If there was ever a case for, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” it was the Chevrolet Tahoe. GM’s stable of full-size SUVs – which includes the GMC Yukon – already dominate the full-size SUV class to the tune of owning around 70 percent of the market. They outsell Ford 5-1, and Toyota 10-1. Yet Chevrolet went all out with the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, giving it an all-new chassis, all-new styling, an upgraded suspension and engine, and an interior that’s more luxurious than the last-generation Cadillac Escalade. Throw in class-leading technology, and it’s clear that there’s little out there to dethrone this king of the road.
If you need real 4-wheel drive (4WD), if you tow a trailer or a boat, and if you want to do that surrounded by the best interior and some of the highest tech you can get in the segment, then this is your ride.
The 2021 Tahoe’s driver’s seat features multiple adjustments, so it’s easy get comfortable. The materials feel upscale, and we liked the easy-to-understand control layout. Adults will wish the 2nd-row captain’s chairs adjusted forward and back, not just for seatback angle, but that’s better than the tiny third row – its poor foot room and legroom make it for kids only. There’s not much space behind the third row for cargo, but the new raised floor – there to help make a flat cargo floor when the third row’s folded – features a handy storage area beneath it.
With the 2021 Tahoe, Chevrolet continues to put daylight between its pickup trucks and the SUVs based on them. The new Tahoe shares no exterior panels with the truck it’s based on, giving designers unprecedented freedom. The silhouette is familiar, but the sharp-edged styling, sculpted flanks, and cool LED-accented headlights strike a bold look for this big brute. Parked side by side, the Tahoe looks wider than its GMC Yukon cousin – credit the wide grille, which blends into the headlights. We also liked the optional power running boards.