2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Expert Review

4.7 Overall Score
Performance 4.6 Comfort 4.5 Styling 4.5 Value 4.6

Editor's Overview

Fresh from its complete remake last year, Chevrolet’s Tahoe SUV for 2016 raises the bar on family transportation, offering big features, big power and big luxury. While the newest Tahoe may lead all competitors, it also carries a hefty price tag that is likely to leave some families with sticker shock.

You'll Like The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe If...

If you’re looking for a powerful and safe full-size SUV, the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe is about as good as it gets. Loaded with advanced safety and technology features, the Tahoe is as skilled at protecting its occupants as it is towing, hauling and venturing off-road.

You May Not Like The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe If...

Chevy’s 2016 Tahoe is a full-size SUV with a big appetite for fuel, parking acreage and monthly payments. If you simply need room for five or six people, a Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse or Ford Expedition makes a less expensive and more fuel-efficient alternative.

What's New

The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV’s Enhanced Driver Alert package for the LS trim adds new safety features, including power-adjustable pedals, forward-collision alert, lane-keep assist, safety-alert seat and IntelliBeam auto high-beam headlights. LTZ trims offer a new head-up system and an 8-inch configurable color display.

Interior Features

The 2016 Chevy Tahoe's driver's seat features multiple adjustments, so it's easy to get comfortable. The materials feel upscale, and we liked the easy-to-understand control layout. Adults will wish the 2nd-row captain's chairs adjusted forward and back, not just for seatback angle, but that's better than the tiny third row – its poor foot room and legroom make it for kids only. There's not much space behind the third row for cargo, but the new raised floor – there to help make a flat cargo floor when the third row is folded – features a handy storage area beneath it.

Exterior Features

With the 2016 Tahoe full-size sport-utility vehicle, Chevrolet continues to put daylight between its pickup trucks and the SUVs based on them. The new Tahoe shares no exterior panels with the truck it's based on, giving designers unprecedented freedom. The silhouette is familiar, but the sharp-edged styling, sculpted flanks, and cool LED-accented headlights strike a bold look for this big brute. Parked side by side, the Tahoe looks wider than its GMC Yukon cousin – credit the wide grille, which blends into the headlights. We also liked the optional power running boards.

Driving Impressions

GM has pulled out all the stops with the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe, pushing the limits of what is possible with this type of architecture while enhancing fuel efficiency, occupant safety and all-weather capability. Instrumental to the Tahoe’s driving dynamics is the available Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) that continually adjusts the stiffness of the shocks based upon changing road conditions. Despite a somewhat antiquated solid rear axle, body lean and roll are kept in check, while the ride remains smooth even over harsh and rutted surfaces. The Tahoe’s steering is responsive but still nicely weighted for easy use at low speeds, and its potent 355-horsepower V8 is always up to whatever task is asked of it. However, even the best technology can’t squeeze blood from a turnip, which is why we were not surprised that our fuel economy never broke the high-teens, even with the cylinder deactivation in play.

Pricing Notes

The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe LS 2-wheel drive (2WD) carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at about $48,000, while the mid-range LT pushes the price just over the $53,000 mark. If you want as much chrome and leather possible on your Tahoe, the LTZ trim starts close to $63,000. Add $3,000 if you want 4WD on your Tahoe. That's significantly more expensive than a Nissan Armada, and even more than the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia. However, keep in mind that the Tahoe is a big step up in equipment and refinement. Historically, the Tahoe's resale value is slightly better than its Ford and Nissan rivals, but still trails the Toyota Sequoia. The Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price tells you what other buyers in your area are paying for their 2016 Tahoe, so check it out before you make your purchase.

Notable Equipment

Every 2016 Chevy Tahoe comes with the 5.3-liter V8 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Base LS trims get cloth seats, Bluetooth for phone and audio, automatic climate control and rear parking sensors. Mid-range Tahoe LT trims get forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, Chevrolet MyLink infotainment, and Bose audio as standard equipment. The top-line LTZ trims add rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot alerts, Magnetic Ride Control and 20-inch wheels. Note that if you want to seat eight passengers, you can't go higher than the LT since LTZ trims come only with two captain's chairs in the middle row.

Notable Options

If you miss the old-time feel of a front bench, the 2016 Tahoe LS is your dream vehicle, since you can still order one. The LTZ's luxury touches – most of them anyhow – can be had on the LT thanks to the $3,110 Luxury Package. The $2,755 Sun, Entertainment and Destinations package bundles navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system with Blu-ray, and a power sunroof on LT and LTZ trims. The theft-protection package adds a vehicle tilt sensor – in case someone tries to steal your wheels – and an interior motion sensor, a relative bargain at only $410.

