At Carl Black Chevy Buick GMC of Orlando, we get that shopping for a full-size SUV has never been harder - the playing field is packed with offerings from many brands. However, only one contender rises to the top of the pack, time and time again - the 2019 Chevy Tahoe. Let us tell you why Tahoe has been the best-selling full-size SUV in America for years.
Hot off the new model-year press, the updated 2019 Tahoe boasts a pedigree few competitors can match - a true, full ladder frame chassis for ultimate comfort and capability, while offering plenty of interior space not offered in others in the full-size class. In fact, the Chevy Tahoe has remained true to its truck-based roots that were planted with the introduction of the 1995 Tahoe line of the S-10 Blazer, which also rode on a full ladder body on frame chassis. It’s obvious that Chevy has done nothing but build on this pedigree when you experience the Tahoe’s optional 6.2 liter 420 hp V8, its efficiency of up to 22 miles per gallon EPA rating on the highway, and a brawny towing capacity of up to 6,600 lbs - try any of that in a car based unibody crossover, and you’ll quickly see why Tahoe is a perennial best seller for Chevy.
With such a bread and butter offering as the Tahoe, Chevy offers a little something for every shopper - from the no-nonsense LS trim all the way to the Tahoe Premier. Should you have an eye for luxury, the Premier trim builds on the history of the LTZ badge by adding GM’s almost magical Magnetic Ride Control, the upgraded 6.2 liter V8, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, and ventilated front seats. If you’re looking more for a comfortable family cruiser that still has plenty of creature comforts and power but at a lower price, the Tahoe LT hits the sweet spot - leather seating surfaces, a power liftgate with adjustable height functionality, heated seats, and an upgraded sound system. Rear wheel drive is standard on all trims though 4 wheel drive is available throughout the Tahoe lineup
Whether you’re looking for a mall cruiser or something to do some serious hauling with, Tahoe adapts well to anything you throw at it. Is there deep snow or mud between you and your destination? Let’s Tahoe’s 7.9 inches of ground clearance, limited slip rear differential, and available 3.42 rear axle ratio pull you through anything you face with ease. Ready for a night out on the town? Clean it up (or don’t!), and let the Tahoe make a sophisticated statement with tastefully applied chrome trim, smooth Magnetic Ride Control, available 22-inch wheels, and HID headlights.
When the going gets tough, Tahoe’s optional 6.2 liter V8 is up for anything with 420 hp, 460 lb.-ft., a smooth shifting 10-speed automatic transmission, and a towing capacity of 8,600 lbs. Consider all this capability while also carrying up to nine people, and it’s clear why Chevy has sold millions of this wildly successful SUV.
You may think that all this capability comes at an enormous price, but Tahoe’s MSRP is competitive with the class, while it boasts up to 22 miles per gallon on the EPA highway rating, and earned Kelly Blue Book’s coveted Best 5 Year Cost to Own rating for 2018. Considering all you get for the money, Tahoe is a smart purchase.
Not only is Tahoe capable, but it is also a cocoon of safety tech. In addition to the bevy of standard safety gear like a backup camera, a full suite of airbags, and electronic safety systems like Anti-lock Braking System and Traction Control, Tahoe also offers cutting-edge advanced active safety features. Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Collision Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, and more can be added.
Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking can detect an impending forward collision below 50 miles per hour and will automatically brake the vehicle if the driver fails to act. This can either limit the damage or avoid an accident completely. This system works in conjunction with Forward Collision Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control to control the distance between you and the cars in front of you. Tahoe’s safety alert seat can give you tactile alerts of impending dangers.
All new Tahoes also come standard with Chevrolet Complete Care, which includes:
Tahoe is designed with active families in mind, and that’s evidence with thoughtful touches throughout the expansive cabin. Just examine the dash and you’ll find a hidden storage compartment behind the infotainment screen - simply press a button, and the 8-inch touchscreen display automatically rises up to reveal a locking compartment, complete with USB charging port. There is also a configurable driver information screen, and impressive stitching lining the dash. Up to seven USB ports dot the interior, making sure that everyone has a fresh charge before arriving at their destination. An acoustically laminated expanse of glass with triple door seals keeps the Tahoe’s cabin incredible serene.
Move your attention to the seats, and you’ll find more quality stitching over available soft leather seats. Front seats can be optioned with 12-way power adjustment with heat and ventilation - you can even get heated seats in the second row outboard seats. Tahoe is also one of the few SUVs available today with a nine-person seating capacity. The third-row seats can be power folded flat into the cargo bay, and the second row has a power release feature to make getting into the third row even easier. Or fold down both the second and third row of seats to open up an expansive 95 cubic feet of cargo space. Once again, little touches set the Tahoe apart from the competition, like a 110-volt power outlet in the cargo area. All of this space is accessible from a power liftgate that can be operated by waving a foot underneath the rear bumper and can be programmed to open to a certain height to avoid hitting low garage doors or parking structures.
Want America’s most popular full-size SUV, but also want to stand out in the crowd? Tahoe is available in several special editions: