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2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

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$27,900 - $49,995
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2020 LS 4x2
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Price:   -  From $49,000
2020 LS 4x4 Price:   -  From $52,000
2020 LT 4x2 Price:   -  From $53,800
2020 LT 4x4 Price:   -  From $56,800
2020 Premier 4x2 Price:   -  From $62,700
2020 Premier 4x4 Price:   -  From $65,700
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3.2 (Good)

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Overview

The Chevrolet Tahoe has long ruled the roost of affordable behemoths. For 2020, there's hardly any changes save a smaller color palate and a two fewer option packages. The lack of updates is not surprising, considering an all-new model is on deck and slated to arrive in the first half of 2020. Until then, the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe continues to deliver the traditional comforts of a truly full-size SUV.

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Choosing Your Chevrolet Tahoe

The Tahoe can be had in one of three trims: LS, LT, and Premier. Pricing starts at $49,295 including destination for the LS and climbs to $63,995 for the Premier.

Engine Choices

GM's tried-and-true 5.3-liter V8 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission holds down the fort under the Tahoe's big hood. Premier models offer a 6.2-liter V8 with a 10-speed automatic as an option. The combo is good enough for a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds – an impressive showing for what's a decidedly not-sporty SUV weighing well over 5,000 pounds.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueMax Towing CapacityFuel Economy (Combined)
5.3L V8355 hp383 lb-ft8,600 lbs.18 mpg
6.2L V8420 hp460 lb-ft8,600 lbs.17 mpg

Pulling 8,600 pounds of trailer requires two-wheel drive, but four-wheel-drive models only concede 200 pounds of towing ability. All three trims offer four-wheel-drive as a $2,000 option. Either way, if you want to lug around that kind of weight you'll need the $580 Max Trailer Tow package. It includes a 3.42 rear axle, rear level-ride suspension, and a trailer-brake controller.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Big as Texas and more upright than a refrigerator, the Tahoe excels at hauling all sorts of things and people. Only the LS can seat nine people, thanks to its front-bench credit option; the rest of the lineup seats up to eight.

Cargo capacity measures out to 52 cubic feet behind the rear seat; fold it down and there's 95.0 cubes to play with. Even with the third row upright, there's still 15 cubic feet worth of luggage or grocery space.

Though the rear-suspension design leaves the third row somewhat cramped, first- and second-row occupants will have plenty of stretch-out space in all directions. Abe Lincoln wouldn't need to doff his cap or scrunch his legs to sit comfortably in the back, thanks to 39 inches of second-row head room and leg room.

If you somehow need even more room than what the Tahoe offers, Chevy will gladly sell you a Suburban instead.

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Safety Features

There's plenty of modern safety features to go around on the Tahoe. Automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning are all standard on LT and Premier trims and are optional on the LS. Premier trims also get front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change alert.

Teen Driver, GM's nanny system designed to keep new drivers from acting recklessly behind the wheel, is standard on all trims.

Once you're past the LS trim, the only major optional driver-assistance features are adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, and high-speed emergency braking. This trio of features is exclusive to the Premier's option list.

Connectivity

As with its approach to safety, the big Chevy doesn't skimp on in-car technology. Even LS models enjoy an 8-inch touchscreen, wi-fi capabilities, and smartphone integration. There's also standard OnStar and cloud services capability, though these features do require a monthly subscription and there's no complementary period included on any trim level.

The Premier does its best impression of a Cadillac with standard navigation, wireless charging, a Bose 10-speaker audio system, and keyless entry and starting. Optional is a large 8-inch driver information center that replaces the standard 4.2-inch unit normally nestled in the gauge cluster.

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LS - From $49,295

The Tahoe lineup begins with the LS. Don't call it a stripper, though. Standard features include six-way power front seats, SiriusXM satellite radio, rear parking assist, and multiple USB ports and 12-volt outlets. Tri-zone climate control serves to keep all rows comfortable. Cloth upholstery is standard; leather isn't available.

To upgrade safety features, tick the box for the Enhanced Driver Alert Package ($695). This includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, intelligent headlights, power-adjustable pedals, and a safety alert seat.

LT - From $54,295

The middle of the range is the LT. Compared to the LS, the LT adds leather front seats seats, power-adjustable pedals, memory seats, a power programmable liftgate, and a manually adjustable tilt and telescoping steering column.

Buyers can equip their Tahoe with a moonroof with the romantically-named Sun, Entertainment, and Destinations Package that costs $3,430, which also includes navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Premier - From $63,995

The top-dog Premier adds a host of standard features over the LT, including heated and cooled front seats, heated rear outboard seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, power second row bucket seats, a power-folding third row, a hands-free liftgate, and a power tilt and telescoping steering column. Mechanically, the Premier benefits from GM's excellent electromagnetic dampers, known as Magnetic Ride Control.

