The 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe is a large SUV that offers plenty of space for passengers and cargo. It's available with three different engines, all of which offer decent towing capacity. The entry-level engine is a 355-hp V-8 but you can upgrade to the 420-hp V-8 if you want more power.
The Tahoe now comes with a six-cylinder diesel inline-six, which is different from older models of the Tahoe. Three-row seating is standard, and even the base LS trim come equipped with features such as an infotainment system and driver-assistance devices that are popular among customers. If you're looking for an adventurous ride, go for the Z71 model; it includes a two-speed transfer case, an adjustable air suspension, and all-terrain tires that can handle any terrain.
The Premier and High Country models provide a more refined experience, but you'll end up paying Cadillac Escalade prices for a Chevy if you're not careful. If you need even more room for cargo, consider the larger and mechanically similar Chevrolet Suburban (which we review separately).
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
For the Tahoe's entire life, it has been powered by a V-8, which continues for this latest generation. However, its standard 355-hp 5.3-liter and available 420-hp 6.2-liter blocks are joined by a 3.0
The Tahoe we tested was the off-road-oriented Z71 model, which comes standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission and either rear or all-wheel drive. It also has a two-speed transfer case that provides traditional four-wheel drive, 20 inch wheels wrapped in all terrain tires, and underbody protection. Our example had adequate acceleration, a firm brake pedal, and an impressively quiet cabin at highway speeds.
The Z71 package includes air springs (which allow the Tahoe's ride height to be automatically and manually lowered or raised) and adaptive dampers, which are standard on the upper-echelon Premier and High Country models. The latter two models also ride on glitzy 22-inch rims for added curb appeal.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Tahoe with the most fuel efficiency features the available diesel engine, which has a city rating of 21 mpg and highway rating of 28 mpg. The standard 5.3-liter V-8 is estimated to have slightly better city mileage than the optional 6.2-liter V-8, but both get 20 mpg on highways.
We put a diesel-powered Tahoe through our ordinary 75-mph highway route as part of our testing process, and we got 27 mpg. If you want to learn more about the Tahoe's fuel economy, go to the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Tahoe's interior is roomy, with more than enough space for compared to smaller SUVs. Three rows of seats come standard, and the second-row seats slide back and forth to provide flexibility that enables adults to sit comfortably in the third row.
The Tahoe's independent rear suspension not only provides a comfortable ride, but it also allows for more space in the cargo area. With the second and third rows folded down, there is 123 cubic feet of space available. We were even able to fit six carry-on suitcases behind the third row. Chevy made a good decision by replacing the old column shifter with a push-button-and-slider setup; however, we think that the motorized, retractable center console lid is unnecessary and gimmicky. The control switch being located on the roof doesn't help its case either. Thankfully, all of the other interior ergonomics are much better designed..
Is the Chevy Tahoe a reliable car?
Compared to other midsize SUVs, the Chevy Tahoe has a relatively low reliability rating. While repairs aren't very frequent for the Tahoe, they do tend to be significantly more severe than repairs on other vehicles.
Which year of Chevrolet Tahoe is best?
The safest Tahoe year models to purchase are 1995 - 1998, 2000, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2017 - 2020. There's very little to worry about with all of these year models, as all have garnered very few complaints over the years.
Is it worth buying a 2022 Tahoe?
The 2022 Chevy Tahoe received a 39 out of 100 on its overall rating from Consumer Reports. Out of the 8 large SUVs tested for the model year 2022, the Tahoe ranked 6th—not the worst, but far from the best.
Is Tahoe bigger than suburban?
Neither the Chevy Tahoe nor the Chevy Suburban is a small vehicle. Both SUVs seat between seven and nine passengers depending on how you configure your interior. But the Suburban measures 225.7 inches from end to end, compared to 210.7 inches for the Tahoe.