Favorite Features

INTERIOR

In LTZ trim, the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe has one of the nicest interior treatments money can buy. We’re not joking when we say it compares to Cadillac, Lexus and even Land Rover.


FOLD FLAT THIRD ROW

The Tahoe finally has a set of 3rd-row seats that fold flat rather than having to be physically removed. However, unlike the Ford Expedition, the seats do not fold flush into the floor but instead fold flat into a compartment that slightly elevates the cargo floor’s lift height.

Under the Hood

The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV comes with one engine: a 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8. That sounds familiar to Tahoe fans, but this engine is significantly different from its predecessor. It features direct injection, which helps improve fuel economy while also increasing power and torque, a nice trick. It also features GM's Active Cylinder Management, which imperceptibly shuts off half of the cylinders under steady cruise to help preserve fuel. The engine comes connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. And of course, you can get 4-wheel drive (4WD) with a proper off-road-ready low range.


5.3-liter V8

355 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm

383 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg (2WD), 15/22 mpg (4WD)

Editors' Notes

While the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe may remain king of the full-size SUVs, its Chevrolet badge no longer means it’s guaranteed to be the most affordable choice. Fresh from a complete overhaul last year, Chevrolet’s mammoth family hauler is the best it’s ever been, with an impressive array of safety, luxury and technology features that makes it feel more Caddy than Chevy. However, if you don’t need the towing power of the Tahoe, most families can get by in a less expensive and more efficient 7-passenger crossover SUV like the Chevrolet Traverse. For those who do need a full-size V8-powered SUV, a base-model Nissan Armada offers similar power and towing for about $9,000 less.

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The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe is a very roomy and comfortable SUV. We seat 9 comfortable and have taken a road trip with 5 people including luggage. It is good on the highway. I would take it in for routine service as indicated by Chevy. We have had some minor issues but I am sure it is due to wear and tear. It is our primary vehicle and we travel on the highway a lot. If you are looking for a good family truck for older kids, this is your truck. If you have younger kids and take road trips, portable devices are needed. What would make our vehicle super nice is tv/DVD player. Rear air controls makes it nice to control the temperature. If there are nine people taking a road trip, space will be limited for luggage. Also, third row will hold the smaller passengers. There are some nifty secret areas to store documents, glasses or anything that you would like to keep from the children. The vehicle is pretty good on gas while on a road trip. If you drive a lot within the city, the gas mileage is not so good and you could be filling up three times a week. If you are back and forth to work, kids) activities, running errands or just hanging out a day or two, filling up will become routine. We have had the truck for almost a year now and haven't had any major breakdowns or issues. The only thing that is a bother is the tire monitor system. It is good when it functions properly but we have had technical issues. I would say, overall the Tahoe is great. I would buy it all over again. Hope this helps!

- Gloria S

Tahoe and toddlers, a great car for families.

The leather seats hold up well to messy toddlers, easy wipe down. The carpet in the rear is hard to vacuum, it holds onto grass and fur; but the carpet of the seating areas vacuums and cleans easily. I wish there was a way the two bucket seats in the middle could fold down lower, giving more room. The entertainment center has a good picture and its nice to have the wireless headphones included so I do not have to listen to kid movies repeatedly. The center bucket seats are easy to buckle child seats into, the seat leaning back feature allows for a tighter fit with the car seat. Front seats are comfortable for long drives, lumbar support helps on vacation drives. The touch screen is helpful but I find I use it only while I am parked; I use the buttons on the steering wheel and the knobs while driving as I can make changes without looking away from the road. I wish the phone Charger was comparable with my iPhone without having to purchase an extra piece to charge my phone. Overall the Tahoe drives nice and smooth. I have enjoyed driving it and I feel safe with my kids in the car. Had a wreck a year after we purchased the vehicle, seemed like it was easy to get the replacement parts to have it fixed, had my car back in a couple days. I feel like it has plenty of room but still fits lengthwise in my standard garage, this was very important to me. Living in a salty coastal area I worry about rust and salt and sand damage. I have no visible signs of rust.

