The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe represents the best of two worlds – a hardworking truck technology paired with comfortable, stylish modern features. Tough on the outside, it’s cozy on the inside, and with seating for up to nine people you know it’ll easily handle any job you throw at it. The full-size SUV Chevrolet Tahoe had a complete redesign in its 2015 year, and now we see Chevrolet’s first chance to modify this latest generation of Tahoe. However, the 2015 Tahoe was very well received, and this leaves the 2016 model to need only a few updates here and there. Safety features have been brought in line with the whole Chevrolet model range with the addition of the Enhanced Driver Alert package that is available on the LT trim. This adds driver assist features like a lane departure alert, forward collision warning and intelligent beam headlights.

Trim Levels

The 2016 Tahoe is available in three unique trim levels. An eight-seater arrangement is standard, and there are two other seating configurations from which you can choose. We can easily drop the second row captain chairs to make it a seven-seater or with 40-20-40 front seat split option, we can have it as a nine-seater vehicle (LS only).

Tahoe LS

The base LS (from $47,495) is equipped with some excellent features that make it stand out in the market – leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel, side assist steps, 18-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, rear view camera, cruise control, automatic wipers, automatic high-beam headlight control and heated mirrors. There are roof rails, cloth upholstery and rear private glass, remote ignition, tri-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, and a 110-volt domestic power outlet. On the infotainment side, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system has an eight-inch touchscreen and supports smartphone apps, voice control and Apple CarPlay. The base model even comes with Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity and an excellent six-speaker HD sound system. Those who want to opt for a nine-seater passenger vehicle LS model is the right choice for them as the Tahoe LS is the only trim level with this option. An Enhanced Driver Alert package gives you lane-departure intervention, forward collision warning and a vibrating alert seat.

Tahoe LT

The LT model (from $52,700) takes all this and adds everything from the Enhanced Driver Alert package. It throws in a power liftgate, leather finish seats, heated seats in the front, driver memory, 8-way adjustable front power seat for passengers, auto-dimming rear view mirror, telescoping and tilting steering wheel and a splendid nine-speaker Bose sound system. Second row captain’s chairs are optional. A Sunroof package adds a sunroof, rear-seat entertainment with Blu-ray DVD system and navigation system. The Luxury package is the ticket to keyless car entry and ignition, rear traffic alerts, hands-free power liftgate, front parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, driver-side auto dim mirrors, heated back row seats, heating for the steering wheel, power folding third-row seats, wireless charging and fog lights. The Z71 Off-Road package (for 4WD LT models only) includes 18-inch alloys, parking sensors for the front and rear, skid plates, air cleaner, fog lights, hill descent control, and an upgraded suspension. Learn more about upgrades.

Tahoe LTZ

The top level LTZ (from $62,280) comes with the LT’s standard equipment and luxury package and adds 20-inch alloys wheels, adaptive magnetic suspension system (see below), Xenon headlamps, four-way lumbar adjustment front seats and Bose audio system with ten speakers.

Performance

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Performance

The Chevy Tahoe is better than it has ever been before. With electric power steering, a more rigid structure and a drivetrain that is as modern as the rest of the vehicle, this is an entirely new kind of Tahoe. When driving the 2016 Tahoe you get a sense of quality and are constantly reassured of the capabilities of the vehicle. The driver’s seating gives a good view of the road, and a backup camera makes sure that any time the Tahoe moves in reverse it is safer and easier than ever before. The Tahoe LTZ in particular has improved comfort and an improved ride thanks to Magnetic Ride Control damping. This system works by adjusting each damper depending on the conditions of the road. This action happens every five milliseconds. To improve mileage and make steering light and responsive, variable-assist power steering has been installed. The engine that powers the Tahoe is a 355 horsepower V8 with an impressive 383 pound-feet of torque. This engine is both powerful and efficient. When not all of the powerful V8 is needed, cylinders will shut off to safe fuel economy. As many as half of the cylinders will shut off at one time. This ability vastly improves gas mileage. Despite its size, the Tahoe still achieves a combined 18 mpg with the manual or automatic transmission, To get all of the power to the road, the engine is attached to a six-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly and effortlessly, making acceleration comfortable and lacking any sort of jerking motion between shifts. All of this adds up to the 2016 Tahoe being able to tow an impressive 8,600 pounds.

Styling

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Styling

Unlike the previous model, the new 2016 Chevy Tahoe no longer has the same panels as the Silverado. This new styling is a first for any Tahoe. Like GM pickups, the Tahoe has triple-sealed doors set into the body. The styling is different, but shares some design cues with the pickups. The 2016 Tahoe is rugged and upright, with sharp lines giving it an aggressive and take-charge look. These new styling designs not only improve the aesthetics of the new Chevy Tahoe but are aerodynamically sound as well. This improves gas mileage.

Interior

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Interior

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Interior

The interior of the new Tahoe has some similarities with the range of full-size pickups. Though it shares many attributes with the pickups, it has a more car-like control layout, while still being durable and tough. The materials used to accomplish this are of greater quality than those found in the pickups, and offer a more premium feel with different colors and decidedly modern shapes. Chevrolet has created new interiors with fashionable quality materials and new features. With the 2016 Tahoe, Chevrolet has kept up with the times and offers quality amenities for buyers. The vehicle has supportive seats with optional leather covering. The cabin of the new Tahoe is made to be quiet, making for a new level of comfort in travel. Although the third row is best for short adults and children, it is just as comfortable as the other rows.
2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Storage Room

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Storage Room

The 2016 Tahoe can comfortably seat nine occupants, depending on configuration. Both back sets of seats can be lowered down through power operation. This increases storage room and cargo capacity. With a touch of a button, the rows can be put back into their upward position. With 94.7 cubic feet of cargo space with both sets of seats folded, the Tahoe has plenty of room for your storage space. With only the third row folded, it still has over 50 cubic feet of storage room. Aside from its other comfortable amenities, the storage is only 20 cubic feet behind the Chevy’s large crossover SUV the Traverse, making the Tahoe an excellent choice. The Tahoe can be equipped with up to six USB ports and six power outlets. It has an 8-inch touchscreen powered by MyLink, and can be fitted with a rear-seat entertainment system for those long drives.
2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Cargo Space

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Cargo Space

Safety

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe

2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has provided the Tahoe top five-star ratings for side impact protection. Overall, the Tahoe has received a four star rating, mainly due to the three star rating given for rollover safety (taller vehicles typically have problems with this test.) GM has put much effort into the sturdiness of the Tahoe’s structure and provided it with many standard and available safety devices. It comes with seven standard airbags, which includes a front-seat center airbag (on bucket-seat models). A rearview camera comes as standard. The Enhanced Driver Alert package gives buyers the option of obtaining other excellent safety options like forward-collision warnings, parking sensors, a warning system for times when you cross over lanes and adaptive cruise control. Blind spots to the side and the rear are covered by cameras too, alerting the driver when there’s a potential issue. The majority of these systems can use GM’s Safety Alert Seat system, which sends vibrations to various parts of the seat cushion to alert drivers to possible dangers. New for 2016 is the option for a heads-up display that comes with an enhanced driver information panel.

Summary

There’s a reason why the Chevrolet Tahoe and its sister Suburban make up over 50% of the full-size SUV market. Durable, versatile, refined and dependable, the 2016 Chevy Tahoe is the vehicle that will never let you down. Now that safety features rival any vehicle out there, the Tahoe ticks all the potential boxes for a full-size SUV that’s as comfortable doing the morning school run as it is towing a boat. Come on down for a test drive of the exciting yet utility 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe.