The 2022 Chevy Tahoe is about as flexible as large SUVs get. It can fit as many people as a minivan and tow as much as a pickup truck, which helped it win an Editors’ Choice award. The Tahoe is Chevy’s second-largest three-row SUV. The first is the Suburban, which was reviewed separately. The Tahoe comes with a standard 355-hp V-8, a stronger 420-hp V-8, and a diesel six-cylinder with 460 pound-feet of torque. There are different trim levels for the Tahoe, like the tough Z71 that can handle rough terrain and the more stylish High Country. Too bad that the second one costs as much as luxury cars like the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator, but isn’t nearly as nice. Some shoppers might choose the GMC Yukon because they don’t like the way the Tahoe looks, but the rest will like its popular tech features and quiet cabin.
What’s New for 2022?
Chevy makes some changes to the Tahoe line for 2022. The 6.2-liter V-8 engine with 420 horsepower is now available on the RST, Z71, and Premier models. The Z71, which is made for off-road use, also has an electronic limited-slip differential. Every Tahoe except the base LS now has a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster that can be changed. Google’s voice assistant, maps, and app store have also been added to the infotainment systems in the LT and higher models. The Tahoe used to have a short list of standard driver aids, but now it has automatic high beams, parking sensors in the front and back, lane-keeping assist, and more. Now, you can switch between up to 13 different camera views, and there are even views just for trailering. The Buckle to Drive feature, which is now standard on all GM cars, makes it impossible to move out of park unless both the driver and if there is one, the front passenger are buckled. Metallic colors like Auburn, Dark Ash, and Evergreen Gray can now be used to paint the Tahoe.
We think the best value is in the RST and Z71 models, which are in the middle of the range. The RST is more flashy, and the Z71 is for people who like to take risks. We like that the Z71 comes with four-wheel drive as standard, looks tough, and has special off-road equipment. We’d also switch from the standard 5.3-liter V-8 to the newly available 6.2-liter V-8, which has an extra 65 horsepower and 77 pound-feet of torque. The Z71 Signature package, which has a lot of nice features, would also be added to our Z71. Some of the best features are blind-spot monitoring, a heated steering wheel, and second-row seats, memory settings, a panoramic sunroof, a third-row seat that folds down automatically, and better towing equipment.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Tahoe has always been powered by a V-8, and that is still the case with the newest generation. But it also has a diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine in addition to its standard 355-hp 5.3-liter and optional 420-hp 6.2-liter gasoline engines. Even though it has the least horsepower of the three, it has the same 460 pound-feet of torque as the bigger V-8. Every Tahoe has either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and a 10-speed automatic transmission. We tested the off-road-oriented Z71 model with the standard V-8. It has a two-speed transfer case that gives it traditional four-wheel drive, 20-inch wheels with all-terrain tyres, and underbody protection. Our car had good acceleration, a firm brake pedal, and a very quiet cabin when driving on the highway. Air springs and adaptive dampers, which come standard on the Premier and High Country, are also part of the Z71 package. The air springs allow the Tahoe’s ride height to be lowered or raised automatically or by hand. Both this model and the RST model have fancy 22-inch wheels to make them look better from the outside.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The diesel engine is the most fuel-efficient option for the Tahoe. It gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Both the standard 5.3-liter V-8 and the optional 6.2-liter V-8 are rated at 20 mpg on the highway. The standard 5.3-liter V-8 is slightly more fuel efficient in the city. We tested a diesel-powered Tahoe on our 75-mph highway route, which is part of our extensive testing process, and got 27 mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior of the new Tahoe is the biggest one yet. Compared to the old model, it feels like there are acres of space inside. Its previously cramped third row now has about 10 inches more legroom, and the second-row seats now slide forward and backward to give much-needed flexibility. Adults can now sit in the back without being uncomfortable. The Tahoe’s independent rear suspension also makes the load floor lower and flatter. When the second and third rows are folded down, the cargo space grows to 123 cubic feet. Behind the third row, we were able to fit six carry-on suitcases. We like that Chevy got rid of the old column shifter and replaced it with a push-button and slider system, but the motorized, retractable center-console lid seems like a gimmick, especially since the switch to control it is on the roof. The rest of Tahoe’s interior design isn’t quite as bad, though.
Infotainment and Connectivity
When passengers are comfortable, road trips are more relaxing, and Tahoe’s strong infotainment and connectivity features help make that happen. Every model has a 10.2-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot built in. The three-row Chevy has a lot of charging ports and a powerful Bose sound system. It also has a rear-seat entertainment system with two 12.6-inch screens mounted behind the front seats.
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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71
front-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door wagon
PRICE AS TESTED
$76,175 (base price: $60,495)
pushrod 16-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
325 in3, 5327 cm3
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
383 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm
Suspension (F/R): control arms/trailing arms
Tires: Goodyear Wrangler TrailRunner AT, 275/60R-20 115S M+S TPC Spec 2369MS
Wheelbase: 120.9 in
Length: 210.7 in
Width: 81.0 in
Height: 75.9 in
Passenger volume: 178 ft3
Cargo volume: 25 ft3
Curb weight: 5866 lb
60 mph: 7.5 sec
100 mph: 20.5 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.4 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.1 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.5 sec
1/4 mile: 15.8 sec @ 89 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 115 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 184 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.63 g
Standing-start accel times omit1-ft rolloutof 0.3 sec.
Observed: 14 mpg
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 18/16/20 mpg
Technology & Safety Features
The 2022 Chevy Tahoe has the most up-to-date Chevy technology to help you feel safe while driving. All Tahoes come with the Chevy Safety Assist suite of driver assistance features. A Bose® surround sound system with CenterPoint® technology is available for audiophiles, and an available rear entertainment system lets your passengers watch their own movies or listen to their own music. See what else the 2022 Chevy Tahoe has to offer in terms of technology and safety below.
Safety features include:
- Front and rear park assist
- Forward collision alert
- Front pedestrian braking
- Following distance indicator
- Lane keep assist with lane departure warning
- Automatic emergency braking
- IntelliBeam® automatic high beams
- Lane change alert with side blind zone alert
- Rear cross traffic alert
- Safety alert seat