2020 Chevrolet Tahoe

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2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 29, 2019


Chevrolet Tahoe has been one of America’s top-selling full-size SUV for the past 30 years. 2020 Tahoe combines bold styling with an upscale interior and gets a bunch of advanced safety features. The powerful V8 under the hood along with the available AWD drivetrain makes this car a very capable off-roader. 

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Pros

The standard V8 is adequately powerful

Spacious cabin

Massive towing capacity

Intuitive infotainment system

Cons

Handling is on the stiffer side

Restricted default cargo space

What's New?

One new exterior color


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$48000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

325 cu.in.

horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

383 lbs.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

116 in.

length

204 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

74.4 in.

curb weight

5355 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

cargo volume

94.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

8600 lbs.

payload capacity

1720 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/18/22 mpg

ev range

390 mi.

highway range

572 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


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Exterior
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Interior
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Styles

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Black

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Interior

7.5

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe LS

LS

power
355hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded)
mpg
18 combined

$48,000 - $51,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $48,000 MSRP (15/18/22) 355hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, flex-fuel (unleaded)
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
LS 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $51,000 MSRP (15/17/21) 355hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, flex-fuel (unleaded)
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8

 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe LT

LT

power
355hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded)
mpg
18 combined

$53,000 - $56,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $53,000 MSRP (15/18/22) 355hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, flex-fuel (unleaded)
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 8
LT 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $56,000 MSRP (15/17/21) 355hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, flex-fuel (unleaded)
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 8

 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier

Premier

power
355hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded)
mpg
18 combined

$62,700 - $65,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr SUV (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $62,700 MSRP (15/18/22) 355hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, flex-fuel (unleaded)
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 7
Premier 4dr SUV 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $65,700 MSRP (15/17/21) 355hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, flex-fuel (unleaded)
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 7

Expert Review

7.3

Overall Rating


The 2020 Tahoe received no changes and is essentially the very same car as its predecessor. This has only made our belief stronger that the 2021 Tahoe will receive a complete overhaul as the current one belongs to the generation that was introduced in 2015. However, a new exterior color, Blue Velvet Metallic, is added and Peperdust color is deleted. Also, there have been some alterations in the available upgrade packages.

2020 Chevy Tahoe fights with its GMC cousin, the Yukon, Nissan Armada, and Toyota Sequoia for supremacy in the full-size SUV segment.

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7.5/10
Features

 
 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Features

7.5/10

Chevrolet has segregated the 2020 Tahoe into 3 different trim levels, namely. LS, LT, and Premier. All trims have the option for RWD or AWD configuration. The standard engine of choice is a 5.3L V8 that is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, there is also an option for a more powerful 6.2L V8 with the top of the line Premier trim.

Trims

LS

LT

PREMIER

MSRP (RWD)

$50,295

$55,095

$63,995

MSRP (AWD)

$53,295

$58,095

$66,995

Key Features

5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine with 6-speed automatic transmission

Enhanced Driver Alert Package

Optional 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine with 10-speed automatic transmission

 

18" all-season Blackwall tires on aluminum wheels with high-polished finish

Fog lamps

Magnetic Ride Control

 

Acoustic laminated glass

IntelliBeam

20" Polished alloy wheels


 
 

Active aero shutters

Power programmable liftgate

Body-color bodyside moldings

 

Black roof-mounted side rails

Bose premium 9-speaker audio system

Heated power auto-dimming outside mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators

 

Daytime Running Lamps

Enhanced Driver Alert Package

High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps

 

Deep-tinted glass

Forward Collision Alert

Chevrolet Infotainment System with Navigation and 8" diagonal color touch-screen

 

Heated power outside mirrors

Forward Collision Alert

Perforated leather-appointed seat trim

 

Rainsense automatic wipers

Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning


 

Heated and ventilated driver and front passenger seats

 

4.2" diagonal color Driver Information Center and 8” diagonal infotainment screen

 

Heated second-row outboard seats

 

4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capable

 

Keyless entry and ignition

 

6-speaker audio system

 

Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert


 
 

6-way power front passenger seat

 

Heads Up driver’s display

 

HD Radio

 

Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound 10-speaker audio system

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

   

The latest avatar of the Tahoe comes with a wide range of standard features such as a Leather-wrapped steering wheel, Acoustic laminated glass, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Rainsense automatic wipers, 4.2" diagonal color Driver Information Center and 8” diagonal infotainment screen and Daytime Running Lamps. Moving up the trim ladder will only add more premium features. The Premier trim gets perforated leather-appointed seats, heating for front and second row of seats, Keyless entry and ignition, and many other premium features. 

