing)
  • Hill descent control
  • All-terrain tires
  • Front skid plate and tow hooks

Premier
Steps up the standard equipment by including:

  • Magnetically controlled shock absorbers (better ride and handling capabilities)
  • 8-inch digital instrument panel
  • 10-speaker Bose audio system
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Second-row bucket seats (drops capacity to seven passengers)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the car back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Blind-spot monitor (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane over is in your blind spot)

High Country
Adds more luxury with:

  • 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Head-up display
  • Rear pedestrian alert system
  • Special grille with bronze accents

Many of the features on the higher trim levels are available as options on the lower trims. Other significant options, depending on the trim level, include:

  • Max Trailering package
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Rear entertainment system
  • Traffic-adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the Tahoe and the car in front)
  • Air suspension (can raise or lower the ride height of the vehicle)
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Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 3.2 stars
29 total reviews
5 star reviews: 34%
4 star reviews: 17%
3 star reviews: 14%
2 star reviews: 7%
1 star reviews: 28%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

3/5 stars, Wait it out
HustleJE,
Premier 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A)
Purchased a 2021 Tahoe Premier in early October, it has already been in the shop once and is about to go back in. With this new model, there are several issues and bugs already popping up. The first issue we had was an improperly installed front bumper sensor that was not seated flush on the bumper. When you pushed it with your finger, it pushed all the way into the bumper. Chevy had to rip off a bumper from another Tahoe on the lot to install on mine. This week, we have received two error messages on the dashboard: - "Service Safety Restraint System" - "Check Reverse Lamp" when putting vehicle in reverse. I called our dealer and this is a known issue with the 2021's. We are now working on a gameplan to get these issues, plus 1 other bulletin/recall related to the braking system resolved. While I love the interior and exterior look of the new Tahoe, I'd wait for these current and future bugs to be resolved. This is by far the worst experience I've had with a brand new car.
1/5 stars, Total LEMON!!!
Barry Burks, Little Rock Arkan,
LS 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A)
Bought 2 months ago. Been in shop 1 month. 9 problems after driving off the lot!!! 2021 Tahoe: 1. Brakes recall 2. Key fob not found while driving 3. Right rear door handle cable broken 4. Service Safety Restraint System light on 5. Steering column box replaced 6. Rear power outlet not working 7. Title or vin number incorrect. Shows preowned!! 8. Rear window sensor out 9. Rear wipers don't work RIDICULOUS!!!!
1/5 stars, Do Not Buy!
mslcott,
Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A)
As a previous reviewer said, there are still kinks that need to be worked out on this car. I purchased a new 2021 Tahoe Premier thinking it would be the perfect family car for us. Well, it has already spent 6 days in the shop since I bought it in September which is more than my last 3 cars combined over the last 10 years. Oh, and this was the most expensive of them all! There are electrical and satellite issues that Chevrolet can't seem to fix and since they can't duplicate it...the problem must not exist. I was told that only to have another dealer tell me that some of them are having this problem. The screen occasionally goes black and in some cases I lose all sound, to include radio, satellite, turn signals, etc. Oh, and that's after the satellite module has already been replaced.
5/5 stars, Finally
Ufcwarrior1081,
Premier 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A)
The 2021 Chevy Tahoe is a nice change from the 4th gen model and offers Tahoe lovers a wealth of options in the premier , but the new sun roof , cameras, and passenger room make the this baby well worth the price . Rating 9 out 10 due to the gas mileage (it’s 2021 can you offer me 25 mpg?) I

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe videos

CARLOS LAGO: Hey, Carlos Lago with Edmunds, here. That's the 2021 Ford Expedition, and that's the new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe. These are the biggest, baddest, and most capable family/toy haulers you can get. Inside you would expect them to have enough room and comfort for the family, enough cargo storage and solutions for all the family stuff, on-road performance and refinement so that they drive satisfyingly, and enough towing capabilities so they can carry the toys with them, too. Now in this video, we're going to cover their respective features, their pros and cons, and at the end, explain why you might choose one over the other. If you like videos like this one, give us a like and also tell us in the comments below. We really appreciate it. Check out some of the links in the description to learn more about these vehicles, and also visit Edmunds.com/SellMyCar to get an instant cash offer on your car, truck, or SUV. Now each of these SUVs start at really attractive base prices in the mid $50,000 range, although the average transaction price-- or what people pay at the dealership on average-- is closer to $65,000. These two, as we have them, though, are top-of-the-line, fully-loaded trim levels with four wheel drive and all kinds of other goodies, so their as-tested prices are roughly 80 grand each. Now beyond similarities in pricing, these two also line up with all the other configurations in terms of seating, power, capability, interior experience, and so on. So let's start out by talking about the differences that you'll find inside of each one. Hopping into the Tahoe for the first time, you're greeted with a large, generally highly-functional interior that has a ton of space and storage options. The appearance-- you might debate back and forth about whether this is worth 80 grand or not on the face of it, just in terms of aesthetics. But in terms of functionality, I think you have a lot of things to like, here. You have options to control everything through physical buttons, voice controls, or the touch screen, as well. That's nice. Now one thing the Tahoe has going for it is available nine-passenger seating, and you get that on the base LS trim level. And that's the only way you can get a front bench. So if your family requirements are to replicate a clown car experience, that's the trim level that you got to go with. The rest have captain's chairs set up like this. In terms of technology features, this generation of Tahoe is newer than that generation of Expedition, so it benefits from having more advanced stuff, essentially. This screen for example is 10.2 inches. It's a big screen, and that's standard on all Tahoes. And in it you have wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, wireless charging, you've got USB hookups, USB-C hookups-- plenty of places to connect all your gear. A lot of storage options in this from the door pocket to the center console, but there are a few weird things that stick out with functionality. This shifter, for example, is fussy and needlessly complicated, to put it bluntly. It's a mixture of buttons and levers in order to change gear. And while you can learn it and figure out how to use it fluidly, it does make a three-point turn on a really busy street needlessly stressful. And while there are lots of storage solutions, one that kind of sticks out weirdly is this guy right here. It's a large, deep pocket that we couldn't really figure out a use for. And so we put a bag of Skittles in there, so that's our de facto Skittles holder now. And lastly, the center console is fairly deep in terms of storage, but it's very big, so you might be wondering what's going on here. Well, it actually slides back, like so. And that's good if you want to put a handbag right here, because you can still slide this part forward and use that as your arm rest. This position also gives the second row access those cup holders, and you get more storage down here. This is a complicated, large solution, though, to interior storage, and you can't help but wonder if there was a way to design this without a motorized section-- if there was a way to maintain the storage abilities that you have here. Overall, though, this is a generally pleasing and really functional interior that should satisfy the needs of most families. The front row of this Expedition makes a really nice first appearance, although there are some trade-offs versus the Tahoe. For example, the layout appears to be a little dated, mostly because this screen is smaller than what you get in the Tahoe. But in my view, the appearance of the materials are a bit nicer, specifically the leather and the wood material in the center console. These are massive SUVs, so both of them have a ton of space in the front row. That's not really a big concern, here. But you'll notice that, again, this screen is just older in appearance versus what you get in the Tahoe. It's still supports Apple CarPlay, it still supports Android Auto, but both have to be wired. But you do get wireless charging underneath this area here, and modern USB hookups like USB, the traditional kind, and USB-C, as well. Storage is straightforward and very, very generous. You have a similar front console setup with a storage area here, cup holders here, and a big, deep storage area here. But there are fewer, which you might call gimmicks, inside this front row. For example, the shifter-- it's funny to say this is not a gimmick, because it seemed like it was when it first came out. But it's a wheel instead of the Tahoe's button-toggle setup. And although this is still not preferable versus a shifter to my use in the way I like to use SUVs, this is certainly easier than the Tahoe's shifter design. The console for storage is just the console. It doesn't move around. It doesn't slide. So there's less configurations, but the space is generous. Overall, this is a more simple interior, less stuff and a little bit dated, but that might be more functional to some shoppers. Hopping into the second row of the Tahoe, you're going to find-- guess what? Generous interior space. That's going to be a recurring theme for both of these SUVs. The Tahoe, like the Expedition, is available with the second row bench seat. This one has the captain's chairs. And in terms of interior roominess, there's plenty of shoulder room and leg room for people of all sizes. Headroom in the Tahoe is a little bit less than the Expedition, especially with this sunroof. So if you're taller than me at 5' 10", or have people who are sitting in the second row who are taller than 5' 10", that might be an issue. With regard to seat adjustments, I can slide the second row forward or back to change the leg room I have. And I can also recline the seat to make things a little bit more comfortable for me, too. That's all nice, well, and good. There is no center console here, but I do have a split-level door with additional storage there and a map pocket up front, of course. The center console has a couple of different hookups for different devices. You've got HDMI-in, USB-C, as well, and a 120 volt outlet. That's great, because it all ties in with this optional rear-seat entertainment display, which can receive the sources that you plug in through those inputs and it goes from different-- you can plug in different sources to left and right, or driver and passenger side monitors. That's great if you want to bring along a Nintendo Switch and have the second row enjoy using that while on the road trip. You can also use this screen to suggest navigation prompts to the front. That's a pretty cool idea. So for the second row in the Tahoe, there's generally really good comfort, pretty good space, and a lot of neat technology things to go for it here, too. Getting in the second row of the Expedition-- guess what? A lot of space in here. These are big SUVs with plenty of room for front and second row occupants. This Expedition obviously has the captain's chair set up, which gives you a nice, cozy armrest to get comfy. I can adjust the seat fore-aft for additional or less leg room, depending on how much I like the people in the third row. I can also recline the seat just like the Tahoe, as well, to make things a little bit more comfortable. This Expedition was not equipped with the optional rear headrest entertainment system that is available on this that is also available on the Tahoe, but we'll skip over that now because we don't have it in front of us to talk about. In terms of entertainment options, though, you do have USB. You have USB-C hookups, you have a 120 volt outlet, and you've got a 12 volt port, as well, for power and device connectivity. From back here, rear passengers, just like the Tahoe, can adjust the climate settings. But you also have the ability, here, to play with the audio settings for the front row, much to the likely annoyance of the people in the first row. But overall, this is a comfortable, spacious place to be that should get very few complaints from the passengers. Now I'm going to show you what it takes to get in the third row of the Tahoe by dropping the seat and climbing in myself. So pull this lever twice, it flips up out of the way, and you climb in. And then John is going to shut the door and move the seat back to a position that people would actually sit at. And as you can see, space is OK back here. My knees are touching the seat back, but third rows are generally designed and used for kids. So I'm an average size adult and I fit in here. That's fine for me, but that means it's going to plenty of room for normal-sized kids. Also a USB-C port and a cup holder back here, as well. To get out, there's a button on the side that I'm going to press to drop the seat to that position, and then I'll pull this to flip it up, and then I'm free to get out as soon as mom opens the door. Now I'm going to get in the third row of the Expedition. Instead of the seat flipping down flat and lifting up, instead the seat actually moves forward and slides up like that. Just kind of a difference in process. Once I get it back in place, I don't need help from our lovely assistant because the seat goes back to its normal position. I have a pretty decent amount of space back here, similar to that of the Tahoe. Again, third rows are primarily used by kids, so not too big of an issue. But if you do have to fit a larger person back here, they're going to appreciate that the third row reclines. Now they might hit their head on the back here, but it's going to make things a little bit more comfortable for them. In terms of power outputs, you have the older kind of USB hookups back here, as well as a 12 volt power outlet over my right shoulder. Looking at the Tahoe's cargo area, per row, on paper, when it comes to specs, you have more storage space than you do in the Exhibition by anywhere between 5 to 15 cubic feet, approximately speaking. When you look at the space, it actually doesn't look that significant, but there is more here. Underneath this floor you have kind of a shallow area to hide additional equipment. And then you have a 120 volt outlet underneath this flap, here. Let's drop all the seat rows so you can see what that looks like. The third row, you can only drop one seat at a time, but they do fall pretty quickly. The second row drops very quickly, as well, and you end up with a large, generally flat area for whatever you want to haul. With the Expedition, you have less cargo volume on paper versus the Tahoe, but there are some nifty tricks in here that we'll talk about later. Underneath this area, you have a storage well that is slightly deeper than the Tahoe, but half as wide. So the space-- whether you get any more or not is kind of debatable. Dropping the seats-- one button press to drop. They are motorized, but they do take longer than the Tahoe. There's also no 120 volt outlet back here, but there is a 12 volt. Those drop down very quick. The really nifty thing is back related to this thing. This flips in a couple of different ways to do some neat tricks. Those drop down, that rests in here, and you have a cargo shelf that's great when the third row is up, because let's say you have a lot of short items that need to be stored and you have a lot of people that you want to carry. You've doubled the amount of space that you have to offer. The other neat thing this does is act as a barrier. So if you have a bunch of stuff in here that's going to roll around, when you've parked, open this up, this is going to prevent it from falling out. So less cargo space on paper, but a really neat tray system that almost balances that out. Let's talk about towing. Now, as always, max tow ratings vary depending on the configuration and options of your vehicle. In the case of these SUVs, each one offers a tow package that obviously improves their capabilities, and it does so with an integrated trailer brake controller, an upgraded radiator, a couple other things, as well as driver aids specifically for towing. Now with that tow package equipped, the Expedition has a higher max tow rating than any Tahoe with its tow package equipped-- somewhere between 800 to 1,000 pounds. So long story short, with a tow package, Expedition has more bragging rights when it comes to max towing. Let's talk engines. With the Expedition, your only choice is a twin-turbo 3 and 1/2 liter V6, but it comes with two different power outputs. At the highest trim level-- the platinum, like we have here-- it's 400 horsepower. But all of their Expeditions have 375 horsepower. The Tahoe has more engine options available-- two V8s and 3-liter turbo diesel 6 cylinder. But there are limitations on which trim level you can get which engine with. For example, the 6.2-liter V8, which is the bigger, more powerful V8 of the two, is only available in the High Country trim that we have here. Also, you can't get the turbo diesel with the Z71 off-road trim, because the engine hangs too low. Most Tahoes will have a 5.3-liter V8 that makes 355 horsepower, and on paper, that's certainly less than what you get with any engine in the Expedition. Now as for fuel economy, the Expedition is rated at 19 MPG combined, regardless of configuration. For comparison, the Tahoe with the 5.3-liter V8, the more comparable engine, it's rated at 18 MPG combined, also regardless of configuration. In our experience, it is harder to achieve that EPA figure in the Ford Expedition than it is to achieve that figure in a Tahoe, so that one MPG difference really doesn't matter. If you want the most fuel economy you can get, though, you want the turbo diesel in the Tahoe because that's rated at either 22 or 24 MPG combined, depending on if you get four-wheel-drive or two-wheel-drive. When it comes to driving the Expedition, the biggest, most clearest advantage this has over the Tahoe is the engine. Listen to this. Actually, maybe not listen. But if you can sense that acceleration, it's very strong and it feels very good. That is, of course, when you've matted the gas pedal. When you're driving around normally, this engine feels like it has more power at lower engine speeds, and the shifts feel-- with that added power, they feel a bit more smooth. So this thing, at lower speeds, is both more smooth and feels more powerful, too, and that's a nice advantage to have. Of course, you're lacking a V8 sound track, but when it comes to that sensation of acceleration, this smoothness and this power I'd happily take versus the Tahoe. The other thing that I like about driving this Expedition is the visibility, at least the forward visibility, seems to be a bit better, as well. Whether it actually is or not is up for debate. But from what I perceive from the driver's seat, this dash appears to be lower and shorter in length, so that gives me a better command over the road in front of me. One thing I like that the Expedition does, as well, is that I can't lower the third row from the driver's seat but I can drop the headrest, and that's going to clear up my rear view mirror from the obstructions that the headrest normally have. The visibility seems stronger from the driver's seat of the Expedition. And that's important, because the exterior camera system in this isn't as robust or as high resolution as what you get in the Tahoe. It's functional, sure. It still tells you everything you need to know, but it's just not as nice as the Tahoe's. That gets back to this screen, and I'm looking forward to the day that Ford adds the larger screen that we've seen in the new F-150 to the Expedition. Overall, though, this is a very easy, large SUV to drive, easy to maintain in your lane, and the power from that turbo V6 is really nice to explore. Granted I'm driving the high-end Expedition with the most powerful V6 you can get, of course it's going to feel good. But it is a nicer offering than what you get in the Tahoe with regard to power delivery and how that power feels. That seems to be the biggest strength of this SUV on the road. The Expedition has the nicer feeling power train around town, but you've got to love the sound of a 6.2-liter V8. That's just satisfying. The Tahoe's advantage over the Expedition is definitely ride handling and comfort. This is a smoother, softer ride overall versus the Expedition, with less vibration, less ride frequency coming in and shaking things around. One of the key differences between these two is how they option their suspension. While both these SUVs are available with adaptive dampers on most versions, the Tahoe goes a step further by offering air springs on both the Z71 and High-Country trim levels. These air springs further improve ride quality and have benefits like being able to lower the Tahoe for better aerodynamics or easier access, or lift it up for improved ground clearance. In total, though, this makes for a more comfortable ride in the Tahoe. And that also relates to seat comfort. When you hop in the Expedition, you find that the seats are very soft. When you hop in the Tahoe, you find the seats are very firm. That would make you think that the Expedition seats are more comfortable, but the longer you ride in the Expedition, you realize that that softness helps balance the additional bumps from the ride, whereas the firmness in this Tahoe feels less comfortable at first, but you realize it works over time. How that will show up to you, you really need to sit in the seats to determine for yourself. But that's been my experience. I like that the Tahoe I can raise and lower the third rows when I'm stopped with these buttons up here. I can't drop the headrests individually, though. Another thing you notice driving the two back-to-back is that the Tahoe has a seemingly harder front view to look out of. Part of that has to do with the height of the dash, or what you perceive to be the height of the dash, and also the length of the dash. The front view doesn't seem to be as spacious or as forgiving as it does in the Expedition. On the contrary, you have a more sophisticated exterior camera system available in the Tahoe-- higher resolution, more angles, and that gives you plenty of clearance when you're navigating tight parking lots. On top of that, to me, the ride and handling of the Tahoe also makes this an easier vehicle to maintain in its lane when you're driving on normal city streets or on the freeway. And that's an important attribute to have when you're talking about SUVs this large. So it might be a push between the two when it comes visibility and overall driving experience. Expedition has a nicer engine, Tahoe has a nicer ride, steering, and handling, and comfort really depends on what you seek out of your seats. I'll just say I also like the fact that this Tahoe has a head-up display. I'm a big fan of those. I wish more cards had them. So which one of these SUVs should you get? Well, in our rankings, these are the two best in the full-size SUV segment, but the Expedition has a slight edge. It's so close, though, that in reality, there are plenty of reasons why you might choose one over the other. Let's start with the Chevy Tahoe. It has more engines available-- two V8s and a turbo diesel. It rides and handles better, and the interior has more space in terms of cubic feet. You also get newer and more modern technology appointments because it's a newer generation vehicle. The Expedition is a bit more simple, and that can be more appealing to some people. There's fewer power trains available, and what is there is actually really good-- stronger than most of the V8 offerings in the Tahoe. You have a more functional interior with less-- let's say, gimmickry-- and ultimately, a higher tow rating. 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Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$48,000
MPG & Fuel
16 City / 20 Hwy / 18 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 28.0 gal. capacity
Seating
9 seats
Drivetrain
Type: rear wheel drive
Transmission: 10-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
V8 cylinder
Horsepower: 355 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque: 383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 210.7 in. / Height: 75.8 in. / Width: N/A
Curb Weight: 5473 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 25.5 cu.ft.
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Our experts’ favorite Tahoe safety features:

Forward Collision Alert
Warns you to take action to avoid colliding with a vehicle or other object in front of the SUV.
Lane Keep Assist
Alerts you when the SUV drifts out of its lane and delivers steering input to keep the vehicle in its lane.
Safety Alert Seat
Vibrates the driver's seat cushion when the crash avoidance tech detects a situation that may need your attention.

NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover3 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover21.2%


Chevrolet Tahoe vs. the competition

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2020 Ford Expedition

2020 Ford Expedition

Chevrolet Tahoe vs. Ford Expedition

On its debut, the redesigned Ford Expedition essentially stole the Tahoe's lunch money, offering more interior space, a significantly better ride and higher maximum towing capacity. But the redesigned Tahoe now has more interior space, greater cargo capacity, a significantly improved ride as well as an optional diesel engine, not available in the Ford.

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Chevrolet Tahoe vs. GMC Yukon

Under the sheet metal, the GMC Yukon is essentially the identical twin to the Chevy Tahoe. And like the Tahoe, the Yukon has received a much-needed redesign for 2021. The Yukon adds touches of luxury through better materials and extra features, but it winds up costing more without it being a substantially different vehicle.

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Chevrolet Tahoe vs. Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse could be of interest if a seven-passenger SUV makes the most sense for your family but you'd rather not drive something as big as a full-size truck. All three rows are roomy for adults, and we're fans of the infotainment system and the standard Wi-Fi hotspot. It's just a shame some of the interior plastics are such poor quality.

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FAQ

Is the Chevrolet Tahoe a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Tahoe both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.4 out of 10. You probably care about Chevrolet Tahoe fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Tahoe gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg to 18 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Tahoe has 25.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Tahoe. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe:

  • The Chevrolet Tahoe has been fully redesigned
  • Longer, larger and more spacious than the previous Tahoe
  • New optional 3.0-liter diesel engine
  • Independent rear suspension for better handling and ride comfort
  • This marks the first year for the Tahoe's fifth generation
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Is the Chevrolet Tahoe reliable?

To determine whether the Chevrolet Tahoe is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Tahoe. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Tahoe's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Tahoe and gave it a 7.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Tahoe is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe?

The least-expensive 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Fleet 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $48,000.

Other versions include:

  • Z71 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $59,200
  • LT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $56,800
  • LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $53,800
  • Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $65,600
  • High Country 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $72,600
  • Premier 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $62,600
  • High Country 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $69,600
  • LS 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $49,000
  • RST 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $57,100
  • RST 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $60,100
  • LS 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $52,000
  • Fleet 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $48,000
  • Fleet 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) which starts at $51,000
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What are the different models of Chevrolet Tahoe?

If you're interested in the Chevrolet Tahoe, the next question is, which Tahoe model is right for you? Tahoe variants include Z71 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A), LT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A), LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A), and Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A). For a full list of Tahoe models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Overview

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is offered in the following submodels: Tahoe SUV. Available styles include Z71 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A), LT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A), LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A), Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A), High Country 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A), Premier 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A), High Country 4dr SUV (6.2L 8cyl 10A), LS 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A), RST 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A), LS 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A), RST 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A), Fleet 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A), and Fleet 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A).

What do people think of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Tahoe 3.2 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Tahoe.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Tahoe featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe?

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $51,885. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) is trending $1,693 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,693 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $50,192.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) is 3.3% below the MSRP.

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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $60,215. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) is trending $2,119 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,119 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $58,096.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) is 3.5% below the MSRP.

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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $63,975. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) is trending $2,126 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,126 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $61,849.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A) is 3.3% below the MSRP.

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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $65,185. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) is trending $2,267 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,267 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $62,918.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) is 3.5% below the MSRP.

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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $72,400. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) is trending $3,073 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,073 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $69,327.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 10A) is 4.2% below the MSRP.

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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A)

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $80,570. The average price paid for a new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) is trending $3,268 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,268 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $77,302.

The average savings for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country 4dr SUV 4WD (6.2L 8cyl 10A) is 4.1% below the MSRP.

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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Fleet 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 10A)

Which 2021 Chevrolet Tahoes are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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