Oh So New, Oh So Amazing! The All-New 2021 Chevy Tahoe

July 9th, 2021 by

A grey 2021 Chevy Tahoe RST is shown driving down a ramp after leaving a Chevy Tahoe dealership.

Can you name the best-selling full-size SUV in America? The Chevy Tahoe takes that honor after getting its start in the 1990s as the S10 Blazer before it was rebadged as the Tahoe. Since its debut, the Tahoe has built its reputation around its exceptional capability and comfort. This comfort and capability are exactly what you’ll find in the Tahoes on our lot, but you’ll also discover that Chevy made a few more improvements to the 2021 model. As your Chevy Tahoe dealership, we have those updates and more.

What’s New for 2021

Just when you thought the Tahoe couldn’t get any better, Chevy proves otherwise by making the 2021 model more spacious, more comfortable, and more capable than ever before. At the heart of the Tahoe’s all-new design is the addition of an independent rear suspension and a longer wheelbase to deliver a smoother ride and better handling. Chevy also lowered the Tahoe’s load floors to give you and your passengers a more natural seating position and to make it easier to load and unload cargo. But that’s only the beginning!

More Cargo Space

Chevy completely redesigned the Tahoe’s interior for 2021, and the result is a more functional interior that boasts the Tahoe’s first-ever sliding second-row seat. Chevy also extended the Tahoe’s wheelbase 4.9 inches and added 6.7 inches to its overall length. This translates to 40% more legroom in the third row and 66%more cargo volume behind the third row when it’s in use. When the third row isn’t in use, you’ll see a 30% increase in volume to 122.9 cubic feet. To break it down, the 2021 Tahoe now boasts a 210.7-inch length that extends legroom in the second row from 39 to 42 inches and in the third row from 24.8 inches to 34.9 inches.

New Design Features

While the interior sees several upgrades, Chevy didn’t forget about the Tahoe’s exterior and added a few new design details. These details include three all-new exterior colors – Cherry Bomb Tintcoat, Empire Beige Metallic, and Darkmoon Blue Metallic – as well as standard LED headlamps and taillamps. You’ll also find dual exhaust on the Premier and High Country as well as active front grille shutters that close to improve the Tahoe’s aerodynamics at highway speeds.

a black 2021 Chevy Tahoe High Country is shown from a high angle towing and Airstream trailer down a wooded road.

Better Performance

You’ll find the heartbeat of the 2021 Tahoe is under its hood. You can opt for the all-new Duramax turbo-diesel, or you can choose from two of the most advanced V8 engines in Chevy history. The Tahoe is the first full-size SUV to offer a diesel engine, and the Duramax 3.0-liter doesn’t disappoint. Designed to be both powerful and efficient whether you’re loaded with passengers or towing a trailer, the engine delivers 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque with an estimated fuel economy of 28 MPG on the highway.

If diesel isn’t your preference, you can choose between a 5.3-liter or a 6.2-liter V8 engine, both of which are paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift control and come equipped with the industry’s first-ever dynamic fuel management technology to optimize efficiency. The 5.3-liter delivers 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque with an EPA-estimated average of 20 MPG on the highway when equipped with or without automatic stop-start technology. The 6.2-liter delivers the same efficiency but significantly more power at 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque that makes it quick to accelerate and a capable hauler.

Better Handling

With the powertrain covered, Chevy turned its attention to handling and set out to make the Tahoe one of the best-handling full-size SUVs on the road. To do this, Chevy added a new multilink rear suspension that allows each rear wheel to work separately to improve your control, the responsiveness of the steering wheel, and overall ride quality. But Chevy didn’t stop there!

You can enhance the ride quality on the High Country and Z71 by adding the Air Ride Adaptive Suspension. The system automatically adjusts the Tahoe’s ride height up to 4 inches to maximize performance and efficiency. If you’re traveling at highway speeds, the system automatically lowers the suspension to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. You can lower the suspension by 2 inches to make it easier to load and unload cargo, or you can raise the SUV by 2 inches, which is ideal when you’re making use of the Tahoe’s 4WD technology and venturing off-road.

Added Connectivity

You’ll find even more improvements to the Tahoe’s connectivity features thanks to five displays and an all-new rear-seat media system that’s designed to keep passengers of all ages entertained. The focal point of the Tahoe’s connectivity is the Chevrolet infotainment system that’s housed on a 10.2-inch color touchscreen display, which comes standard across the lineup. When you’re in the driver’s seat, you’ll have access to either a 4.2-inch color driver information center or an 8-inch customizable color instrument and information cluster that puts all the information you need within eyesight. Of course, nothing compares to the available 15-inch Head-Up Display, which is the largest in the segment.

The Tahoe’s all-new rear-seat media system is also the most advanced in the full-size SUV segment. The second row offers two 12.6-inch rear screens that are large enough to give passengers in the third row a clear view. The screens offer independent connections, which means each passenger can watch something different, or they can mirror content between the screens. This capability is another industry first and is enhanced by tools like wireless charging and an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

People are shown standing next to a 2021 Chevy Tahoe High Country and an Airstream trailer.

Extended Peace of Mind

Chevy knows that you’re carrying a lot of responsibility when you get behind the wheel of an SUV like the Tahoe. You have a responsibility to keep yourself and your passengers safe. To give you peace of mind and the confidence you need, Chevy expanded its safety and driver awareness tools for the 2021 Tahoe. Now offering a suite of 30 features, you’ll have access to everything you need to enhance your visibility and minimize the potential for collision.

These features include Automatic Emergency Braking that works with Forward Collision Alert and Front Pedestrian Braking to minimize front-end collisions by enhancing your braking or providing hard emergency braking when a collision is imminent. The Following Distance Indicator notifies you when you’re following too closely, and the IntelliBeam Auto High Beam Assist automatically controls the headlamps to maximize your visibility. Parking is made easy with tools like Rear Park Assist and the HD Rear Vision Camera, the latter of which you can upgrade to the HD Surround Vision. Other available upgrades include a new Rear Pedestrian Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Front and Rear Park Assist, all of which monitor the SUV and its environment to keep you safe.

What Do You Think?

What’s your favorite upgrade on the all-new 2021 Chevy Tahoe? Do you love that it offers more cargo and passenger room than ever before? Are you thrilled by the fact that you can now equip the full-size SUV with a Duramax diesel engine to maximize its efficiency and capability? It’s certainly hard to pick just one upgrade that sets the 2021 Chevy Tahoe apart, and as your Chevy Tahoe dealership, we think that upgrades and innovations like these are exactly what makes it the best-selling full-size SUV in America.