The Chevy Tahoe – An SUV for All
Plenty of people like to buy or lease brand-new vehicles, but there's plenty more who prefer to buy used. With a used vehicle, you can save thousands of dollars, often without sacrificing much in terms of features or performance against a new model. We think used vehicles are something that people intend to use for many years, so value, reliability, and an emotional connection to the vehicle become even more important than they are for new cars. At Rick Hendrick Chevrolet of Buford, we think a used Chevy Tahoe is an excellent consideration for shoppers in the market for a large vehicle to deliver on all of the above.
The outgoing 4th-generation Chevy Tahoe has three rows of seating for up to 9 passengers and can tow up to 8,600 lbs when properly equipped. With good value retention, excellent reliability ratings, and an upscale interior that impresses, it's no wonder that Tahoe has been America's top-selling full-size SUV for 19 years running. That track record means there's plenty to choose from on the used market as well. This includes plenty of models offered through Chevy's Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program, which provides you with the assurance that any issues that you may have will be covered for an extended period.
Whenever you need service for your vehicle, allow the certified technicians at our state-of-the-art Buford, Georgia service facility to make your car as good as new. Here at Rick Hendrick of Buford, we believe that building relationships takes precedence over closing transactions. This is why we recommend the 4th generation Chevy Tahoe to shoppers considering a used SUV. It's not about getting them off the lot – it's about putting our customers in a product that'll meet their needs, keep them safe, satisfy their budget and make them proud to say, "I bought this at Rick Hendrick of Buford!"
New for 2015, the 4th generation Tahoe sports updated aerodynamic styling and a surprisingly quiet cabin thanks to the use of insulating materials throughout. Fuel efficiency is improved over the 3rd generation by a direct-injected EcoTec3 powertrain. Finally, fold-flat 2nd and 3rd-row seating were introduced to improve ease of cargo loading at the cost of some raw cargo volume. While cargo volume and 3rd-row legroom are somewhat low for the class, the result is a shorter full-size SUV that's easier to handle in urban environments than the competition, including its stablemate, the Chevy Suburban.
An upscale interior, an impressive list of standard and available features, and a deceptively quiet and gentle ride distinguish the Tahoe from other full-size SUVs. America loves it, and so do we. Produced until 2020 with new features and special editions added throughout its 6-year run, every 4th-gen Tahoe is unique. Even on the used market, you'll be sure to find a Tahoe that speaks to you personally – whether it's a stylish model with snazzy RST trim, equipped with the Z71 off-roading package, set up to seat anywhere from 5 to 9 people, or hooked up with the max towing package. Whatever your style, we can help you track down one that's right for you.
The 4th-gen Tahoe has a wide range of seating options. Lower trims come standard with seats for eight passengers in three rows, but a front bench seat is available to increase the passenger capacity to nine. While the 3rd row isn't suitable for adults, this is a great vehicle for moving a party of kids. However, the base LS trim also offers the option to forego the 3rd row entirely, reducing seating to 5 but significantly increasing cargo room. Finding one of these models could score you a major bargain, providing the most capable 5-seater on the market at a serious discount versus other full-size SUVs.
A final seating arrangement worth noting is that top trims swap out the 2nd-row bench for captain's chairs. This reduces the standard seating to seven, but significantly increases 2nd-row comfort for adult passengers. Ultimately, the sheer diversity of seating layouts makes it a feature worth paying attention to when shopping for a used Chevy Tahoe.
We mentioned that the Tahoe is a capable SUV. And while its towing and efficiency may not be best-in-class, it's more than competitive in both regards. Every 2015-2020 Tahoe has a maximum towing capacity of at least 6,400 lbs. However, this can go up to 8,600 lbs depending on the trim and packages. If a high towing limit is a key feature for your needs, then look for a Tahoe with the base 5.3L V8 engine, rear-wheel drive, and the max towing package. Other good options are the 5.3L engine with four-wheel drive and the max trailering package or the 6.2L engine with rear-wheel drive, both of which can pull up to 8,400 lbs.
All used Chevy Tahoes from the 4th gen are well-appointed on the inside, with noise insulating and soft-touch materials delivering a premium experience. The controls layout is familiar, and the infotainment system, operated through a 7" or 8" touchscreen, is consistently applauded for its user-friendliness. The 2015 models provide all of this at a minimum and sell in the mid to high $30,000s. Newer models all tend to sell in the low $40,000s – a testament to the value retention of the 4th-gen Chevy Tahoe – and offer significantly more features and options for the money.
The 2016 model year saw the 8" touchscreen made standard and added a host of newly available features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a heads-up display, automatic high beams, and lane-keep assist with a vibrating driver's seat to alert the driver. The 2017 model year made Teen Driver, a parental control program for enforcing safe driving practices and monitoring activity, a standard feature along with a "child rear seat reminder" so that you never forget anything (or anyone) in the back. Changes for 2018-2020 include new trim packages and the introduction of the 6.2L V8 and 10-speed transmission powertrain options. We like the 2015 model for those on a budget, but in general, we think that the 2018 models provide the most overall value with a broad range of options, a long list of standard features, and very low depreciation rates.