2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

MSRP $43,700 - $49,000

Ranked #9 in Fullsize Suv

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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Completely redesigned for the 2021 model year, the Chevrolet Tahoe marks its entry in the fifth generation. The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe comes with a base price of $49,000 and boasts an improved interior and exterior. In the SUV segment, the Tahoe has emerged as a leader and competes against popular cars like Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Armada, and Ford Expedition. The SUV gets modern technology and safety aids that make it one of the safest cars. From now, the Tahoe gets an independent rear suspension that makes the ride comfy and enjoyable. Buyers can opt for air suspension and Magnetic ride control that are available on higher trim levels. 

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Pros

Spacious interior and cargo area

User-friendly touchscreen infotainment 

Impressive ride and handling

Cons

Not so upscale interior material

Costly higher trims

Interior controls could have been better

What's New?

Completely redesigned for 2021

Improved dimension from the previous generation

Optional 3.0-liter diesel engine available

Independent rear suspension for improved ride quality


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$49000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

140 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

325 cu.in.

horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

383 lb-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

10 speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

17/17 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

120.9 in.

length

210.7 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

75.8 in.

curb weight

5473 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40 cu ft.

cargo volume

122.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

7900 lbs.

payload capacity

1834 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

20.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

184 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/18/20 mpg

highway range

560 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Police$43,700 onwards

LS$49,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe in Iridescent Pearl Tricoat color
Iridescent Pearl Tricoat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.5

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.5

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


Benefitted with an all-new chassis architecture and larger dimensions, the new Chevrolet Tahoe offers more than its price. The interior is spacious with decent passenger occupancy and a cargo area. Powering the SUV is an efficient 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. There's also a V8 engine option available on range-topping trims. The car is capable of towing up to 8400 pounds. The vehicle is available in six trim levels and is loaded with a wide range of interior features. You get an array of options of choice. From here, we shall get into the details that make the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe a good buy.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV front angle view
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV rear angle view

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.5/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Features

The 2021 Chevy Tahoe is available in six trim levels: the LS, LT, RST, Z71, Premier, and High Country. Excluding the High country, all Tahoe models come powered with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that propels 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. All trim levels have been configured with a Four-wheel drive.

The High country trim comes powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Chevy has also offered an optional turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel engine that churns out 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet offers it on every trim except the Z71 model. 

Model

LS

LT

RST

Z71

Premier

High Country

MSRP (2WD)

$50,295

$55,095

$58,395

N/A

$63,895

$70,895

MSRP (4WD)

$53,295

$58,095

$61,395

$60,495

$66,895

$73,895

Key Features

Automatic Emergency Braking

Addition to LS:

Addition to LT:

Addition to RST:

Addition to Z71:

Addition to Premier:

 

10” Touchscreen infotainment system

Powered Tailgate

Panoramic Sunroof

Z71 Signature Package

Dual-

outlet exhaust

Unique Grille with bronze accents

 

4.2” MID for the Driver

Powered Rear Seats

Black ice front grille

Heated driver and front passenger seats

12-way Power Front Seats

Multiple interiors customization

 

Powered front seats

Apple Carplay and Android Auto

RST specific interiors

Red recovery hooks

Magnetic Ride Control

Air Ride Adaptive Suspension

 

Automatic Headlamps

Bose 9-speaker audio system

Black Chrome exterior trims

Hill Descent Control

On-Board Navigation

Adaptive Cruise Control

 

Dual Zone Climate control

LED-Headlights

22” alloy wheels

Heavy-Duty Air Filter

20” Alloy wheels

15” Multicolor HUD

Which Trim should you buy?

Our recommendation goes for the mid-range RST trim. It is believed to be packed with the best possible equipment and interior trim. With a price of $58,395, the RST gets an exclusive all-black exterior pack, premium interior stitch, and massive 22-inch wheels. You can also configure the RST with the new 3.0-liter diesel engine. 

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2021 Tahoe gets a standard 355 hp 5.3-liter V8 with 10-speed automatic transmission. This engine is capable of towing up to 8600 pounds. The range-topping High Country is powered with a 6.2-liter V-8 that propels 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. There's also a fuel-saving 3.0-liter inline-6 turbo diesel engine that develops 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. 

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV in acceleration mode

Models

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Nissan Armada

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Toyota Sequoia

MSRP

$50,295

$47,100

$53,425

$49,980

Engine

5.3-liter Naturally Aspirated V8

5.6-liter Naturally Aspirated V8

3.5-liter Turbocharged V6 Ecoboost

5.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 i-Force 

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

10-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

355 hp @ 5,600 rpm

390 hp @ 5,800 rpm

375 hp @ 5,000 rpm

381 hp @ 5,600 rpm

Torque

383 lb-ft. @ 4,100 rpm

394 lb-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

470 lb-ft. @ 3,500 rpm

401 lb-ft. @ 3,600 rpm

0-60 MPH

7.5 secs

5.9 secs 

6.2 secs 

7.1 secs

Quarter Mile

N/A

15 secs

15.5 secs 

15.3 secs

Top Speed

N/A

120 MPH

120 MPH

115 MPH

The Tahoe gets an all-wheel independent suspension that enhances the ride quality. With some added weight, the new SUV tackles the corners without leaning much. The passengers don't have to complain about any kind of discomfort. 

How well does the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe handle?

The new Tahoe is a great SUV to drive. For the best drive experience, Chevy brings air suspension that costs an additional $1,000 to the Z71 and High Country trims. You can also adjust the ride height up to 4 inches in these trims. This not only improves aerodynamics but also brings the enhanced off-road capability with increased ground clearance. The Z71 trim comes with standard all-wheel drive, otherwise, it costs an additional $3,000 on other trim levels. 

The available engine options with the Chevy Tahoe are powerful but the base 5.3-liter V8 might struggle a bit while delivering power in the mid-range while cruising on highways. Although, the 6-speed automatic transmission is smooth. The 6.2-liter V8 offers seamless power output without lag and brings out effective driving dynamics in both cities and highways. 

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Fuel Economy

7.5/10

The 2021 Tahoe's standard 5.3-liter V8 engine returns an EPA-rated fuel economy of 16 mg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined. With the bigger V8 powertrain, the fuel economy drops to 15 mpg in the city, 19 mpg on the highway, and 16 mpg combined. In comparison to the previous model year, the new Tahoe returns better fuel economy along with the start/stop and cylinder deactivation function. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Nissan Armada

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Toyota Sequoia

MPG (City)

15

13

17

13

MPG (Highway)

22

18

23

17

MPG (Combined)

18

15

19

15

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

26

26

23.3

26.4

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

390/572/468

338/468/390

396.1/535.9/442.7

343.2/448.8/396

You might get better fuel economy with the diesel version. However, the 14-gallon of the tank allows the Tahoe to go up to 500 miles. Compared to the rivals like Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia, Tahoe's MPG ratings are better. The Expedition manages to return an impressive 17 mpg in the city, and 23 mpg on the highway. 

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Interior

8.0/10

The 2021 Tahoe's interior is completely refreshed and tweaked with the latest features and creature comforts. The interior is more spacious than its previous generation model, thanks to the increase in wheelbase. The base trim levels are available with cloth seats while the higher terms get leather seats. The SUV offers lots of storage options inside the cabin including a sliding storage bin and center armrest. 

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV cockpit area

The front seats offer decent legroom and headroom compared to other competitors in the segment. The third-row legroom is about limited as tall adults might not find occupancy there. The headroom is decent in the third row when compared to rivals like Ford Expedition. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Nissan Armada

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Toyota Sequoia

Seating Capacity

9

8

8

8

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

42.3/66.0/44.5

40.9/63.8/41.9

42/64.9/43.9

34.8/66.4/42.5

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.9/64.8/42

40.0/63.4/39.0

40/64.8/41.5

34.9/65.6/40.9

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.2/62.8/36.7

36.4/60.5/28.3

37.3/64.2/36.1

34.5/65.7/37.6

Cargo Capacity (ft3) (With all seats upright)

25.5

16.5

20.9

18.9

Folding the second and third-row seats gets you a whooping cargo space of 122.9 cubic feet. Chevrolet claims that the new Tahoe is technologically advanced than most of its peers and offers spacious and luxurious cabins in the SUV segment. Some of the notable interior features of the Chevrolet Tahoe are:

  • Multipurpose power-sliding center armrest console
  • Inbuilt trailering app with custom trailer profiles
  • Heated steering wheel with manual tilting, manual telescoping
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Five 12V DC power outlets
  • Illuminated passenger vanity mirror
  • Memory seats
  • Illuminated auxiliary driver and passenger-side visor mirrors
  • Day-night rearview mirror
  • Covered bin instrument-panel storage
  • Steering wheel memory
  • Rear air conditioning with separate controls
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Mini overhead console
  • 8 USB ports
  • Proximity cargo access remote release
  • Cruise control with steering wheel controls

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Tahoe gets a large 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, and 9-speaker Bose audio system. The Premier and High Country trim levels get larger infotainment displays along with a 10-speaker Bose audio system. The SUV also comes with rear-seat entertainment that includes dual 12.6-inch display panels for rear-seat passengers. Some of the notable infotainment features in the 2021 Tahoe are:

  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation turn-by-turn navigation directions
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Nine premium speakers
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capable
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Digital signal processor
  • SiriusXM with 360L AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • 12.6-inch second-row entertainment system (optional)

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Exterior

7.5/10

The fifth-generation 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is wider and stylish compared to its predecessor. The exterior is redesigned with significant upgrades. The front fascia gets modern LED headlamps. The SUV is based on a new architecture and offers a long wheelbase that improves ride quality. The redesigned Tahoe takes some inspiration from the Chevy Silverado pickup truck. 

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV 

Notably, the higher trim levels Z71 and High Country get exclusive front grille while the mid-range RST gets all-bac exterior trim. The Taho is available in nine exterior color options with wheel sizes available in 18-inch, 20-inch, and 22-inch. Buyers can also upgrade the Tahoe with the Z71 off-road package that adds significant performance add-ons like adaptive dampers and air suspension. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Nissan Armada

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Toyota Sequoia

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,631

5,672

5,368

6,000

Length (in)

204

208.9

210

205.1

Width (in)

80.5

79.9

79.9

79.9

Height (in)

74.4

75.8

76.6

77

Ground Clearance (in)

7.9

9.1

9.8

9.9

Wheelbase (in)

116

121.1

122.5

122

Compared to the previous model year, the Tahoe has gained some weight, and that helps in keeping it stable around corners. The Sequoia holds a curb weight of 6000 pounds, making it the heaviest in the group. In terms of dimensions, the Tahoe looks equally capable compared to rivals like Armada and Expedition. Even with a wheelbase of 116 inches, the Tahoe manages to offer best-in-class interior space. Some of the notable exterior features of the 2021 Chevy Tahoe are:

  • Trailer backup assist
  • Body-colored front and rear bumpers
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Trailer hitch
  • Side steps
  • Spoiler
  • Galvanized steel/aluminum body material
  • Power remote heated manual folding side-view door mirrors
  • Roof rails
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Power liftgate

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Safety

8.0/10

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is yet to be tested by the IIHS. In the NHTSA crash tests, the Tahoe scored four out of five-star ratings. The 2021 Tahoe comes with an array of modern safety features. The range-topping High Country trim offers additional safety aids like a blind-spot warning system, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and Chevy's own vibrating safety alert seat technology. Some of the notable safety features of the 2021 Tahoe include:

  • Active Hill Hold assist
  • Forward Collision alert
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • HD Rear Camera
  • StabiliTrak, an electronic stability control system with traction control
  • Tailgate/rear door lock
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Traction control

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Competition

9.0/10

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2021 Nissan Armada

This year, both Chevrolet and Nissan updated their SUVs with significant features. Well, the Tahoe is ahead in terms of interior comfort and powertrain. The Armada offers better value in the base trim. Also, Armada’s engine takes a toll on the fuel economy. If you are looking for a fuel-efficient SUV then go for the Chevy Tahoe. 

2021 Nissan Armada

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2021 Ford Expedition

The Chevy Tahoe and Ford Expedition are fairly comparable in most features and power output. The Expedition offers a better fuel economy than the Tahoe. The Tahoe brings out the better MPG rating with the turbo diesel engine. The new Tahoe also gets an upgraded 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Priced at $54,205, the Expedition is more expensive than the Tahoe that starts at $50K. It is again a matter of self preference when it comes to choosing one out of the two. 

2021 Ford Expedition

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2021 Toyota Sequoia

The Sequoia is now an oldie in the segment. With the Tahoe getting significant upgrades for the fifth generation transition, the Toyota Sequoia feels outdated. The Tahoe offers a better package, decent fuel economy, and a comfy interior. The Sequoia feels short on interior comfort, features, and cargo space. However, the reliability rating and resale value of the Japanese SUV are great. It is priced in the sub $50,000 price band as well = which still gives a choice while going for a purchase. 

2021 Toyota Sequoia

 

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Final Verdict

Despite its bulky weight, the Tahoe is easy to drive and maneuver in the city or highway. The additional packages like air suspension and adaptive dampers make the Tahoe an excellent all-around SUV. Chevrolet as made. a remarkable update in the fifth generation Tahoe. The Tahoe is not only family-friendly but also pleases the power thirst of most buyers. If you are looking for an SUV with similar attributes, you may look for GMC Yukon or spacious Chevy Suburban. 

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