THE TAHOE WITH OPTIONAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTER IS THE BIG SCREEN LEADER
STYLING CHANGES TO THE TAHOE HELP GAS MILEAGE AND CUT A LESS BOXY SILOUHETTE
There is a reason that GM owns the big SUV market. They build a large box on wheels that seats 8 comfortably and will tow the Airstream or Master Craft right along with you wherever you want to go. What's more the Tahoe makes no apologies for what it is...a big box on wheels.
All new for 2015, the Tahoe is improved in a number of areas starting with looks. Lopping off a little here and there, sculpting and stretching the Tahoe creates a more upright profile and increases interior room as well. The front end gets the big toothy grille treatment with sharp angular front lamp openings. Door openings are mammoth and offer plenty of room to get in or out of no matter how many years it has been since you have been to the gym.
Inside, the LTZ trim version I drove was spacious and impressive. Front seats were comfortable with good support. I can't imagine that the interior appointments in the sister Escalade can be a whole lot better. The interior envelopes you in luxury. Air conditioned seats, a large nav/My Link screen, easily read gauges and a gaggle of storage compartments score big points in the family hauler department. There are also more USB ports and power jacks that any human ought to need but they are there. Chevy's My link system and On Star team up to bring you about as good a communication system as is available in any vehicle today. There are also buttons at the back gate to fold down or raise the back and middle seats...something that I wondered how I got along without before I used them. They made the Tahoe THAT much better to use at load up time.
Under the hood, Chevy makes owning the Tahoe both a powerful experience and one with about as clear an environmental conscience as you can have driving one of these things around town. The 5.3 liter, 355 horsepower Ecotec V8 uses 383 ft/lbs of torque to move the Tahoe along at a brisk pace for a vehicle its size. The 6 speed automatic transmission delivers solid shifting performance while also being a star in the towing department with an 8500 pound capacity...kids get out the Airstream!!! Moving the Tahoe between 2WD and 4WD is simple as turning a dial on the dashboard. There is also a dashboard control for the trailer brake as well.
Chevy also makes the Tahoe shine in the fuel consumption department using direct fuel injection and its flawless cylinder deactivation system to knock 4 of the Tahoe’s cylinders out of service when not needed. It is a system that the average driver will never know is there except when they pass more gas stations that their friends that drive the last generation full size SUV's.
Chevy's electric power steering points the large box very accurately where you want to go and with a better than average road feel while the magnetic suspension....same as in the Corvette gives the Tahoe a luxurious but not mushy ride adjusting every millisecond or so for changing terrain, conditions etc. it takes on a curvy country road or a 10 lane freeway with equal comfort, accuracy and confidence.
The 2015 Chevy Tahoe LTZ is not cheap by any means...there is a demand for these big poppas and Chevy charges for it. The model I tested came in at a sticker price of $70,875. Gas mileage was 16 city/22 highway with a combined 18 mpg. The Tahoe gets a 4 Star Crash Rating in government tests.
The 2015 Chevy Tahoe hits the mark perfectly. It is a huge vehicle that hauls precious cargo to the little league games, stuff home from the hardware store, is comfortable for that long trip as well as pulling the boat down to the lake or the trailer cross country. It makes no apologies for being what it is ...The Great American Full Size Comfortable Family Car with an extra added bonus of being about as fuel efficient as one of these big mamas can get.