The smaller of Chevrolet's two full-size SUVs -- the larger being the Suburban, covered in its own buyer's guide entry -- gets a few running changes for 2017, following its last full redesign in 2015.
On the safety front, all models get Chevy's Teen Driver feature as standard. It lets parents see the maximum speed and total distance the vehicle was driven, and how often its active safety features were engaged during a drive. And low-speed forward automatic braking is now an option.
Last year's top-end LTZ trim has been replaced with a Premier model that gets standard 22-inch wheels and perforated leather seating with heat and ventilation functions for the driver and front passenger.
The MyLink infotainment system adds in-vehicle shopping apps, and active grille shutters improve aerodynamics at highway speeds.
As pickup trucks have become more refined, so have the big SUVs that share their underpinnings. The Tahoe is still utilitarian to a point, but only in the sense that it can tow big stuff and handle a decent payload. Load one up with options and you wind up with a seriously luxurious vehicle that can also handle it self in an off-road situation.
Tahoe has few competitors, and one of those -- the GMC Yukon -- comes from another GM division. Otherwise, this truck lines up against the Ford Expedition. You could make a case for cross-shopping an optioned-out model against a Land Rover Range Rover, but for less money.
A 5.3L V8 provides motivation in the form of 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque; it comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and a choice of rear- or four-wheel drive. Fuel consumption estimates are 15.1/10.4 L/100 km (city/highway) for 2WD models, and 15.2/10.8 with 4WD.
Entry-level LS trim comes with side steps, capless fuel filler, rear park assist, backup camera, 18-inch wheels, locking rear differential, cruise control, rear park assist, three-zone automatic climate control, driver information centre, tilt steering, 110-volt power outlet, cloth seats with 10-way driver and six-way front passenger adjustment, eight-passenger seating, six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.
LT adds forward collision alert, passive keyless entry, power tailgate, upgraded Bose stereo, leather seating, lane keep assist and power-adjustable pedals.
LTZ gets front and rear park assist, power-folding side mirrors, HID headlights, programmable power tailgate, 10-speaker Bose stereo, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, heated steering wheel, power tilt-and-telescopic steering, wireless smartphone charging, side blind zone alert with lane change alert and rear cross traffic alert.
Chevrolet hasn't announced 2017 pricing yet, but expect small increases over the 2016's MSRP, which ranged from $57,190 to $72.560.
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