2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

MSRP $37,980 - $54,570

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2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: January 18, 2022

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The Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the very few three-row SUVs in the market which offers a complete package of outstanding performance, decent build quality, and a spacious cabin that can easily fit seven to nine occupants. On top of that its truck-based architecture results in having excellent towing capabilities and decent off-roading prowess as well.

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Pros

Potent powertrain

Spacious cabin with an exquisite level of luxury

Excellent fit and finish of interior materials

Comfortable ride quality

Cons

Lacks telescoping adjustment of the steering wheel

Unimpressive fuel economy

What's New?

Optional Trailering package loads an integrated trailer brake controller


2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Consumer Reviews and Ratings

5.2

based on 5 ratings


5.0/10Features
5.4/10Interiors
4.8/10Design
4.8/10Safety
5.0/10Reliability
5.4/10Deal Value

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Rachel V. Thornton

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

LTZ 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 18, 2022

affordable and comfortable large SUV

Pros - Good fit and finish, spacious interior, comfortable ride,stout towing capacity and conservative but handsome styling.

Cons - No telescoping steering wheel and the third row seats complicate storage space.

spacious and safe SUV with good fit and finish. Growing up, I was a Ford person. Over the last two decades, I've owned three full-size trucks and SUVs. All three of them abandoned me on the side of the road. Then I owned three different small-to-midsize European automobiles (Volvo, Mercedes, Audi). I loved them all, but I was eager to move back into a taller vehicle that could tow my trailer. Last August, I purchased a new Tahoe. It absolutely meets my expectations. On average, I get 14-19 MPG on the highway and in the city. For such a massive car, it's not awful. The Tahoe provides enough room and safety for my entire family, with outstanding safety ratings and seats for up to eight people. It’s also...

8/10
Features
6/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
4/10
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EG

Ella Gibson

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 7, 2022

Shows the age but is a good family hauler

Pros - Plenty of storage space – Ample rear legroom.

Cons - Cheap hard plastics – Dated screen – Slow driver.

Drives in my Tahoe is pretty comfortable My Tahoe might be old but its held up really great and the car is in certain ways the ideal family vehicle. I do agree that the car is pretty dull and slow but that makes it easy for my dad to drive and the legroom that the Tahoe offers makes the rides very relaxing. The build and materials used however is very cheap and gives the vibes from the past. Also, the screen on this car looks like something that I used to play Mario on. Was in definite need of a family vehicle and after a lot of searching, I stumbled upon this dealership and they had a large collection. All I was wondering is how I even missed this dealership initially. Really happy with the pur...

7/10
Features
6/10
Interior
6/10
Design
6/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
8/10
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C

Clivonya

2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

LS 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)

3

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 14, 2022

Definitely not a good buy

Pros - Second row comfort is too good.

Cons - Cumbersome drive, Limited storage, Cheap cabin.

Unpleasnt drive All that the Tahoe is good for is its second row seating as the captain seats manage to keep passengers in great comfort. Apart from that, the Tahoe is a boring car to drive around as it feels very heavy and due to the third row of seats, the cargo capacity on the Tahoe is very limited. Also, the cabin materials used are of low grade. This dealership and the ambiance is really nice but I would suggest not to ask for suggestions and that is the mistake that I made while I was here. I just ended up buying a trash can.

3/10
Features
4/10
Interior
4/10
Design
2/10
Safety
2/10
Reliability
3/10
Deal Value
3/10
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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$37980

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

135 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

325 cu.in.

horsepower

320 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

335 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

116 in.

length

202 in.

width

79 in.

height

76.9 in.

curb weight

5636 lbs.

ground clearance

10.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

108.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

5500 lbs.

payload capacity

1774 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/21 mpg

highway range

546 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LS$37,980 onwards

  • 17-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM/Satellite
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Dual zone manual front air conditioning
  • Heated mirrors
  • Premium cloth Seat trim
  • Rear air conditioning with controls
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Seek-Scan Radio

LT$42,830 onwards

  • Dual zone automatic front air conditioning
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Ultrasonic Parking assist

LTZ$51,465 onwards

  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • 20-inch polished aluminum Wheels
  • Front passenger Lumbar support
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Navigation system

Colors and Styles

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe in Doeskin Tan color
Doeskin Tan

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.7

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.3

Competition

9.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


For the 2011 model year, the Tahoe comes with no major changes except for a single feature inclusion. The price of the SUV starts at $37,980 and gets a flex-fuel V8 as a standard powertrain. In the segment, the SUV competes against the GMC Yukon, Nissan Armada, and Toyota Sequoia.


8.0/10
Features

7.7/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.3/10
Safety


2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Features

8.0/10

The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe comes in three trim levels i.e. LS, LT, and LTZ. While the price difference between these trims is substantial, the list of features you get with each of them easily justifies why one will have to pay extra. The base ‘LS’ trim comes with front power-adjustable bucket seats, a six-speaker audio system, and manual climate control. The LT upgrades on that by having automatic climate control, leather-trimmed seats instead of cloth ones, an updated 9-speaker Bose audio system. The LTZ tops out by having the biggest list of features including heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, power mirrors, and a liftgate.

Trim

LS

LT

LTZ

MSRP (RWD)

$37,980

$42,830

$51,465

MSRP (4WD)

$42,040

$45,680

$54,570

Key Features

17-inch alloy wheels

Front fog lamps

Heated front and second-row seats

 

Tri-zone manual climate control

Locking rear differential

Power folding mirrors

 

Front power-adjustable bucket seats

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Power rear liftgate

 

Six speaker audio system with CD player and rear audio controls

Leather-trimmed seats

20-inch alloy wheels

 

50/50 split removable third-row seat

9 speaker Bose audio system

Suspension system with active damping

   

Optional second-row captain chairs

Perforated leather-trimmed seats

     

Heated and ventilated front seats

We Recommend

We would suggest the LT trim for the best value for money. The base LS trim is best suited for those looking for a balanced package of performance and features.

As for more features, we suggest you opt for two packages. A Convenience Package that loads power-adjustable pedals, a rearview camera with rear parking assist, and remote ignition and the Luxury package that loads heated front and second-row seats, a power liftgate, and power-folding mirrors.

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Engine and Performance

7.7/10

The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe engine is a 5.3 Liter V8 engine that whips out 320 horsepower and a torque of 335 lb-ft. The mighty V8 is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and power is sent to the rear wheels by default. However, a four-wheel-drive system can be had by paying extra which is a must for people who solely want Tahoe for towing. The automatic transmission is smooth and rarely misses, but the real gem here is the V8 engine. 

For such a big vehicle, it is quick and stays active all the time. This is why it can tow up to 8,500 pounds. On top of that, it can move the Tahoe from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds and can finish a quarter-mile in 15.9 seconds.

Models

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

2011 Nissan Armada

2011 Toyota Sequoia

2011 GMC Yukon

MSRP

$38,930

$39,465

$40,930

$39,895

Engine 

5.3 Liter V8

5.6 Liter V8

4.6 Liter V8

5.3 Liter V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6 speed automatic

5 speed automatic

6 speed automatic

6 speed automatic

Power 

320 hp @ 5,400 rpm

317 hp @ 5,200 rpm

310 hp @ 5,400 rpm 

320 hp @ 5,400 rpm

Torque

335 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

385 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm

327 lb-ft @ 3,400 rpm

335 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.5

8.1

8

8.5

Quarter mile (sec)

15.9

15.8

14.9

14.5

Top Speed (MPH)

130

121

NA

NA

The Chevrolet Tahoe’s V8 engine might be impressive but the Nissan Armada takes the lead when it comes to sheer torque output producing an output of 385lb.-ft. The Toyota Sequoia is the quickest one, taking 8 seconds to the 60mph mark, despite making slightly less power than the Tahoe. However, the GMC Yukon is Tahoe’s mechanical twin so it shares the same stats with slight differences and is almost a second quicker to the quarter-mile mark. 

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Fuel Economy

5.0/10

For a full-size SUV, having a powerful V8 engine often leads to poor fuel economy. But the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe gas mileage figures do give a pleasant surprise. It manages to return 15 mpg in the city, 21 mpg on the highways, and 17 mpg combined. These numbers are pretty good for its class but the deal gets better as the 26-gallon fuel tank has resulted in one of the best driving ranges in its class (ranging from 390 to 546 miles). 

Models

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

2011 Nissan Armada

2011 Toyota Sequoia

2011 GMC Yukon

MPG (City)

15

13

14

15

MPG (Highway)

21

19

20

21

MPG (Combined)

17

15

16

17

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

26

28

26.4

26

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

390/546

364/532

369.6/528

390/546

From the above stats, it's very clear Chevrolet Tahoe takes the lead here by offering the best fuel economy and driving range which is shared by its sibling GMC Yukon as well. Both the Nissan Armada and the Toyota Sequoia fall behind averaging 15 and 16 MPG, but they sure offer bigger fuel tanks. Still, their driving range is lower than that of the GM twins.

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Interior

8.2/10

For a vehicle this traditional, it gets very surprising once you get inside. The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe interior offers quite an attractive package. Everything looks elegant with smooth textures and premium-quality materials. And it gets harder to find any missed spots or unfinished corners. The dashboard is a bit simpler than usual but everything is placed elegantly on it. But, lack of tilt and the telescopic steering wheel can be a problem for some. When it comes to the seats, the Tahoe can be had in a seven, eight, or nine-seater configuration. Though by default eight seats are available where you get power-adjustable bucket seats at the front, a 60/40 split-folding bench for the second row, and a 50/50 removable bench seat for the third. 

