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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe
Select a Different Model (11 Available): High Country 2WD
Fuel Economy $ 15 / 20 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 26/123 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 7/7
Horsepower 420@5,600
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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe MODEL OVERVIEW


  • Responsive powertrains
  • Progressive styling
  • Spacious cabin


  • Underwhelming interior design
  • Still rides like a truck
  • Poor ergonomics

Chevrolet's full-size SUV, the Tahoe, returns for another generation sporting many major upgrades. In production since the mid-1990s, the Chevrolet Tahoe remains a body-on-frame SUV that's closely related to the Silverado full-size truck. However, the latest version distinguishes itself mechanically with an independent rear suspension to improve ride quality. The new model aims to maximize interior volume and address complaints about the lack of space and the cramped third row in the previous iteration.

The Chevrolet Tahoe is a 2021 IntelliChoice Best Overall Value award winner.

Looking for an even bigger SUV? Consider the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban, which is an extended-wheelbase Tahoe.

What's New

  • New generation full-size SUV features a new platform and an independent rear suspension
  • Chevrolet's latest infotainment system adds wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and a larger touchscreen
  • A diesel engine joins the lineup for the first time
  • Off-road-oriented Z71 model added as a mid-level model

What We Think

Big SUVs like the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe will likely be bought as family vehicles, and it's crucial that they don't toss you all over the place when you're on a drive. Ride quality is settled and controlled with the available air spring/magnetic shock combo. On the new coil-sprung suspension, we noticed lots of head toss and gut jiggle.

Powertrains are a strong point; the 10-speed automatic Chevrolet pairs with its V-8s delivers clever shift logic and smooth gear changes to capitalize on the power of those small blocks. The Tahoe's unique swagger earned it a win in a comparison against the Ford Expedition.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe will offer three engines.

Engine and Transmission: 5.3-liter V-8 - 10-speed automatic transmission
355 hp/383 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
16/20 mpg city/highway
Max Towing: 8,400 pounds (RWD); 8,200 pounds (4WD)

Engine and Transmission: 6.2-liter V-8 - 10-speed automatic
420 hp/460 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
15/20 mpg (RWD); 14/19 mpg (4WD)
Max Towing: 8,300 pounds (RWD); 8,100 pounds (4WD)

Engine and Transmission: 3.0-liter turbodiesel I-6 - 10-speed automatic
277 hp/460 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 21/28 mpg (RWD); 20/26 mpg (4WD)


For 2021, the Tahoe earns four out of five stars in the NHTSA's overall safety evaluation.  That factors five-star side crash, four-star frontal crash, and three-star rollover protection scores.

All 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe models get forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, following distance indicator, and automatic emergency braking standard. The optional Driver Alert package (requires adding the Luxury package) on the LT and Z71 grades adds lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors. Adding the Advanced Trailering package expands blind-spot monitoring's coverage to include whatever you're towing. Adaptive cruise control is only available on the Premier and High Country models via the Premium package.

Cargo Space

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe has 25.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats up. You can expand the total capacity to 72.6 cubic feet by folding the third row or 122.9 cubic feet with the second- and third rows down. Go for the larger Suburban, and those figures expand to 41.5, 93.8, 144.7 cubic feet.


Chevrolet's latest infotainment system is standard on the 2021 Tahoe, featuring a 10.2-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, and a 4.2-inch gauge cluster display. Built-in navigation, a 10-speaker Bose surround sound system, and an 8.0-inch gauge cluster display are standard only on the Premier trim and up.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe LT

Exterior: LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, hands-free power liftgate
Leather upholstery, 10.2-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, wireless charging, nine-speaker Bose audio system, 4.2-inch gauge cluster display, heated power front seats, keyless entry/start, remote start
Forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71

Exterior: Red tow hooks, 20-inch alloy wheels shod with all-terrain tires, black side steps, black grille, black roof rails
Performance: 4WD with two-speed transfer case

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier

Exterior: Front and rear parking sensors, 20-inch alloy wheels, chrome side mirror covers, dual exhaust tips
Built-in navigation, 8.0-inch instrument cluster display, power-folding second- and third rows, heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, power adjustable steering column, 10-speaker Bose surround sound system, driver's seat memory
Performance: Magnetic Ride Control dampers

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe High Country

Exterior: Chrome grille, 360-degree view parking camera system, 22-inch alloy wheels
Interior: Head-up display, rearview mirror with integrated camera
Performance: Adaptive air suspension with Magnetic Ride Control dampers

Optional Packages

Driver Alert package (LT and Z71 only, requires Luxury package): Lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensor
Luxury package (LT and Z71 only):
Power-folding second- and third rows, rear pedestrian detection, driver's seat memory, power adjustable steering column, 360-degree view parking camera system, Driver Alert package, heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats
Advanced Trailering package: Hitch view and guidance, trailer braking control, blind-spot monitoring with trailer inclusion (Premier and High Country only)
Max Trailering package:
Advanced Trailering package, upgraded radiator, two-speed transfer case (4WD only)
LT Signature package (LT only):
Driver Alert package, Luxury package, Max Trailering package, 20-inch alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof
Z71 Signature package: Luxury package, Max Trailering package, panoramic sunroof
Rear Media and Nav package (LT and Z71 only):
Rear seat entertainment system, built-in navigation
Premium package: Max Trailering package, panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, head-up display (Premier only), 360-degree view parking camera system (Premier only), rearview mirror with integrated camera (Premier only), rear pedestrian detection (Premier only), enhanced automatic emergency braking, power retractable side steps
Technology package (High Country only): Adaptive cruise control, Max Trailering package, rear seat entertainment system

Standalone Options

Interior: Rear seat entertainment system, lockable center console

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Engine: V8 6.2 Liter EcoTec3
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Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 2.49% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. 06-30-2021
$0 2.74% Financing for a maximum term of 75 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. 06-30-2021
$0 2.99% Financing for a maximum term of 84 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. 06-30-2021