2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Review


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2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Overview

The Chevrolet Tahoe, a large SUV, last got a full redesign in 2015. For 2020, a number of special editions are available to mix things up. Rivals include the Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, GMC Yukon, and Chevy’s own Suburban.

The Tahoe is strong and capable, featuring truck-like proportions. This year, the Custom Edition and Custom Midnight Edition are both available on the base LS trim; the LT Midnight Edition and Z71 Midnight Edition are both available on the LT; the RST Edition is available on LT and Premier trims, and the Premier Plus Edition is available exclusively on the Premier.

The Tahoe is available with two powertrains. The base engine is a 5.3-liter V8 rated for 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. A 6.2-liter V8, which is rated for 420 hp and 460 lb-ft, is also available. It pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Both feature standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) and optional four-wheel drive (4WD). The Max Trailering package, which can be added to any RWD version, has a towing capacity of 8,600 lbs. The smaller engine is good for 15 mpg city, 22 highway, and 18 combined, while the larger is rated for 14/17/23 with RWD.

The Tahoe accommodates up to nine passengers. The base LS trim includes remote start, 3-zone automatic climate control, and 18-inch wheels. With the LT trim, you get a power liftgate, leather upholstery, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The top-tier Premier features keyless entry and start, ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, a heated steering wheel, a power-folding third row, and 20-inch wheels.

The Custom Edition scraps the third row in favor of cargo space and features a chrome grille and 18-inch aluminum wheels. The Midnight Editions vary slightly, but they feature black exterior accents and black-finished aluminum wheels. The RST Edition package adds black styling elements and black 22-inch wheels. The Premier Plus Edition features a black and mahogany two-tone interior, power retractable steps, and 22-inch wheels.

The Tahoe features an 8-inch touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The LT trim includes a 9-speaker Bose audio system. In the Premier, you’ll get a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, navigation, and wireless device charging. A rear-row entertainment system and built-in WiFi hotspot are also available.

The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe earns a 4-star overall rating (of out a possible 5 stars) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Every Tahoe gets a reversing camera, parking sensors, and the Teen Driver safety settings system. The LT adds automatic high beams, forward-collision alert, low-speed automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and a safety alert seat. At the Premier level, the Tahoe adds lane-change alert, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert, and offers advanced adaptive cruise control and a head-up display (HUD) as optional extras.

The Chevy Tahoe remains a smart choice in a tough segment, especially since it’s easily customizable.


Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She owns a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, 2020 Subaru Outback Onyx XT, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, 2015 Honda Grom, and 1979 Boston Whaler Montauk.

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