2011 Chevy Tahoe Review by Edmunds

Review

The Chevrolet Tahoe is a large SUV that was last redesigned in 2007. There have not been any major design changes announced for the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe, although the lineup was simplified in 2010, leaving the engine choices to only one. In addition to the traditional Tahoe, a hybrid model is also available. The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe is an exciting SUV which is at last available to the car buying public. With fantastic towing abilities and configurations which range from two to nine different passengers, as well as an enormous amount of gear and cargo, it comes ready for most transporting and hauling needs and situations.

Specifications

Here is what we currently know about the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe specs:

  • Pricing: Pricing shouldn’t jump too much over its current $37,280 for the base model and $34,670 invoice. The highest trim level, the LTZ, is likely to cost around $54,000.
  • Fuel economy: fuel economy currently stands at 15 city/21 mpg highway. The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe’s fuel efficiency is not expected to change much. The Tahoe is able to use E85 ethanol.
  • Engine: one engine, a 5.3-liter V8 with 320 horsepower, is likely to be available.
  • Acceleration: 0 to 60 mph in about 8.5 seconds.
  • Car safety features: Stability control, antilock brakes, front airbags, OnStar, and side airbags are likely to be standard. Features are likely to be similar to the 2010 model.
  • Suspension: five-link rear suspension designed to offer a comfortable ride in a variety of terrains. An optional Suspension package will add automatic load leveling and variable shock dampening.
  • Warranty: three year, 36,000 mile basic warranty; five year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty and roadside assistance; six years and 100,000 miles of corrosion coverage.

Exterior Features

The exterior of the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe is unlikely to see any major changes for the new model year. The base LS trim is expected to be offered with 17-inch silver alloy wheels, automatic halogen headlights, a rear step bumper, and roof rails. Higher level trims should add features like power-folding exterior mirrors, 18 or 20-inch wheels, and chrome trim. Exterior options are likely to include springs and shock absorbers with special tuning, all terrain tires, sunroof, and an air suspension.

Interior Features

The interior of the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe is likely to be unchanged for the upcoming year, with perhaps a few minor changes to options and standard features. All Tahoe models are likely to be offered with two zones of climate control, including air conditioning for the rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, OnStar, and a stereo system with a CD player, USB input, mp3 compatibility, and satellite radio. Higher trims are likely to include features like power front seats, back seat controls for the sound system, wooden trim, three zones of climate control, leather upholstery, and a navigation system with live traffic updates.

The interior of the new Tahoe boasts as much head room and leg room as users will find in the majority of sedans. Where hip and shoulder room are concerned, it has more than these do as a result of the Tahoe’s six and a half feet of width. If the owner folds down the second row of seating, while completely removing the third row, the Chevy Tahoe provides almost one hundred and nine amazing cubic feet of handy cargo space.

Performance

Power should remain excellent for the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe; acceleration should remain good as the Chevrolet Tahoe is no slacker in the engine department. With a mighty V8 engine at 5.3 liters under its hood, it showcases the Active Fuel Management system built by General Motors, helping it to run efficiently and save on gas utilization. The person is not even able to notice when it effortlessly switches from four to eight cylinders. This mostly happens while the foot is off of the gas pedal and the vehicle is cruising at a steady speed. This 5.3 liter engine offers as much speed and power as the majority of customers will require. The car should handle well over bumps, and have excellent steering. Actual road test results will have to wait until vehicles are made available for testing. The Tahoe should continue to be offered in a choice of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, and should come with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Ride Quality

Concerning its handling and road testing abilities, the Chevy Tahoe does not disappoint its fans. It has a rigid in appearance chassis, which makes it nice and tight for its mighty size. The brakes are super responsive and smoothly slow and stop the car. The vehicle’s steering is both responsive and exact. The ride itself is fairly smooth, even if the standard twenty inches tires are all that is selected. When the vehicle is running at full highway speeds, the Tahoe proves to be both comfortable, and stable, as well as quiet.

Summary

The new Tahoe has many pros and only a few cons to it. In the pros column, it can tow an impressive eight thousand and two hundred pounds, and is turns out to be a very stable platform on which to haul trailers. It offers the option for autotrac four wheel drive. This is a unique system which can be engaged over dry pavement and comes along with low range gearing. It is helpful in major ice and snow, or for tough terrain, as well as for pulling a boat up a slick boat ramp, or even for hauling a trailer out from a muddy or sandy parking area. The trailer brake controller which is fully integrated is also nice.

Its cons are limited. The vehicle is pricey at a range of an MSRP of $37,570 – $54,160. The base models come with a lesser engine of only 4.8 liters and 295 horsepower, which does the job but feels slightly light on the power side. Also, with a fourteen miles per gallon in town and nineteen miles per gallon featured highway fuel efficiency, it is not going to win any awards for gas economy any time soon.

As the bigger Sport Utility Vehicles go, the Chevrolet Tahoe more than holds its own in its category of vehicle. Competing against its major car manufacturer rivals like the Toyota Sequoia, the Ford Expedition, the Dodge Durango, the Nissan Aramda, and the Chrysler Aspen, it performs well. Although the design came out in 2007, it is still stylish and impressive.