You are driving down the road, you are sitting high up the ground and everything around you look tiny and miniscule. There’s a small Honda car blocking your way and you loudly honk at it and ask its driver to make way for the boss that you already are. Such power, such presence and such command. It only comes with something that’s larger than life. It only comes with a Chevrolet ‘friggin’ Tahoe.
The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe doesn’t need much introduction. It has already been in the market for almost 25 years now and it has also been one of the best-selling and the coolest SUVs in the United States. The Tahoe is comfortable, upscale and powerful and just makes a statement. The humongous size, the large front chrome clad grill and tall stance give the car an intimidating look and a commanding street presence. The Tahoe looks handsome and strong and bold and it feels as if there’s no force that can stop it.
The Tahoe is a power packed machine and it comes with two engine options. The standard Tahoe is fitted with a 5.3 liter V8 engine that churns out 355 horses while you can pay extra and avail the optional 6.2 liter V8 unit that makes 620 horses. The smaller engine is coupled to a 6-speed automatic box while the bigger engine comes mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Power as standard is only sent to the rear wheels while you can always pay extra and send the power to all the four wheels. The smaller engine makes 383 lb.-ft. of torque while the bigger engine makes a solid 460 lb.-ft. of torque. Both the engines make enough power and torque to tow up to 8600 lbs. which is just enough to pull boats and ATVs and even trucks.
Driving dynamics of the Tahoe however are not really impressive. It is a large car and so it feels heavy at all times. The throttle responses could have been better and sometimes feel sluggish. If you want the Tahoe for driving pleasures you should certainly go for the bigger engine. The smaller engine somehow lacks the punch. Cornering the Tahoe is tedious task. Being a huge car, maneuvering it is pretty difficult and there is a certain amount of body roll on offer and the car at times wobbles as well. This is one area where would like the Tahoe and Chevrolet to improve on. The Tahoe is not built for off-roading. The city road is its natural habitat but it can handle the bad roads really well.
The Tahoe is supposed to be slightly upscale product than the regular SUVs and so Chevy has paid a lot of attention to make the interiors feel and look upmarket. Materials used inside are nice and premium. Fit and finish levels are also good and nothing rattles and shakes when you drive. The interiors are also nicely laid. The buttons and switches and knobs and controls are thoughtfully placed just so that you don’t have any issues in finding and accessing them. The Tahoe can accommodate 9 passengers. The head, shoulder and leg room offered on the front two rows is great and even tall passenger will have no troubles sitting in. The third row of seats however are a little bit tight but average sized adults still won’t have any problems.
Only the tall passenger will find the third row of seats to be cramped. They aren’t as roomy as the first two rows. The seats are soft and comfy and come with quilted leather on it. They do the job of holding you in place really well. The Tahoe offers a total cargo volume of 15.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats which however is less than the competitors offer but it is still fairly decent.
The Tahoe does a decent job on technology front as well. It comes with an 8-inch configurable touch screen infotainment display as standard. Standard features also include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Blu-Ray playback system. The audio quality of the sound system is also great which further ensures to keep you engaged in the longest of the journeys. With the Tahoe, Chevy has built a great package. It has got its own set of pros and it has got its own set of cons just like most cars do. The Tahoe however ticks most of the boxes right and is a very desirable proposition. It is strong, it is fast and it is utilitarian. 2019 Chevy Tahoe price starts at $46700 while to get its fully loaded trim, you need to pay $65600. The competitive pricing further ups the game for the Tahoe. Summing things up, we would say that the Tahoe is a great car. It can almost do everything you want it to do. And that’s why we would suggest you to get on if you’re in the market for a fullsize SUV.