All-new for the 2021 model year, the debut of the Chevy Tahoe’s fifth-generation brings a bigger and bolder look both inside and outside. Inside you will find significantly more interior space, updated technology, and even more safety features. Finding the perfect full-size SUV for your family might have just gotten a lot easier because the 2021 Chevy Tahoe seems to have everything a full-size family could possibly need.
Let’s start with some of the highlights of the fifth-generation Tahoe: an all-new independent rear suspension brings better ride comfort and more space in the third-row seats. Not to mention the design is bigger both inside and outside and can accommodate up to 9 passengers. Equally exciting is the presence of a diesel engine option. The 2021 Chevy Tahoe is the only mainstream full-size SUV to offer a diesel engine—outside of its cousin, the GMC Yukon—which means now buyers have the option of a powerful and torquey and fuel-efficient engine that is hard to find in this segment.
The Chevy Tahoe also features six different trims so that you will be able to find the perfect combination of features to accommodate any family. Whether you are looking for a base trim with an impressive list of standard features or the luxury High Country trim, you will have many options to find the combination that meets your family’s needs. And with three engine options, you will be sure to have the available power to tow all of your toys.
With three engines to choose from, Chevy is making it hard for us to decide which option is the best choice. For example, the base engine is a 5.3-liter V8 with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, you’ll have the power to tow your boat to the lake or take the camper out on a road trip. This is a well-known and well-tested engine that makes a great deal of horses and is more than capable for what most families need.
The second engine is a 6.2-liter V8 that makes 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. If you’re looking for more power, this is a great option. Maybe you want to buy a bigger boat or travel trailer—then you might want to consider this engine as it will definitely get the job done. Both aluminum-block V8s have lots of power and are great options for the Tahoe, and both benefit from auto stop/start technology and 12 modes of cylinder deactivation, which improves fuel economy.
The other option is a 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6 with 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, you can expect excellent towing ability and some of the best fuel economy ratings in the segment. You can also find this engine in the Chevy Silverado, so you know it’s made for hard work. If the fuel efficiency is anything close to the Silverado’s, which gets 33 MPG on the highway, you’re looking at a full-size SUV with excellent fuel efficiency. This engine instantly makes the Tahoe one of the best family vehicles in terms of both functionality and practicality.
Now you can take your Tahoe on long trips and not worry about the cost of fuel. You can use it as a daily driver for commuting or carpool, knowing your full-size SUV is more fuel-efficient than most other vehicles on the road. Another all-new feature of the Tahoe that will benefit you and your family on those long road trips is the switch to an independent rear suspension and available air suspension and magnetic ride control. You will undoubtedly appreciate the improved driving manners and ride comfort. With the air suspension, the Tahoe's ride height is automatically and manually lowered or raised. This brings improved passenger accessibility, as you can lower the suspension two inches for more effortless loading, as well as improved aerodynamics on the highway. You can also raise the suspension for better ground clearance for off-road adventures (up to 2 inches in low range).
With six trim levels, you are sure to find everything you need to outfit your Tahoe for your family. The standard trim level, the LS trim, comes with a 10-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and a 6-speaker audio system. GM’s OnStar, as well as 4G LTE and in-vehicle Wi-Fi, is also standard. You’ll also find that all Tahoe models include a forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking. But the list of standard features does not stop there: premium cloth seating, remote engine start, 8-way power front seats, tri-zone climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a limited-slip differential. Moving up to the LT trim adds a hands-free power tailgate, wireless phone charging, leather seating with memory driver’s seat, a 9-speaker Bose audio system, and heated front seats.
That’s a great deal of standard equipment, so much that the next four trim levels focus more on bringing different personalities to the Tahoe. The RST offers a more urban look, with a unique facia and 22-inch wheels, black chrome trim, contrast-color stitching, and blacked-out aesthetics. The Z71 trim focuses on off-road features, as you might expect, and includes a 2-range transfer case with traditional four-wheel drive, a front skid plate, Hill Descent Control, and 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tires. With this trim, you will be able to venture far off the road.
The Premier trim focuses on premium equipment and tech. Here, you’ll find magnetic ride control, navigation, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, and power-release rear seats. This is certainly a luxury trim that brings just about everything you could ever want or need. However, there is a new trim level for the 2021 model year( the High Country), which takes luxury to a whole new level.
The High Country trim offers an exclusive grille with bronze accents and a luxurious interior with more color choices. It comes with the 6.2-liter V8, magnetic ride control, 22-inch wheels, and a head-up display. Also included are a surround-view camera and a rear camera mirror. So no matter which trim you choose, you are sure to find everything you could ever need.
Standard on all 2021 Chevy Tahoe’s is automatic emergency braking. This forward-collision warning system is something every family will appreciate as it shows Chevy’s commitment to safety. Also included are features such as a seat-mounted side airbag for the driver, lane-keep assist, a blind-spot alert, and a lane-change alert. In fact, there are a total of 30 different safety and driver assists offered on the Chevy Tahoe, as well as impressive high-tech towing assists.
Available safety features include lane-keeping assist and lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Adaptive cruise control is another feature offered, and this allows the Tahoe to automatically pace the vehicle ahead and stay with the flow of traffic. A special hitch guidance system is also provided, which simplifies trailering with a massive 15-inch head-up display and a high-definition surround-view camera. This allows you to see exactly where you are going and fit easily into tight spaces.
With the new design, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe benefits from its larger chassis. The all-new chassis not only allows for better driving manners and ride comfort; it provides a great deal of interior space.
The new Tahoe is 6.7 inches longer than the previous generation. The result is an increase of 10.1 inches of third-row legroom. Cargo volume has also improved, with a max cargo volume of 122.9 cubic feet. This means your family will have plenty of room for everyone’s gear. This is an increase of 40 percent more third-row legroom, 30 percent more overall cargo room, and 66 percent more cargo room behind the third seat. With this much room, you are certainly ready to hit the road in comfort.
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