The Tahoe has been one of Chevrolet’s most popular vehicles for over two decades. With an interior so big you can get lost in, rugged good looks and exceptional towing capacity, it’s easy to see why. It’s not some sissy crossover – it’s a real SUV, built on a truck chassis.
History of the Chevrolet Tahoe
The Tahoe was first introduced in 1995 as either a two-door or four-door SUV. A 5.7L 8-cylinder engine sent power to either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual (a rare option). Rear-wheel drive was standard with the option of four-wheel drive. Based on the same frame as Chevy’s half-ton pickup truck, the Tahoe was capable both on and off-road.
It wasn’t until 2001 that Chevrolet introduced the redesigned second generation Tahoe. The new version had a more rounded exterior for better fuel economy, as well as a revised chassis for a smoother ride. The 5.7L engine was dropped, with new engine choices being either a 4.8L or 5.3L 8-cylinder. The only transmission option available was the 4-speed automatic.
Third Generation Tahoe (2007 – 2014)
Model year 2007 marked the introduction of the third generation Tahoe. The interior and exterior were both redesigned for a more modern look. The undercarriage was improved for better ride and handling. Two new engine options were made available: the 6.0L 8-cylinder and the 6.2L 8-cylinder. The 4-speed automatic was replaced by a new 6-speed automatic.
Model year 2014 marked the final year of the third generation. The 2014 Tahoe is available in three trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ. There is seating for 8 and a generous amount of cabin space. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, tri-zone manual climate control, six-way power front seats, power-adjustable pedals, a 60/40-split second-row seat and 50/50-split removable third-row seat, remote ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, OnStar and a six-speaker sound system, rear audio controls, satellite radio, an AUX jack and an iPod/USB audio interface.
For 2014, the only available engine option is the 5.3L 8-cylinder. All Tahoes get a 6-speed automatic with the option of either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Standard safety features include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags, OnStar, rear parking sensors and a rearview camera.
The Tahoe has a winning formula that has kept it fashionable for over two decades. It’s a tough guy on the outside, but warm and inviting on the inside. In a world of overgrown minivans, the Tahoe is one of the last true SUVs.