2016 chevrolet tahoe Model Overview
New for 2016
New features have been added or made available on the 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe including a head-up display with digital multi-function readouts and a reconfigurable instrument cluster, a new eight-inch touchscreen, and an updated MyLink infotainment system with phone integration and Apple CarPlay capability. The Enhanced Driver Alert package is new and comes with power-adjustable pedals, forward collision alert, IntelliBeam headlights, lane keeping assist and the safety alert seat. Two new exterior colors have been added, Siren Red Tintcoat and Iridiscent Pear Tricoat.
The 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size truck-based SUV with seating for up to nine that’s available in rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations. A long wheelbase version called the Suburban is also available for those seeking more space.
One engine is available in the 2016 Tahoe: a 5.3-liter V-8 rated at 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque when using gas or 380 hp and 416 lb-ft on E85. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available. Fuel economy is respectable for a large SUV at 16/23 mpg city/highway in rear-drive variants and 16/22 mpg when equipped with four-wheel drive.
Depending on the configuration, there’s seating for up to nine passengers. Cargo space is generous at 15.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats, 51.6 cubic feet behind the second row, and 94.7 cubic feet behind the first row. Towing capacity is also generous at 8,600 pounds on rear-drive models and 8,400 pounds for four-wheel-drive variants.
For the most interior space, consider the larger Chevrolet Suburban, which is 20 inches longer than the Tahoe and has more interior space for passengers and gear. There’s 3.9.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, which increases to 76.7 cubic feet when it’s folded. When the second and third rows are down, there’s a maximum cargo capacity of 121.1 cubic feet. However, towing capacity is less than the Tahoe at 8,300 pounds for rear-drive Suburbans and 8,000 pounds on four-wheel-drive-equipped variants.
In addition to dual front, front-side, and side-curtain airbags, the 2016 Tahoe comes with a front-seat center airbag and a seat mounted side-impact airbag. In higher trim levels, the Tahoe can be had with additional safety and driver assistance systems including lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, automatic front emergency braking, and the safety alert seat.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
On the base LS trim, standard features include Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system featuring an eight-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker audio system, tri-zone climate control, a rearview camera, cloth upholstery, and remote start. Higher trim levels are available with navigation, a Bose sound system, rear-seat entertainment, heated and cooled front seats, and a head-up display.
What We Think
In a 2015 First Test review, we said that the Tahoe has excellent visibility out that minimize blind spots. The 5.3-liter V-8, however, has slow initial response while the six-speed automatic is tuned for fuel economy, meaning it goes straight to higher gears as soon as possible but is willing to downshift when asked for more power. For its size, the Tahoe handles relatively well thanks to its reassuring chassis and aggressive turn-ins. Ride quality doesn’t suffer and is on par with other truck-based SUVs; however, big bumps can unsettle the Tahoe’s solid rear axle. While space in the first two rows is excellent, the third row in the Tahoe is cramped and hard to get into. In terms of build quality, the Tahoe’s cabin is well-finished with high-grade materials and quiet, making it easy to carry a conversation inside.
- Spacious interior
- Handles well for such a large car
- Excellent visibility out
You Won’t Like:
- Third row is cramped
- Big bumps can cause the rear suspension to get unsettled
- Engine has slow initial response