2017 Chevrolet Tahoe Review, Seating Capacity, 3rd Row

Chevrolet’s classic Tahoe has been the go-to full-size SUV for many people looking for a family-oriented road vehicle ever since the early 1990s. Chevrolet is back at it again in 2017 with some upgraded bells and whistles, so let’s take a look and see if the 2017 Tahoe is worth your hard-earned cash.

In This Guide

Seating Capacity & Configuration

Like many other vehicles in this class, the 2017 Chevy Tahoe features three rows of seating and claims to seat eight people comfortably along with luggage. Unlike many of its rivals, however, the Tahoe’s utilitarian design and spacious interior means there’s a lot more space in the second and third rows of seats than normal.

Additionally, Chevy made the smart decision in implementing power seating adjustments in all three rows, so the back row of passengers have options to make themselves more comfortable. Make no mistake: taller adults may still find the third row to be a bit uncomfortable for long road trips, but it’s a significant improvement over many other SUVs this size.

What’s New in 2017?

Like so many other vehicles in this class, both from within General Motors and elsewhere, the short answer to this question, at least on the surface, is “not much”. In fact, the exterior is quite literally identical to last year’s model; it’s still using the same Silverado-based chassis of its predecessor.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; the Tahoe is well-built, and more than capable of long-distance travel and towing alike. It’s just a bit unfortunate that 2017 seems to be a stale year on the design front for the most part.

The changes that have been made are therefore mostly in the form of additional creature comforts and safety features, all of which will be discussed later.

Performance

The 2017 Chevy Tahoe features the same 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 Silverado-based engine, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, as last year’s model and…that’s it. It’s a solid engine, but it’s a bit of a shame not to see any more engine options for a vehicle in this class. That said, the engine performs well, outputting 355 brake horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. This alongside the well-built chassis allows for the Tahoe to tow up to 8,600 pounds with relative ease. The vehicle also handles better than many in its class thanks to electric power steering and, if selected, adaptive dampers.

Features and Comfort

The 2017 Chevy Tahoe features a wide range of entertainment features and creature comforts, as it should for a family vehicle in this price class. Standard entertainment features include Bluetooth connectivity, iPod/iPhone/Android phone connectivity for streaming audio, an 8-inch “MyLink” touchscreen infotainment system, HD radio, CD/MP3 player, five USB ports, and one auxiliary port. In addition, a three-month trial of SiriusXM Satellite Radio is included.

When combined with the standard six-speaker audio system, the audio experience is already one of the best in its class, but Chevy even offers a 7.1 surround sound system by Bose as an optional upgrade for serious audiophiles.

As for other creature comforts, three-zone climate control, cloth seats, and little touches like a leather-wrapped steering wheel come standard, as does a remote starter feature, heated front-row seats, a cargo organizer, and AC outlets for powering or charging electronic devices.

Safety

Although the 2017 model has yet to be officially crash tested, the chassis has remained unchanged from last year’s model. As such, it scores excellent marks on most tests done by the NHTSA, including front and side offset crash ratings. However, like many other vehicles in this class, rollover protection continues to be a major issue for the Tahoe, scoring only three stars in their testing, and causing the vehicle’s overall score to be four stars. The IIHS currently does not crash test full-size SUVs, which is unfortunate as they are often considered the standard for such things.

Those issues aside, however, the Tahoe comes with capable safety equipment, including front and rear airbags, rear-facing cameras, options for automatic collision detection and braking, and optional side danger sensors that can send vibrations to the left and right side of the driver’s seat in case of potential danger, In short, the 2017 Chevy Tahoe, while not exceptional in safety, is considered acceptable and generally fares well compared to other vehicles in its class.

Trim Options and Pricing

As with previous model years, the 2017 Tahoe is not a cheap vehicle. The base model (called the LS) starts at $48,510. However, make no mistake: shelling out that kind of cash doesn’t come without its rewards. This model already comes packed with almost all of the features mentioned above, including all of the audio features except the Bose sound system, the three-zone climate control, and the basic safety package including front and rear airbags, the rear-facing camera, automatic stability control, and a “teen driver” mode that allows an external key fob to contain data that will report driving habits to parents and omit certain performance features.

The LT edition starts at $53,750 and adds leather accents to the first and second rows of seats, an automatic power liftgate with programmable height adjustments, and the premium Bose sound system.

Finally, the Premier edition starts at $63,435 and adds cooling capabilities to the heated seats in the front, as well as heated seats in the second row. Additionally, it adds high-intensity LED headlights (side note: it’s a bit of an oddity that those don’t come standard on a vehicle this pricey), upgraded 20-inch painted aluminum wheels (as opposed to 18-inch wheels on the other models), and alert sensors for side blind spots and recommended lane changes.

All-wheel drive is available on all models for an additional $3,000. Premium paint colors, such as “Siren Red” and “Black Currant Metallic” can be added for an additional $495 and $395, respectively. Season packages with all-weather floor mats, body side moldings, trailer brake controllers, 20-inch wheels, and rear cargo mats can all be added to your liking for additional fees anywhere from $400 to $5,000 depending on the configuration.

Conclusion

With its new creature comforts and safety features, along with robust construction and an excellent new audio system, it’s clear that Chevrolet has no intention on dialing back the quality of its classic full-size SUV. If you’re not afraid of the price tag, you can configure the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe to be a downright luxurious vehicle that most people would be happy to own.

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