Chevrolet Tahoe

Tahoe Front End PhotoThe Chevrolet Tahoe, built by General Motors, is one of the most popular SUVs of all-time since its launch as a two-door truck in 1992. On Mojo Motors, the most Followed Tahoe is from its third generation or the model years 2007 to 2014. The Tahoe came standard with a V8 engine and was available in either 2WD or 4WD. The Tahoe is commonly compared with a Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada.

Tahoe Engine

The third-gen Tahoe had a variety of V8 Vortec engines that were improved after each year to improve fuel-efficiency. For the fourth-generations Tahoe, model years 2015 to the present, Chevrolet renamed their Vortec engines the EcoTec3. The ‘3’ in EcoTec represents three features that make the powerful V8 more fuel efficient including cylinder deactivation, direct injection and variable valve timing.

chevrolet engine tahoe imageThe most common used Tahoe for sale will have one of three different engines. The base Tahoe from the model years 2007 to 2009 had a 4.8-liter Vortec V8 with 295-horsepower that got a combined 16 MPG.

The base engine for Tahoes from 2010 to 2014 was the higher-end engine available on Tahoes from 2007 to 2009. It was a 5.3-liter Vortec V8 with 320-horsepower that achieves a combined 16-17 MPG. For 2009 to 2014, a high end Tahoe featured a 6.2-liter Vortec V8 with 403-horsepower with 14 MPG.

For the fourth-gen Tahoe, the base engine was a 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 engine with 285-horsepower. The old 5.3-liter and 6.3-liter Vortec V8 engines have been upgraded and renamed the EcoTec3 V8 engine. The 5.3-liter EcoTec3 has 355-horsepower and the 6.2-liter has 425-horsepower.

Tahoe Size

Unlike the Explorer or Traverse, the Tahoe is body-on-frame, not unibody. This does make the Tahoe heavier and reduces fuel efficiency, but more capable at hauling, carrying or towing that boat and camper. The Tahoe is nearly identical to the GMC Yukon except for some minor exterior and interior modifications. The Tahoe is the only SUV besides the larger Suburban in Chevrolet’s lineup that comes with a V8. The smaller Traverse is only available in a V6. Even though the Traverse is smaller, the third row is still comfortable for adults with enough room for luggage in the far back. For shoppers on a tighter budget, consider the Traverse which is more affordable than the Tahoe, just as comfortable and is available with AWD.

Tahoe Side PhotoTahoe Notes

  • The Tahoe uses the same platform as the GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade
  • The 2000 to 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe is called the Sonora in Mexico
  • Bet your car can’t do what this Tahoe can
  • Don’t paint your Tahoe this color green unless you work for the Forest Service
  • A roof rack with fog lights makes any ride look this cool

Written by Max Katsarelas