2021 Chevy Tahoe vs 2020 Chevy Tahoe – Buford, GA

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  • 2021 Chevy Tahoe

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    2020 Chevy Tahoe

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    10 in.Standard Screen Size8 in.
    122.9Max Cargo Space (cu.ft.)94.7

    First introduced for the 1995 model year, the Chevy Tahoe is a traditional body-on-frame V8 SUV that fills the niche between the top of the line Chevy Suburban and the smaller and less capable Chevy crossover SUVs. The 2021 model year marks a new chapter in the history of the Chevy Tahoe with an all-new fifth generation of the vehicle. And comparing the 2021 Chevy Tahoe vs 2020 Chevy Tahoe will reveal significant changes to the SUV inside and out.

    Not only is the new model larger than ever before, it has abandoned the older solid axle rear suspension in favor of a modern independent rear suspension, freeing up even more interior space while also improving ride quality. Inside the larger cabin of the 2021 Chevy Tahoe, the SUV also sports new features and updated technology for a more modern and more comfortable ride. Finally, it offers a powerful new diesel engine option as well as a new dedicated Z71 off-road trim. Altogether, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe outclasses the 2020 Chevy Tahoe in virtually every metric, making it clear that Chevy is continually working on being the best of the best, and we are going to look at this hard work today.


  • Performance

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    The performance of the Chevy Tahoe has evolved quite a bit from the 2020 model to the 2021 model. While many of the base options are the same, there are some differences in suspension and available engines. There were a couple of minor upgrades to the 2021 model as well that may initially go unnoticed, but do play a part in overall performance.

    Changes in Suspension

    There have been many significant engineering changes for the Tahoe's new model. The most obvious of these is, of course, the switch from a solid rear axle to an independent multilink rear suspension. Solid axles have traditionally been used on trucks and full-size SUVs because they are considered a more stable platform for towing and off-road driving. However, solid axles are heavier, take up more space, and provide an inferior ride when compared to the independent suspension found in cars and crossover SUVs.

    By abandoning the solid axle, Chevrolet was able to make the 2021 Chevy Tahoe a far more comfortable and versatile vehicle. The improvements in ride quality and interior space from the new suspension are further enhanced by the 4.9-inch longer wheelbase of the new SUV. Finally, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe is available with an all-new air ride suspension system that can adjust the ride height of the vehicle by up to four inches, lowering it for highway driving and raising it to traverse off-road obstacles.

    Engine Upgrades

    Both the 2021 Chevy Tahoe and the 2020 Chevy Tahoe can be equipped with either a 5.3L V8 engine producing 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque or a 6.2L V8 engine with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. However, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe also has the option of an all-new 3.0L turbocharged diesel engine generating 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. And unlike the larger 6.2L V8 engine, this new 3.0L turbo diesel is available on all trims of the 2021 Chevy Tahoe. Further, every 2021 Chevy Tahoe comes standard with a modern ten-speed automatic transmission no matter which of the three engines it has, while in the 2020 Chevy Tahoe, the base 5.3L V8 engine comes with an older six-speed automatic transmission.

    Another Minor Change

    Beyond the major changes to the suspension and powertrain, there were some minor engineering differences between the 2021 Chevy Tahoe and 2020 Chevy Tahoe. One of these is the introduction of standard full LED exterior lighting on every trim of the new SUV, improving nighttime visibility and making burned out lightbulbs a thing of the past. Not only does this added visibility aid in greater performance, but it also adds to the safety of the vehicle. Overall, though, whether it be from the new lighting, the suspension, or engine options, the 2021 Tahoe's performance is superior to its predecessor. While the 2020 Tahoe is an excellent vehicle, Chevy evidently did not give up on making it even greater.

  • Interior

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    More Space for Passengers

    Possibly the single most noticeable improvement from the 2020 Chevy Tahoe to the new 2021 Chevy Tahoe is the much improved interior space. By switching to an independent rear suspension for the new vehicle, Chevrolet was able to significantly lower the rear floor and move both rows of rear seats backward. This resulted in far more legroom for the rear passengers as well as an expanded cargo area that makes the Chevy Tahoe more versatile than ever before.

    In the 2020 Chevy Tahoe, passengers in the second seat are reasonably comfortable with 39 inches of legroom, but passengers in the third seat have a cramped 24.8 inches of legroom. This means that the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is really a two-row SUV that has a third row for small children or emergency use. In comparison, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe is a true three-row SUV with a full 34.9 inches of third-row legroom. And Chevrolet also managed to add a few more inches for the second row as well, extending its legroom to 42 inches in the new SUV.

    And More Space for Cargo

    Just as importantly, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe provides this additional passenger room without reducing cargo space. Indeed, while it may be challenging to fit eight passengers' baggage into the 15.3 cu.ft. of cargo space behind the third row in the 2020 Chevy Tahoe, that is no problem with the much larger 25.5 cu.ft. of cargo space available in the 2021 Chevy Tahoe. And if there are no passengers in the vehicle and the two rows of rear seats are folded down, then the 2021 Chevy Tahoe can fit an incredible 122.9 cu.ft. of cargo as opposed to the maximum of 94.7 cu.ft. of cargo in the 2020 Chevy Tahoe.

    This massive expansion of the interior space in the 2021 Chevy Tahoe makes this full-size SUV a more versatile vehicle than ever before. In fact, the new 2021 Chevy Tahoe even has more cargo space than the 2020 Chevy Suburban, making it a legitimate option for drivers whose needs could previously only be met with Chevy’s largest SUV.

  • Features

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    Entertainment Technology

    While the interior of the 2021 Chevy Tahoe is significantly roomier than that of the 2020 Chevy Tahoe, it is also higher-tech with more features. The infotainment system on the new SUV has been improved considerably, with a new 10.2-inch central touch screen replacing the smaller 8-inch touch screen found in the older SUV. And while infotainment systems for both model years are compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio, the new, larger screen makes accessing these functions and others more convenient.

    The optional rear infotainment system has also been entirely replaced with superior technology. In the 2020 Chevy Tahoe, rear-seat infotainment is limited to a single 9-inch screen that folds down from the roof and is primarily just a DVD player. In the 2021 Chevy Tahoe, the new rear-seat infotainment consists of a pair of 12.6-inch seatback touch screens. And not only can these new screens be used independently instead of forcing the rear seat passengers to share the same entertainment, but they are also fully integrated with the front infotainment system allowing passengers in the back to act as navigators, plotting waypoints and then sending them to the front screen for the driver to see.

    Safer than Ever

    But the technology improvements of the 2021 Chevy Tahoe are not limited to the infotainment system. Driver awareness has been enhanced on the new SUV with the addition of a standard following distance indicator, as well as options for a 15-inch head-up display, an 8-inch reconfigurable digital instrument cluster, and HD surround vision. And while advanced driver assistance technologies such as side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and front park assist are only available on the higher trims of the 2020 Chevy Tahoe, they are options on all trims of the 2021 Chevy Tahoe. This makes it easier to get what you want out of the vehicle, further proving that Chevy is constantly making changes to please their drivers.

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