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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Pros vs Cons

Why Buy a 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe?
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Are You Considering a 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe? Here Are Some Reasons For and Against

The Chevrolet Tahoe receives a complete redesign as it moves into 2021. Many of the previous issues people had with the vehicle, such as a bumpy ride and slightly cramped backseat, have been addressed. In fact, this truck-based SUV now seems to beautifully blend capability with comfort and practicality. Of course, no vehicle is completely perfect. There are also a handful of reasons that buyers may want to look elsewhere for their next SUV. Do these cons manage to outweigh the pros for the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe?

What's New for 2021?

Entering its fifth generation this year, the Tahoe made several key improvements as part of its complete overhaul. First, it has extended its wheelbase so that it provides more space for both passengers and cargo. Second, it now utilizes an independent rear suspension to help keep things smooth on the road. Finally, a hearty diesel engine will be available for the Tahoe in 2021, something that buyers have been looking for in years past. The Tahoe will initially be offered in four trim levels, with LS and RST models joining the list later on.

Ten Reasons You May Like the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe – The Pros

1. Comfortable Third-Row Seats

There are many three-row SUVs on the market. Very few, however, offer enough space in that third-row to seat anyone but small children comfortably. With nearly 35-inches of legroom back there, along with a respectable amount of headroom, it is possible to seat seven to nine adults in the new Tahoe without any complaints.

2. Strong Towing Ability

The 2021 Chevrolet Suburban packs a mighty punch of power when it comes to hauling and towing, yet still falls behind its competitors in the large load arena. Despite being able to tow up 6,600 pounds–the Ford Expedition raises the bar even higher with certain trim levels capable of managing an impressive 9,000-pound payload. It seems like Chevy has some ground they need cover if they want match their rival's superior capability.

3. Smooth and Capable V8 Options

With the 2021 Tahoe, drivers have a choice between two powerful V8 engines. The standard 5.3L offers 355-horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, while the 6.2L found in the High Country trim level ups that to 420-horsepower and 460lb ft of torque - plenty for this sizable vehicle! Both are mated with an efficient 10 speed automatic transmission ensuring smooth performance whichever one you go for.

4. Independent Rear Suspension

The Tahoe has been transformed with the addition of an independent rear suspension, turning it into a smooth and practical vehicle. Families will appreciate its flatter load floor which makes loading up for trips hassle free - giving them more time to enjoy their ride.

5. Cavernous Cargo Area

Speaking of practicality, the Tahoe has plenty of space for loading up groceries or helping a friend move. Even with all three rows of seats up, this SUV has over 25 cubic feet in the cargo area. Fold down that third row and then you will get access to over 72 cubic feet. With both back rows down, the Tahoe offers almost 123 cubic feet. The amount of space, combined with that lower load floor, makes the Tahoe ready to haul a variety of cargo.

6. Standard 10.2-inch Touchscreen

Experience a modern, tech-infused drive with the 2021 Tahoe. Revel in luxurious features such as an impressive 10.2" touchscreen and optional Bose sound system featuring up to ten speakers - perfect for music aficionados! Plus, take advantage of wireless Android Auto or Apple CarPlay without any pesky cables required. Upgrade your ride by opting for Premier or higher trim levels that will make every journey one you'll never forget.

7. Available Diesel Engine

The 2021 Tahoe is pushing the boundaries of power and fuel efficiency with its new 3.0L six-cylinder diesel engine option, offering 277 hearty horses to take you where you need to go while still being frugal at the pump. Its 10-speed transmission keeps that torque churning along for a smooth ride no matter what your destination may be! Keep an eye out for official numbers soon - we expect nothing but great things from this highly efficient motor choice.

8. Well-Equipped Base Model

There is no question that the 2021 Tahoe costs quite a bit. On the plus side, LT comes with an impressive list of standard equipment. You get fancy features like a wireless charging pad, hands-free liftgate, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. This model even has leather upholstery along with a 9-speaker audio system. Both the driver and front passenger get 10-way power-adjustment for their seats as well. Chevrolet is expected to launch an LS trim later on, which will have fewer features but also a lower price tag.

9. Quiet and Relaxing Cabin

The Tahoe has some impressive technological features that are sure to impress drivers. Boasting a 10.2-inch touchscreen, it supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay wirelessly - keeping the cabin mess free! For an added bonus of luxury, go for Premier or higher trim levels to enjoy the booming sound from Bose's premium 10-speaker system.

10. Standard Automatic Emergency Braking

The 2021 Tahoe is designed with advanced driver assist features to help keep you safe on the road. Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Alert work together using a camera that watches out for possible accidents, even when travelling at up to 50mph! Plus, additional standard aids like a Following Distance Indicator, an HD Rear Vision Camera and Rear Park Assist give added protection in all types of driving situations.

Reasons You May Not Like the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe – The Cons

1. Top Trims Get Very Expensive

All models of the Tahoe are pretty pricey. It could be argued that they earn their price tags by offering plenty of power and features. At the same time, the top trims have starting prices that are close to those of large luxury SUVs. Some buyers may feel they may as well go shop in the luxury market if they are going to shell out that kind of money.

2. Shifter Design is Complicated

The 2021 Tahoe has an electronic gear shifter located on its dashboard rather than a traditional shift knob. Fans of this design point out that this opens up space around the center console and gives the cabin a more open feel. Many drivers feel the design is too complicated, however, as well as simply unnecessary.

3. Too Large to Easily Maneuver

There are a lot of perks of having a vehicle as large as the Tahoe. Being able to whip around corners or into parking spots in not one of them. The utility and practicality of this vehicle make it worth parking near the back of the lot for most people, however. Just don't plan on easily parallel parking in this SUV.

How it Stacks Up to the Competition


2021 Chevrolet Tahoe vs 2020 Ford Expedition

Exact details about the 2021 Expedition are not out but very few changes are expected. When compared to the 2021 Tahoe, the 2020 model of the Expedition falls short when it comes to cargo capacity, passenger space, and ride quality. The Expedition also does not offer a diesel engine, a factor that may be a deal-breaker for some drivers. If that is not enough, the towing capacity of the Expedition maxes out at 6,000 pounds.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe vs 2021 GMC Yukon

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon are two powerhouse SUVs vying for attention, offering an array of similar features that make them alike but will leave drivers with different desires. With a diesel engine in both cars and independent suspension as standard, the luxury-minded may find more to love from the redesigned Yukon; however buyers on a budget might opt instead familiar terrain of the affordable Tahoe.

Final Thoughts

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is the ultimate family vehicle, boasting room for gear and passengers of any size. Plus with its impressive power and towing capacity, it's perfect for adventurers who want to bring along extra toys on their next road trip! Though some may not love the shift knob at first glance, they'll quickly adjust when they experience how well this large SUV navigates while offering more space than anything else in its class- proving itself as a top option from Chevy.

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