2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 4x4 Full Test Specs | Edmunds

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe - Road Test Specs

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV

(5.3L V8 FFV 4x4 6-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
Vehicle Type4WD 4dr 7-passenger SUV
Base MSRP$62,995
Options on test vehicleSun, Entertainment & Destinations Package ($3,255 -- includes tilt-slide power sunroof; Chevrolet MyLink radio with navigation, AM/FM stereo and CD player, five USB ports, one SD card slot and Aux jack, 12 months of Sirius/XM with NavTraffic real-time traffic updates; rear seat DVD player with remote control, 8-inch overhead display, two sets of wireless infrared headphones and auxiliary audio/video input jacks on rear of center console), Max Trailering Package ($500 -- includes 3.42 rear axle ratio; trailer brake controller; two-speed active transfer case), Theft-Deterrent Package ($395 -- includes self-powered horn; onterior movement and vehicle inclination sensors; door lock shields; glass break sensors in rear quarter glass and liftgate window), Sun, Entertainment and Destinations Package Discount (-$500)
As-tested MSRP$66,645
Assembly locationArlington, Texas
North American parts content (%)88% (60% US & Canada, 28% Mexico)


ConfigurationLongitudinal front-engine, four-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, direct-injected V8 with cylinder deactivation
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5,328/325
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainPushrod, two valves per cylinder, variable intake and exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)11.0
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)5,800
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)355 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)383 @ 4,100
Fuel typeFlex fuel (87-octane unleaded regular or E85 ethanol blend)
Transmission typeSix-speed automatic and column shifter with tow/haul mode switch and manual shift buttons on shift lever
Transmission ratios (x:1)I = 4.03, II = 2.36, III = 1.53, IV = 1.15, V = 0.85, VI = 0.67
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.42 (part of Max Trailering pkg; 3.08 otherwise std)


Suspension, frontIndependent with double-wishbones, coil springs, self-adjusting magnetorheological dampers, hollow stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearSolid axle with four trailing links, panhard rod, coil springs, self-adjusting magnetorheological dampers, hollow stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional rack-and-pinion steering
Steering ratio (x:1)17.3
Tire make and modelContinental CrossContact LX20 Eco Plus+
Tire typeAll-season M+S, low rolling resistance
Tire sizeP275/55R20 111S
Wheel size20-by-9 inches
Wheel materialPolished aluminum
Brakes, front13-by-1.2-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with dual-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear13.6-by-0.8-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.6
0-45 mph (sec.)4.7
0-60 mph (sec.)7.3
0-75 mph (sec.)11.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.3 @ 89.6
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)6.9
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.2
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.3
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)7.9
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)11.8
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)15.8 @ 89.2
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)33
60-0 mph (ft.)126
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)56.9
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON55.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.74
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.71
Sound level @ idle (dB)38.7
@ Full throttle (dB)68.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)61.0
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,750

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsWow, big lag (or lazy throttle tip-in) from a stop. Generous pedal overlap and switching to Auto 4WD reduced 0-60 time by more than a half-second. Gearing is just right for this engine (at wide-open throttle) because what doesn't feel like a very quick SUV in everyday driving proves darned quick at the drag strip.
Braking commentsThe first stop was excellent, slowing the large SUV with ease. But then each stop thereafter gobbled up a bunch more real estate, AND the rear of the truck bucked and struggled to maintain contact. Plus, the brake pedal grew more and more spongy and ineffective. Combine all that with brake pad odor, and this is not exactly what we'd call confidence-inspiring.
Handling commentsSlalom: Not nearly as athletic as a large unibody SUV, but this full-framed Tahoe shows remarkable composure here. Steering effort is on the light side, but not numb in the least and offers good precision, too. With traction control disabled, the electronic stability control (ESC) allows quite a bit of motion before trimming the heading with brakes. Going hard on the throttle (with Auto 4WD) puts ESC to rest, although it's still lingering in the background a little. With all electronic aids enabled, the ESC gets far more involved, taking the throttle away much earlier and going hard on the brakes and slowing the vehicle by as much as 10 mph. Tippy toe on that threshold, however, and it will almost allow the same speed through the cones. Skid pad: Yep, big 'ol howlin' tarz. It felt like we were punishing the Tahoe with this test, but there's more grip and less lean here than expected. Steering didn't feel as good here as it did in the slalom -- numb and springy.

Testing Conditions

Test date3/4/2014
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)57
Relative humidity (%)72
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.89
Wind (mph, direction)5.9, head and crosswind
Odometer (mi.)2,104
Fuel used for test87-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)35/35

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)Gasoline: 18 combined (16 city/22 highway); E85: 13 combined (11 city/16 highway)
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.3
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)26.0
Driving range (mi.)572

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionChevrolet MyLink Radio, AM/FM/HD Stereo with CD player and Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound 10-speaker system
iPod/digital media compatibility5 USB ports (all support iPod integration), 1 SD card slot, 1 aux jack, bluetooth streaming audio
Satellite radioStandard Sirius/XM
Rear seat video and entertainmentOptional, present
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional, present
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard
Smart entry/StartStandard (optional on LT)
Parking aidsStandard back-up camera (all), standard fr and rr sonar (optional on LT)
Blind-spot detectionStandard side and cross-traffic (optional on LT)
Adaptive cruise controlOptional, not present
Lane-departure monitoringStandard warning (also std on LT, optional on LS)
Collision warning/avoidanceStandard warning (also std on LT, optional on LS)

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)5,545
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)5,689
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)51.7/48.3
Length (in.)204.0
Width (in.)80.5
Height (in.)74.4
Wheelbase (in.)116.0
Track, front (in.)68.7
Track, rear (in.)68.7
Turning circle (ft.)39.0
Legroom, front (in.)45.3
Legroom, rear (in.)39.0
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)24.8
Headroom, front (in.)42.8
Headroom, rear (in.)38.7
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)38.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)64.8
Shoulder room, rear (in.)65.1
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)62.6
Seating capacity7
Step-in height, measured (in.)21.8
Max cargo volume behind 1st row (cu-ft)94.7
behind 2nd row (cu-ft)51.6
behind 3rd row (cu-ft)15.3
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)37.0
GVWR (lbs.)7,300
GCWR (lbs.)14,000 (not SAE certified)
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)1,715
Payload, as equipped (lbs.)1,611
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)8,300 (not SAE certified)
Tow capacity, as equipped (lbs.)8,161 (not SAE certified)
Towable by motorhomeYes, if equipped with optional two-speed transfer case (Max Trailering Pkg)
Ground clearance (in.)7.9
Approach angle (degrees)15.5
Departure angle (degrees)23.2


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion6 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance5 years/100,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenance2 years/24,000 miles

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