2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

The 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe was a lot of fun for me to test drive for this review.  Because Tahoe is one of those vehicles that I’ve wanted from a very early age.

Perhaps that’s because it looks great.  Also, it could be because it’s rugged and ready for anything.  Plus, it’s a real sport utility vehicle.  And there’s not really much crossover about it at all.

That is, except for all the awesome creature comforts.  But, make no mistake, the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is big.  It’s a true full-size SUV.

2020 Chevy Tahoe Top-3 Things:

  1. The drive
  2. Exterior styling
  3. Interior functionality

My friends at Martin Chevrolet gave me one for a day recently for this review.

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driver profile full-size Chevy SUV

116″ wheelbase – 203.9″ overall length

2020 Chevy Tahoe Full-Size SUV

So the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe represents the 6th and final model year of its 4th generation.  And here’s what I really like about that.

The final model year of any vehicle generation represents the best the manufacturer could make that entire generation.  And I find opportunity there.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe passenger badge 2

3-Trim Levels w/ 8-special edition options

Specifically, it’s usually an opportunity to get a great deal on a very well put-together vehicle.  Because while some folks clamor for the next new thing.  Personally, I’m good with the best of right-now.

So with that commentary out of the way, here’s where the Tahoe fits into Chevy’s crossover SUV lineup.

2020 Chevrolet Crossover SUV Lineup:

  • Suburban – oversized
  • Tahoe – full-size
  • Traverse – midsize/full-size
  • Blazer – midsize/compact
  • Equinox – compact
  • Trailblazer – compact/subcompact (coming soon)
  • Trax – subcompact

Because of Chevy’s growing crossover SUV lineup, the traditional class-size lines are being blurred.  But that’s happening with many automakers.

Trim Levels And Prices

For 2020 Chevy offers Tahoe in three primary trim level configurations.  But you really have way more options than that might suggest.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe rear RST badge

Two different RST Editions available

Because you can also get a 2020 Tahoe with 8-different special editions.  And, of course, that’s before engine, drivetrain, and package options.

2020 Chevy Tahoe Trims & MSRPs:

  • LS $50,295
  • LT $55,095
  • Premier:
    • 5.3L w/ 6-speed auto trans $63,995
    • 6.2L w/ 10-speed auto trans $69,420

*All starting MSRPs

Plus, those 8 different special edition options provide a Tahoe configuration for literally everyone.  And that’s whether you want to go serious off-roading or equally serious on-road owning. :0)

What is 2020 Tahoe's curb weight?

Between 5,355 and 5,772 lbs – depending on configuration

2020 Chevy Tahoe prices provided for reference only.  You need to get your Tahoe equipped to your liking.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe rear bow tie and plate

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Engines, Transmissions & MPG

So you have two big powerful engines available on the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe engine

355 to 420 hp – engine depending

First, there’s the 5.3-liter V8.  And that will put out 355 horsepower with 383 pound-feet of torque.

Then you have the bigger 6.2L V8.  It provides 420 hp with 460 lb-ft of torque.

And the two available transmissions were mentioned with the trims.  There’s a 6-speed automatic and a 10-speed automatic.

Fuel Economy :

  • 5.3L
    • 2WD 15/22
    • 4WD 15/21
  • 6.2L
    • 2WD 14/23
    • 4WD 14/22

*City/Highway MPG

Because you have the option of two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive, your fuel economy will vary a little.  But either way, the above ratings are great for a vehicle of this size and power.

Also, if you go with 2WD then your Tahoe will be rear-wheel-drive.  And personally, I love that because I’m a huge fan of rear-wheel-drive vehicles in general.

How much can 2020 Tahoe tow?

Between 8,100 and 8,600 lbs – configuration depending.

What Does The 2020 Chevy Tahoe Look Like?

With nearly 30-years of production, the Tahoe is a common sight on roads throughout the United States.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe driver front

RST Edition Trim2020 Chevrolet Tahoe driver front

And the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe delivers an athletic stance and rugged good looks no matter what.  But, what I really like is the variety of rugged good looks it delivers and delivers on.

2020 Chevy Tahoe Exterior Measurements:

  • Wheelbase: 116
  • Length: 203.9
  • Width:80.5
  • Height: 74.4
  • Track:
    • Front: 68.7
    • Rear: 68.7

*All inches

Because whether your focus is off- or on-road, there’s a special edition trim configuration for you and that trim configuration will deliver on its looks.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe front

Available HID headlights & black bow tie

So, my Tahoe test driver pictured above is a Premier special edition RST.  And it had Chevy’s high-intensity-discharge headlights with foglights and the super-cool black bow tie.

