Chevrolet Tahoe Overland Profile

The Tahoe has over 27 years as a successful SUV. It has been the best-selling SUV for a few years. At the time of writing, it ranks #3 in Large size SUVs and #25 in overall SUVs in the United States.

Chevy Tahoe has an intriguing history. In 1991, Chevrolet released two variants of the Blazer, and in 1994, Chevrolet rebranded their full-size Blazer to Tahoe. Tahoe refers to the mountainous and beautiful terrain surrounding Tahoe Lake in the United States.

Tahoe was originally available in three-door and five-door variants. In 1995, they added a four-door version that combined the agility of a short-wheelbase truck with the utility of a four-door car.

Tahoe’s primary competitors in the market are the Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, and Nissan Armada. It’s worth mentioning that Tahoe is best-selling among them all. 

Read the article to know about the Overland capabilities of Chevrolet Tahoe.

Model

ModelYearsEngineBHPTorque (lb-ft)MPG (city/hwy)
GMT 4001991-19995.7L 350 TBI V8200@ 4000 RPM300 @ 2800 RPM14 / 18
5.7L Vortec 5700 V8255 @ 3400 RPM335 @ 1700 RPM14 / 17
GMT 8002000-20064.8L Vortec 4800 V8285 @ 5400 RPM295 @ 4600 RPM13 / 17
5.3L Vortec 5300 V8295 @ 1700 RPM335 @ 4000 RPM15 / 18
GMT 9002007-20144.8L Vortec 4.8 V8299 @ 5600 RPM305 @ 4800 RPM15 / 20
5.3L Vortec 5.3 V8324 @ 5200 RPM340 @ 4200 RPM16 / 22
6.2 L Vortec 6200 V8405 @ 5200 RPM417 @ 4200 RPM14 / 20
GMT K2UC/G2014-20205.3L EcoTec3 V8 AWD 6AT 340 @ 5600 RPM383 @ 4100 RPM16 / 22
6.2L EcoTec3 V8 AWD 6AT426 @ 5600 RPM450 @ 4100 RPM11 / 16
GMT 1YC2020-Present5.3L V8 VVT 10AT355 @ 5600 RPM383 @ 4100 RPM15 / 20
3.0L 10AT277 @ 3750 RPM460 @ 1500 RPM20 / 26

Cost

★★★☆

Purchasing Cost

In the big SUV segment, the Chevrolet Tahoe has always been a cost-effective vehicle. Its price has risen steadily over the years, from 15,500 USD in 1995 to 49,600-72,700 USD in 2021, yet it remains one of the most inexpensive in its category.

The affordability of the Tahoe can be compared to Toyota Land Cruiser, which has a higher sticker price. Tahoe can be an off-road alternative to a Land Cruiser with suitable upgrades.

A good used Tahoe would cost you upwards of $14,000.

Maintenance Cost

Chevy Tahoe features numerous innovative innovations that enhance its fuel economy, aerodynamics, chassis, and heating systems.

The Tahoe’s MPG is excellent for a vehicle of its size, reaching 28 mpg on the highway, 21 mpg in the city, and a combined mpg of 24. Tahoe has an average annual maintenance cost of 744 USD, which is much lower than its competitors. 

Reliability

★★

The reliability of an SUV that has been a best-seller for years is unquestionable. Though Tahoe has earned consumers’ trust throughout the years, there have been a few versions where certain flaws have been revealed.

Models from 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2015 have reported engine and interior issues. The 2007 model has the most problems, including excess oil usage and the need for frequent maintenance.

Except for the models listed above, all other vehicles from 1995 to 2021 are rated well for safety, performance, and dependability.

Parts

★★★☆

Accessibility

The parts for Chevrolet Tahoe are easily accessible in the market. From exterior to interior, trims to engines everything is available. Chevrolet also offer many options for customization.

There is a good amount of overland parts options available. Online aftermarket and parts availability are very extensive, with providers such as Midwest Aftermarket, American SUVs, and many others. 

Aftermarket Upgrades 

There is not much in the way of aftermarket parts for the Tahoe. There a few companies that offer upgradable parts such as suspension, brake kits, etc. But if you would like to customize your vehicle you may want to consider something other than a Tahoe.

Storage

★★

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is 6.7 inches longer than the previous model, with a 4.9-inch larger wheelbase, standard and movable three-row seating.

The luggage carrying capability of Chevy Tahoe is at the top in the competition. The trunk space is 1464 liters which are good enough for 14 full-size suitcases  

Tahoe GMT400

Overall Length188 – 199”
Overall Width77”
Wheelbase111.5 – 117.5”
Unladen Height72”
Unladen Weight4961 lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight6502 lbs

Tahoe GMT800

Overall Length198.9 – 196.9”
Overall Width78.9”
Wheelbase116”
Unladen Height74.2 – 76.7”
Unladen Weight5004 lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight6500 lbs

Tahoe GMT900

Overall Length202”
Overall Width79”
Wheelbase116”
Unladen Height74.6 – 77.0”
Unladen Weight5358 lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight7099 lbs

Tahoe GMT K2UC/G

Overall Length203.9”
Overall Width80.5”
Wheelbase116”
Unladen Height74.4”
Unladen Weight5631 lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight7298 lbs

Tahoe GMT1YC

Overall Length210.7”
Overall Width81.1”
Wheelbase120.9”
Unladen Height75.7”
Unladen Weight5473 lbs
Gross Vehicle Weight7400 lbs

Comfort

★★

Chevy Tahoe has always stressed comfort for its customers as a best-selling SUV. Tahoe has 7 seats and an 8th bench seat in the second row. There are heated leather seats with 10 and 12-way power adjustability.

A heated and power-adjustable steering wheel is provided. Options are also available for the children’s car seats. Tahoe’s interior quality is generally good, but sometimes harsh plastic used is criticized because of its expensive cost.

Tahoe’s infotainment choices are easy to utilize. The large space for persons and cargo makes is very suitable for overland camping.

Safety

★★★☆

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have never tested for the Chevrolet Tahoe crash report.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, forward collision alert, rear car park sensors, forward automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing wiper, and GM’s Teen Driver for extra safety features.

Off-Road

★★★☆

According to Chevrolet, SUVs are not designed to be hardcore crawlers, but it would be fantastic for going through heavy snow, and the Chevy Tahoe Z71 can go off-road but not too far.

Chevy Tahoe Z71 includes some off-road features such as automatic rear lock differential, lower bumper chopped chin, and optional air suspension, magnetic shocks, and IRS design of rear axles.

BasisGMT 900GMT K2UC/GGMT Y1C
Break-over Angle (°)18.5
Approach Angle (°)15.515.524.5
Departure Angle (°)23.223.220.5
Min. Ground Clearance (inch)7.97.98

Chevrolet Tahoe Overland Build Example

Equipment

  • Roof Rack: Garvin Wilderness Roof Rack
  • Tent: ARB Simpson III Rooftop Tent
  • Fridge: ARB fridge – 60 Liter
  • Compressor: Smittybilt 2781
  • Water Storage: Front Runner 17.7 Gal Water Tank

Drivetrain

  • Tires: Michelin LTX A/T2
  • Wheels:OE Wheels LLC 20
  • Suspension: Rough Country 2 inch lift kit

Armor

  • Front Bumper: ARB front bumper
  • Rear Bumper: Hammerhead 600-56-0531S
  • Rock Slider: APS Truck Armor Side Steps

Recovery

  • Recovery Boards: X-Bull Traction Tracks
  • Winch: Viking Offroad – Synthetic Winchline
  • Jack: Torin Off-Road Jack
  • Shovel: Bond LH015
  • Recovery Kit: Rhino USA Recovery Kit
  • Tire Deflator: ARB E-Z Deflator Kit (Brass) – ARB505
  • Tire Repair: Slime T-Gripp Tire Kit

Lighting

Electrical

  • Power: Tragbare Power Station Solar Generator
  • Solar: Revolt Solar Strom Solar Panels
  • Battery: Duralast Platinum EFB Battery H6-EFB

Conclusion

The Chevrolet Tahoe stands out in full-size SUV rankings because of its comfort, and ample load space; it receives a 5/5 in excellent projected reliability. Chevy Tahoe is the leading full-size SUV consistently.

Regardless of your selection, your interior and external features will be extremely audacious, comfy, and well-sculpted, suitable for your SUV fantasy construction.

The new Tahoe also boasts a spacious cabin, three capable engine options, and calm handling. All these options make Tahoe the market favorite of family overland activities.

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