The big deal here is the available 6.2-liter V8. The cheapest way into it is through the 6.2L Performance Package. It costs $3,570 and includes, besides the powertrain, a head-up display and 8-inch driver information center. The 6.2 Value Package costs $5,175 and adds to that list rear-seat entertainment and a power sunroof.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe LT is the sweet spot here, with plenty of luxuries, all the capability, and a sticker price nearly $10 grand lighter than the Premier. It's the best bet for settling into one of GM's heavyweight SUVs without breaking the bank.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Very versatile design
  • Can tow up to 8,600 lbs
  • Mid-spec LT can be a good value
  • Offers advanced safety tech
Cons
  • Rides like a truck
  • Due for a redesign
  • Poor fuel economy
  • 3rd row limits cargo
Expert Rating
3.2 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Old dog, new tricks. The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe is due for a redesign, and it’s about to get one. The big SUV will be all-new for 2021, so this is the last model year of the current generation.

But the Chevy Tahoe doesn’t feel as dated as you might think. The exterior is classic SUV boxiness, but it holds up just as well today as it did five years ago. The interior is up to date too. The cabin is large and storage is plentiful. Infotainment is handled by an 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The Tahoe even has a full suite of available active safety tech, which is nice for a truck-based vehicle. It’s not standard, though, which is starting to become a liability for a family-hauler.

Truck frame, truck power. Unlike the crossovers crowding the market, the Chevy Tahoe is an old-fashioned, truck-based SUV. It shares its platform with the Chevy Silverado 1500.

It’s not just the bones, either. The Tahoe’s two V8 engines (5.3 or 6.2 liters) are the same ones you’ll find in Chevy’s pickups.

The upshot is that the Tahoe has more clearance than most crossovers, and it’s a capable off-road warrior. The four-wheel-drive system can come with a two-speed transfer case, and an off-road package adds skid plates and all-terrain tires.

Oddly enough, it’s the smaller engine that gets the better towing capacity: 8,600 pounds. That’s excellent for an SUV, although it’s still bested by the impressive Ford Expedition.

Cargo space is strong as well, with 52 cubic feet behind the second row or 95 cubes with it folded. Capacity is best without the third row, though – with it in place, the Tahoe can fit just 15.3 cubic feet. If that’s an issue, consider the Chevrolet Suburban, which is essentially a stretched out version of the same vehicle.


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…Truck handling and efficiency too. But truck virtues come with truck drawbacks, and there’s a reason crossovers are gaining popularity. The most glaring downside is fuel economy, which is dismal across the board. The best the Chevy Tahoe can do is an EPA-estimated 18 miles per gallon combined, which drops to 17 mpg combined with all-wheel drive.

If there’s a silver lining, it’s that opting for the larger engine doesn’t make things worse. Thanks to cylinder deactivation technology that turns the V8 into a V4 on the highway, the 6.2-liter engine also manages 17 mpg combined.

While the Tahoe is more comfortable than its pickup cousins, it still rides like a truck. It’s bumpier than we’d like, especially on larger rims, and handling is far from sporty. This may not be a priority for some SUV buyers, but the Tahoe can’t hang with the crossovers in the corners.

Endless customizability. The Chevrolet Tahoe can keep up on option selection. The Tahoe starts with solid base features and expands into a versatile model range.

The Tahoe comes in three trims, but the price range covers at least $20,000. The top-trim Premier holds up reasonably well against luxury SUVs with features like faux-wood trim and a magnetically damped suspension.

The mid-range LT is our pick, though. It gets luxury features like leather upholstery and Bose audio at decent value, and it includes some of the active safety tech standard.

The Tahoe’s steadfast versatility remains one of its best tricks. It can tow a boat just as well as it can handle family duty, and that’s an impressive trick – as long as you don’t mind stopping at the gas station often.

Final Thoughts. Chevy is proud of the fact that the Tahoe has been America’s best-selling full-size SUV for decades, and the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe still makes a good case for itself.

The powertrains are good, the cabin is comfortable and modern, and the utility is undeniable. But the Tahoe is starting to show its age here and there. Fuel economy this bad gets less and less excusable, and crossovers are increasingly able to offer just as much space with a better drive.

We anticipate some upgrades with the new generation. With any luck, they’ll bring the Tahoe up to speed.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.3L V-8 / 355 HP / 383 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
15 / 22 / 18 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
8 / 9 / 5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
5.3L V-8 / 355 HP / 383 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
15 / 22 / 18 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc / Brembo 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel / Full-size
Fuel Tank
26.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$100
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
94.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
204.0 "
Exterior Width
80.5 "
Exterior Height
74.4 "
Front Headroom
42.8 "
Rear Headroom
38.7 "
Front Legroom
45.3 "
Rear Legroom
39.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
64.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
65.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
5,355 Lbs.
Wheel Base
116 "
Turning Radius
19.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Polished Aluminum / 22.0 " Silver Aluminum / 17.0 " Painted Steel / 18.0 " Painted Aluminum / 20.0 " Polished Aluminum / 18.0 " Black Aluminum / 22.0 " Steel / 22.0 " Black Aluminum / 22.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Machined Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front Body-colored With 2 Front Tow Hook(s) / Black
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
8 / 9 / 5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket / 40-20-40 Split-bench
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / (4-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Chevrolet Mylink Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Chevrolet Mylink Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan / Clock / Chevrolet Mylink Am/fm, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
5 / 4
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Alert With Automatic Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Assist Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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