The latest and greatest phrase may be a cliche, but it actually applies to the new Chevy Tahoe. With a fresh face and contemporary content, the three-row SUV is the shortest version of the equally new Chevy Suburban. The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is not only bigger on the outside, its third row and cargo area have grown, too. This is due in part to the debut of its independent rear suspension, which fixes the problems that plagued the previous generation. Along with a more spacious cabin, it offers two V-8 engines, as well as a tortuous, efficient diesel. There are also a number of driver assistance options and popular infotainment features that should delight full-size families. Look for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe to go on sale in mid-2020.
The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is brand new and vastly improved. Along with a completely redesigned exterior and interior design, the three-row SUV has been stretched to provide more cargo and passenger space. Its cabin also benefits from the Tahoe’s first independent rear suspension, which has already been adopted by direct rivals like the Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada. The Chevy receives a host of new technology, as well as the addition of a diesel engine option.
> LS: $ 50,295
> LT: $ 55,095
> RST: $ 58,395
> Z71: $ 60,495
> Premier: $ 63,895
> High Country: $ 70,895
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
The new 2021 Tahoe features its largest interior to date, with what should feel like acres of space compared to the outgoing model. Its previously narrow third row adds about 10 inches of legroom, and the second-row seats now slide back and forth to provide much-needed flexibility. The Tahoe’s improved interior packaging also provides a lower, flatter cargo floor thanks to its new architecture and independent rear suspension; the cargo area with the second and third rows of balloons folded to 123 cubic feet (28 more than before). Of course, there is no shortage of desirable options. These include a huge front display, a larger digital caliber cluster display, heated and ventilated seats, cordless phone charging, and more.
Infotainment and connectivity
The appeased passengers translate into relaxing road trips, and the Tahoe 2021’s robust connectivity and infotainment features help ensure that translation. Each model is equipped with a 10-inch touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi access point. In addition to its countless interior charging ports, the three-row Chevy offers a powerful Bose audio system and a rear-seat entertainment system with two 12.6-inch displays mounted behind the front seats.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The Tahoe has been powered by a V-8 throughout its life, and it continues for the latest generation. However, its available standard 5.3-liter 355-hp and 420-hp 6.2-liter blocks are now joined by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine. While it has the least horsepower of the three, its 460 pound-feet of torque matches that of the larger V-8. Each Tahoe 2021 is equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission and rear or four-wheel drive. The off-road-oriented Z71 model gets a two-speed transfer case that provides traditional four-wheel drive, 20-inch wheels wrapped with off-road tires, and underbody protection. It is also available with adaptive dampers that are standard on the Premier and High Country top tier. The latter and the RST model are mounted on dazzling 22-inch wheels for added curb appeal. An adjustable air suspension is another option that allows the Tahoe’s ride height to be lowered or raised automatically and manually. This allows for improved passenger accessibility, aerodynamics, and ground clearance.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
The EPA has not released fuel economy ratings for the Tahoe 2021. For now, we expect the diesel to be the most efficient V-8 and the largest to be the least thrifty. Both the standard 5.3-liter V-8 and its larger counterpart benefit from automatic stop / start technology and cylinder deactivation that are intended to improve fuel economy. Once we can test the new Tahoe models on our 200-mile highway route, we can evaluate their real-world mpg.
Driver Assistance and Safety Features
The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). However, the Chevy does offer several high-tech towing assists in addition to its loaded list of driver assistance technology. Key safety features include: standard frontal collision warning and automated emergency braking. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross trafic alert Available. Lane Departure Warning Available and Lane Keeping Assistance.
Warranty and maintenance coverage
Although Toyota offers better free maintenance, Chevy’s powertrain and limited warranty are identical to all other full-size SUVs in its class. 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.