2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

 
2016 Chevrolet Tahoe
 
2016 Chevrolet Tahoe
 

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

MSRP 
$48,195
Invoice 
$45,845
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 16 mpg City, 23 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 5.3L Flex Fuel V8, 355 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 8
  • Doors: 4

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Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 3 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

Select options for 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

Est Target Price With Options

$48,195

Est. Savings Of MSRP Price

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Additional Equipment
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(Not Available With (Vqy) Chrome Recovery Hooks Lpo.)
$109 $120
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(Not Available For Fleet Or Government Order Types Or (Sda) Black Recovery Hooks Lpo.)
$182 $200
Unselected $123 $135
Unselected with high-gloss Black, LPO wheels will come with 4 steel 22" wheels from the factory with alignment specs set to 22" LPO wheel selected (dealer-installed)
(Not Available With (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo.)
$2,725 $2,995
Unselected LPO wheels will come with 4 steel 22" wheels from the factory with alignment specs set to 22" LPO wheel selected (dealer-installed)
(Not Available With (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo.)
$2,725 $2,995
Unselected LPO wheels will come with 4 steel 22" wheels from the factory with alignment specs set to 22" LPO wheel selected (dealer-installed)
(Not Available With (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo.)
$2,725 $2,995
Unselected LPO wheels will come with 4 steel 22" wheels from the factory with alignment specs set to 22" LPO wheel selected (dealer-installed)
(Not Available With (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo.)
$2,725 $2,995
Unselected LPO wheels will come with 4 steel 22" wheels from the factory with alignment specs set to 22" LPO wheel selected (dealer-installed)
(Not Available With (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo.)
$2,725 $2,995
Unselected (dealer-installed)
(Not Available With Any Lpo Wheels.)
$64 $70
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(Available With (G7u) Sable Metallic, (Gan) Silver Ice Metallic, (Gaz) Summit White, (Gba) Black, (Gwt) Champagne Silver Metallic And (Gxg) Tungsten Metallic Exterior Colors. Not Available With (S6n) Trailer Hitch Insert, Lpo.)
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$501 $550
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$546 $600
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(Not Available With (Rwk) Lpo, Painted Body-Side Moldings.)
$268 $295
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(Available With (G7u) Sable Metallic, (Gaz) Summit White, (Gba) Black And (Gwt) Champagne Silver. Not Available With (Rwi) Chrome Body-Side Moldings, Lpo.)
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$250 $275
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(Not Available With (Rz9) Grille Insert, Lpo.)
$564 $620
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Unselected $1,906 $2,095
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Unselected hanging tote (dealer-installed)
(Not Available With (Az3) Front 40/20/40 Split Bench Seat Or (Vkw) Front Console Organizer, Lpo.)
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$55 $60
Unselected storage bin (dealer-installed)
(Not Available With (Az3) Front 40/20/40 Split Bench Seat Or (S0p) Console Insert, Lpo.)
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$41 $45
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Unselected includes outlets in the instrument panel, console, back of console, 1 in 3rd row and 1 in cargo area
(When (Az3) 40/20/40 Split-Bench Front Seats Are Ordered, The Outlet On The Back Of The Console Is Lost.)

*PRICE TO FOLLOW*
$0 $0
Unselected $177 $195
Unselected and head curtain side-impact for all rows in outboard seating positions
(Included And Only Available With (Az3) 40/20/40 Split-Bench Front Seat.
$0 $0
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Axle
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Emissions
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Unselected (allows a dealer in states that require California emissions - California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island or Washington - to order Federal emissions for a vehicle that will be registered in a state that has Federal emission requirements). Do not use for vehicles that will be registered in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island or Washington.
(Requires (Fe9) Federal Emissions Requirements.
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Excluded (for vehicles ordered by dealers in Federal emission states with (YF5) or (NE1) emissions - Not required for vehicles being shipped to California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont or Washington)
(Requires (Yf5) California State Emissions Requirements Or (Ne1) Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont Or Washington State Emissions Requirements.)
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$0 $0
Excluded (for dealers ordering vehicles in (YF5) or (NE1) emission states - California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington)
(Allows A California Dealer (Yf5 Emissions) To Order (Ne1) Emissions With (Nb9) Emissions Override Code For Registration In (Ne1) States; Or, A Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont And Washington Dealer (Ne1 Emissions) To Order (Yf5) Emissions With (Nb9) Emissions Override Code For Registration In California.)
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Engine
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Paint
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Paint Scheme
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Preferred Equipment Group
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Radio
Selected AM/FM stereo, seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice-activated technology for radio and phone; featuring Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone; 5 USB ports and 1 auxiliary jack (STD)
(Includes 2 Usb Ports When (Az3) Split-Bench Front Seat Is Ordered.)
$0 $0
Seat Trim
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Seat Type
Selected passenger seat includes power fore/aft, power recline and Power lumbar, 10-way power driver seat includes 6-way power cushion, 2-way power lumbar control and power recline (STD) (Includes (AYQ) frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger air bags and (D07) Front center console.
Upgradeable To (Az3) Front 40/20/40 Split-Bench Seat.)
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Unselected includes 6-way power driver and 2-way front passenger seat adjuster, driver and front passenger power lumbar control and power reclining, center fold-down armrest with storage, storage compartments in seat cushion (includes auxiliary power outlet), adjustable outboard head restraints and storage pockets
*CREDIT*
($228) ($250)
Spare Tire
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Suspension Pkg
Selected (STD)
(Not Available With (Nht) Max Trailering Package.)
$0 $0
Unselected with Air leveler
(Included And Only Available With (Nht) Maximum Trailering Package.)
$0 $0
Tires
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Transmission
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Wheel Type
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Specifications for 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, VAC power
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system with brake assist, includes traction control
    • Air bags, frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact and head curtain side-impact for all rows in outboard seating positions (Not available with (AZ3) front 40/20/40 split-bench seat. Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Automatic Occupant Sensing System sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector
    • OnStar Guidance Plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling) (Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
    • Rear Park Assist with audible warning
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children), for child safety seats; lower anchors and top tethers located in all second row seating positions, top tethers located in third row seating positions
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System air pressure sensors in each tire with pressure display in Driver Information Center
    • Theft deterrent, electrical, unauthorized entry
  • Entertainment Features
    • Audio system, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 8" diagonal color touch-screen AM/FM stereo, seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice-activated technology for radio and phone; featuring Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone; 5 USB ports and 1 auxiliary jack (Includes 2 USB ports when (AZ3) Split-bench front seat is ordered.)
    • Audio system feature, single-slot CD/MP3 player
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2016 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Radio, HD
    • Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system
    • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds, includes 3GB or 3 months OnStar Data Trial (whichever comes first) (Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar subscription and data plan after trial.)
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 18" x 8.5" (45.7 cm x 21.6 cm) aluminum with high-polished finish
    • Tires, P265/65R18 all-season, blackwall
    • Tire, spare P265/70R17 all-season, blackwall
    • Wheel, full-size spare, 17" (43.2 cm) steel
    • Tire carrier, lockable outside spare, winch-type mounted under frame at rear
    • Fascia, front body-color
    • Fascia, rear color-keyed
    • Luggage rack side rails, roof-mounted
    • Assist steps, Black
    • Daytime Running Lamps, with automatic exterior lamp control
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding and color keyed driver mirror includes spotter mirror
    • Glass, deep-tinted
    • Wipers, front intermittent, Rainsense
    • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
    • Liftgate, rear manual
  • Interior Features
    • Seating, front bucket with Premium Cloth passenger seat includes power fore/aft, power recline and Power lumbar, 10-way power driver seat includes 6-way power cushion, 2-way power lumbar control and power recline (Includes (AYQ) frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger air bags and (D07) Front center console. Upgradeable to (AZ3) front 40/20/40 split-bench seat.)
    • Seat trim, cloth
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way power
    • Seats, second row 60/40 split-folding bench, manual
    • Seat, third row manual 60/40 split-folding bench, fold flat
    • Console, floor with storage area, cup holders and auxiliary jack (Not available with (AZ3) 40/20/40 split-bench front seat.)
    • Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
    • Floor mats, color-keyed carpeted first and second row, removable
    • Steering column, Tilt-Wheel
    • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and cruise controls includes Driver Information Center controls
    • Display, driver instrument information enhanced, multi-color 4.2" diagonal
    • Warning tones headlamp on, key-in-ignition, driver and right-front passenger safety belt unfasten and turn signal on
    • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
    • Remote Keyless Entry, extended-range
    • Remote vehicle start
    • Windows, power, with Express-Down and Express-Up on front doors and lock out features
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • Climate control, tri-zone automatic with individual climate settings for driver, right-front passenger and rear passengers
    • Defogger, rear-window electric
    • Power outlet, 110-volt
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Conversation mirror
    • Assist handles, all seats
    • Lighting, interior with dome light, driver- and passenger-side door switch with delayed entry feature, cargo lights, door handle or Remote Keyless Entry-activated illuminated entry and map lights in front and second seat positions.
    • Cargo management system
    • Cargo net
    • OnStar Basic plan for 5 years including limited RemoteLink mobile app services, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Basic Plan available for 5 years from the date of vehicle delivery, and is transferable. Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services.)
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 with Active Fuel Management, Direct Injection and Variable Valve Timing includes aluminum block construction (355 hp [265 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 383 lb-ft of torque [518 N-m] @ 4100 rpm)
    • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive and tow/haul mode
    • Rear axle, 3.08 ratio (Not available with (NHT) Max Trailering Package.)
    • Suspension Package, Premium Smooth Ride (Not available with (NHT) Max Trailering Package.)
    • GVWR, 7100 lbs. (3221 kg) (Requires 2WD model.)
    • Differential, heavy-duty locking rear
    • Rear wheel drive
    • Cooling, external engine oil cooler, heavy-duty air-to-oil integral to driver side of radiator
    • Cooling, auxiliary transmission oil cooler, heavy-duty air-to-oil
    • Battery, 720 cold-cranking amps with 80 amp hour rating
    • Alternator, 150 amps
    • Trailering equipment includes trailering hitch platform, 7-wire harness with independent fused trailering circuits mated to a 7-way sealed connector and 2" trailering receiver
    • Suspension, front coil-over-shock with stabilizer bar
    • Suspension, rear multi-link with coil springs
    • Steering, power

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - - TBD -
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - - TBD -
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - 79.90
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - 43.20
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - 11.10
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 49.30
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 33.94
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 94.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 51.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 15.3
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - - TBD -
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 720
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 150
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - L83
    • Engine Type - Gas/Ethanol V8
    • Displacement - 5.3L/325
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 355 @ 5600
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 383 @ 4100
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 116.00
    • Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in) - 204.00
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 80.50
    • Height, Overall (in) - 74.40
    • Overhang, Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in) - - TBD -
    • Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) - 35.91
    • Ground Clearance, Front (in) - 7.87
    • Ground Clearance, Rear (in) - 7.87
    • Rear Door Opening Height (in) - - TBD -
    • Rear Door Opening Width (in) - - TBD -
    • Step Up Height - Front (in) - - TBD -
  • Frame Features
    • Frame Type - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 26
    • Fuel Tank Location - - TBD -
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 8
    • Front Head Room (in) - 42.80
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 45.30
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 64.80
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 60.80
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.70
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.00
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 65.10
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 60.30
    • Third Head Room (in) - 38.10
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 24.80
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 62.60
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 49.30
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 18 (2015)
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 16 (2015)
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 23 (2015)
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr Rack & Pinion
    • Steering Ratio (:1), On Center - - TBD -
    • Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - - TBD -
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 39.0
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - N/A
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Tahoe
    • Body Style - Sport Utility Vehicle
    • Body Code - E52
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Independent
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Axle Type - Front - Independent
    • Axle Type - Rear - Semi-Floating
    • Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) - 3200
    • Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) - 4100
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.08
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - - TBD -
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - RKX
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RKX
    • Spare Tire Order Code - RC4
    • Front Tire Size - P265/65R18
    • Rear Tire Size - P265/65R18
    • Spare Tire Size - P265/70R17
    • Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - N/A
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - N/A
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - N/A
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 5000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 6600
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 990
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MYC
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - - TBD -
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - - TBD -
    • Transfer Case Model - N/A
  • Vehicle Features
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - - TBD -
    • Rear Door Type - Liftgate
  • Weight Information Features
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) - 3200
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) - 4100
    • Curb Weight - Front (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 7100
    • Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - - TBD -
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 x 8.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 x 8.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 17 x 7.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Black Brownstone Metallic Champagne Silver Metallic Sable Metallic Silver Ice Metallic Siren Red Tintcoat Slate Grey Metallic Summit White Tungsten Metallic
  • Black
  • Brownstone Metallic
  • Champagne Silver Metallic
  • Sable Metallic
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Siren Red Tintcoat
  • Slate Grey Metallic
  • Summit White
  • Tungsten Metallic

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Introduction

The Chevrolet Tahoe was completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, so for 2016 Tahoe carries over largely unchanged.

Tahoe is a full-size SUV capable of pulling heavy trailers or hauling lots of cargo or people or doing all those things at once. Staunchly upright in profile, the versatile Tahoe is closely related to the stretched-out Chevrolet Suburban, along with the GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade as well as the Silverado and Sierra pickups.

In addition to seating up to nine occupants, depending on seating configuration, the Tahoe possesses the muscle to carry a full load of passengers and all their luggage; and even to tow a boat in the process. Impressively capable off-road as well on the highway, Tahoe comes with four-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. Today, most SUVs are built like cars based on front-wheel-drive chassis and do not offer the towing ability or off-road capability of the Tahoe.

Though still built like a truck, this latest Tahoe exhibits more carlike traits than the prior generation. Inside the cabin, too, passengers can enjoy considerably more quietness than in past generations. As for amenities, a Tahoe LTZ is equipped to rival the Cadillac Escalade.

All Tahoe models use GM’s 5.3-liter V8, developing 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, mating with a 6-speed automatic transmission. In addition to efficient direct injection, the V8 incorporates a cylinder deactivation system that helps cut fuel usage by shutting off half of the eight cylinders, while cruising along with a light load. Because there’s no vibration or clanking sounds, no one is likely to notice the switchover.

The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe has been updated with an enhanced Driver Alert package that includes power-adjustable pedals, forward collision alert, lane keep assist, and a Safety Alert seat that produces pulsations to warn of possible dangers. A new radio includes OnStar 4G LTE with a wi-fi hub. Phone integration technology in MyLink adds Apple CarPlay capability.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given Tahoe five-star ratings in frontal-offset and side-impact crash-testing, though a three-star rollover score shrinks the overall rating to four-star. Six airbags are standard, though bucket-seat models add a front-center airbag. Options include a lane-departure warning, forward collision alert, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and front parking sensors.

Lineup

All 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe models use a 5.3-liter V8 and 6-speed automatic, with rear-drive or four-wheel drive. Tahoe LS, Tahoe LT, and Tahoe LTZ trim levels are offered.

Tahoe LS comes with fabric upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, rearview camera, MyLink radio with eight-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, OnStar telematics with 4G LTE capability, 10-way power driver’s seat, remote start, conversation mirror, 110-volt AC power outlet, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Tahoe LT adds leather upholstery, heated front seats with Seat Alert, and a tilt/telescoping steering column.

Tahoe LTZ includes perforated leather upholstery, a power tilt/telescoping steering column with heated wheel, heated/cooled seats, navigation, heated second-row captain’s chairs, power-folding third-row seats, and Magnetic Ride Control.

Walkaround

Though completely redesigned for 2015, the Chevrolet Tahoe remains familiar in appearance: upright and indisputably boxy. Yet, the shape has a modern look.

Up front, it resembles a Chevrolet Silverado pickup, though no sheetmetal is shared. Overall, Tahoe is closer to the big, longer-wheelbase Chevrolet Suburban, as well as to the GMC Yukon. Tahoe and Yukon share a 116-inch wheelbase, versus 130 for the Suburban and Yukon XL.

Standing tall, the Tahoe exhibits a commanding aura, flaunting its angular body lines. And it should stand tall: High-strength steel is abundant.

The Tahoe LTZ gets additional bright trim on its grille, fascias, and bodysides, and includes power-retractable side steps.

Interior

The Tahoe interior features smooth curves. Materials have a more premium, upscale feel than those in the Silverado pickup.

High-up seating provides a broad view of the road ahead. Seats are nicely supportive, in a nearly silent cabin. An eight-inch LCD touch-screen radio includes the latest MyLink connectivity features. As many as six USB ports may be installed, along with half a dozen power outlets. A bin in the center console can hold a notebook-style computer or a tablet.

Standard eight-passenger seating includes 60/40 split-folding seats in second and third rows. Choosing second-row captain’s chairs drops capacity to seven, while a front bench seat allows the Tahoe to carry nine.

As expected, the third row is most suitable for youngsters. Cargo-area buttons permit stowing of the seats, to boost cargo volume.

With second- and third-row seats folded down, cargo space approaches 95 cubic feet. With the second-row seats up, that space dips near 51 cubic feet.

Driving Impressions

With that husky V8 under the hood, the Tahoe promises strength. Behind the wheel, it feels powerful around town, as well as on the highway. Better yet, the engine teams capably with GM’s smooth, easy-shifting automatic transmission, yielding practically seamless acceleration.

Yet, it’s an impressively efficient SUV, easier and more satisfying to drive than in the past. That old trucklike sensation is gone, engineered out of the equation. Despite a leaf-spring rear suspension, the Tahoe rides reasonably comfortably and doesn’t feel nearly as ponderous as full-size SUVs of the past.

Towing capacity is rated to 8,600 pounds, when appropriately equipped.

Electric power steering yields a light feel, belying this SUV’s heft. Because of the Tahoe’s basic shape, however, body lean is inevitable and agile handling is not a strong point. A standard rearview camera eases backup maneuvers.

With four-wheel drive, a Tahoe performs capably off-road. We recommend getting the four-wheel drive.

Tahoe LTZ features GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, yielding impressive comfort even when the road gets twisty. Analyzing conditions every 5 seconds, the system automatically matches damper firmness to the road surface.

Undeniably a heavyweight at close to 5,500 pounds, the Tahoe is no miser at the gas pump, even with cylinder deactivation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates fuel economy at 16/23 mpg City/Highway with two-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive models drop slightly to 16/22 mpg. Either way, the EPA Combined figure is 18 mpg.

Summary

The Chevrolet Tahoe is a good choice for towing capacity in an SUV. It offers roomy seating for four adults and their gear, or with capacity for up to nine. A Tahoe 4WD is a capable vehicle in rough terrain.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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