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2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/29/2014 Austin Lott

New for 2014

The 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe LS now has a standard convenience package (power-adjustable pedals, remote start, and a rearview camera), and Concord Metallic is a newly available exterior color.

Vehicle Overview

The Chevrolet Tahoe is the automaker's full-size seven- to nine-passenger SUV, and is closely related to the Suburban, which is 20 inches longer. In its 11th generation, the Suburban and Tahoe have not been majorly changed since 2007.

Summary

The 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe comes with a 320-hp 5.3-liter V-8 that makes 335 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic for an EPA estimated 15/21 mpg city/highway in rear- or four-wheel-drive form. The Tahoe also has cylinder deactivation technology to improve efficiency in certain light-load situations, yet can tow up to 8,500 lbs. The 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe received a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), but has not been evaluated by the IIHS.

The major difference between the Tahoe and its longer brother, the Suburban, is the wheelbase that's about 20 inches shorter on the Tahoe. That directly translates into a reduced amount of cargo space, as the Tahoe loses 28.9 cubic feet of rear cargo space compared to the Suburban.

What We Think

Like the Chevrolet Suburban, the Tahoe is much better than the vehicle it replaced, but suffers from the same faults as its larger brother. In a matchup of a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ and a 2006 Ford Expedition King Ranch, we faulted a weak third-row bench that, because of the rear live-axle suspension, was removable (a bad thing) and didn't fold flat like the competing Ford Expedition. Cargo space, even with the third row removed, was better on the Ford. However, despite our criticism of the third-row, in that 2007 review we said, "This may be the first time the Tahoe's cabin can be described as elegant. The leather trim is tasteful, the woodgrain accents are a terrific match, the color scheme is well done, and the gauges and center stack are attractive and easy to read." In a Quick Test of a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe LT we summed up the smaller Chevrolet, saying, "If you're looking for a solid off-road toy that's still laudable on-road, or a cavernous five-seat sport/ute that can swallow seven in a pinch, the Tahoe won't disappoint. But if you're looking for more from a three-row full-size SUV, like a higher tow rating than 6200 pounds, there are better options."

You'll Like

  • Fun to take to the back country
  • Less expensive than the Suburban
  • Smaller than the Suburban, but still hauls plenty of people and tows

You Won't Like

  • To utilize full cargo capacity, you must remove the third-row seats
  • Less towing capacity than competitors
  • Ride compared to competitors

Key Competitors

  • Ford Expedition
  • Nissan Armada
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • GMC Yukon

Rating

2 star Brawny SUV with space and capability.

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