Which trim do we recommend?

We suggest you go all out with the 2020 Tahoe and get yourself the Premier trim with the optional 6.2L V8 engine and AWD configuration. Apart from the premium features, the powertrain combination will allow you to wander off with the Tahoe to almost any imaginable trail.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Engine

The standard engine of choice for the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe is a 5.3L Ectoec3 V8 unit mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine churns out 355 “American ponies” @ 5600 rpm and has a maximum torque output of 383 ft/lb @ 4100 rpm. This engine is capable of handling everything that's thrown at it with ease.

The 5.3L V8 powering the 2020 Tahoe is a very capable motor.

However, if your thirst for power is not quenched, you can opt for the optional 6.2L V8 that is exclusively available with the Premier trim. This unit is coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission and capable of producing 420 hp @ 5600rpm and 450 lb/ft of torque @ 4100 rpm. 

Models

Chevrolet Tahoe 

GMC Yukon 

Nissan Armada* 

Toyota Sequoia 

MSRP

$49,000

$50,600

$47,100

$49,905

Engine

5.3L V-8 Gas Engine

5.3L V-8 Gas Engine

5.6L DOHC V-8 Engine

5.7L V-8 Gas Engine

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

390 hp @ 5800 rpm

381 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque

383 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

383 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

394 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

401 ft-lbs. @ 3600 rpm

Both the available engines are powerful and cruising on the expressway is bliss. The 5.3L V8 engine struggles to deliver the desired power at revs lower than 3000rpm, but once you cross that mark, this engine feels totally different. The 6-speed automatic transmission shifts very swiftly and you will not have any complaints about it. The 6.2L engine has no issues with power delivery at any range and is as capable in the city as it is on the highway. 

How fast is it?

The V8 does a great job of moving this behemoth car. The 2020 Tahoe can sprint to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. We would like to remind here that the 2020 Tahoe weighs 5466 lbs. The Tahoe can also complete a quarter-mile drag race in 16.7 seconds.

 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV acceleration
The 2020 Tahoe accelerates well for its size.

If you opt for the 6.2L V8, the Tahoe reaches 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and completes a drag race in 16.3 seconds.

Models

Chevrolet Tahoe 

GMC Yukon 

Nissan Armada* 

Toyota Sequoia 

0-60 MPH

6.5 sec

6.5 sec

6.5 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec @91 MPH

16.7 sec @91 MPH

15 sec @ 93 MPH

15.3 sec @92 MPH

Engine

5.3L

5.3L

5.6L

5.7L

Emission Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K Mi/year

9.2

9.2

11.0

11.7

The acceleration figures of the Tahoe is identical to its GMC cousin, the Yukon. Both of these cars are essentially the same car, only with a different branding on the front grille. The Nissan Armada does the 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds and completes the quarter-mile test in just 15 seconds which is the quickest timing amongst the competitors. 

How well does it stop?

Not the best, but the braking performance of the 2020 Tahoe is pretty impressive. This SUV comes standard with ventilated disc brakes on all 4 wheels along with ABS. The 2020 Tahoe comes to a complete stop from 60mph in 137 feet.

 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV Braking
2020 Tahoe has impressive braking performance.

The brake bite kicks in gradually under normal condition, However, when applied under emergency conditions, the bite kicks in with the intent to stop the car as soon as possible and there is a noticeable nosedive. 

Model

Chevrolet Tahoe 

GMC Yukon 

Nissan Armada* 

Toyota Sequoia 

Brake pads Front (in)

15.6

15.6

13.8

13.9

Brake pads Rear (in)

10.88

10.88

13.8

13.6

Curb weight (lbs)

5,466

5,466

5,576

5,730

60-0 MPH

137 ft.

137 ft.

128 ft.

130 ft.

Again, the GMC Yukon has identical performance to that of the Tahoe. The Nissan Armada puts in the most impressive braking performance and does a 60-0mph in just 128 feet. The Armada is also 110lbs heavier than the Tahoe. 

