Chevrolet Tahoe
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Overall

The Tahoe might not have the same kind of room as the Traverse on the inside, but a V8 engine and a truck-based platform gives the Tahoe a huge edge in towing; all-new Tahoe will arrive sometime in 2014, but current Tahoe is more than fine for those who need the extra strength.

Drivetrain

5.3-liter V8 available in two strengths; Hybrid model discontinued.

Chevrolet’s “traditional” Tahoe isn’t as popular as it once was since buyers are flocking to newer car-based offerings such as the Traverse. However, the Tahoe is more than capable of filling the towing and hauling duties of those customers who aren’t willing to switch over. The Tahoe and larger Suburban are key to this because if you’re going to tow a camper that sleeps six people, you need plenty of room inside the vehicle for those six people and enough power to bring them, the trailer and their belongings along for the ride. The standard engine is a 5.3-liter V8 (available in two strengths) hooked to a six-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately for those wanting to save some fuel without sacrificing ability, the Tahoe Hybrid won’t be coming back. Regular Tahoe models are good for a claimed 15/21 mpg with a six-speed automatic transmission. Inside, seating versatility remains a strong selling point, especially since all models come with a standard third-row bench to seat the same number of people as the longer Suburban. The second row effortlessly flips and folds out of the way for access to the rear seat. An optional power flip/fold feature is available and works with the touch of a button.

Base price (incl. destination): $42,600

Type: Four-door full-size sport utility vehicle

Base engine (hp): 5.3-liter OHV V8 (295/320)

Layout: Front-engine, rear- /four-wheel-drive

Transmissions: Six-speed automatic

MPG (city/hwy): 15/21 (5.3, 4×2)

Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags that cover all three rows; anti-lock brakes; stability control with rollover protection

Weight (lb.): 5,230