New for 2020: The pricing for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe has been revealed though not for all trim levels. The Tahoe will start from $50,295 for the base LS trim, the LT from $55,095 while buyers will need $63,895 for the Premier trim, which is $100 less compared to the outgoing model. These prices all include the $1,295 destination charge.
The Tahoe is America’s best-selling full-size SUV, accounting for more than 25 percent of the segment. The 2021 model has been fully redesigned and features substantially more usable space. With a 4.9-inch longer wheelbase and a 6.7-inch increase in overall length compared to the previous model, the new Tahoe offers 40 percent more third-row legroom and 66 percent greater cargo volume behind the third row. The second-row seats also slide fore and aft now, with ten inches of adjustment.
The headline change for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, though, is a new architecture featuring an independent rear suspension which coupled with a longer wheelbase promise to improve driving dynamics and ride comfort. An optional Air Ride Adaptive Suspension will be available too which works in conjunction with the Magnetic Ride Control to deliver an even plusher ride alongside better handling.
Sharing an overall design similarity with the recently redesigned Silverado, the new Tahoe sports a bluff-faced grille that leads to a traditional profile. Behind that grille lies three engine options, all paired to a ten-speed automatic transmission.
Full lineup pricing has yet to be announced, but the 2021 Tahoe will go on sale in mid-2020 in North America.
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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Powertrain
GM will offer the 2021 Tahoe with two engine options. The LS, LT, RST, Z71 and even the Premier trims will come equipped with the 5.3-liter V8 rated at 355 hp while the 6.2-liter V8 rated at 420 hp is reserved for the top-of-the-line High Country Trim only.
Both V8s feature Dynamic Fuel Management technology, with cylinder deactivation, automatic stop/start technology, direct injection and variable valve timing, which all contribute to improved efficiency. The optional Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel is available on all models except Z71. It is rated at 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It is expected to give the new SUVs some of the best fuel economy ratings in the segment.
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Features And Pricing
GM has not officially announced the pricing for the full 2021 Tahoe lineup yet but expect the SUV to be priced between $51,000 to $69,000.
LS: Starts at $50,295 / LT: Starts at $55,095
The LS and LT are familiar to Chevrolet truck buyers, offering increasingly more entertainment and safety features, along with standard 18-inch alloy wheels. Built-in 4G WiFi hotspot is standard, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Chevrolet’s infotainment system with a 10-inch-diagonal color touchscreen is standard, along with a 4.2-inch driver information center. The LT model also includes a wireless phone charger.
The RST has all of the LT’s features and offers a gloss-black trim package, contrasting stitching on the seats, and 22-inch alloy wheels.
This is the off-road focused package, with standard 4WD and a two-speed transfer case, as well as hill descent control. All-terrain tires are mounted on 20-inch wheels, and the trucks are fitted with skid plates and tow hooks.
Premier: Starts at $63,895
This is a technology trim, which adds magnetic ride control, navigation, an 8-inch-diagonal reconfigurable instrument cluster, premium Bose 10-speaker audio system, 12-way power vented and perforated front bucket seats, power releases for both rows of rear seats, heated steering wheel, blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, park assist and 20-inch wheels.
High Country: N/A
This is a new trim to the lineup previously exclusive to the Silverado truck. This new top trim adds bronze accents and specialized High Country badging. High Country has the 6.2-liter V8 standard, as well as the Air Ride adaptive suspension paired with Magnetic Ride Control. The High Country wears 22-inch alloy wheels as standard and offers extra safety features: rear pedestrian alert, head-up display, HD surround vision and rear camera mirror. Adaptive cruise control is standard as well.
Chevrolet Tahoe Recommended Trim
It will be hard to determine which trim level we most recommend until we drive it and have full pricing for each model, but on paper the high-tech Premier with the optional torquey and efficient diesel looks like the most tempting package.
Chevrolet Tahoe Fuel Economy
No fuel economy ratings are available yet, but the diesel should prove to be an attractive choice to drivers looking to optimize both mileage and towing performance. Having said that, GM does claim that the Tahoe and Suburban twins will be the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the full-size SUV segment.
Chevrolet Tahoe vs Ford Expedition
A large SUV with a smooth powertrain has long been considered an ancient item, but the Ford Expedition is surprisingly refined and punches above its weight class. It stands out for its combination of smooth ride and quiet interior comfort, spacious third-row, 5-star safety ratings and full-size-truck hauling ability. The Expedition’s 9,200-pound tow capacity when equipped with an optional Heavy-Duty trailering package makes it the best in its class.
Chevrolet Tahoe vs Toyota Sequoia
The Toyota Sequoia delivers just as much capability with nearly as much style and luxury features as many high-end luxury-brand SUVs, and although it wears a Toyota badge, it has an interior well-equipped enough to feel like a Lexus. The Sequoia’s interior is spacious, comfortable and surprisingly flexible for people and cargo, and thanks to a four-wheel independent suspension and tubular anti-roll bars, it rides and handles quite well. It offers immense towing capability and has smooth, powerful V8 options. There’s also a new off-road-focused TRD Pro version for 2020. Base SR5 models are especially strong value, starting at a little under $50,000.
Chevrolet Tahoe vs Nissan Armada
With its 390-horsepower V8, the Nissan Armada is one of the most revered names in the full-size SUV segment. The engine allows for towing up to 8,500 pounds, all while carrying eight passengers in comfort. Against the likes of other large SUVs such as the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe, the Armada’s refinement sets it apart. With a deep menu of advanced technology and safety features, buyers can configure an Armada that works for them. A durable and competent off-roader that feels equally at home on the highway.
|Price Range /||$50,295 – $63,895 (Premier)|
|Engine /||5.3L V8 / 6.2L V8 / 3.0L I6 Diesel|
|Power (hp) /||355 / 420 / 277|
|Torque (lb-ft) /||383 / 460 / 460|
|Transmission /||10-speed automatic|
Our Final Verdict
The Suburban and Tahoe are by-far the best-selling models in their class, and the new 2021 fifth generation is expected to continue this success. Compared to other full-size SUVs, they stand out for their ride quality and efficient engines, and Chevrolet claims that it’s the most fuel-efficient model in the full-size SUV class, thanks to tech such as direct injection and cylinder deactivation. They’re also rugged, versatile, and can be outfitted for off-road toughness, tow ability and interior luxury as needed.
With an all-new generation featuring independent rear suspension, improved ride quality and handling, along with increased cargo and passenger room, the Tahoe and Suburban should easily find their place among the best vehicles in the full-size SUV segment.