UPDATE: One of the black plastic pieces on the outside of the door popped off from the wind. It was easily fixed with a stronger glue. No other issues since then. This is still a great vehicle and still recommend to others interested in buying a Tahoe. ORIGINAL: Before buying this SUV you should really come to grips that you are not purchasing a sports car or sports type SUV. With that being said, I have purchased 11 vehicles over the years and I am completely satisfied with my purchase of the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe LS. The only difference between the base LS and the top of the line models is basically leather and a few extra gimmicks such as heads-up display. If you can live without the extras, the LS is the way to go for price point. Superior comfort and the cabin is surprisingly quiet. I'm 6'4" and have plenty leg room in the front and rear seat of my Tahoe. If you're in the market for a nice large SUV with plenty of room and towing capacity, I recommend looking at all trim levels of the Tahoe before jumping at the LTZ or LT because the LS might be able to satisfy what you need and save you over $20,000.00.
We traded for our Tahoe LTZ after owning a 2012 GMC Yukon XL wanting a more nimble size and updated technology. The Tahoe has really met and exceeded our expectations. It is a very luxurious vehicle and is loaded with technology that exceeds any large SUV from Ford or Lincoln. In fact is has the luxury and technology of most expensive luxury cars. The Tahoe is extremely quiet inside and the front and second row seats are quite comfortable. For four people, the Tahoe is a perfect touring vehicle, comfortable, capable and usable. The third row seating is useless however. Not only is there no room between the second row and third row seats, but the floor is also about 4-5 inches below the seat cushion. I question why GM did not utilize an independent rear suspension system like the Ford Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator to alleviate this problem. Also by building the foldable third row seat on top of the solid rear axle, they also lifted the floor of the cargo area in the back of the Tahoe to a ridiculous height to where it is difficult to lift luggage in and out. It also limits the amount of volume you actually have for luggage and cargo. Ford and Lincoln have been building their SUV's with independent rear suspensions for years and the result is lots of usable space with an actual comfortable third row seat. That is the biggest complaint we have with the Tahoe. But for driving, comfort for four and all the luxury they have, it is a hard SUV to beat. We test drove Expeditions and Navigators right along with the Tahoe and we chose the Tahoe. It drove and handled better and was much quieter on the inside. Also the unique ability to have OnStar and Wifi only cinched the deal for us. A close to perfect SUV but limited by design.
I have to admit GM did a good job with creating this 16 Tahoe, I originally had it is cousin the 2010 Yukon but got rid of it and I love it but figured it was time for a change; so I bought 2016 Tahoe LS; the other models were out of my budget. Overall, I am happy with the 16 Tahoe. I would have bought the 15 Tahoe but for a some reason General Motor thought it was a good idea to have a cell phone like screen in the LS models and not a screen that we can actually see plus the fact that in order to really utilize a navigation app (which I may add did not come with) had to plug your phone into the cigarette lighter to project the navigation tool you want to use on this IPhone like screen. By far, in my opinion was FUBAR design. The 2016 Model however has a bigger screen and the navigation system however the navigation system is offered through ONSTAR which in a way is crazy because it forces you to really have a contract with ONSTAR; so in discovering this, I asked the question after the fact, what if you don't want to afford ONSTAR, there (dealership) said you can can plug it into a USB defice and project the visual on the BIGGER screen the comes with the LS models. Overall, that is the only flaw that I have with the 2016 models; however I did give it a passing thought about getting the LT and LTZ models but after really thinking about it and test driving the other two, there was not really a whole lot of differences, except for leather seats, a couple extra speakers and a tow package.
First American car I've owned in 20 years and after 1 year, I couldn't be happier. Loved my Sequoia, but the "new" version is ugly and WAY outdated already with a terrible interior. The Tahoe feel solid, drives quiet and smooth, and has great tech, looks great inside and out. Pro's: Quality, ergonomic controls, great tech/options for the price, super comfortable, looks great! Con's: Fair MPG, I'm getting about 16 with mostly city driving. Can't get a grey leather interior (the best) with the LTZ model. Can't set temperature to hot on heater when remote starting (isn't that the point?!). Back cargo area is OK, but would be fantastic if floor wasn't raised up 5 inches.
Where do I begin!! I traded my Sequoia in for the 2016 fully loaded, every option available, Tahoe LTZ. After having it for a couple of days, I had a chance to really see the "non-thought" that went into this vehicle. This really is not a 7 passenger vehicle. I can honestly say it is a 4 vehicle passenger with very little leg room for whoever is sitting in the 2nd row. The outside of the vehicle is awesome. It's the inside that has it's faults! I have 5 kids that need to get in and out of this vehicle. (Mostly 4 of them ride with me when they need to. I have 6 kids total and thank goodness when I had them all riding with me I had the Sequoia. Tons of room and all seats were adjustable, including the third row in the Sequoia!) The seats in the Tahoe are stationary and DO NOT MOVE forward or backward to allow for ANY legroom whatsoever or even to allow passengers to get in and out of the car easily. My kids hate getting in and out of the vehicle because it is so ridiculous and they end up tripping inside the car getting to the back seat. The 2nd row seating (I have bucket seats) has NO legroom at all. The bucket seats do not adjust to sit up completely straight, so there is a lean to the seat and if you rest your back on the seat it feels like you are laying down a little bit. There is just a few inches of leg room behind the driver's seat and the front passenger seat. And if the driver adjusts his seat all the way back, well, forget it, you're down to just a couple inches of room with your knees hitting the back of the driver's seat. Not to mention, whoever gets in the second row seats has to squeeze in to begin with. NO ROOM AT ALL for passengers behind the driver and front passenger. The third row seat is pretty useless unless you have extremely small kids. It is very uncomfortable as well. The floor where the backseat is, has a platform, so you feel like your knees are up to your chin when sitting back there. If this was just a married couple with no kids, this car is perfect! You must have the headrests up when sitting in the 3rd row as well. If the headrests are up and the dvd screen is down, there is NO visibility in the rear hatch window. If the kids get out of the car and leave the headrests up, you have the blind spots in the back window, which is a pain for the driver. Also, the headrests are a little difficult to get down. Definitely would be for little kids. The lighting in this car is not very good. It is ok, very shadowy kind of lighting, but my main complaint is that there is no light in the trunk area. It is almost hard to believe Chevy did not think to put a light in the trunk. Even my sister's GMC Acadia (which cost half of the Tahoe) has a trunk light when the hatch is opened. (The back seats on the GMC are adjustable, too) The Tahoe is so dark at night in the trunk, you cannot see anything. Literally. This has been a real problem, especially coming home and I have a bunch of groceries in the back. There is not a lot of storage places, etc. in this vehicle. The storage areas in the doors are very thin and hard to get things out of if you put something in them. Not a lot of convenient storage, period. Could use more cup holders, too. If you are taking a vacation and do not have the third row seat folded down, there is room for just a couple small suitcases. My Tahoe has been to the dealership several times now regarding the radio, bluetooth and lane departure features. It would take way too long to describe the problems, but the dealership is fixing them with no questions asked and hopefully soon it will once and for all be fixed. Mainly did this review to give you a feel for the interior of the vehicle, especially if you have kids. This is a great looking vehicle and would be great for when the kids are grown up and not riding with me anymore, but until then, there are other SUV's that would have been more comfortable and more convenient than the Tahoe!!