2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

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2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ Front End

Staying power

It's easy to dismiss the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe as a relic from a bygone era. The SUV premiered when gas cost a buck a gallon, and its best years coincided with the first term of President George W. Bush. Yet General Motors managed to sell 83,502 Tahoes in 2013 along with 28,302 GMC Yukons. That's nearly equal to the U.S. sales of the similarly priced BMW 3-/4-series. No wonder GM deemed the vehicle worthy of another round of investment, resulting in the new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Big is beautiful

Chevrolet says the Tahoe's redesigned exterior is more aerodynamic, an accomplishment considering it looks more like a brick than ever. That's not to say it's overwrought. The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe strikes us as a nice update of the cleanly styled, ruggedly handsome Chevy trucks of the 1990s. Several bystanders walked over to pay compliments as we parked for photography.

White-collar work

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe has a price tag to match its big and bold design. The truck starts at $45,890, which makes it more expensive than any of the cars in Chevrolet's lineup aside from the Corvette. Our loaded, four-wheel-drive Tahoe LTZ came in at $69,130.
For that price, the leather-trimmed interior has virtually every comfort and convenience feature one can think of -- rear seat entertainment, an eight-inch touch screen, power everything, heated everything. The interior design takes another step away from work truck toward luxury car, but some of the trim still falls short of expectations.
The main functional change inside is that the third-row seats now fold flat at the touch of a button. But they don't tuck into the floor and can't be removed. That means this big truck is far from ideal for hauling bulky items.

We've got the muscle

GM trucks have long been shockingly good to drive, and the new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe only gets better. The steering, now electrically assisted, feels better than what you'll experience in most cars, as does the firm brake pedal. One place where the Tahoe can't hide its big truck bones is over rough pavement, where even the magnetic dampers (standard on the LTZ) can't keep occupants from jouncing about.
Chevrolet has managed to squeeze more fuel from the stone that is the small block. The standard 5.3-liter V-8, now direct injected, manages 18 mpg combined in EPA testing. That's only 1 mpg shy of what the smaller, aluminum-bodied Land Rover Range Rover Sport gets with two more gears and two fewer cylinders. The 2015 Ford Expedition promises more power from its turbo V-6, but we'd venture to guess that among most truck people the word "V-8" still reads as an advantage rather than a detriment.

A nice truck for people who like nice trucks

"Truck people" is the key demographic for the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe. There's been no attempt with this redesign to win back the thousands of former customers who now drive large crossovers. For them, the Tahoe will feel like a blast from the past. But for that sizable core audience that genuinely desires the capability, style, and brute power of a large SUV, the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe confidently says, "I'm here to stay. "

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD LTZ Specifications

Base price $45,890
Price as tested $69,130
Engine 5.3-liter V-8
Power 355 hp at 5600 rpm
Torque 383 lb-ft at 4100 rpm
Transmission Six-speed automatic
Drive Four-wheel
Cargo capacity (behind 1st/2nd/3rd row) 94.7/51.6/15.3
Fuel economy 16/22 mpg city/highway
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

New for 2015

The Chevrolet Tahoe has been heavily revised for 2015, gaining updated styling, an upgraded interior, longer equipment list, a more efficient engine, as well as a quieter and more comfortable ride.

Vehicle Overview

The Chevrolet Tahoe is a three-row SUV that offers seating for nine passengers, an 8,500-pound towing capacity, and new safety features that set it apart from the competition. The mechanically identical Suburban sits on a longer platform and loses some towing capacity, but gains significantly more cargo capacity and rear passenger space. Among Chevrolet's three-row SUVs, the Tahoe sits below the Suburban and above the less expensive Traverse crossover.

