2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Diesel Review: When You Get It Right

North America isn’t big on diesel, maybe it should be.

Where I come from, diesel engines are the holy grail of the automotive industry. So much so that quite a few car models are only available with diesels engines. The reason for this is simple, India is a mileage-centric car market and as a fuel, diesel is more efficient than petrol hence people love diesel. This has led to an epidemic of diesel-powered cars in India. You can buy practically any car with a diesel motor. A lot of luxury cars are only available as diesels. 

Diesels are efficient, yes, but they are also noisy, vibey, some are outright unruly, and manufacturers seem to stick them in everything they make all for mileage bragging rights. As efficient as they are, they just don’t make sense in a lot of cars. If you’ve ever wondered how a diesel 3 Series drives, you’re better off not knowing.

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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe First Drive Review: Raising the Standard

The Tahoe and Suburban used to be marvels of modern automotive packaging.

I don’t mean that in a good way. I spent over 1000 miles in the back row of a Suburban on a road trip in my early 20s, and I couldn’t wrap my head around how something so big could be so tight inside.

Chevrolet acknowledges as much when I pick up the new 2021 Tahoe in RST guise for a 24-hour test. The company stresses that it listened to existing owner feedback when designing its new truck-based SUVs, and a common request was better use of those big dimensions. So the company has given the rear suspension a rethink, opting for an independent setup. The move, alongside modest increases in length and wheelbase, has freed up relative acres of space inside the Bow Tie behemoths. It’s also addressed another bugbear: ride quality. The new 2021 Chevy Tahoe doesn’t reinvent the body-on-frame SUV, but these and other smart detail changes have turned it into a vastly better all-rounder, no longer requiring customers to make sacrifices over the unibody competition.

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Detailed Specs

Price / $55,995 - $79,195
Engine / 3.0-liter turbo 6-cylinder diesel / 5.3-liter 8-cylinder / 6.2-liter 8-cylinder
Power / 277 hp / 355 hp / 420 hp
Torque / 460 lb-ft / 383 lb-ft / 460 lb-ft
Drivetrain / RWD/4WD
Transmission / 10AT
Fuel Economy (city/hwy) / 14–21 mpg / 18–28 mpg
Cargo Capacity / 25.5 cu ft

Our Final Verdict

Chevrolet Tahoe

Performance 7.0
Features 8.0
Comfort 9.0
Quality and Styling 8.0
Value 7.0