Full-size SUV with a quiet ride and lots of technology
Price From $51,795 – To $72,045
by SUViews Editor | Mar 23, 2022
In this 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe review, we are going to analyze the offerings and performance of this latest large SUV, and help you decide if this is the right choice for you.
Gone are the times when full-size pickups and SUVs kept using outdated platforms and engines. Their target audience is gradually becoming more selective and demanding and their competition is quickly becoming tougher, so they had to keep up. The 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe does its part by using modern underpinnings, athletic design, and a large list of comfort, entertainment, and safety items paired to a selection of powerful gasoline or diesel engines; the latter is a rarity in the segment.
What makes life difficult for the Tahoe is its market position. Being Chevrolet’s largest SUV forces it to offer some level of luxury but, the more it does so, the closer it gets to the upscale sibling GMC Yukon, which charges only a little more to offer a more refined image. If you truly want to stick with the Chevy, you will have an excellent SUV with impressive technology – as long as you can afford it.
Performance, Engine, and Comfort
The Tahoe is constantly updated with the latest technologies and occasional improvements in terms of fuel efficiency. Borrowing the platform used by GMC and Cadillac is beneficial for the increased overall standard, but it also creates a high price base that makes the Chevrolet less competitive.
Engine & Performance
Besides being Chevrolet’s largest SUV, the Tahoe comes from the same project which spawns the GMC Yukon and the Cadillac Escalade. You can see the results of such genetics on the selection of modern engines and the possibility of making its suspension incredibly customizable. Those items come at a hefty price, of course, but make the Tahoe’s ride a magnificent experience.
The Tahoe’s standard engine is a 5.3L Ecotec V8 good for 355 hp of power and 383 lb-ft of torque. High-end trims can be upgraded with a 6.2L Ecotec V8 which raises those figures to 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. However, the model stands out for also offering a turbo-diesel option: the Duramax 3.0L inline-six makes 277 hp and the impressive torque of 460 lb-ft.
The 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe is always equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission which uses electronic control to give access to functions such as overdrive and the tow/haul mode.
This model has independent suspensions all around, with coil-over-shock up front and multi-link with coil springs at the rear. GM’s widely praised Magnetic Ride Control, which allows the driver to electronically change the suspension’s stiffness, is available for intermediate versions and comes as standard on upscale ones.
Being a full-size SUV, you can expect the Tahoe’s dynamic behavior to be comfortable. The cabin has been praised by the specialized press for being quiet even at high speeds. When present, the adaptive dampers, and air springs make things even better.
Safety & Reliability
The Tahoe’s modern underpinnings benefit it once again in this aspect but in a different way. You can get a huge number of comfort, entertainment, and safety items, but those of the first two groups are largely restricted to the upscale versions – and some are sold at an extra cost even in them. Therefore, a fully equipped Tahoe can get very, very expensive.
Here you get disc brakes on all wheels with ABS. The specialized press has considered the Tahoe’s braking power adequate for its massive size and weight. The model also includes electronic assists such as front pedestrian braking and automatic emergency braking as standard.
Front, side, and curtain airbags are standard offerings for the 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe. The model also includes presence detection in order to avoid the unnecessary deployment of any of those airbags.
It is possible to enjoy an infotainment system with a 10.2” touchscreen, built-in Google interface, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, eight USB ports in strategic locations of the cabin, two extra screens with wireless headphones for the rear seats, Wi-Fi hotspot, and wireless charging. As you can imagine, however, most of those features are restricted to upscale trims either as options or standard items.
LED lamps all around are a standard offering. The headlights also feature automatic high beam activation with automatic delay.
While the standard setup is rear-wheel drive, the model may come with electronic stability and traction controls, hill descent control, and a full suite of electronic assists for trailer use.
Considering the standards of a full-size SUV, the Tahoe offers moderate fuel efficiency when using gasoline engines but becomes quite interesting in this aspect when powered by the turbo-diesel unit. The problem is that the standards of a full-size SUV are definitely not fuel-efficient. The absence of electrified options does not help its case.
This model offers three engine options: a 5.3L V8, a 6.2L V8, both naturally aspirated and powered by gasoline, and a turbo-diesel 3.0L inline-six.
Gas per mileage consumption
The most fuel-efficient version of the 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe is the turbo-diesel equipped with rear-wheel drive: 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined. Either one of the gasoline engines becomes the worst option when equipped with all-wheel drive: 14/19/16 mpg respectively, according to EPA estimates.
Your typical family SUV. The new generation brings acres of space and makes much better use of it than its predecessor. Adults can be comfortably seated even at the third row and there is plenty of luggage space even if that seat row is up. Comfort and entertainment features are also abundant, but those are restricted to customers with looser budgets.
The driver enjoys plenty of room and a nicely trimmed interior. Most of the controls are easy to find and use. While the infotainment system offers all the latest technologies, most of the desirable entertainment features are focused on the passengers.
Clean and conservative design where the infotainment screen has a floating design to make the rest of the dashboard sits lower. The center-console lid is retractable and motorized, but the button for that was strangely placed on the roof.
Passenger seats and extras
The model offers premium seating arrangements for seven passengers or standard arrangements for eight; which setup comes as standard or as an option depends on the trim level. The base LS is the only one that seats eight as standard and may seat nine. The new generation has been praised by the specialized press for offering a flat floor and much more space compared to its predecessor.
Overall height and space
The 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe has an overall height of 75.8 inches. The total passenger volume is 178 ft³.
The 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe has a base volume of 25.5 ft³. If you fold down the third row of seats, you can raise it to 72.6 ft³. Doing the same to the second row of seats opens up 122.9 ft³.
Price and Extras
Once again, what drives down the Tahoe’s competitiveness in the segment is the price list, which gets expensive rather quickly once you start opting for the desirable features. While that is a rather frequent event in the car world, it puts the Chevrolet model dangerously close to its GMC and Cadillac siblings, which have the added feature of a premium image.
The 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe is available in the following trim levels:
LS, LT, and Premier are the typical base, intermediate and luxury trims; they differ mostly at the list of standard and optional items. The RST works as an intermediate version differentiated by a group of visual accessories. The Z71 is designed with several changes focused on off-road driving. The High Country defends the top position on the list with design exclusivities focused on refinement.
The standard layout is rear-wheel drive, but it is possible to obtain all-wheel drive as well. The latter is available with all the engine options and comes as standard in some trim levels.
The limited coverage is of three years or 36,000 miles, while the powertrain coverage accounts for five years or 60,000 miles. Complimentary scheduled maintenance is offered only at the first visit.
If you are interested in the specific versions, RST or Z71, the Tahoe stands out in the competition, both internal and external, and becomes a great purchase. Now, in case you are considering the Premier or the High Country, the GMC Yukon might make better use of your money.