- Got a complete redesign last year
- Seats up to nine passengers
- 8-inch touchscreen now standard
Fresh off of a complete redesign last year, the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe keeps the ball rolling with added standard features and a few technology updates that drivers will find useful.
GM redesigned each of its full-size SUVs last year, giving the Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Suburban big updates. The Tahoe’s styling was completely changed last year; the smoother lines of the previous model were hardened into sharp, angular creases, especially on the hood and the front grille. The sides are more vertical in traditional SUV style, while a blacked out B-pillar provides a longer, leaner look in profile. 18-inch wheels are standard, with larger cogs (up to 22-inches) are available.
Under the hood, there is only one engine option out of GM’s EcoTec3 family of engines. The 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 makes 383 pounds-feet of torque and offers cylinder deactivation for increased fuel efficiency. It comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive. Models with this engine can tow up to 8,500 pounds with rear-wheel drive, while four-wheel drive models trail slightly at 8,300 pounds.
For 2016, most of the Tahoe’s updates come on the interior, where an eight-inch touchscreen is now standard and new technology has been added. Chevrolet’s MyLink phone system adds Apple CarPlay capability, which can mirror the screen of an iPhone (iPhone 5 or newer) on the screen for easier user interaction. There is also a new head-up display available as well.
Last year’s redesign reshaped the Tahoe’s interior with new materials and a more car-like design that inject life into the large cabin. The second-row also added two inches of legroom, and the third-row can now fold into the floor to open up over 50 cubic feet of cargo room (power folding is optional). To keep everyone’s gadgets powered, up to five auxiliary sockets, six USB charging ports, and a 110-volt outlet are available. Also available is a Blu-Ray player with a nine-inch screen to keep rear passengers occupied. The Tahoe is offered in three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ.
A large vehicle like the Tahoe requires a little bit more in the way of standard safety equipment and Chevy obliges. Anti-lock brakes, StabiliTrack traction control, a full complement of airbags, trailer sway control, and Auto Grade Braking all come standard. To help maneuver the Tahoe in tight spaces, front and rear parking sensors are available. A new Enhanced Driver Alert Package add new safety features for 2016, including forward collision alert, IntelliBeam headlamps, lane keep assist, and a safety alert seat.