In a market where many buyers looking for the size and comfort of a full-size SUV have gone over to the crossover segment, there is still a place for a hard-working, full-powered, full-size SUV. This is particularly true for those looking for high-end towing power.
For these buyers, the Chevrolet Tahoe is still the go-to choice and the bestseller in the segment. With seating capacity for up to nine and towing power of more than 8,500 pounds when equipped with the proper towing packages, the 2015 Tahoe still has much to offer.
What's New for 2015
Chevrolet has given the Tahoe a full redesign for the 2015 model year, improving fuel economy and adding horsepower along the way. They’ve upped the convenience factor by converting the third-row seat to a fold-flat version rather than the previous model that had to be removed to use that space for bulky cargo. There’s also an upgraded electronics interface with an 8-inch color touchscreen and—only for the LTZ—standard adaptive magnetic shock absorbers that improve handling.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Tahoe
You’ll have quite a few choices as you put together a Tahoe that suits your needs and preferences exactly. There are three trim levels—LT, LS and LTZ—that grow progressively more luxurious while maintaining the hard-working features that you are also looking for.
All Tahoes come equipped with a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine that produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque for those heavy-duty towing occasions, and all models feature a six-speed automatic transmission. You’ll need to decide whether you want to go with two-wheel or four-wheel drive, a choice that you can happily make based primarily on your needs since fuel economy for both modes is virtually identical with 18 mpg in combined driving.
Choosing which trim level you want gets more complicated. Not only does each level have an attractive array of standard features, there are also a number of optional choices for each level.
Trailering packages and an engine block heater are among the options available at all trim levels.
The Tahoe offers something for everyone—whether getting good value in the base LS or enjoying Cadillac-like luxury in the less flashy guise of an LTZ. Let your budget and your needs be your guide.
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