A couple of years ago, one would have thought that large SUVs and sports car were going to go extinct. Of course, that was due to the rising gas prices that hurt both segments with astonishingly declining sales. Well, gas prices have now dropped and are remaining quite steady and Americans have once again proved that they love their large V8 engines and large SUVs.
When you take a look at large SUVs without throwing in luxury options, you’ll realize that your choices are quite limited. You have the Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Armada, Ford Expedition, GMC Yukon, and the Chevrolet Tahoe. In our opinion, there is only one that is truly leading the segment with innovations, and that is the all-new Chevrolet Tahoe. The Chevrolet Tahoe is packed with new technology features, comfort features, and a powerful and efficient V8 engine. Let’s take a closer look at the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe.
The Chevrolet Tahoe recently received a complete redesign for the fourth-generation model and we’re absolutely in love with it. While it keeps its massive proportions, it has become more bold and sharp. The overall design has become less overpowering and more sculpted.
Since the release of the fourth-generation model in 2015, Chevrolet has stepped up its game in offering a selection of limited and special edition models. Our test model, the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Midnight Edition, takes the base design of the Tahoe to the next level with a more stealthy and aggressive look. The Tahoe Midnight Edition features some model exclusive touches including black Chey bowties, a sleek black mesh girlle, a black roof rack, and 20-inch black rims.
Size-wise, the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe sits on a wheelbase that measures 116 inches with an overall length of 203.9 inches. The width comes in at 80.5 inches and the height stands at 74.4 inches. Yes, the Chevrolet Tahoe is extremely large.
When compared to the competition, the Chevrolet Tahoe stands apart from the crowd with a sporty and bold exterior instead of going for the bland and boring look.
Take a seat in the Tahoe and you’ll be welcomed by a spacious and comfortable cabin. The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe offers seating for up to seven passengers and even more space for your luggage.
The Tahoe allows you to tackle any situation with power-release second row and power fold-flat third-row that allow you to pack it with any amount of passengers or cargo you need. Cargo volume behind the third row comes in at 15.2 cubic feet while the room behind the second row comes in at 51.7 cubic feet. Lay down the second and third row and you will be able to enjoy a total of 94.7 cubic feet. In English, that means you can throw anything you want into your Tahoe such as furniture, groceries, luggage, golf bags, or anything your heart desires.
Front row passengers will enjoy a total of 45.3 inches of legroom and passengers in the second row will enjoy a total 39 inches. Third-row passengers, which is mainly used for young children, offers a total of 24.8 inches of legroom.
When it comes to gadgets and other technology features, the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe does not disappoint. The Tahoe comes standard with the Chevrolet MyLink system and an 8-inch touchscreen display. The system includes five USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity (with audio streaming), and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capability. Depending on the options and packages you pick, you can also add on heated and cooled seats, heated steering, a Bose sound system, OnStar 4G LTE WiFi connection, wireless cell phone charging, a rear entertainment system, and much more.
One thing we definitely noticed about the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe was the comfortable and quiet cabin. Chevrolet says that the windshield of the Tahoe is acoustic-laminated and the inlaid doors have triple seals to keep unwanted noise on the outside. The optional Magnetic Ride Control feature helps reduce body motion, meaning you won’t feel the turns or bumps as much as you would in the Tahoe’s competitors.
The 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine that produces a total of 355 horsepower and a peak torque of 383 lb-ft. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Chevrolet Tahoe delivers an EPA-rated fuel economy of 16/23 mpg* (city/highway) for the 2WD model.
If you’re into towing something along on your long road trips, you can add on the Max Trailering Package that will give you the ability to tow up to 8,600 lbs. with the 2WD model.
For those that may require additional power, hang on for late 2017 as Chevy will be offering a Performance Package that will give the Tahoe a 420 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine along with Brembo brakes and a Borla exhaust system.
Overall, the ride quality of the Chevrolet Tahoe is extremely comfortable and smooth. There is no terrain or situation that the Tahoe can’t help you tackle.
Besides the long list of standard features, which includes a rearview camera, the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe comes with optional driver assist technologies. Those technologies include blind spot alert, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, lane change alert, and forward collision warning.
The Chevrolet Tahoe is still the king of large SUVs. With a bold new exterior, a comfortable and smooth ride quality, and the long list of technology features, the Chevrolet Tahoe is a clear winner in the large SUV segment. Prices for the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe starts at $48,510** for the base Chevrolet Tahoe LS 2WD model and $51,510** for the Tahoe LS 4WD model. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated dealer for a test drive today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.