Chevrolet Tahoe Performance
The 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe earns high marks for its all-around performance and refinement. Reviewers say its engine is smooth and powerful, and its ride is comfortable.
- "There is no doubt the Chevrolet Tahoe can accomplish a wide variety of tasks, and will do anything its reputation would indicate it can handle. It's not the most efficient thing on the road, though not bad for its size, and, within reason, the Tahoe will not let you down." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Tahoe's smooth drivetrains are the stars of the show. The 5.3-liter V8 engine especially is a model of refinement." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "… the spirited V8 engine provides energetic acceleration, and the suspension is supple enough to yield a compliant and cushioned ride." -- Edmunds (2013)
Acceleration and Power
The Tahoe is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 that produces 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. According to the EPA, the Tahoe achieves 15/21 mpg city/highway with either two- or four-wheel drive, which is one of the higher ratings in the class. The Tahoe can tow up to 8,500 pounds when equipped with the heavy-duty trailering package.
Reviewers are impressed by the Tahoe’s refined engine, as well as its smooth-shifting transmission. One reviewer mentions that the Tahoe’s Active Fuel Management system, which shuts down four cylinders under light driving conditions to improve fuel economy, operates effectively and without drawing attention to itself.
- "With 320 horsepower, the Tahoe's 5.3-liter V8 is more than capable of moving the fully-loaded vehicle easily and responsively, and the Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation system seamlessly switches between 4- or 8-cylinder operation as needed for improved fuel economy without compromising performance." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Tahoe's 5.3-liter V8 has enough power to move this big SUV with decent authority in most driving situations. The engine is a good match for the transmission, which provides smooth, prompt shifts." -- Consumer Guide
- "Hammer the gas pedal, and the Tahoe can move with gusto. Cruising and passing on the highway are effortless but not exciting." -- Cars.com (2012)
Handling and Braking
The Tahoe comes standard with rear-wheel drive, while four-wheel drive and an off-road-specific Z71 package are available. Reviewers report that the Tahoe has a comfortable ride and is fairly maneuverable despite its large size. This reviewer also says that there is surprisingly little noticeable body roll through turns. Most are also fairly pleased with the Tahoe’s overall handling, and the responsiveness of the steering, though one reviewer says the brake pedal feels a bit too soft.
- "Tahoe is a big, heavy vehicle, but it's quite tractable for its size. An impressive-for-the-class turning circle aids close-quarters maneuvering. Braking control is decent, but pedal feel is a bit soft for our tastes." -- Consumer Guide
- "The fully-boxed frame results in a rigid chassis that helps improve handling and reduce interior noise. The coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering contribute to a surprisingly maneuverable, tractable and smooth-handling SUV." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The steering isn't particularly responsive in terms of handling, but on the plus side, the Tahoe's tight 39-foot turning circle does make it reasonably maneuverable in town." -- Edmunds (2013)
- "Its ride and handling, compared with the rest of the segment, is above average. It takes tight turns, like highway off-ramps, with little body roll, and it covers rough pavement with excellent damping. This is an SUV you want to drive on a long road trip." -- Cars.com (2012)
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