How well does it handle on the road?

The 2020 Tahoe shares its fame with the Silverado, and it shouldn’t be surprising that the handling is more similar to a pick-up truck rather than an SUV. The available magnetic suspension on the Premier trim does well to masquerade bumps and road imperfections. However, the same cannot be said for the lower trims. The available suspension in these trims does its best to mimic its pricier trim but fails to do so. 

The 2020 Tahoe cruises on the highway.

Acoustic insulation is pretty effective and results in a very quiet ride. The smaller wheels are a better option if you want a “somewhat athletic” handling as the larger tire only stiffens it rather than improving the handling. The Tahoe is also a very capable offroader. The rigidity of the structure has a huge role in making the Tahoe a great off-roader.

How much can it tow?

The available 6.2L V8 enables the Tahoe to tow up to 8500 lbs and equals the figures of The Yukon and Nissan Armada. However, if you decide to go with the standard 5.3L V8, the towing capacity takes a hit and the figure goes down to 6600 lbs. 

2020 Tahoe has a massive towing capacity.

Model

Chevrolet Tahoe 

GMC Yukon 

Nissan Armada* 

Toyota Sequoia 

Engine

6.2L

6.2L

5.6L

5.7L

Drive Train

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Capacity (lbs)

8500

8500

8500

7400

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Fuel Economy

The fuel economy of the Tahoe is one of the best in the segment. The standard 5.3L V8 with RWD will give you a combined efficiency of 19 MPG with figures of 16 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. If you opt for AWD, the efficiency takes a further hit and returns 22 MPG on the highway and 16 MPG in the city.

Model

Chevrolet Tahoe 

GMC Yukon

Nissan Armada*

Toyota Sequoia

MPG (City)

16

16

14

13

MPG (Highway)

23

23

19

17

MPG (Combined)

19

19

16

15

The more powerful 6.2L V8 with RWD configuration will get you 14 miles for the gallon of gas in the city and 23 miles for the same on the highway. Opting for AWD with this engine will only fetch you 14 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.

Again, the GMC Yukon has identical fuel efficiency as the Tahoe. The Armada sips more gas than any of these cousins and will get you a combined figure of 16 MPG. The Toyota Sequoia guzzles gas like you’d chug a pint of chilled beer on a hot day. It has a combined efficiency of only 15 MPG.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Interior

7.5/10

Once you are inside the Tahoe, you’ll find wide and cushy seats that are ideal for long trips. Front seats are extremely comfortable and spacious, regardless of the cloth or leather upholstery. The second row is enjoyable whether you opt for the bench or captain's chair configuration. However, the third row feels constricted and best kept for children or teenagers. 

The cabin of the 2020 Tahoe is spacious and comfortable. 

Models

Chevrolet Tahoe 

GMC Yukon

Nissan Armada*

Toyota Sequoia

Passenger Capacity

9

9

8

8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

42.8/64.8/45.3

42.8/64.8/45.3

40.9/63.8/41.9

34.8/66.4/42.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.7/65.1/39.0

38.7/65.1/39.0

40.0/63.4/39.0

34.9/65.6/40.9

Third

(Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.1/62.6/24.8

38.1/62.6/24.8

36.4/60.5/28.3

34.5/65.7/35.3

The steering wheel’s telescopic range is not satisfactory but the power-adjustable pedals are an additional welcome. The higher seating position makes for a very commanding driving position with an excellent view of the road ahead. The power-folding second-row seats make the third row easily accessible. The cabin offers a seating capacity for over 9 people. 

What's there to keep you entertained?

The infotainment system comprises of an 8-inch touchscreen that comes integrated with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. When it comes to the standard tech, the Tahoe outshines its competitors. In addition to the refined infotainment, the Tahoe come standard with a premium six-speaker stereo, Satellite radio and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that is capable of connecting seven devices in one go. The LT trim gets a 9 speaker Bose audio system while the Premium trim is equipped with a 10 speaker Bose audio system. 

The infotainment system onboard the 2020 Tahoe is intuitive and user-friendly.

How much cargo can it store?

The default cargo space of the 2020 Tahoe, behind the third-row seats, is 15.3 cubic feet. While it is decent, Armada and Sequoia offer bigger trunk capacities. Folding the third-row seats will get you 51.7 cubic feet of storage while folding the 2nd row of seats maxes out the cargo capacity at 94.7 cubic feet.