Because it’s appearance is so much more than bold, I’ll describe it as commanding.  And in this configuration, near menacing.

Exterior Color Options:

  • Iridescent pearl tricoat
  • Shadow gray metallic
  • Black cherry metallic
  • Blue velvet metallic
  • Satin steel metallic
  • Siren red tintcoat
  • Silver ice metallic
  • Summit white
  • Black

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Interior

Inside the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is impressively quiet.  And that’s by design.  Because Chevy laminates the windshield for acoustics.  Plus the doors are extra sealed to lessen noise.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe 3rd row with full leg extension

Full leg extension from 3rd-row seats

And Chevrolet’s design engineers did a good job of laying out the myriad of controls in the cockpit.  With everything at your fingertips and functioning intuitively.

Plus, one of my family’s favorites, both ventilated and heated front seats are standard on Premier trimmed Tahoes.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe front row and dash

Available wireless smartphone charging

So, the Chevrolet Tahoe can actually seat up to nine passengers!  But that’s with benches for all three rows of seating.

2020 Chevy Tahoe Interior Dimensions:

  • Headroom:
    • 1st row: 42.8
    • 2nd: 38.7
    • 3rd: 38.1
  • Legroom:
    • 1st row: 45.3
    • 2nd 39
    • 3rd: 24.8
  • Shoulder room:
    • 1st row: 64.8
    • 2nd: 65.1
    • 3rd: 62.6
  • Hip room:
    • 1st row: 60.8
    • 2nd: 60.3
    • 3rd: 49.3

*All inches

And my pick would definitely be to go with captains chairs in the first two rows.  Because they’re huge and hugely comfortable.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe 2nd row captain chairs

2nd-row captains chairs

Tri-zone climate control is standard across all trim levels.

One area of improvement I’d like to see for future Tahoes is more legroom for passengers in the third-row as well as a lower floor there.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe 3rd row seating

Kid-friendly 3rd-row seating

The cargo area of the Premier I drove included controls that automatically folded both rows of backseats down.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe cargo area seat controls

Cargo area seat controls

While those worked flawlessly, I have to admit that they were super-convenient as I snapped pictures.

cavernous cargo area w. seats partial down

Up to 94.7 cu ft of cargo space

And there’s even a hidden compartment in the floor of the cargo area.  But, if that’s the reason for the high-floor in the 3rd-row of seating then I think Chevy should lose that in the future.

Infotainment Technology

The available 8-inch touchscreen is very user-friendly.  And navigation, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, are all available.

birds-eye cockpit view

Available safety alert seat warning function – an in-dash hidden compartment

So, I noticed something really cool right away during my test drive.  Upon backing up, as I got close to another vehicle, instead of beeping the driver’s seat lightly vibrated as an alert.

I also found the heads-up display in the Premier I drove to be so clear that I was even able to capture the below pic.

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe heads up display

Love the Premier’s heads-up display!

Even during a sunny Southern California afternoon, I had no problem viewing the HUD display.  And between that and the audio controls on the backside of the steering wheel, my eyes were focused entirely on the road.

Driver Assistance Tech & Safety

Chevrolet’s Teen Driver mode is standard across all trims.  And that’s one piece of invaluable technology that I think all cars should be rolling out in the near future.

But of course, Tahoe can come equipped with all the latest driver assistance tech offerings as well.

2020 Tahoe Driver Assistance:

  • Standard:
    • Rear vision camera
    • Rear park assist
  • Available:
    • Lane change w/ blind zone alert
    • Automatic emergency breaking
    • Forward collision alert
    • Rear cross-traffic alert
    • Safety alert seat

2020 Chevrolet Tahoe Top-3

So my Top-3 favorite things about the 2020 Chevy Tahoe, unpacked, are as follows:

  1. The drive – Tahoe is so powerful.  While I drove the big engine it was just a beast.  And the drive was quiet.  Road ownership is the feeling it delivers.
  2. Exterior styling – I’ve been a fan of the Tahoe since its first generation.  So, perhaps I’m a little biased here.  But with all those special editions you’re sure to find a Tahoe you like.
  3. Interior functionality – My favorite thing is a blend here.  The tech; teen driver, safety-seat alert, hidden compartments.  But also the easy-fold-flat backseats to make huge cargo space.
rear w/ plate and badging

Available hands-free tailgate

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