2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

The Car Connection Expert Rating Breakdown?

7.6
on a scale of 1 to 10
Styling
7.0
Expert Rating
Performance
7.0
Expert Rating
Comfort & Quality
8.0
Expert Rating
Safety
8.0
Expert Rating
Features
8.0
Expert Rating
Fuel Economy
5.0
Expert Rating
2017
The Car Connection
2017
The Car Connection

The Car Connection Expert Review

The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe is very comfortable, capable vehicle, built on tough, traditional building blocks; and especially in the sophisticated Tahoe Hybrid, it's no dinosaur.

The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe is, in some respects, a relic—a body-on-frame sport-utility vehicle with solid truck underpinnings. But on closer look, especially in its upper trims, it's a luxury vehicle through and through. And with great chassis tuning, top-notch powertrains, good safety, and a sophisticated, 23-mpg Tahoe Hybrid model, it's not completely lost in the past.

The Tahoe carries over styling that's now several years old, but even if it's not the freshest face among full-size utes it's well-sculpted and not too overwrought. There's not much to distinguish the Tahoe Hybrid model, but it does have several subtle modifications that improve aerodynamics and reduce weight, along with a number of Hybrid badges and, inside, a different display on the console's LCD screen.

Most 2011 Chevy Tahoe models are powered by a 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, a seamless duo that provide steady and smooth acceleration with a hint of muscle car sound. The engine sports variable valve timing and E85 flexible-fuel capability, along with cylinder deactivation, which cuts power to half the cylinders in low-engine-load scenarios.

All Tahoe models are built on GM's full-size SUV platform, with a fully boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension, and rack-and-pinion steering. At its best, the Tahoe is as responsive as any 5,600-pound vehicle can be and feels much more maneuverable than it should. It's more maneuverable than it might suggest, and it holds the road fairly well, considering it is a tall, heavy vehicle with a solid rear axle.

In Hybrid models, a big 332-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8 is augmented with electric motors and battery power, using a version of the Two-Mode Hybrid system developed by GM with BMW, Daimler and Chrysler. With this system, the Tahoe can accelerate (lightly) on battery power alone or with a mix of engine and motor power.

Simple and straightforward, yet supremely comfortable is the best way to describe the Tahoe's interior. Most Tahoe models come with large, supportive front bucket seats, and in both the first and second rows there's plenty of headroom and legroom. There's a third-row seat available as well, but it's one of the more difficult of its kind, as it's hard to get into. The ride is remarkably refined overall, though with its solid rear axle, passengers will know when the rear wheels hit a rough patch

With such mammoth dimensions and a stout build, people are prone to think that the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe is a very safe pick. In this case, they're right; the Tahoe has a number of top five-star ratings from the federal government, even in the new tougher tests, and has stability control and side-curtain bags that cover all three rows.

The Chevrolet Tahoe has long ago abandoned its basic truck roots; even the base Tahoe LS comes equipped like an entry-luxury model, and while the serious towing ability is there many Tahoes are used first and foremost as tough and secure yet comfortable transportation. LT and LTZ models add more features, with the top-of-the-line LTZ getting serious load-bearing upgrades like a heavy-duty locking differential, Autoride load-leveling suspension, and 20-inch wheels, in addition to an upgraded Bose Centerpoint audio system, a nav system with voice recognition, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, remote starting, and power-adjustable pedals. Bluetooth hands-free now comes in all models.

The Tahoe Hybrid gets many of the same features as the LT, and can be equipped with LTZ features as options.

The Car Connection Consumer Review

Rate and Review your car for The Car Connection! Tell us your own ratings for a vehicle you own. Rate your car on Performance, Safety, Features and more.
Write a Review
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD 4-Door LTZ

Just a GREAT GREAT Vehicle!!

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
It's the best vehicle i have ever owned. Fun to drive and the best look Tahoe ever made.
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Yes
Monday, July 6, 2015
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe 2WD 4-Door LTZ

I love this LTZ!!

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
This vehicle may be the best vehicle I have ever owned, and I've owned some Cadillacs! I get a lot of compliments. I love to show off the retractable running boards. This Tahoe has features like Rain-Sense... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Yes
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
2001 Chevrolet Tahoe 4-Door LT

The Best Vehicle I Have Ever Owned

  • Overall Rating
  • Interior/Exterior
  • Performance
  • Comfort and Quality
  • Safety
  • Features
  • Fuel Economy / MPG
  • Reliability
I has 240k miles on it. It has been extremely reliable. Only normal wear and tear work has been required. Its so practical for towing my boat, carrying up to 8 adults, hauling loads (it's my truck) and... + More »
people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful? Yes
See all user reviews »
Looking for other models of the Chevrolet Tahoe?
Read reviews & get prices
Compare the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe against the competition
Compare All Cars
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
See More Used
s