- Amber B

Good Vehicle with some concerns

The problems that I've had with my 2016 Tahoe are, a failed AC compressor ( 818.00 )and a headlight ( 256.00 ), some sort of wiring pack (545). After only two years of ownership, I was surprised to need these more expensive items. The safety sensors are well intended, but VERY sensitive and often scare me more than any event has. The seat vibrates and a right light flashes on the windshield. Also, there is constantly a message on the dash that there's an issue with the sensor which I've googled to learn that it has to do with the cleanliness of sensor on the windshield. I keep my vehicle fairly clean, so I'm not sure what else to do. Generally, the performance is good. I enjoy the space that the vehicle provides for hauling standard household items as well as the comfort for multiple passengers. I enjoy the technology included such as: App that allows you to unlock/lock the vehicle and use the auto start, touch screen media & navigation is easy to use. I also enjoy the interior lighting features.

- Tessa S

Overall nice vehicle

After looking for months I finally found a 2016 Tahoe that was in my price range. A week or two after buying the Tahoe I heard a clunk-clunk-clunk in the rear so I got out and looked at the tires and found out that the passenger side rear break caliper assembly was loose took it to my mechanic and after taking the wheel off found out that the mechanic that put the new tires and breaks on at the dealer (Paramus Land Rover/ Jaguar) before putting it on the lot for sale never put the 2 bolts in to hold the break on so it was just moving around. Then not long after that I noticed my windshield leaks when it rains and my headliner gets wet and then found out my air conditioner doesn't work and my mechanic said that it is a problem that GM is aware of and they won't do anything about it or fix it, something about the welds cracking and leaking and here it is in the 90s this week and I'm driving around with no air sweating my butt off

- Chuck W.

2016 Tahoe Family Friendly

I love the comfort features in my Tahoe. I feel like I purchased a luxury SUV at a discount. I live in Texas and still use my seat heaters almost every time I drive somewhere because it's so relaxing. Speaking of Texas heat, the remote start feature is so great when I've been shopping and head to the parking lot where my car has been baking, and it's especially nice to have this feature with small kids. I can get the car started and cooling off while I get them into car seats, and they aren't super hot while I get packages and strollers put away. I've been really happy with the reliability of this vehicle. I've put a lot of miles on it traveling and it stills performs like the day I purchased it. The only thing I am disappointed in is the gas gauge. It dings to inform you when you are low on fuel, but it doesn't give a specific mileage remaining once you get down to a certain point.

- Katherine T

Overall the Chevy Tahoe is a very spacious, reliable and luxurious vehicle.

I love my Chevy Tahoe. The leather and interior color and fabric is amazing. I love the bucket seats in the middle and I love how the very back seats fold all the way down instead for having to be pulled completely pulled out. The color of my Tahoe is black and I love that as well. The only thing I wish it would have come with is a luggage rack on top. When all the seats are up there is not very much room in the very back so it would be nice if there was a luggage rack. The center console is very large and has a light in it as well making finding things at night or in the dark much easier. Overall I love my Tahoe so much.

- Erica W

Safety without giving up luxury.

I love my car because it offers a sturdy body which makes me feel very safe on the road. I love all the safety features such as the backup camera, sensors that I am getting too close to the car in front of me, the sensor to let me know to check the back seat. I also like the heated seats, the display for maps and the keyless start. There is also a button for opening the hatch in the back from the driver's seat. This car has a smooth ride for long trips and plenty of space. I like it better than the suburban because it is not as long and is easier to park. I would recommend the Tahoe.

- Tracy G

Traveling Parents Best Friend

My 2016 Tahoe is perfect for our growing family and king road trips. We travel many times in a year. Often the dog travels with us. This vehicle has all the room we need for luggage, kids and our family pet. The leather interior is a must with kids!! I will never own A Home without it. Some of my favorite features are deprecate climate controls for all rows. This way everyone can be comfortable and happy. Complete with Sirius XM radio for endless listening pleasure, built in Wi-Fi to power all the children's devices, we love this vehicle.

- Stephanie U

I love my Tahoe and you will, too!

I love the comfort, ride, size, safety features, and amenities of my Tahoe. It sits up high so I can easily see the roadway & traffic. It is roomy enough for my family and seats are easily accessible & comfortable. My vehicle has an ac/dc outlet and multiple USB ports in the front and back, allowing multiple people to charge their electronics. The safety features (backup camera, side mirror alerts detecting blind spot vehicles, lane indicators, and visuals indication distance from other vehicles/objects) are very helpful.

- Dara B

The Chevy Tahoe is poorly built

Mechanically the car is good. The GPS dusty is terrible. The mapping is incorrect to many times. Does not show basic info like the speed limit of the road being driven. Most of the extra options on the car are subscription based. Attention to detail is still not Chevys strong suit. Several trim items have had to be reattached. The lane deviation system cannot be counted on. The hands free rear hatch opener does not work. Yet it will close on you when you are loading the car. I will not buy another Chevy.

- David W

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