Crossovers may be the hot sellers, but there is still plenty of room for big, body-on-frame SUVs, like the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe with its higher ride, potent V8 engine, and truck-like towing capabilities.

Pricing and Equipment

There is nothing inexpensive once a buyer makes their way into the full-size SUV class, and the Tahoe is an example of that with its $48,410 (destination fees included) base price for the LS 4x2 trim. With this higher price does come a little extra room for additional features, like:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Active grille shutters
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Rearview camera

For just an extra $695, buyers can get the Enhanced Driver Alert Package, which adds low-speed auto braking, lane-keep assist, driver-alert seat, forward-collision alert, power adjustable pedals, and automatic high beams.

Performance Pros

Chevrolet Tahoe

The Tahoe surprised us in many ways, particularly its road manners.

  • For a big, bulky, truck-based SUV, the 2017 Tahoe feels surprisingly comfortable on the road, especially with the Premier model’s available Magnetic Ride Control.
  • The 5.3-liter V8 engine delivers smooth power and its cylinder deactivation improves fuel economy.
  • When properly equipped, the Tahoe can tow up to 8,600 pounds.
  • The six-speed automatic transmission's shifts are smooth and well timed.

Performance Cons

  • The Tahoe's V8 engine isn’t quite as strong as some of the competition – the 6.2-liter V8 in the GMC Yukon Denali and Cadillac Escalade might serve well-heeled GM loyalists looking for a full-size SUV better.
  • Navigating through urban settings can be a little problematic with its large footprint.

Interior Pros

  • The Tahoe’s huge interior is plenty roomy, even fully loaded with passengers.
  • The list of standard equipment is very long and the options list is even longer, making this a highly customizable SUV for all families.
  • Chevy's MyLink infotainment system is refreshing and uncomplicated.
  • Fold-flat seats make sliding in cargo simple.

Interior Cons

  • Despite its size, the Tahoe's max cargo capacity is 20 cubic feet less than the Traverse crossover.
  • The third row of seats are best for shorter adults or children.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The styling of the interior was unexpectedly sharp. Chevrolet merged rugged, upright elements and with car-like aspects to limit the truck-like feel, while higher-grade materials, modern shapes, and robust color palates distance the Tahoe from its pickups.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The Tahoe isn't an old truck, but you wouldn't know that based on its poor safety ratings. One would expect an SUV of this size and cost to have more than a four-star rating in government crash testing.

The Bottom Line

The 2017 Tahoe is great for buyers who need the added towing power a body-on-frame construction and V8 engine offer. Surprisingly, though, its cargo room isn’t as good as we’d expect.