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Pros

Roomy interior with class-leading luggage space. Large standard infotainment screen with wireless connectivity. Choice of three engines.

Cons

Many active safety features cost extra. Base engine lags competitors. The interior of the fancy High Country isn't that fancy.

Verdict

Buoyed by a fresh redesign, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is a top offering among full-size, three-row SUVs. Its top trim levels still aren't particularly luxurious, but its utility makes up for what it lacks in refinement.

Pros

Roomy interior with class-leading luggage space. Large standard infotainment screen with wireless connectivity. Choice of three engines.

Cons

Many active safety features cost extra. Base engine lags competitors. The interior of the fancy High Country isn't that fancy.

Verdict

Buoyed by a fresh redesign, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is a top offering among full-size, three-row SUVs. Its top trim levels still aren't particularly luxurious, but its utility makes up for what it lacks in refinement.

Overview

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe benefits from a significant redo that makes this popular full-size SUV a much more compelling choice than before. Just over half a foot longer, the Tahoe is now closer in size to the Chevrolet Suburban and sees significant gains in the interior room with a much more viable third row (which is standard). Cargo space also has grown and now leads the class. In-cabin tech has been upgraded, but many active-safety driver-assist technologies remain on the options sheet. Its V8 engines are stout but not particularly efficient, although there is a new diesel engine option. Overall, the Tahoe — along with its GMC Yukon sibling — sits alongside the Ford Expedition as a top choice among heavyweight SUVs. All this improvement comes at a cost, though, with most Tahoe models falling in the $60,000-$70,000 bracket and the top High Country trim north of $70K.

What's New for 2021

The Chevrolet Tahoe has been completely redesigned for 2021 (along with its larger Chevrolet Suburban counterpart). The new Tahoe is larger, far roomier, better-riding, and with much-improved tech, the 2021 Tahoe represents a significant leap versus its predecessor.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Trim Comparison

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$51,295*

Starting MSRP

$55,995*

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$59,095*

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$61,195

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$64,495*

Starting MSRP

$71,395*

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$51,900

Starting Market Average

$56,920

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$60,195

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$61,823

Starting Market Average

$64,665

Starting Market Average

$71,652

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16 city/20 hwy

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15 city/20 hwy*

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5.3L V8

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5.3L V8

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5.3L V8

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6.2L V8

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Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

Front Heated Seats

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Cruise Control

Cruise Control

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Bluetooth Streaming Audio

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Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Android Auto

Wheel Size

18"

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18"

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22"

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20"

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20"

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22"

Trims and Pricing

The 2021 Chevy Tahoe is available in LS, LT, RST, Z71, Premier, and High Country trim levels.

Pricing starts at $51,295 for the LS, including a $1,695 destination fee. The base Tahoe comes with a 10.2-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 5.3-liter V8. It's the only Tahoe that can be optioned with a split-bench seat. However, most buyers will want to upgrade at least to the LT ($55,995), which unlocks numerous options and adds a power liftgate, leather, and heated front seats.

The RST ($59,095) has sporty styling elements, including black 22-inch wheels. The Z71 ($61,195) is the off-road specialist with standard all-wheel drive, skid plates, and hill-descent control.

The Premier ($64,495) and the High Country ($71,395) are the luxury offerings, with Magnetic Ride Control, a heated steering wheel, navigation, parking sensors, heated rear seats, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, a power-folding third row, and a power-adjustable steering column. The Premier is not cheap, but it includes many features that we'd want to add to the lower trim levels. So this would be our trim level of choice. The High Country is tempting because it's the only Tahoe with the 6.2-liter V8, but it's a steep ask at nearly $7,000 more than the Premier.

All-wheel drive is a $3,000 upcharge on all models, except for the Z71 where it's standard. On most trims, the Duramax diesel engine is a relatively low-cost upgrade at $995.

Tahoe's starting price is right in line with its competitors but balloons quickly with options. The High Country overlaps some luxury-brand SUVs. Then again, the Ford Expedition King Ranch and Platinum are even pricier at just over $74K and $75K, respectively. The Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia top trims both come in well under $70K but have fewer luxury features.

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Engine and Performance

A 5.3-liter V8 engine is again standard, although its 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque are less than the Ford Expedition's turbo V6 or the Nissan Armada's and Toyota Sequoia's V8s. A 6.2-liter V8 returns as the step-up engine choice with a more robust 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. It's exclusive to the High Country, however. A 3.0-liter six-cylinder Duramax turbodiesel is an intriguing new option available on all but the Z71. It has just 277 hp, but its torque output matches the bigger V8. And it's the most fuel-efficient offering. Rear-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive with a low off-road range is included on the Z71 and optional elsewhere.

Our test vehicle was the High Country, and its 6.2-liter V8 had little trouble getting up to speed. Despite its numerous ratios, the 10-speed automatic transmission doesn't feel busy. And with smooth shifts, it essentially recedes into the background. The Tahoe overall is a quiet cruiser on the highway.

Towing is one area where full-size, truck-based SUVs, such as the Tahoe, hold a significant advantage over midsize crossovers. The Tahoe's maximum tow rating of 8,400 pounds dwarfs the Chevrolet Traverse.

Magnetic Ride Control is optional on the Z71 and standard on the Premier and High Country, and an air-spring suspension can be specified for the Z71 and High Country. Our High Country was so equipped, and its suspension smoothed out major bumps while keeping a tight rein on body motions. But even with this most sophisticated setup, broken pavement induced some shudder and wheel hop on bumpy roads. And while the steering is direct and nicely weighted, the tall and heavy Tahoe has no appetite for aggressive cornering. Those who log many highway miles should note that adaptive cruise control is available but only as an option on the top two trims.

Fuel Economy

One area where the 2021 Chevy Tahoe does not notably improve over its predecessor is fuel economy. Both V8s see a decline of 2 to 3 mpg in highway mileage but a slight increase in the city figure. The 5.3-liter's estimates are 16 city/20 highway mpg (RWD) and 15-16 city/19-20 highway (AWD). Estimates for the larger 6.2-liter V8 are 15 city/20 highway (RWD) and 14 city/19 highway (AWD). The Ford Expedition is more economical thanks to its turbocharged V6.

However, Chevrolet's newly added diesel engine beats the Expedition with estimates of 21 city/28 highway (RWD) and 20 city/26 highway (AWD). The diesel's numbers are very good for a full-size SUV. But in many parts of the country, diesel fuel is significantly more expensive than gasoline, reducing the potential savings.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Exterior Photos

Interior

Improved interior space is the most significant benefit of Tahoe's redesign. The new truck finally gets an independent rear suspension (as the Ford Expedition did two generations ago). And the improved packaging allows for a vastly more habitable third row and more cargo space. Previously, Chevrolet buyers who needed a usable third row went straight to the much larger Suburban. No more. With 10 inches of additional legroom, the Tahoe's rearmost seat now fits adults or fully grown teens. Buttons on each side panel fold and tumble the second-row seats for easy access, and there are USB ports back there as well. Too bad the wide C-pillars block out the view. The second row can be a three-person bench or two captain's chairs, and it now slides forward and backward for added versatility.

New available tech includes a digital instrument cluster and a head-up display. Most controls are straightforward, but some might take a while to uncover, such as the volume and preset buttons on the back of the steering wheel spokes and the ceiling-mounted switch that powers the center console rearward a few inches.

Chevrolet has upgraded the Tahoe's finishes. But a top-spec Nissan Armada or even the smaller Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy is ritzier inside than the Tahoe High Country. And loose-fitting trim on both sides of the console in our test vehicle was somewhat disconcerting.

Infotainment and Connectivity

All versions of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe feature a generously sized 10.2-inch touchscreen — more prominent than you'll find in a Ford or Toyota — abetted by physical buttons for some audio functions and volume and tuning knobs. Wireless smartphone mirroring is standard, as is wireless charging on all but the base version. Navigation is standard on the top two trims and optional elsewhere. Graphics are modern, and an available multi-view camera can show two sharply rendered images at once, a major help when parking this big machine. A padded lip at the unit's base provides a comfortable place to rest your hand when using the touchscreen. USB charge ports are provided in all three rows. A rear-seat entertainment system is also available and has dual 12.6-inch screens mounted on the front seat backs.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Interior Photos

Safety

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe earned a four-star (out of five) overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The front crash rating was four stars, the side crash rating was five stars, and the rollover rating was three stars. The new Tahoe has yet to be tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Tahoe's list of included active safety features is shorter than most rivals. Forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking is standard across the lineup. But lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are extra-cost items or standards on upper trims.

Chevrolet Tahoe vs. the Competition

Roomy, comfortable, and capable, the 2021 Tahoe delivers on full-size, three-row SUV expectations. Its cargo space and third-row seat lead the segment. The fuel economy of the gas engines is not great, but that's fairly typical for this class. And the Tahoe is the only full-size SUV to offer a diesel engine option. Other vehicles to consider include the Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada, and Toyota Sequoia.

Chevrolet Tahoe Owner Reviews

Based on 135 Reviews
Overall Satisfaction
4.9
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
5.0
All Reviews
4.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
5.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
5.0
pros
Comfortable, Wi-Fi, Looks, Noise Level
cons
Trunk and Trunk Hole
Submitted by Yaira R on May 16, 2021|2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 4WD|Purchased on Apr 2021
5.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
3.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
5.0
pros
Size and infotainment system.
cons
Nothing much to dislike.
Submitted by Nishant R on May 15, 2021|2021 Chevrolet Tahoe LT RWD|Purchased on Apr 2021
5.0
Performance
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Efficiency
4.0
Safety Technology
5.0
Features
5.0
pros
I love my Tahoe! It is a beautiful SUV. The ride is so smooth and it handles very well. The interior has all the bells and whistles. The rear entertainment system is outstanding. It has lots of room in the back, even with the 3rd row seats in use. I love everything about it!
cons
I don't really dislike anything. It is a large vehicle so you have to get used to driving it. It is much bigger than the older models of the Tahoe.
Submitted by Kellie G on May 14, 2021|2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier 4WD|Purchased on Apr 2021

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe FAQs

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe has a maximum towing capacity of 8,400 lbs when equipped with the standard 5.3-liter V8 engine and optional NHT Trailering Package. This gives it plenty of strength for weekend family activities, able to pull a small boat or camper with ease. The optional 6.2-liter V8 offers up to 8,300 lbs of towing, while the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel can pull a maximum of 8,200 lbs.

The Chevrolet Tahoe weighs between 5,473-5,904 lbs, depending on the engine and drivetrain one selects.

Pricing for the Chevrolet Tahoe starts at $49,600, which is less than the Chevrolet Suburban ($52,300). Customers have six trim levels to choose from, and four-wheel drive is available across the lineup. Standard features include seating for eight people, automatic emergency braking, automatic LED headlights, a heated leather steering wheel, and Apple CarPlay. The off-road Z71 trim retails for $59,500, while the top-of-the-line High Country rings in at $72,700 with four-wheel drive.

The Chevrolet Tahoe is 210.7 inches long and 81.1 inches wide. The Tahoe is one of the largest SUVs on the market, though it is not quite as big as its sibling, the Chevrolet Suburban, which measures 225.7 inches in length.

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