The crossover SUV very quickly became the golden boy of the automotive world. And while its versatility allows a lot of things for many people, sometimes you need a little extra, either with a passenger seat or towing capacity. For this situation, there is the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe, a full-size SUV capable of carrying up to nine people and a maximum towing capacity of 8,600 pounds.
To enable all its capabilities is an old-school body-on-frame construction and a pair of powerful V8 engines: 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8 and the optional 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine used in other GM products such as the Silverado. Four-wheel drive is optional, as the capabilities mentioned above, the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe can accommodate up to nine people with variations that allow for eight or seven passengers.
- Minor revisions to optional feature availability
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe is a large three-row SUV that comes in three trim levels: LS, LT and Premier. An optional 40/20/40-split middle-row bench seat increases passenger capacity to nine, but it is only available on the base LS trim.
The LS trim starts at $48,000 and come with a 5.3-liter V8 engine (355 horsepower, 383 lb-ft of torque) and a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes a cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rear parking sensors, the Teen Driver system, a rearview camera, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system that includes USB ports, Bluetooth, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, six speakers, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.
The Enhanced Driver Alert package ($695) adds a safety alert seat, power-adjustable pedals, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning. The Custom Edition package eliminates the third-row seats and lowers the price by $4,200.
The Tahoe LT trim has a starting price of $53,000. It include all the features in the Enhanced Driver Alert package plus leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power liftgate, and a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system.
The optional Sun, Entertainment and Destination package costs $3,430 and adds a sunroof, navigation, and a rear-seat entertainment system. Priced at $2,860, the Luxury package adds push-button start, proximity keyless entry, heated second-row seats, a power-folding third row, a heated steering wheel, a hands-free liftgate, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and front parking sensors. Second-row bucket seats are available for $795.
The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier trim starts at $62,700 and adds 12-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, power-release and folding heated second-row bucket seats, a power-folding third row, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. The Premier also comes with wireless device charging, navigation, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and the Magnetic Ride Control suspension system.
This is the only trim that’s available with the more powerful V8 engine ($4,930). Other optional equipment for the Premier trim include a 6.2L Value bundle ($6,675) that comes with a sunroof, a head-up display, and a rear-seat entertainment system. A Premium Plus Edition package ($11,575) adds upgraded leather upholstery, power-release and folding second-row seats, a head-up display, a sunroof, and a rear-seat entertainment system.
It’s not surprisingly the 2020 Tahoe is extremely spacious inside. Its dimensions are smaller than rivals like the Ford Expedition, but it still has plenty of room. This spaciousness is complemented by well-appointed seats, a stylish interior design, and array of tech features that make the ride that much more enjoyable. The controls are well placed out, and not overly difficult to learn on the fly. The infotainment system comes standard with smartphone integration, which is a big plus when so many competitors ask you to spring for it as an optional add-on.
The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe cabin is well-built, with spaciousness and ease of use particular strong points. Sadly, a lot of that the rugged durability is due to the presence of plenty of hard plastics. This can lead to a few creaks and rattles, but there are soft-touch surfaces around the controls to give more plushness than is actually present. The standard upholstery is premium cloth, available in Dune with Cocoa accents, or Jet Black. The leather seats that come with the LT offer Dark Ash with Jet Black accents on top of the same color choices as the cloth. Available perforated leather seats are offered in the same color schemes as the cloth seats, as well as Mahogany with either Cocoa or Jet Black accents.
The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe can seat between five to nine depending on seat arrangements, with those upfront enjoying a great amount of head and legroom. The second-row seats are still large enough for adults without too much difficulty, but the third row is really not designed for anything more than children or young teens. Passengers will find the seats to be extremely comfortable, even over long drives, which is nice considering that ride comfort is a bit on the poorer compared to segment rivals. Both the second and third row of seats can fold down to make extra space for cargo. Getting into and out of the cabin are pretty simple tasks, with the front and middle-row seats being easily accessible. The third row is naturally trickier to get to, but it’s no harder than with any rivals.
Behind the third-row seats, the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe provides an unimpressive 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space. This is less than the bulkier Ford Expedition. However, you can fold down the third-row seats to free up 51.7 cubic feet, and a total of 94.7 cubic feet with both rows folded down. While this still isn’t class-leading, it’s certainly more than enough to handle just about any everyday task. However, the awkward floor height limits the acceptable dimensions of potential cargo. Small-item storage is more generous, with a standard glove compartment, four door pockets, two front cupholders, a spacious center console bin, and a couple of storage trays near the transmission.
The Tahoe is 17 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 5,355 to 5,772 pounds.
The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe offers two V8 engines. The standard engine is a 5.3-liter V8 producing 355-horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. It features with high-tech fuel injection that enhances both fuel economy and power along with GM’s Active Cylinder Management, which smoothly shuts off half the cylinders under steady cruise to help preserve fuel. This engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
If you order the RST special edition or opt for the Performance Package, and the Tahoe Premier model gets the 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and 10-speed automatic from the Cadillac Escalade. Two-wheel (2WD) are standard and 4-wheel drive (4WD) with a proper low range for real off-road duty are available. With either engine the Tahoe is rated to tow up to 8,600 pounds in 2WD form, while 4-wheel-drive Tahoe models max out at 8,400 pounds.
355 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
383 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 mpg (2WD), 15/21 mpg (4WD)
Zero to 60 mph: 7.0 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 19.6 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 7.5 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 5.0 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.5 sec @ 91 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 111 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 209 ft
420 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
460 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/23 mpg (2WD), 14/22 mpg (4WD)
Test Results (RST 6.2L 4WD)
Zero to 60 mph: 5.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 14.1 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 6.0 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.8 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.1 sec @ 100 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 113 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 188 ft