Models

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

2011 Nissan Armada

2011 Toyota Sequoia

2011 GMC Yukon

Seating Capacity

8

8

8

8

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

41.1/65.3/41.3

39.7/65/41.8

38.3/66.4/42.5

40.3/65.3/41.3

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

39.2/65.2/39

40/64.7/41.9

38.9/66.1/36.5

39.2/65.2/39

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

37.9/61.7/25.6

35.9/63.7/32.2

36/66/35.3

37.9/61.7/25.6

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

16.9

20

18.9

16.9

Heated and ventilated seats are available on higher trims and cloth trim gets replaced by leather upholstery. As for hauling cargo, Tahoe’s standard 16.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity is decent for its class. But, we must say that third-row removable seats are way heavier to remove which is inconvenient.

The spacious cabin of Chevrolet Tahoe offers somewhat similar volume as its rivals, but the third row has a shortage of legroom which is lesser than what you would find in the others. On the other hand, the decent cargo capacity is lesser than what Armada and Sequoia offer. But that can be fixed by folding down the second-row seat and removing the third-row seat. 

Standout interior features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Optional second-row captain chairs
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control

How intuitive is the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe’s infotainment unit?

For entertainment, the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe offers a decently-loaded infotainment system. Sure it might not come with a touchscreen but it does offer features such as USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity for phones, auxiliary input jack, iPod interface, and satellite radio. A six-speaker audio system with cd player and rear audio control is available in the base model which is decent enough. 

But go higher and you will find a 9 speaker BOSE audio system in LT and the same system with 10 speakers in LTZ. We must say both are pretty good for such a big-sized vehicle. The top trim comes with a navigation system with real-time traffic which according to us is a must-have, so just get it by paying extra if you don't want to buy LTZ. 

Standout infotainment features:

  • Sirius XM radio
  • 10 speakers BOSE audio system
  • CD Player with rear audio controls
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • iPod interface

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Exterior

7.0/10

As for the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe exterior, we must say that you are not going to find any changes over last year’s model. It is heavy as it weighs 5,636 pounds which results in pronounced body rolls. The design looks a bit more boxy than usual but it never feels bland especially because of its dual halogen headlamps with front fog lamps. On sides, body-colored side mirrors, door handles, and solar deep tinted windows are available. The higher trim comes with power-folding side mirrors. The rear comes with simple taillights but with a wide liftgate which is low enough to load heavy stuff and yes power liftgate is available via luxury package or as standard on LTZ. 

Models

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

2011 Nissan Armada

2011 Toyota Sequoia

2011 GMC Yukon

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5,636

5,372

5,680

5,636

Length (in.)

202

207.7

205.1

202

Width (in.)

79

79.3

79.9

79

Height (in.)

76.9

77.2

77

76.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

10.5

9.8

9.9

9

Wheelbase (in.)

116

123.2

122

116

As for the wheels, 17 to 20 inches sizes are available according to the trim levels but we would advise sticking with the lower sized ones because bigger ones affect the ride quality. When stacked against its rivals, the Chevrolet Tahoe seems similar in size to the others. But both the Armada and the Sequoia are a bit longer and beefier in appearance as well the dimensions. The Tahoe, on the other hand, is a bit heavier than the Yukon and the Armada. 

Standout exterior features:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Power folding side mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • Suspensions system with active damping
  • ORVMs with integrated turn signals and ground illumination system

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Safety

8.3/10

For a heavy vehicle with a powerful engine, it is necessary to have proper safety techs and strong build quality. For that Chevy loaded the 2011 Tahoe with a decent set of features such as stability and traction control packed under StabiliTrak, multiple airbags at various key positions, daytime running lights, and a tire pressure monitoring system. OnStar emergency telematics is available which loads emergency services. 

For easy parking, a rearview camera and rear parking sensors are available, and yes if you go higher on trim levels, more airbags and a blind spot monitoring system are available. Its truck-like body might be traditional but the strength it offers is decent which is why it received good ratings in crash tests by NHTSA. 

Standout safety features:

  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • OnStar emergency telematics
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Final Verdict

The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe might be quite traditional or a bit basic from the outside but it’s the interior that counts. It does offer an impressive engine that is as good on the road as it is fuel-efficient. For occupants, the customizable cabin is spacious, attractive, and offers adequate space. On top of that its decent list of features and good towing capabilities makes it one of the best in its class. The only drawback it has is limited legroom for third-row occupants. So if one can ignore that then yes we would advise considering the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe.

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Top User Reviews

8

User Overall Rating

affordable and comfortable large SUV

spacious and safe SUV with good fit and finish.

by Rachel V. Thornton

7

User Overall Rating

Shows the age but is a good family hauler

Drives in my Tahoe is pretty comfortable

by Ella Gibson

3

User Overall Rating

Definitely not a good buy

Unpleasnt drive

by Clivonya

5

User Overall Rating

Large bulky SUV with an outdated design

Large SUV lacking efficiency and maneuverability.

by Lily Ferguson

3

User Overall Rating

Nothing more than a Lemon!

Worst and Unreliable SUV

by Tracey Lambert

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