Offering excellent performance from a fuel-efficient V8 and plenty of room for up to nine passengers, the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe is an SUV the whole family can love.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size SUV that provides seating for up to nine. Available in three trim levels, all models employ a 5.3-liter V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is available on all Tahoe's at an up-charge of $3,000.

  • The base LS model includes 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera, fold-flat second- and third-row seats, rear parking assist, a remote vehicle starter and more. Pricing starts at $47,000.
  • The mid-level LT trim adds features like leather-appointed first-and second-row seats, a Bose premium sound system, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, and a power liftgate. Pricing starts at $52,030.
  • The top-tier LTZ bumps up the luxury quotient with 12-way heated and cooled front seats, power-release second- and third-row seating, and pushbutton start. Extra safety features include blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. There are 20-inch wheels and LED running lamps. Pricing begins at $61,610.

Performance Pros

Chevrolet Tahoe

The Tahoe’s well-regarded 5.3-liter V8 engine produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. A highly-praised six-speed automatic transmission sends the ample power to the rear or all four wheels.

  • A wider track and improved body mounts equate to a stable ride quality absent from many body-on-frame SUVs. On the highway, the Tahoe is smooth and comfortable, and the suspension works to keep the 5,545-pound beast in check on bumpy roads and city streets.
  • Thanks to cylinder deactivation, which eliminates four of the V8’s cylinders under light load or cruising conditions, the Tahoe earns a respectable 23 mpg highway. City numbers of 16 mpg are also good for a vehicle that comfortably seats up to nine. Considering that vehicles of this size and power earned EPA ratings in the low teens not too many years ago, the Tahoe’s fuel consumption numbers are impressive.
  • Handling is better than expected from an SUV of this size and capability. The Tahoe's electric steering offers good feedback.
  • The Chevrolet Tahoe offers towing up to 8,300 pounds when properly equipped.

Performance Cons

The Tahoe is still a massive vehicle and drives like one. That equates to fuel-thirsty trips around town and lots of unused cargo and seating except for the largest of families or folks who need so much covered air-conditioned space.

Interior Pros

Chevrolet Tahoe Interior

Thanks to last year’s redesign, the 2016’s interior boasts a modern design complemented by soft-touch plastics. While I wouldn’t call the base Tahoe luxurious, it certainly has an upscale feel and is a wonderful vehicle to spend time in.

Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system features a 7-inch color touch screen and is among the easiest to use and functional of any I’ve tested over the past year. I’ve always appreciated GM’s OnStar system and the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi makes it even better.

Interior Cons

  • Third row seating is tight compared to the rest of the vehicle -- climbing in and out is quite awkward.
  • Cargo space is plentiful, but not as ample as some of the Tahoe's competitors.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

  • The excellent power and smooth ride of the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe truly surprised me.
  • Even from a distance, this massive SUV is strikingly attractive -- it can catch attention in a crowded street full of newer vehicles.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Chevrolet needs to redesign access to third-row seating. The obstruction limits the usefulness of a third row even more than the seat's limited legroom.

The Bottom Line

The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe offers excellent performance from is highly-respected V8 while keeping up to nine occupants nice and comfy with its roomy, well-appointed interior. Fuel economy is good considering the size and utility, but smaller families may want to consider more compact options.