2017 Chevrolet Tahoe

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in Midsize SUVs
2017 MODEL
$47,215 - $65,030 See Inventory Prices

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During the recession companies slowed down on SUVs and focused more on compact luxury, Chevrolet was the only one who didn’t lose faith and continued production. New designs, better engines, and customer demands accounted each year and resulted in the 1995 Tahoe. Its been in the market ever since then let's see what the latest descendant of the Tahoe line has to offer

The truck-based Chevrolet Tahoe is brimmed with safety features but the bulk of these safety features are available only on the optional safety package. These features are a cluster of front parking sensors, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and more. The SUV battles it out with the other SUVs like the Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia, and Ford Expedition.


8.0/10
Features

 

8.1/10
Engine

 

6.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.5/10
Interior

 

7.9/10
Exterior

 

5.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

The Tahoe is available on a $47,215 sticker price all the way up to the $65,030. All 3 trims are backed with the same 5.3L V8 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Every trim comes standard with a rear wheel drive and an option for All Wheel drive.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Features

8.0/10

The 2017 Tahoe is available in 3 trims LS, LT, and Premier. The car starts at a base price of $47,215 passing by the LT trim at $52,345 all the way to the Premier trim at 62,030. All 3 trims share the same 5.3L V8 engine backed with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The good thing about the Tahoe is that its equipped with plentiful standard features like remote start, rear parking sensors, tri-zone climate control, and active phone integration options.

Trim LS LT Premier
MSRP $47,215 $52,345 $62,030
MSRP

 

(4WD)

$50,215 $55,345 $65,030
Key

 

Features

18-inch alloy wheels, active grille All the features on the LS trim All the features on the LS trim
shutters for improved aerodynamics Power liftgate 20-inch wheels
heated mirrors leather upholstery xenon headlights 

automatic wipers

heated front seats adaptive Magnetic Ride Control suspension
cruise control, remote keyless entry 10-way power-adjustable front passenger seat

ventilated front seats

remote ignition, rear parking sensors  telescoping steering wheel second-row bucket seats (reducing seating capacity to seven)
trailer hitch receiver with wiring harness  driver-seat memory functions a navigation system with real-time traffic
side assist steps and roof rails auto-dimming rearview camera 12-way power front seats

Tri-zone automatic climate control

 nine-speaker Bose audio system 10-speaker Bose premium surround-sound upgrade
Cloth upholstery    
10-way power-adjustable driver seat (six-way front passenger seat)    
60/40-split folding second- and third-row bench seats    

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Engine

8.1/10
"At a time when car-based crossovers have taken over the SUV market, the Tahoe clings to its truck-based underpinnings, which is good for those who intend to tow trailers and boats. But anyone using the Tahoe as a daily driver will face trade-offs in comfort and drivability. - Edmunds"

The Tahoe 2018s classic 5.3L V8 engine makes an appearance again. The powerplant is backed with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the engine churns out a 355 hp of power and 382-pound-feet of torque. The buyer has a choice of the Rear and All-wheel drive on all three trims.

Models Chevrolet Tahoe LS Nissan Armada SV Toyota Sequoia SR5 2017 Ford Expedition XLT
MSRP $47,215 $44,900 $45,560 $47,125
Engine 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 5.6L DOHC 32V Endurance V8 5.7L i-Force V8 DOHC 3.5L V6 Twin Turbo
Transmission 6-speed automatic 7-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 355 hp @ 5600 rpm 390 hp @ 5800 rpm 381 hp @ 5600 rpm 365 @ 5000
Torque 383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm 394 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 401 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm 420 @ 2500

Its correct to say the Tahoe blends pretty well for the division The V8 engine is apt for the class but the competition delivers a little more. The Nissan Armada is the potential leader in the power regime followed by the Toyota Sequoia SR5. The Tahoe and the Ford Expedition were the potential lagers in the lot.

Acceleration

Gone are the days when the SUV were bound to drag heavy loads, the Tahoe is an example of SUV evolution as a class. The car can propel from a standstill to 60mph in 7 seconds and reaches a quarter of a mile in 15.3 seconds.

Models Chevrolet Tahoe LS Nissan Armada SV Toyota Sequoia SR5 2017 Ford Expedition XLT
0-60 MPH 7.0 sec 6.5 sec 6.7 sec 6.9 sec
Quarter mile 15.3 sec 15.1 sec 15.4 sec 15.4 sec
Engine 5.3L 5.6L 5.7L 3.5
Emission

 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.2 11.0 11.8 8.5

For the class, the Tahoe's 7.0-second performance is pretty satisfactory, but the class has witnessed better. The Armada\u2019s V8 can propel the car to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds which is the best on the table now. The Sequoia does the same in 6.7 seconds followed by the Expedition than the Tahoe.

Ride and Handling

The Tahoe isn't the jolliest ride but its capable of maneuvering tricky roads even with a fully loaded car. The Magnetic Ride Control reduces body roll and makes it a decent choice for a daily driver. The biggest question mark on the Tahoe drivability is with its delayed response of gas pedal. Also, any rough road pavements are clearly felt inside the cabin.

Be prepared to take a few more takes to park the Tahoe, as the size limits its parking ability

Braking

An SUV this big will carry a lot of weight which might affect the braking and handling, but on a contrary, the Tahoe knows ca hold its ground. The SUV requires 125 feet to come on a dead stop from 60 mph which is quite competitive for the class. It comes with a strong pedal feel, you will waste no time in getting used to it.

Model Chevrolet Tahoe LS Nissan Armada SV Toyota Sequoia SR5 2017 Ford Expedition XLT
Brake Front (in.) N/A 13.8 13.9 13.5
Brake Rear (in.) N/A 13.8 13.6 13.2
Curb Weight (lbs.) 5356 5576 5730 5562
60-0 MPH (ft.) 125 128 130 129

The competition in braking dynamics was tight with one car just a foot ahead of the other. Apparently, the Tahoe's 125 feet performance is the best in the lot today. The Nissan Armada follows with its 128 feet stop than the Expedition and the Toyota afterward.

Towing Capacity

Seeing the posh cabin one can mistake the Tahoe for those powerless luxurious SUVs but the truck-based SUV says otherwise. The Tahoe's 8600 pound trailering capacity is enough to drag a boat to a mountain.

Model Chevrolet Tahoe LS Nissan Armada SV Toyota Sequoia SR5 2017 Ford Expedition XLT
Towing Capacity (lbs.) 8600 8500 7400 6,600

The Tahoe's superior towing capacity is the highest in the lot. The Nissan Armada SV follows with its 8500-pound capacity, however, the Ford Expedition performs poorly with its 6600-pound towing performance.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Fuel Economy

6.1/10

The Chevrolet\u2019s active fuel management system and the new grill shutters enhance the fuel economy for the 2017 Tahoe. The car features a city mileage of 16 mph and a highway mileage of 23 mph. A buyer can expect a combined mileage of 19 mpg.

Model Chevrolet Tahoe LS Nissan Armada SV Toyota Sequoia SR5 2017 Ford Expedition XLT
MPG (city) 16 14 13 15
MPG (highway) 23 19 17 21
MPG (combined) 19 16 15 28

The Ford Expedition is the most ideal SUV when it comes to efficiency, its 28 mpg of combined mileage is what other SUV\u2019s should learn from. The runner-ups play on similar numbers, with 19 mpg of the Tahoe, 16 mpg for Armada and the 15 mpg for the Sequoia.

 

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Interior

8.5/10
The Tahoe's cabin is fitted with top-shelf materials and a stylish design that make it feel luxurious. Soft-touch surfaces permeate the interior, giving the Tahoe a premium look and feel- Cars.usnews

Seating and Comfort

The interior on the Tahoe might not be that intriguing but it's better then what market knows. The bulk of Tahoe's cabin space is consumed by the front seats with 45.3 inches of legroom and 42.8 inches of headroom which also are 10-way power adjustable. A similar sense of comfort found its way to the second line of seating with 39 inches of legroom and 38.7 inches of headroom space. Unfortunately, the makers lost its way before reaching the 3rd-row seats, it's thin and loosely padded making it less enjoyable.

