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The Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size SUV that uses many of the same components from the GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, and the Chevy Silverado. Although it may seem outdated, the V-8 drivetrain provides the Tahoe with great off-road and towing capability. A new generation of Tahoe is due for arrival soon. For more details on prices, options, and specifications, see our full review of the 2014 Chevy... Read More Below »
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The Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size SUV that uses many of the same components from the GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, and the Chevy Silverado. Although it may seem outdated, the V-8 drivetrain provides the Tahoe with great off-road and towing capability. A new generation of Tahoe is due for arrival soon.

For more details on prices, options, and specifications, see our full review of the 2014 Chevy Tahoe. And check out The Car Connection's coverage of the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Tahoe's been a survivor because of its no-nonsense design and its durability. It's a competitor for the likes of the Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia and the Ford Expedition--but really, nothing has sold as well as GM's Chevy Tahoe/Suburban and GMC Yukon lineup. The Tahoe even can be seen as a competitor for vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, pitching its Tahoe Hybrid against the Benz's BlueTEC diesel.

The Tahoe, Chevy's newest SUV nameplate, arrived in the 1995 model year, replacing the Blazer badge and was teamed with a four-door model. Based on the big GM trucks, the Tahoe was powered in most cases by a big 5.7-liter V-8. A turbodiesel version found few applications and few buyers. In this generation, sold until the 1998 model year, GM added a driver-side airbag and a luxury-trim Limited package, which was sold in the 2000 model year. This version overlapped with the entirely new "GMT800" Chevy Tahoe, which was new for the 2000 model year.

The 2000-2006 Chevy Tahoe again offered a choice of V-8 engines, either a 4.8-liter V-8 or a 5.3-liter V-8, separated only by 10 horsepower. A four-speed automatic took care of shifting in all versions, and the Tahoe came in rear- or four-wheel-drive versions. A more genteel look wasn't quite matched by a lackluster interior, but with good towing capacity and additions like stability control and more airbags, the Tahoe rode the SUV wave of popularity to become a best seller in the Chevy truck lineup.

GM advanced its plans to replace the GMT800 trucks and SUVs with a GMT900 family of vehicles--and the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe proved the move worthy in mechanical terms, even if SUV sales were about to fall off a proverbial cliff. The new Tahoe's crisp lines, and improved body rigidity lent it a mature, even sophisticated look--one matched by a handsome interior. All the towing and hauling capability carried over, with a more comfortable five- or six-seat interior package--but the powertrains got a fuel-economy boost that was offset on the marketing side by the addition of a 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8.

The Tahoe Hybrid was introduced for 2009. With a big 332-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 and a version of the Two-Mode Hybrid system that GM pioneered with BMW, Daimler, and Chrysler, it manages as high as 20 mpg city, 23 highway. The Hybrid's packaging is essentially the same battery pack situated under the second-row seats, and it can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

In recent years, changes have been minimal to the Tahoe lineup. Trailer Sway Control was added for 2012, and Powertrain Grade Braking is a new addition for 2013; both may enhance towing stability and safety. In our most recent full review of the 2013 Chevy Tahoe, we gave the vehicle a rating of 7.4 out of 10.

New versions of the SUVs, and other GM full-size trucks and SUVs, are expected in the 2014 model year. First up are the revamped 2014 Chevy Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra; stay tuned for more on the next Tahoe and Suburban later in 2013.

Used Chevrolet Tahoe Models

The Chevrolet Tahoe is a large, capable SUV. On the market since 1995, even early models can be good workhorses thanks to durable truck-based construction and strong engines. Tahoes from 2000-present were offered with a 5.3-liter V-8 engine that has been known to have some oil burning issues, so a thorough mechanic's check-up is warranted, but otherwise, reliability is good. A hybrid version introduced in 2009 is also available, offering slightly better gas mileage at 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The 6.2-liter V-8 from the Cadillac Escalade was offered as an option on some models, but it was only rarely selected by buyers, and could end up being more expensive to maintain as it ages. Buyers interested in the Tahoe should also look into the nearly identical GMC Yukon.
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