- MSRP: $43,600
- MPG City: 15
- MPG Hwy: 21
- Seating Capacity: 8 or 9
- Rating: 8.5
The award-winning 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe is a very inviting SUV with its traditionally sleek shape, modern style, and tough frame. The Tahoe stands up under tough towing conditions like it has for years and is built like a truck with the body of an SUV. This year the hybrid version is no longer available. There are some great additions to the regular Tahoe base package like better communication with USB access and hands-free Bluetooth, voice control steering, power windows and locks, remote start, adjustable pedals, cruise control, and audible rear seat controls. A rear camera with back-up sensors rounds out the extensive safety package for the 2014 Chevy Tahoe. Buyers can purchase a Tahoe with bench seating, great for using the Tahoe for work, or bucket seats for better driver comfort. Drivers can even choose a new color with the addition of Concord Metallic paint to the Tahoe color choices.
Pros and Cons
- Powerful work performance
- Cramped third row seating
- Limited cargo space
- Trim: 2WD LS
- Passenger Capacity: 8 or 9
- Passenger Doors: 4
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
- MPG: 15 City / 21 Hwy
- Engine: Gas/Ethanol V8 5.3L/323
- Horsepower: 320 @ 5400
- Torque: 335 @ 4000 5.3L/323
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The LS, LT, and LTZ are the three models that GM is offering car shoppers. The standard LS model comes with a 5.3L V-8 engine powered with a six speed automatic transmission. It has Onstar and back supporting seats for better comfort and safety. Satellite radio and a six speaker sound system offer plenty of entertainment. Keeping everyone comfortable is no problem with triple climate controls. Consumers can opt to add an entertainment package for the third row, a 9 or 10 speaker Bose stereo system, and automatic triple climate zone control to the LS model.
The LT model gives the Tahoe a luxurious feel with options like a sunroof, an extensive towing package, and heated front and second row seats. Drivers can opt for second row captain’s chairs offering several seating possibilities. A Z71 Off-Road suspension and tires gives the Tahoe design a tougher style created for towing, pulling, and climbing. Standard features for the LT style Tahoe are fog lights, memory functions for the driver, a leather interior, and a locking rear differential.
The 2014 Tahoe LTZ offers consumers the highest class details and enhancements like a heated steering wheel, a bigger, beefier suspension package, rear load leveling, ventilated seats, and navigation and blind spot monitoring systems. Options available for the LTZ are second row split bench seating or captain’s chairs, power retractable steps for easier exiting, a sunroof, and rear entertainment system. Drivers can add a towing package that allows plenty of hauling capabilities.
“The Chevy Tahoe’s interior has more hard plastic than we’d like, but there’s a lot of interior to cover and it’s all quite durable and probably perfectly suited to its use.” – Kelley Blue Book
“Both the bench and bucket seats provide very good support. Headroom and legroom are ample. The available bench seat’s center position is useful in a pinch, but it’s a little too cramped for frequent use. The available power-adjustable pedals help shorter drivers tailor a comfortable driving position, but the lack of a telescopic steering wheel is disappointing.” – Consumer Guide
“It is not by accident that Chevy’s Tahoe is this country’s all-time favorite full-size SUV. For what it is and what it does, it does those things very well. Need to carry up to nine people? Tow a good-sized trailer? Deal with bad weather or lousy roads? Take a long trip in easy comfort and bring all your stuff with you? The Tahoe will do all of that and more, and has maintained a position at the head of a class that includes the Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada. In addition, it can travel more than 20 miles down the highway on a gallon of gas.” – Kelley Blue Book
Performance and Powertrain
The 2014 Chevy Tahoe has been awarded for being the best performing SUV for 2014. It has the same tough working capabilities as earlier models like the 2013 Tahoe. The V-8 engine puts out 320 horsepower and 335 foot pounds of torque allowing it to haul, tow, and pull large loads and heavy items with ease. With two-wheel or four-wheel drive, the six speed automatic transmission has no problem winching items on-board or pulling other vehicles out of the mud. With the right options, the Tahoe can tow more than 8,000 pounds. Acceleration is not Tahoe’s strong point with it taking over 8 seconds to reach 60 mph. The best news is that the Tahoe gets 15 mpg while driving on city streets and more than 20 mpg on the highway.
Safety has always been at the top-level for the Chevy Tahoe and the 2014 version does not disappoint with standard stability and traction control systems, a rear-view camera with back-up sensors, and Onstar. The Onstar package includes safety features like automatic crash notification, remote door controls, detailed GPS, and stolen-vehicle locating. Several airbags including front seat side airbags and all row air curtains keep all occupants safe in the event of an accident. The 2014 Tahoe has passed several crash tests with flying colors proving that it stands up to its claim to be one of the safest SUVs on the market. Although it can be a bit cumbersome to park or drive in tight areas, the 2014 Tahoe makes up for this with blind spot monitoring and by putting a camera view on the inside mirror.
Interior Design and Features
The exterior of the 2014 Chevy Tahoe is still considered modern and stylish with slender lines and easy curves. The interior needs a major makeover however. Although easy to use controls and readouts are simple, that is also the main problem. There are no fancy digital panels and LED readouts to gawk at with friends. The inability to hook up an MP3 player or an iPod is rather boring and unusual in newer vehicles. The front two sets of seats are very spacious and easy to maneuver around in the most recent Tahoe addition. There are all kinds of issues with the third row seating. There is no easy way to fold the seat or move it out of the way. It takes up too much of the cargo room because it only folds in half and not into the floor. It is also very cramped and many drivers and occupants notice that the third row is hard to get settled into. It is not good for long rides. It is also not the best at offering cargo room.
The 2014 Tahoe can be a little cumbersome to drive unless the driver is used to driving a large SUV. The back-up camera and blind spot sensors are a huge help and with a very tight turning radius, the Tahoe becomes easier to maneuver as drivers spend more time behind the wheel. It handles itself very well on rough or hilly conditions, in wet or inclement weather, and under a heavy load. This vehicle is designed to perform and perhaps shines the most as a work vehicle. It is a great family vehicle as long as all nine seats are not going to be used on a regular basis. The extra room in the front two rows of seats are very comfortable compared to the cramped third row seats. Overall, the 2014 Chevy Tahoe makes a sensible and practical choice.