Model Chevrolet Tahoe LS Nissan Armada SV Toyota Sequoia SR5 2017 Ford Expedition XLT
Passenger capacity 8 8 8 8
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 42.8/64.8/45.3 40.9/63.8/41.9 34.8/66.4/42.5 39.6/63.2/41.1
Second

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.7/65.1/39.0 40.0/63.4/39.0 34.9/65.6/40.9 39.8/63.7/39.1
Third

 

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.1/62.6/24.8 36.4/60.5/28.3 34.5/65.7/35.3 38.3/51.9/37.7

Although all the cars are built around the typical idea of an SUV, the Tahoe gains an edge through its front seats. It delivers an extra space of an inch of 2 which isn't much but compared to the competition it's the only thing which makes a difference.

Infotainment

The Tahoe's infotainment features an 8-inch screen installed with the Chevrolet's MyLink interface, a system largely known for its friendly user interface. The SUV also features standard phone integration features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other than that the car features a couple of USB and charging ports. Putting in some extra cash will get you a navigation, a set of Bose premium speakers, 2 extra USB ports, and a rear seat infotainment screen, all of this is standard on the Premium trim.

Cargo volume

The cargo space on the Tahoe is capacious and enough to carry on the ideal on what the first SUV was built. With all seats up, the cargo volume is billed at 15.3 inches. The foldable 3rd-row seats open up 51.7 cubic feet of space, though the maximum cabin space is achieved by folding the 2nd-row seats which delivers a decent 94.7 cubic inch of space.

Model Chevrolet Tahoe LS Nissan Armada SV Toyota Sequoia SR5 2017 Ford Expedition XLT
Cargo Volume to seat 3 (ft.3) 15.3 16.6 18.9 18.6
Cargo Volume to seat 2 (ft.3) 51.7 49.6 66.6 55
Cargo Volume to seat 1 (ft.3) 94.7 95.1 120.1 108.3

Although the Tahoe is impressive the rival cars deliver a little more. The Toyota Sequoia's maximum space output is billed at 120.1 cubic inches. The Expedition stays a little back with its 108.3 cubic inches of space. Although the cargo space on the Armada and the Tahoe is satisfactory it still less than the market norms.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Exterior

7.9/10

"Apart from being mistaken frequently for a law-enforcement vehicle, the squared-off Tahoe is a handsome behemoth. Its crisp lines look good contrasted with chrome, and blacked-out versions boast a sinister appearance"- Car and Driver

Dimensions and Weight

The Tahoe's crisp lines and perfectly angled structure might seem too disciplined but is attractive in its own way. The length of the car is 204 inches which is ideal for the SUV territory. The width of 80.5 inches and height is 74.4 inches secures the Tahoe with a big cabin. The 5356 pounds of curb weight makes it a light car in the competition.

Model Chevrolet Tahoe LS Nissan Armada SV Toyota Sequoia SR5 2017 Ford Expedition XLT
Curb weight (lbs.) 5356 5576 5730 5562
Length(in) 204.0 208.9 205.1 206
Width(in) 80.5 79.9 79.9 78.8
Height(in) 74.4 75.8 77.0 77.2
Ground clearance (in) 7.9 9.1 9.9 8.3
Wheelbase (in) 116.0 121.1 122.0 119
Track width (in) F/R N/A 67.5/67.9 67.9/69.1 67/67.2

Though it's not the tallest, widest, or the longest SUV in the class, the Tahoe\u2019s dimensions make it a typical SUV. However, best-built SUV in this lot is the Nissan Armada which is just inches larger than its competition.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Safety

5.9/10

Even though the Tahoe comes with a multicity of active safety features, the bulk of these features are either optional or are absent from the lower trim. Overall the core safety on this SUV is something you could rely upon. The NHTSA rated the Tahoe with an all-star rating.

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Automatic Braking
  • Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist Lane
  • Change Alter Rear
  • Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Teen Driver
  • Intellibeam Headlamps


NHTSA Rating

Chevrolet Tahoe scores well in the safety tests conducted by NHTSA. 

Overall rating 5 star
Overall frontal barrier crash rating 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating driver 5 star
Overall side crash rating 5 star
Side barrier rating 5 star
Side pole rating driver front seat 5 star
Combined side rating rear seat 5 star
Rollover rating 3 star
Side barrier rating driver 5 star
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger 5 star
Combined side rating front seat 5 star
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat 5 star

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Competition

Nissan Armada SV vs Chevrolet Tahoe

Nissan Armada could be named the most capacious and ideal SUV in the lot. The V8 on the Armada cranks out the most power and Nissan does that on a modest price tag. On the other hand, the Chevrolet Tahoe delivers more comfort and an above average interior quality. Also, fuel efficiency on the Tahoe is much better and best amongst the lot as well.

To summarize, going onboard with the Armada a buyer would get more power, pleasing cabin space, and backroom comfort, all of that on a reduced price.

Toyota Sequoia SR5 vs Chevrolet Tahoe

The Toyota Sequoia is a moderate SUV which thought about everything to a certain extent. A buyer who isn't charmed by single features and analyze the car as a whole will appreciate the Sequoia. The car matches the price range of the Tahoe, deliver similar features but lacks the same trailering capacity.

A purposeful buyer might find the Tahoe a more functional car.

Ford Expedition vs Chevrolet Tahoe

Though it features a smaller engine the Expedition generates a generous amount of power, equivalent to the Tahoe's V8. The competition between the two is tough as both share the same price tag. The only thing where the Tahoe gains an edge is its superior towing capacity. If towing capacity isn't that important then your choice would largely depend on the type of interior and brand preference.

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Final Verdict

At the end of the line, Chevrolet Tahoe isn't the best car in the SUV territory, but it surely gets the job done. Where other competitors are focusing on limited areas the Tahoe plays on everything the buyer wants, a larger size, above average interior, satisfying power and nice trailering capacity. It offers a plethora of active safety features plus strong core safety. So, if you want an SUV who can do it all go for the Chevrolet Tahoe.

Pros

Smooth transmission

Efficient Engine

Suave looks

Cons

Not so good handling

Larger carbon footprint

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$47215

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

136 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

325 cu. in.

horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

383 lb.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

rigid axle rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6 in. ventilated disc brakes/13 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

116 in.

length

204 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

74.4 in.

curb weight

5356 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

15.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

8600 lbs.

payload capacity

1720 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/23 mpg

highway range

598 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe in Siren Red Tintcoat color  2017 Chevrolet Tahoe in Tungsten Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Tahoe in Tungsten Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Tahoe in Summit White color  2017 Chevrolet Tahoe in Silver Ice Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Tahoe in Pepperdust Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Tahoe in Iridescent Pearl Tricoat color  2017 Chevrolet Tahoe in Champagne Silver Metallic color
Siren Red Tintcoat

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Ratings

Safety

5.9

Exterior

7.9

Engine

8.1

Interior

8.5

Fuel Economy

6.1

Features

8.0

Comfort

8.9

Driving

9.1

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe LS

LS

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
18 combined

$47,215 - $50,215


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $47,215 MSRP (16/19/23) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8 NA
LS 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $50,215 MSRP (16/18/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA

 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe LT

LT

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
18 combined

$52,345 - $55,345


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $52,345 MSRP (16/19/23) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 8 NA
LT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $55,345 MSRP (16/18/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic four wheel drive 8 NA

 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier

Premier

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
18 combined

$62,030 - $65,030


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $62,030 MSRP (16/19/23) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 7 NA
Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $65,030 MSRP (16/18/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
See Full Specs
6-speed automatic four wheel drive 7 NA

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