Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - August 22, 2018

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe OVERVIEW

Smaller, more compact SUVs that are easy to drive are all the rage at the moment, but that doesn't mean dinosaurs like the massive 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe aren't popular. The SUV that can seat up to nine, sits on a truck-like frame, and can tow up to 8,600 pounds is still as popular as ever. Rumors speculate that the 2019 model year could be the last for the fourth-generation Tahoe, but that hasn't stopped Chevrolet from improving upon the full-size SUV recipe.

What's New for 2019

There's a new Tahoe Premier Plus Edition for the SUV that's an $11,600 upgrade from the regular Premier trim and adds a host of features, including a 6.2-liter V8 engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and 22-inch wheels. Other notable equipment on the Premier Plus Edition include Magnetic Ride Control, a 3.23:1 axle ratio, a head-up display, and an eight-inch enhanced driver information center.

Other than the new addition, the rest of the changes are small. There's a new exterior color, which is called Shadow Gray Metallic, while Havana Metallic and Tungsten Metallic are no longer offered. Premier trims feature a new tailgate badge.

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Choosing Your Chevrolet Tahoe

Power for the Tahoe continues to come from one of two V8 engines. The standard motor is a 5.3-liter V8 that produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is standard for the engine. With rear-wheel drive, the 5.3-liter V8 is rated to get up to 15 miles per gallon city, 22 mpg highway, and 18 combined, according to the EPA. Adding all-wheel drive brings these figures down by one mpg highway.

Unlike last year, the Tahoe can be fitted with the 6.2-liter V8 engine without being forced to go with the RST Package. The 6.2-liter V8 generates 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for the 6.2-liter V8 is rated at 14/22/17 mpg (city/highway/combined).

When outfitted properly, the SUV can seat up to nine and tow up to 8,600 lbs. The full-size SUV has an impressive amount of cargo space, offering a total of 94.7 cubic feet of space with all of the seats folded. Behind the third row, the SUV can hold 15.3 cubic feet. Fold the second row down and the figure expands to 51.7 cubic feet of space.

The Tahoe is available in three trims:


The 2019 Tahoe LS starts at $49,195 (all prices include the $1,295 destination fee). Adding four-wheel drive raises the price by $3,000 – which remains true for the entire range. The LS trim may be the most affordable way to get into a Tahoe, but the model is well equipped. Heated power exterior mirrors, 18-inch high-polished wheels, black roof rails, and black assist steps are standard exterior features.

On the inside, the Tahoe comes with an eight-inch touchscreen, four 12-volt power outlets, a 110-volt power outlet, tri-zone automatic climate control, cloth front bucket seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 4.2-inch Driver Information Center, remote keyless entry, remote start, and built-in 4G LTE WiFi hotspot as standard.

There are six available packages for the LS trim. The Enhanced Driver Alert Package ($680) adds a host of driver-assist features, including automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, a safety alert seat, power-adjustable pedals, and intelligent headlights. The Max Trailering Package ($780) brings a trailer brake controller, a 3.42 axle ratio, a two-speed transfer case (for four-wheel-drive models), and an upgraded suspension with air leveler, while the Interior Protection Package ($250) adds all-weather floor and cargo mats.

The All-Season Package ($2,880) comes with 20-inch wheels, all-season tires, body-color bodyside moldings, black roof-rack cross rails, the Max Trailering Package, all-weather floor mats, and an all-weather cargo mat. The Custom Midnight Edition ($3,200) includes 18-inch black wheels, 18-inch blackwall tires, black bowtie emblems, black tubular assist steps, and a two-row layout. Lastly, the Custom Edition ($4,200) adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, 18-inch all-season blackwall tires, a chrome grille insert, and a two-row setup.


Moving up to the LT trim costs $54,195. Over the base LS trim, the LT gets: leather-appointed seats, a power liftgate, heated front bucket seats, a memory setting for the front seats, a Bose premium nine-speaker audio system, and the equipment found in the Driver Alert Package.

The LT trim has nine major to choose from, including the Interior Protection Package and a Theft Protection Package ($410) that adds glass break sensors, door and liftgate lock shields, motion sensors, and a self-powered horn. The Max Trailering Package costs $580 here and comes with a lot of the same features as on the LS trim.

The LT Midnight Edition ($1,835) package includes 20-inch black wheels, 20-inch all-season tires, front and rear black bowtie emblems, black roof-rack cross rails, and black exterior paint. The Luxury Package ($2,860) adds a variety of features, including: remote keyless entry with push button start, heated second-row seats, power-adjustable and power-folding exterior mirrors, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, hands-free gesture liftgate, front fog lights, front and rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, and blind-spot monitoring. The Texas Edition ($3,110) package includes a Texas emblem on top of all of the Luxury Package's features.

The RST Edition ($2,920) brings 22-inch black wheels, black bowtie emblems, a gloss black sport grille, body-color door handles, body-color headlight accents, black exterior trim pieces, and black nameplate badging. Adding the Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations Package ($3,430) includes navigation, a rear seat entertainment system, and a power sunroof.

The last available is the LT Signature Package ($6,635) that includes 20-inch chrome wheels, 20-inch all-season tires, bright bodyside moldings, a chrome grille, a polished exhaust tip, chrome recovery hooks, and a chrome assist step kit.

Adding four-wheel drive to the LT trim allows you to choose the Z71 package, but it's not priced (Chevy says to "see dealer for pricing"). The package adds a unique suspension, skid plates, unique 18-inch wheels, front sill plates, rubber floor mats, and a unique grille. Other features included in the package include: all-terrain tires, black tubular assist steps, front fog lights, front and rear park assist, black recovery hooks, a 3.42 axle ratio, a two-speed transfer case, bespoke decals, Hill Descent Control, and a high-capacity air cleaner. The Z71 Midnight Edition package costs $2,630 and brings all of the same features on the regular Z71 package, but has black exterior touches.


The Premier is the range-topping trim and starts at $63,895. It builds on the LT and adds magnetic ride control, rear cross-traffic alert, park assist, lane change alert, blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry, push-button start, fog lights, HID headlights, 12-way front seats that are heated and ventilated, 20-inch wheels, and memory function for the steering wheel as standard equipment.

There are seven available packages for the Premier trim, including the unchanged Interior Protection and Theft Protection packs.

The Max Trailering Package is now $300 and adds the same features as it does on lower trims. The RST Edition ($2,630) also comes with a lot of the same features. It's the same situation with the Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations Package, but it costs less than on other trims with a price tag of $2,935.

The RST 6.2L Performance Edition ($2,720) comes with the 420-hp, 6.2-liter V8, a 10-speed automatic transmission, a high-capacity air cleaner, a 170-amp alternator, a 3.23 axle ratio, a two-speed transfer case (on four-wheel-drive models), and a trailer brake controller.

The Premier Plus Edition ($11,500), which is new for 2019, adds a host of features: the 6.2-liter V8 and 10-speed automatic transmission, 22-inch wheels, a power sunroof, power-retractable assist steps, black roof-rack cross rails, a polished exhaust tip, perforated leather-appointed seats, second-row power bucket seats, an eight-inch Driver Information Center, a head-up display, a rear seat entertainment system, a cargo area organizer, a high-capacity air cleaner, a 170-amp alternator, a two-speed active transfer case (on four-wheel-drive models), a 3.23 axle ratio, and a trailer brake controller.

CarsDirect Tip

Despite the addition of the Premier Plus Edition that brings everything we love from the RST Edition and adds some luxury features to the mix, tacking an extra $11,500 onto the price tag of the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe is tough to justify. While extravagant, the Premier trim with the RST 6.2L Performance Edition and RST Edition packages is the one we'd go for. The LT trim, though, has a good mix of standard features and options, most notably the Luxury Package, that makes it the best choice for the majority of consumers.

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