Best Large SUV: Chevrolet Tahoe

The Chevrolet Tahoe earned suvs.com’s distinction as the best large economical SUV for a plethora of reasons. For starters, the Tahoe received much in the way of critical praise, including the “Highest Ranked Large SUV in Initial Quality,” honor by J.D. Power.

Along with critical acclaim, the Tahoe delivers in all the pertinent areas: value, capabilities and safety offerings. Here is a closer look at why the Chevrolet Tahoe was our choice for the best large economical SUV of the year.

Value

The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe LS is the basic model and starts from $47,000. To provide a fair comparison, the Ford Expedition XL has a starting price of $41,135 while the GMC Yukon Denali has a beginning price of $68,325. What this illustrates is the Tahoe falls towards the middle of the cost spectrum for large SUVs. In fact, if you choose to buy the Tahoe, you could save $2,795 in relation to the average cost of models in its segment.

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Fuel Economy

In general, large SUVs are known more for their capability and space than their fuel efficiency. Therefore, it isn’t surprising to find the Chevrolet Tahoe has a combined fuel economy of 19 miles per gallon (16 city mpg and 23 highway mpg–which is best in class in its segment). This means the Tahoe is right in line with what the rest of its class offers pertaining to combined fuel efficiency.

With that said, the Tahoe possesses better range than some of its counterparts. With a highway range of 598 miles, the SUV receives up to 26 miles more than its competitors average. Though a small difference, over time this can add up if you do much in the way of highway driving.

Performance

The Chevrolet Tahoe comes equipped with the 5.3L V8 engine that generates a perfect mix of efficiency and power. As noted above, its highway efficiency of 23 mpg is the best available for large SUVs. Meanwhile, its engine delivers a good burst of power with its 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. torque outputs. Both outputs are average for what you will find with other large SUVs.

It’s when you move to capability is where the Tahoe separates itself from others in its class. The SUV’s ability to tow up to 8,600 pounds gives it a 600-pound advantage over similarly sized models. Pertaining to payload capacity, the Tahoe can haul 1,720 pounds whereas the average for its class is 1,609 pounds. The differences aren’t substantial, but there’s enough of an advantage for the Tahoe if your aim is to squeeze every ounce of power out of your SUV.

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Interior Offering

The only area where we found Chevrolet can improve the Tahoe is in interior space. The Tahoe has a trunk space of 15.30 cubic feet and a maximum cargo capacity of 94.7 cubic feet. In relation to others in its segment, it falls a bit short. To demonstrate, the Toyota Sequoia SR5 has 120.10 cubic feet of cargo space while the Ford Expedition XL has 108.30 cubic feet of cargo room.

Safety

The Chevrolet Tahoe features a great mix of safety features to inspire your confidence. Included in its offerings is advanced active safety features like forward collision alert and low speed forward automatic braking. There’s also the safety seat alert, where you can receive seat vibrations in lieu of audible safety alerts. Also available are the side blind zone alert, front and rear parking assist and available low-speed forward automatic braking.

Chevrolet constructed the Tahoe with a high-strength steel safety cage to provide durable protection in the unfortunate event of a collision. It also supplied the Tahoe with seven standard airbags. Overall, the Chevrolet Tahoe comes with a full compliment of safety additions to help you feel secure during your drives.

Technology

To keep everyone connected, Chevrolet delivers an ample array of technological features that make drives easier and enjoyable. The heads-up display places information such as your speed limit, directions and more in front of you on the windshield, giving you access to all the information you want while keeping your eyes ahead.

You can connect your devices seamlessly through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. To further provide connectivity, the Tahoe features built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi to connect up to seven devices simultaneously.

Chevrolet gives you the ability to manage many of the Tahoe’s controls through its myChevrolet mobile application. With this feature, you can start or stop your engine—if applicable—, lock/unlock your car and send directions to the navigation system. The app makes it simple for you to command basic functions with just the press of a button.

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Competition

The Tahoe received some fierce competition. To illustrate, the Toyota Sequoia SR5 possesses many appealing features such as a lower starting price than the Chevrolet Tahoe—the Sequoia begins from $45,325. The SUV also generates more horsepower than the Tahoe does and possesses more trunk space. However, the Tahoe holds the edge in fuel efficiency, towing and payload capacity, providing it with the better all-around performance.

Another worthy competitor is the 2016 GMC Yukon 4×4, starting from $68.325. This SUV delivers exhilarating power with its 420-horsepower output and can tow up to 8,100 pounds. In spite of its impressive power capabilities, it falls below par when compared to the Chevrolet Tahoe.

The Chevrolet Tahoe holds a sizable advantage in affordability, as it is $21,325 less expensive than the GMC Yukon 4×4. The Tahoe also has better fuel efficiency, possesses the power to tow more and houses the same trunk space as the Yukon. Therefore, the Tahoe performs better in key areas and is significantly less expensive.

Our Take

The Chevrolet Tahoe is affordable, smart and stylish. It also possesses the ability to handle your toughest towing jobs while supplying exhilarating power. Overall, the Tahoe is well-equipped and pushes the boundaries of what SUVs can achieve.

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