Five years after its last update, the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV clings to its final year before the new 2021 fifth-generation Tahoe arrives to take its place. A 335-hp 5.3-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic remain the standard powertrain, while the 6.2-liter 420-hp V-8 and 10-speed automatic are an option in the Premier settings. Available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the Tahoe builds on the fundamentals of the Chevrolet Silverado truck. The advantage of this is considerable ground clearance and towing capacity. Although there is seating for eight passengers, the interior space is somewhat tight considering the Tahoe’s exterior dimensions.
Not much. Mechanically the Tahoe remains unchanged, as does the interior. New Items Are Limited To Wheels: Chevy offers new 22-inch shiny black aluminum wheels with custom silver accents and 22-inch machined aluminum wheels with a shiny silver finish.
>: $ 49,295
> LT: $ 54,295
> Premier: $ 63,995
Interior, Infotainment and Cargo
The Tahoe has a quiet and comfortable cabin that can be outfitted with features galore. While the interior of the GMC Yukon does not live up to its exclusive aspirations, the build quality and materials within the Tahoe are satisfactory for the price. The Tahoe Premier we tested had an attractive cocoa and dune interior color scheme, and the leather was flexible to the touch. Most of the surfaces above the waist were covered in soft-touch plastics, and the large knobs and buttons made the controls easy to operate. Each model provides plenty of room for passengers in the first two rows, but its tight third row is basically reserved for those of short stature. Those hoping to carry more than six people will want to consider the longest Chevy Suburban, the extended Yukon XL, or basically any other SUV in this class.
Each Tahoe has a fully featured touch screen infotainment system. Not only does it include a Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, it also has attractive menus and responsive feedback. Each model also has five USB ports and five 12-volt outlets throughout the cabin. For an additional cost, the Tahoe can be equipped with navigation, a 110-volt power outlet, Premium Bose stereo, two additional USB ports, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
The Tahoe has impressive interior storage space, and its carrying capacity compares favorably with rivals of similar size. Still, those who want to maximize carrying capacity should take a look at the oversized Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon XL. That said, the Tahoe’s massive center console had more room than any competitor we tested. It also has useful front door pockets and extra storage in the cargo area.
Engine, Transmission, Performance
The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe is powered by one of two V-8 engines, one of which is a powerful 420 hp version mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. While the standard 355-hp 5.3-liter engine and six-speed automatic offer enough thrust and smooth shifting, the fastest, most powerful duo is dynamic. It took the Tahoe RST we tested from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, which is an impressive 1.5 ticks faster than the standard powertrain. It also closed the gap between 50 and 70 mph for 0.8 seconds, another notable improvement. Although an expensive option, the upgraded powertrain transforms the Tahoe with increased speed to match its considerable bulk. The rear-drive 5.3-liter version can tow up to 8,600 pounds (when well equipped); All-wheel drive models have a maximum trailer rating of 8,400 lbs.
The high-mount Chevy Tahoe doesn’t drive nearly as much as a hay cart as its proportions suggest. Its steering is light, which conveys a sense of agility, and its relatively narrow turning circle gives it good maneuverability. However, the Tahoe still has truck bases that compromise travel on rough roads. The RST version mounts on 22-inch wheels and adaptive magnetic ride control dampers, which are standard on the top-tier Premier trim. However, the firm ride on its large rollers was less compatible on uneven surfaces.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
It’s no wonder that the full-size Tahoe, powered by V-8, fails to preserve fossil fuels. While Tahoe’s EPA estimates match or are the top rivals, the 5.3-liter engine and underperforming six-speed automatic engine in our real-world tests, where they gained 19 mpg on our 200-road test route miles. The most powerful 6.2-liter engine outperformed the observed number of the smallest engine on the interstate by 3 mpg, by 22 mpg.
Driver Assistance and Safety Features
The Tahoe has not been fully evaluated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. While the three-row SUV is available with the most important driver assistance and safety technologies on the market, none of this is standard. Key safety features include: Available front collision warning and automated emergency braking. Available bliind spot monitoring and rear cross traffiic alert. Lane Departure Warning Available and Lane Keeping Assistance.
Warranty and maintenance coverage
The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe doesn’t have the best warranty coverage across the board, but it compares favorably to its rivals. Chevrolet also offers a free scheduled maintenance visit within the first year of ownership. The limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles. The powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles. Free maintenance is covered for the first visit.