Summary

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe is motivated by a 5.3-liter V-8 that makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, and gets paired with a six-speed automatic. Rear-drive Tahoes are rated by the EPA at 16/23 mpg, and 16/22 mpg in four-wheel drive. The capabilities remain a capable 8,300/8,500 pounds in 4WD and RWD models, 15.3/51.6/94.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the third, second, and first rows. Throughout the interior there are a number of particularly useful features, such as an 8-inch infotainment screen that hides a lit storage area, power folding rear seats, hands-free programmable power liftgate, available wireless charging for personal electronics (inductive, requires a special case for the device), available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (requires a subscription), a rear-seat entertainment system with a nine-inch screen, Bose premium audio system, and hands-free keyless access with push-button start.
The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe introduces a suite of safety features, such as adaptive cruise control, front automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and a side blind zone alert with lane change alert. The Safety Alert Seat is a recent innovation introduced on several GM products that warns drivers of threats with vibrations on the right and left of the driver’s seat bottom cushion. Instead of the typical beeping from a backup sensor, the seat will vibrate to alert drivers when pulling into a tight parking spot, or when the Tahoe’s sensors detect a potential collision, such as when a turn signal is activated and a car is detected approaching from the passenger side; the seat will vibrate on the right.
The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe received a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), but has not been evaluated by the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Tahoe is the smaller of the two full-size Chevrolet SUVs, with a 14-inch shorter wheelbase and 20-inch shorter body than the Suburban. That shorter body, however, gives up a significant amount of cargo capacity and third-row comfort (10-inches less legroom for the way back passengers). Unlike the Suburban, the Tahoe draws a much closer comparison with three-row crossovers, with towing capacity being the only major advantage. Fuel economy is good in the segment, but when cross-shopped with capable three-row SUVs it doesn’t compare well.
In a Driven review of the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban, we said, “It’s harder, though, to make a case for the Tahoe. Chevrolet’s own Traverse has significantly more cargo space (behind any of its three rows) and a much more usable third-row seat in a similar-sized package. The only real advantage for the Tahoe is trailer towing, where the V-8-powered, body-on-frame SUV puts the V-6 Traverse crossover, well, on the trailer.”
When compared to the slightly less efficient, but more capable Ford Expedition the Tahoe begins to lose some allure. The Ford raises towing capacity to 9,200 pounds, while providing a more usable third row. Unless you’re willing to step up to the bigger Suburban, the Tahoe will remain a brand-loyalty purchase over the Ford. With a towing capacity of 5,200 pounds, a 2015 Chevrolet Traverse also makes a compelling argument for light-duty towing with a full load of passengers. Buyers needing passenger, cargo, and towing capability ought to look to the not-much-more-expensive Suburban or the Ford Expedition.
Despite the negatives, the 2015 Tahoe is an improved SUV, combining the attributes that made it successful in years past with greater efficiency and a more luxurious interior. We noted, “The dash has greater dimension than before; there are fewer hard plastics; and well-padded surfaces cover the door panels and armrests.” We also said “the large console creates a vast amount of storage space; there is also an abundance of power points and USB outlets. We were more impressed, though, with the well-thought-out switchgear.” The Tahoe’s smaller footprint makes it easier to maneuver in an urban environment, so if use of the third row is kept to short trips, the smaller Chevrolet makes a compelling alternative to the capable, but gargantuan, Suburban.

You’ll Like

  • More fuel efficient than before
  • More confident drive
  • High-quality interior

You Won’t Like

  • Cramped third row with high floor
  • Less cargo and towing capacity than Ford Expedition
  • Mechanically related Suburban isn't much more expensive

Key Competitors

  • Ford Expedition
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Nissan Armada
  • GMC Yukon
  • Chevrolet Traverse

Rating

3
General Motors Arlington Assembly Line
General Motors is investing $1.4 billion into its Arlington Assembly Plant where it builds full-size SUVs. The upgrade is part of a larger $5.4-billion investment into its U.S. manufacturing plants over the next three years.
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 Front Three Quarter
Chevrolet announced that two new packages will join the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban—the popular Z71 package and a new Texas Edition. The Texas Edition is an aesthetic and convenience package, while the Z71 package for the Tahoe and Suburban does add some off-road performance capability.
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 Badge
Sales of the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUVs have come out of the gate strong over the last few months, as customers were clearly swayed by the vehicles’ 5.3-liter, 355-hp V-8 and surprisingly comfortable driving dynamics. Now buyers will be able to opt for an additional Z71 option package, although Chevrolet declined to reveal any more details on the package, such as included equipment and pricing, promising that more information will be forthcoming in late September.
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Front Three Quarter
After such a big sales total in May, some thought the market might take a breather in June. Instead, auto sales heated up even further. Although the year-over-year increase was just 1% (last June was pretty strong too), the annualized sales rate reached 17 million units, a figure not seen since 2006.

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2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
5.3L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
16 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
23 MPG
Horsepower:
355 hp @ 5600rpm
Torque:
383 ft lb of torque @ 4100rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
36,000 miles / 36 months
Powertrain
100,000 miles / 60 months
Corrosion
100,000 miles / 72 months
Roadside
100,000 miles / 60 months
Maintenance
24,000 miles / 24 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:COOLING UNIT AND LINES
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM ) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab 1500 series and model year 2015 Suburban and Tahoe; GMC model year 2014 Sierra Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab 1500 Series and model year 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles equipped with a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission (feature code MYC). The subject vehicles may have a transmission oil cooler line that is not securely seated in the fitting.
Consequences
If the line is not securely seated and transmission oil leaks from the fitting, the oil could contact a hot surface and cause a vehicle fire.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmission oil cooler line connection and repair the vehicles, as needed, free of charge. The recall began on May 19, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6546 or GMC owners may contact GMC at 1-866-996-9463. GM's number for this recall is 14121.
Potential Units Affected
489,936
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Chevrolet Silverado vehicles manufactured May 23, 2013, through March 25, 2014, 2014 GMC Sierra vehicles manufactured May 25, 2013, through March 31, 2014, and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe vehicles manufactured January 29, 2014, through March 27, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the tie rod threaded attachment may not be properly tightened to the steering gear rack.
Consequences
An improperly tightened tie rod attachment may allow the tie rod to separate from the steering rack, resulting in a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
GM notified all owners, and dealers will inspect the inner tie rods to make sure that they are correctly tightened, replacing the steering gear, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on May 14, 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14204. NOTE: Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until they have been inspected and repaired. Owners should contact GM to have their vehicles towed to the dealership.
Potential Units Affected
477
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
SEAT BELTS:FRONT:WARNING LIGHT/DEVICES
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban vehicles equipped with a base radio and an internal amplifier. The radios in the affected vehicles may become inoperative, and as a result, there would be no audible chime to notify the driver if the door is opened with the key in the ignition or no audible seat belt warning indicating the seat belts were not buckled. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) numbers 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention," and 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
Consequences
Without an audible indicator, the driver may not be aware that the driver's door is open while the key is in the ignition, increasing the risk of a vehicle rollaway. Additionally, there would be no reminder that the driver's or front seat passenger's seat belt is not buckled, which could increase the risk of injury in a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the radio software, free of charge. The recall began on July 2, 2014. Chevrolet owners may contact GM's customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GMC owners may contact GM's customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 14315.
Potential Units Affected
57,512
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: SOFTWARE
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban vehicles equipped with a base radio and an internal amplifier. The radios in the affected vehicles may become inoperative, and as a result, there would be no audible chime to notify the driver if the door is opened with the key in the ignition or no audible seat belt warning indicating the seat belts were not buckled. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) numbers 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention," and 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
Consequences
Without an audible indicator, the driver may not be aware that the driver's door is open while the key is in the ignition, increasing the risk of a vehicle rollaway. Additionally, there would be no reminder that the driver's or front seat passenger's seat belt is not buckled, which could increase the risk of injury in a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will update the radio software, free of charge. The recall began on July 2, 2014. Chevrolet owners may contact GM's customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GMC owners may contact GM's customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 14315.
Potential Units Affected
57,512
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, Suburban LTZ, Tahoe, Tahoe LTZ, GMC Yukon, and Yukon XL Denali vehicles manufactured on May 13, 2014. The affected vehicles were assembled with a roof rail air bags (RRAB) that were not reinforced at the points were the bags contact the hardware used to attach the roof carrier.
Consequences
During deployment, the RRAB may be punctured or torn by the roof carrier hardware, reducing its performance and increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the roof carrier attaching hardware, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early September 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet) or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14359.
Potential Units Affected
22
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
POWER TRAIN:TRANSFER CASE (4-WHEEL DRIVE)
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra vehicles, and model year 2015 GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe vehicles. In the affected vehicles, an electrical signal short may cause the transfer case to shift to neutral without the driver's input.
Consequences
If the transfer case switches to neutral while the vehicle is parked and the parking brake is not in use, the vehicle may roll away increasing the risk of injury to bystanders. If the transfer case switches to neutral while the vehicle is being driven, the vehicle would lose drive power, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will re-program the software in the transfer case control module, free of charge. The recall began in early August 2014. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14192.
Potential Units Affected
392,459
Notes
General Motors LLC


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra, and Yukon XL vehicles, equipped with electric power steering (EPS). Due to a problem with the EPS module, the affected vehicles may experience a sudden loss of power steering assist during vehicle operation.
Consequences
An unexpected loss of power steering increases the risk of a crash.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the power steering assist motor kit, free of charge. The recall began on November 17, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14743.
Potential Units Affected
679
Notes
General Motors LLC


IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
NHTSA Rating Overall
4
NHTSA Rating Rollover
3
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R

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5-Year Total Cost to Own For The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

Depreciation
45.2%
Loss in Value + Expenses
= 5 Year Cost to Own
Depreciation
$21,874
45.2%
Insurance
$6,225
12.9%
Fuel Cost
$12,533
25.9%
Financing
$4,508
9.3%
Maintenance
$2,204
4.6%
Repair Costs
$528
1.1%
State Fees
$537
1.1%
Five Year Cost of Ownership: $48,409 What's This?
Value Rating: Excellent