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A powerful and spacious three-row SUV.

Chevrolet Tahoe Review | CarMax

Are you in the market for a three-row SUV that provides space inside, power under the hood, and a comfortable ride? The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is an ideal choice. Entering into a redesigned fifth-generation for 2021, the Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size SUV with pickup truck underpinnings and all the ruggedness that entails, while also providing plenty of space inside for passengers to travel in comfort.

There's plenty of room for cargo too. Be it groceries, furniture, work equipment, or family and friends, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe can carry all of it with ease and provide you with a great driving experience every time you step inside.

While we currently do not have many 2021 Chevrolet Tahoes on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2021 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Chevrolet Tahoe with similar features.

Below are average prices of prior model year Chevrolet Tahoes.1

  • 2015 – Average prices less than $31,0001
  • 2016 – Average prices less than $35,5001
  • 2017 – Average prices less than $36,0001
  • 2018 – Average prices less than $38,0001
  • 2019 – Average prices less than $42,0001
  • 2020 – Average prices less than $41,5001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe review:

Key Specs & Features

MPG:

  • The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe with either two- or four-wheel drive, the 5.3L V8 engine, and ten-speed automatic transmission can achieve an EPA-estimated 18 mpg combined.2
  • With the 6.2L V8 engine in two-wheel drive configuration, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe can achieve an EPA-estimated 17 mpg combined.2
  • With the 6.2L V8 engine in four-wheel drive configuration, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe can achieve an EPA-estimated 16 mpg combined.2

Cargo Space:

  • The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe has 25.5 cu-ft of cargo space behind the rear third-row seats, and up to 72.7 cubic-ft with the rear third-row seats folded down.
  • With both second and third-row seats folded down, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe has up to 122.9 cu-ft of cargo space.

Towing Capacity:

  • When properly equipped, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe can tow an estimated 8,400 lbs with its 5.3L V8 engine and two-wheel-drive.3

Seating Capacity:

  • The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe has seating for up to eight passengers.
  • With the front bench seat (optional on base models, standard on LT trims upwards), the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe has seating for up to nine passengers.

Engine Options:

  • The standard engine choice for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is a 5.3L V8 engine, producing 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.
  • Alternatively, there is an available 6.2L V8 engine, providing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
  • The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe also introduces a new 3.0L six-cylinder diesel engine, capable of 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

Tech Features:

  • Standard 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Standard forward-collision mitigation
  • Hands-free liftgate
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Nine-speaker Bose sound system

Rankings

The Chevrolet Tahoe has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Space for Everyone and Everything

Chevrolet Tahoe Review: Front Seats | CarMax

The 2021 Tahoe offers a whopping 168.3 cu-ft of passenger volume, spread across your choice of eight or nine seats total, meaning your passengers will have plenty of space to travel in comfort. A generous 25.5 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats—increasing to 72.7 cu-ft with rear seats folded—means there is more than enough space for your luggage, furniture, or just a really big haul at the grocery store.

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2. Your Choice of Powerful Engines

Chevrolet Tahoe Review: Engine | CarMax

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe has three engines available, including one brand new diesel powerplant. The gas engines come in two variants; a 5.3L V8 producing 355 horsepower and capable of a maximum towing capacity of 8,400 lbs when properly equipped, and a 6.2L V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque—all the grunt you could want.3 New for 2021 is a 3.0L turbocharged diesel engine, which is optional on most trims.

3. A Packed Feature List

Chevrolet Tahoe Review: Dashboard | CarMax

Three engines and two driving-wheel configurations? That's nice. But if we are talking about choice, let's get into the feature list for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, because there's a lot offered here. Standard features include a 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ functionality, LED headlights and forward collision mitigation. And for off-road enthusiasts, the Z71 trim includes low-range gearing, hill-descent control, and all-terrain tires.

4. Plenty of Pulling Power

With the great selection of engines on the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, one thing remains certain across all configurations: you will never be lacking for hauling power. Of course, for the maximum towing capacity, you will want the 5.3L engine in two-wheel drive configuration, capable (when properly equipped) of a max estimated towing capacity of 8,400 lbs.3 But even the 6.2L engine in the four-wheel drive configuration is no slouch; it has a max towing capacity, when properly equipped, of 8,100 lbs.3 So not only does the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe have plenty of space inside for your cargo but more than enough power to haul anything else you may have to transport.

5. A Comfortable Ride

Chevrolet Tahoe Review: Trunk | CarMax

New independent rear suspension improves handling, cargo capacity, and most importantly, ride comfort on the fifth-generation Tahoe. This improved suspension means an ultra-smooth journey for you and your passengers. For those long-haul road trips and holidays, the combination of space and a comfortable ride means the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is an ideal choice.



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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • LS: Includes LED headlights, seating for up to eight passengers, 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, and forward-collision mitigation.
  • LT: Adds a hands-free liftgate, wireless charging pad, leather upholstery, heated front seats, nine-speaker audio system, and more.
  • RST: Adds 22-inch wheels, black exterior trim pieces, new front fascia design, and special 'RST' seats.
  • Z71: Adds a two-speed transfer case for low-range gearing, hill-descent control, all-terrain tires, front skid plate, tow hooks, and more.
  • Premier: Includes LS features and adds magnetically controlled shock absorbers, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitor, and more.
  • High Country: Adds 6.2L V8 engine, surround-view parking camera, rear pedestrian alert, a heads-up display, and bronze-accented grille.

Available Colors

  • Black
  • Cherry Red Tintcoat
  • Empire Beige Metallic
  • Graywood Metallic
  • Iridescent Pearl Tricoat
  • Midnight Blue Metallic
  • Satin Steel Metallic
  • Summit White

Interior

  • Three-row seating as standard
  • Seating for up to eight passengers as standard (nine on LS models upwards)
  • 168.3 cu-ft of passenger volume inside
  • 25.5 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats
  • Up to 72.7 cu-ft of cargo volume with rear seats folded

Average CarMax Prices

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Chevrolet Tahoe.1

  • 2015 – Average prices less than $31,0001
  • 2016 – Average prices less than $35,5001
  • 2017 – Average prices less than $36,0001
  • 2018 – Average prices less than $38,0001
  • 2019 – Average prices less than $42,0001
  • 2020 – Average prices less than $41,5001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

2017 Chevrolet Tahoe

2018 Chevrolet Tahoe

2019 Chevrolet Tahoe

Safety

NHTSA Safety Ratings – 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe has not yet been rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

GMC Yukon

A direct cousin of the previous generation Chevrolet Tahoe, the GMC Yukon is a great pick if you're looking for a stylish, imposing SUV with plenty of power. Part of the fourth-generation introduced in 2015, the 2017–2019 GMC Yukon models all feature two engine options—a 5.3L V8 as standard and a 6.2L V8 on the top-level Denali trim—and two drivetrain configurations. Rugged and powerful as it may be, though, the 2017–2019 GMC Yukon also has plenty of refinements on the inside too, like:

  • Cruise control
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • 60/40 split-folding second and third-row seats
  • Bose® nine-speaker audio system with satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ functionality.
  • IntelliLink™ infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen.

Chevrolet Silverado

The Chevrolet Silverado was redesigned completely for 2019 as part of the new fourth-generation and combines style with versatility and ease of use. The selection of engines is very strong, including the base 4.3L V6 engine, a 2.7L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and the top-of-the-range 6.2L V8 that provides impressive hauling power. When equipped with the latter engine, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado can tow an estimated 12,100 lbs, when properly equipped.3 Features across the 2017–2019 trim levels include:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen interface with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ (standard)
  • Cruise control (Custom trims upwards)
  • OnStar® communication with 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi hotspot (LT trims upwards)4
  • Power-locking and power-release tailgate (RST trims upwards)
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control (LTZ trims upwards)

Chevrolet Traverse

Looking for three-row seating in a smaller midsize SUV package? Take a look at the Chevrolet Traverse. Redesigned for the second model generation in 2018, models from 2018–2019 offer an appealing mix of spacious interior in a smaller exterior than you might expect. Inside this midsize SUV body is seating for up to eight people, a generous 157.3 cu-ft of passenger volume, and an impressive 23 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the rear seats. And we haven't even got to one of the Traverse's real aces up its sleeve: an impressive feature list on the 2018 model, including:

  • OnStar® communication with 4G LTE connection and Wi-Fi hotspot4
  • Seven-inch MyLink™ touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® functionality
  • Driver assistance including rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert (LT Cloth trims upwards)
  • Power liftgate (LT Cloth trims upwards)
  • Top-down parking camera system (LT Leather trims upwards)

The Bottom Line

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size SUV for all seasons. For young families, it has plenty of space for passengers, groceries, and luggage for longer road trips. For those looking for a rugged work vehicle with impressive hauling ability, it has pulling power and cargo space in abundance. And for adventurers, it has off-road capability and a comfortable ride to make long journeys on all terrains an absolute breeze.

Whatever you require from a full-size, three-row SUV, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe can handle it all with space, comfort, and power to spare.

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1Based on CarMax average prices from 1st January 2019 to 31st May 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
3Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
4OnStar features require activation and most require a paid OnStar plan to use. Wi-Fi hotspot functionality may also require an additional data plan. Limitations and restrictions apply. See onstar.com for more information.
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