There are lots of options to maximize the cargo space of the 2020 Tahoe.

Model

Chevrolet Tahoe 

GMC Yukon

Nissan Armada*

Toyota Sequoia

Volume (ft. cube) (Behind Third Row)

15.3

15.3

16.5

18.9

Volume (ft. cube) (Third Row Folded)

51.7

51.7

49.9

66.6

Volume (ft. cube) (Second & Third Row Folded)

94.7

94.7

95.4

120.1

The Sequoia has a maximum storage capacity of 121.1 cubic feet while the Armada maxes out at 95.4 cubic feet.

Creature comforts on offer

  • 110-volt power outlet
  • 12-volt power outlets4.2" diagonal color Driver Information Center
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capable
  • Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound 10-speaker audio system
  • Conversation mirror
  • Electrical theft-deterrent system
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2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Exterior

The exterior shell of the Tahoe feels dated as it has remained unchanged for the last couple of years. However, this SUV is still handsome and reflects its heavy-duty capabilities. The similarities with the Silverado is evident in the exterior styling of the Tahoe. It is essentially two boxes with carved out edges.

 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV Design and Dimension
The exterior shell of the 2020 Tahoe remains unchanged.

Contrary to its competitors, this boxy design makes the Tahoe look more muscular. However, Chevy could have done with a little amount of chrome in the front and rear fascia of the Tahoe. 

Models

Chevrolet Tahoe

GMC Yukon

Nissan Armada* 

Toyota Sequoia 

Curb weight (lbs)

5466

5466

5576

5730

Length (in)

203.9

203.9

208.3

205.1

Width (in) (w/o mirror)

80.5

80.5

79.9

79.9

Height (in)

74.4

74.4

75.8

77.0

Ground clearance (in)

8.0

8.0

9.1

9.9

Wheelbase (in)

116.0

116.0

121.1

122

Track width (in) F/R

68.7/68.7

68.7/68.7

67.5/67.9

67.9/69.1

Dimensionally, the Sequoia is the largest in the segment, which is evident in its cabin. The Toyota is followed by its Japanese compatriot, the Nissan Armada. The Tahoe and GMC Yukon are dimensionally identical. 

Highlights of the external design

Though the design of the Tahoe remains unchanged from its predecessor, there are a lot of features that will grab your attention. Some of them are

  • HID headlights in premiere and halogens in other LS and LT
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog lamps in Premier
  • Power adjusting and heated side-view mirrors
  • Power folding, auto-dimming, and side blind zone alert inside the mirror in Premiere
  • 18-inch wheels in LS and LT
  • 20 inches wheels in Premiere
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2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Safety

Neither NHTSA nor IIHS has had the chance to crash-test the 2020 Tahoe. We will update the space once the results are out. 

Some of the safety features of the 2020 Tahoe are

  • 7 Airbags
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • LATCH System
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Teen Driver

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Competition

Chevrolet Tahoe vs GMC Yukon

Tahoe and Yukon are essentially the same cars. Powered by the same 5.3L V8, both of these cars have similar performance and cabin space. Hence, it depends on your choices and likings. However, the Chevy looks more trendy compared to its GMC cousin, while the Yukon offers more features in its base trim compared to the Tahoe. 

Chevrolet Tahoe vs Nissan Armanda

Nissan Armada is a beast in terms of performance and power. The cabin is comparatively bigger than the Chevy and the Nissan also offers a larger cargo space. However, the Tahoe is the more practical of the two because of its fuel efficiency and better off-road capabilities. The infotainment system on the Tahoe is also comparatively more updated and user-friendly than the one onboard the Nissan Armada.

2020 GMC Yukon
2020 Nissan Armada

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Final Verdict

Should you buy the 2020 Tahoe?

The Tahoe has its faults. It's not the most spacious car in the segment and the exterior design looks dated. However, the Tahoe is a very practical car. The base trim of this SUV also comes in with more features as compared to its rivals. It can effortlessly move through difficult terrains and does not compromise your comfort. Add to that the excellent fuel efficiency and you have a car that checks most of the right boxes. Thus, if you are looking for a full-size SUV, the 2020 Tahoe is a very viable option for you.