Last year was a notable one for the Chevrolet Tahoe, which gained a performance package that turns this truck into a sizable speed machine. For 2019, Chevrolet's entry-level full-size SUV carries over save for some changes in colour availability.
That RST (which stands for rally sport truck) package is still worth mentioning, because while the base option is all about looks (colour-keyed grille and door handles; gloss black trim for side mirrors, roof rails, window trim and badging; and 22-inch wheels and tires), it can be augmented with a performance package that bundles GM's previously-available magnetic ride control suspension with a 6.2L V8 (420 hp/460 lb-ft of torque) and a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Also optional on Tahoe RST is a high-performance Borla-branded exhaust and Brembo brakes that bring six-piston front calipers for extra stopping power.
Tahoe trims include LS, LT and Premier, which all share a 5.3L V8 that puts out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. LS and LT models can be had with rear- or four-wheel drive, while Premier trim is 4WD-only. Tahoe models without the performance package use a six-speed automatic transmission.
The RST package is available in LT and Premier trims only. The performance package's 6.2L engine is a gem that feels strong even when hauling this big SUV, and the chassis upgrades include a firm suspension.
The Tahoe is a lovely way for four or five people to travel, but passengers relegated to the third row get hard, flat seats. If you need a lot of cargo space and seating for more than five, go for the bigger Suburban, covered in a separate buyer's guide entry.
Competition for the Tahoe includes the Ford Expedition and the nearly identical GMC Yukon, which is a clone of this Chevy in every way except cosmetics. There's also the Dodge Durango, which is a little smaller and somewhat less capable. And if a fully-loaded Tahoe is too rich for you considering its Chevrolet badge, you might consider moving up to a true upscale vehicle like the Land Rover Range Rover.
Fuel consumption estimates start at 15.1/10.4 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 5.3L engine and RWD. Adding 4WD brings a nominal reduction in economy, while the 6.2L model is rated at 16.4/10.7 L/100 km.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed