The Chevrolet Tahoe is a roomy full-size SUV from General Motors that’s built on a truck frame and boasts improved handling over its predecessors. This workhorse can seat up to eight, handle rough terrain and tow up to 8,600 pounds. Previously part of the Blazer family, the K-Blazer made its debut in 1995 as the renamed Tahoe.
2015 – 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe (GMTK2XX 4th Generation)
The Tahoe’s hybrid version has been discontinued, and the vehicle’s new platform features improved soundproofing to decrease cabin noise levels. The Tahoe is now being built on the GMT K2XX platform and new in this model are improved aerodynamics and fuel economy and reduced interior noise. The new Tahoe’s hood and liftgate are made from aluminum to help minimize weight. A more efficient powertrain also boosts fuel economy. Other changes include the front grille and headlights, which now have projector-beam headlamps situated on either side of the chrome grille.
Second- and third-row fold-flat seats are now standard on the latest model, with an optional power-folding feature. Chevy made the second row more comfortable with the addition of two more inches of legroom. Tahoe now offers a touch-screen radio and navigation, in addition to rear-seat entertainment, multiple USB ports and power outlets which include a 110-volt outlet with three prongs.
Tahoe’s LTZ models offer the option to have GM's third-generation magnetic ride control suspension.
Chevy's Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission is mated with the new 5.3-liter engine and improves efficiency. Tahoe also now boasts TapShift control and a special mode for towing and hauling as well as auto grade braking. In 2018 Chevy offered a performance package which included a 6.2-liter V-8 L86 engine.
2007 – 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe (GMT900 3rd Generation)
For the 2007 model year, the Tahoe was largely redesigned on the new GMT900 platform, and the standard engine was a 290-horsepower, 4.8-liter V8.
Tahoe four-wheel drive models came standard with a 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V8. This engine featured cylinder-deactivation technology that turned off half of the cylinders in certain driving situations to save fuel. A version of this engine ran on E85 fuel in addition to regular unleaded gasoline.
All Tahoes were upgraded to six-speed automatic transmissions except for the two-wheel drive models with 4.8-liter engines, which retained the four-speed automatics. Late in 2007, the Tahoe Hybrid made its debut, with an engine that used a combination of dual displacement 3.0/6.0 liter V8 engine and two 60 kW continuous 80-horsepower electric motors. It could run on gasoline alone, electricity alone, or a variable mixture of the two. This vehicle was considered a strong or full hybrid, in that it could run entirely on the battery, albeit with a limited range and at low speeds. During city driving, the two-wheel drive version of the hybrid got 21 mpg, while non-hybrid varieties maxed out at 15 mpg. For highway driving, the Tahoe hybrid managed 22 mpg.
On the LS base model, standard equipment included dual-zone air conditioning and cloth seating for five people. This model also had StabiliTrak stability control and an eight-speaker audio system. Externally changes included 17-inch wheels and a system for monitoring tire pressure. The new design also included a new front fascia and hood, as well as tail lights. The Tahoe’s grille had a central, body-colored bar similar to the chrome one found on most of the previous models. The redesigned Tahoe also had a more angular design than its predecessors. The interior was significantly redesigned too and featured a dashboard trimmed in real wood with chromed instrument controls.
In 2009 an optional 6.2-liter engine was available only in the LTZ model.
2000 – 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe (GMT800 2nd Generation)
This generation's exterior was redesigned with softer lines and a more aerodynamic shape; it was built on the new GMT800 platform. Two new engine choices replaced the old 5.7-liter small-block V8: a 4.8-liter engine, and a 5.3-liter version, both V8 and paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Although both of these engines were smaller and generated more horsepower than their predecessors, they also both produced less torque. The manual transmission was eliminated, and the interior was also updated with new seats, dashboard, and door panels. The 2002 model was the first to offer a flex-fuel engine.
The interiors of Tahoe and other GM full-size trucks were upgraded for 2003. Changes included a new steering wheel and radio controls, XM Satellite Radio with Bose audio, and a built-in DVD entertainment system.
Although this second-generation was built on a new platform, there were two special limited edition models, produced in 2000 only, that kept the earlier GMT400 platform. These were the two-wheel drive Tahoe Limited and the four-wheel drive Tahoe Z71. Both of these featured color-keyed bumpers (versus the traditional chrome bumpers) and came with Bilstein shock absorbers. The Limited had fog lamps in the bumper, no roof rack, and five-spoke aluminum wheels, while the Z71 had inset driving lights in the bumper, tail lamp covers and side step bars.
1995 – 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe (GMT400 1st Generation)
The original Tahoe was shorter than the Suburban on which it was based but shared the GMT400 platform. Built on an actual truck chassis similar to the one used in Chevy’s Silverado full-size pickup truck, both two-door and the longer-wheelbase four-door models were available with either rear- or four-wheel drive. The four-door model, at 5,500 pounds, weighed roughly 1000 pounds more than the two-door model. The first generation Tahoe was available with either a manual or four-speed automatic transmission. In the 1998 model year, "AutoTrac" full-time all-wheel drive and a programmable Homelink transmitter were added. The Tahoe’s engine was a Chevy 5.7 liter small-block V8, but a turbocharged 6.5-liter diesel V8 was also offered.
In 1999, Chevrolet eliminated the two-door option and improved Tahoe’s radiator and transmission. They also revised the steering wheel, and side curtain airbags were added for all three rows of seats in addition to optional front and rear side torso airbags and combination head and torso side airbag.