The sport utility vehicle market is a unique one. It has grown so much since the turn of the century that automakers have scrambled to find a suitable SUV for every driver on the planet. It has been a pretty effective strategy, as there are indeed dozens and dozens of SUVs on the market. From subcompact crossovers like the Chevrolet Trax to the massive SUVs like the Chevrolet Suburban, everyone out there can find an SUV that fits them. What is missing, though, is the perfectly ordinary SUV, the prototype that started the trend of the SUV – SUVs like the 2020 Chevy Tahoe.
The 2020 Chevy Tahoe is not the biggest SUV on the market, and it certainly isn’t the smallest. It isn’t designed with off-roading in mind, it isn’t packed to the gills with luxurious amenities, it doesn’t have the most powerful available engines, nor does it have cavernous interior space. It doesn’t have aerodynamic, futuristic ridges or curves, nor does it have cutting edge, state-of-the-art front and rear fascia. What it does have is everything you expect a perfectly normal SUV to have – reasonable power, comfortable interiors, modern technology, and a fair price tag.
The 2020 Chevy Tahoe does have all of those things and options for much more. Take a look at some of what the 2020 Chevy Tahoe brings to the table. If you like what you see, we invite you to come on down to Rick Hendrick Chevrolet of Buford to see the Tahoe in person.
The 2020 Chevy Tahoe comes with two different engine options. The first is a 5.3L V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. That is a perfectly acceptable, middle of the road type of performance. However, if you do require a little more power, you can upgrade to a much more impressive 6.2L V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
The 5.3L is paired with a 6-speed transmission and gets up to 23 miles to the gallon on the highway. The 6.2 liter comes with a 10-speed transmission, yet still gets up to 22 miles per gallon on the highway. Again, these are average numbers for the vehicle class. One number that does stand out, though, is the maximum towing weight. When properly equipped, the 2020 Chevy Tahoe can tow up to 8,400 pounds.
As far as the engines go, these engines are both able to tow and haul a pretty good deal. They are also perfectly able to do some off-roading, especially when the sports package is added on. Having a SUV the size of a Tahoe that can tow up to 8,400 pounds will be a great draw for certain off-roaders and weekend enthusiasts, not to mention someone who may use the 2020 Chevy Tahoe as a work vehicle.
The 2020 Chevy Tahoe does have quite a bit of interior space, especially for the passengers. It can seat up to nine comfortably, though the third row might be best suited for children. The first row allows for 42.8 inches of headroom and 45.3 inches of legroom. This is significantly more space than the comparable Ford Explorer. The second and third rows of the Tahoe and Explorer flip flop between which has more. The Tahoe offers 38.7 inches of headroom and 39 inches of legroom for the second row. The third row has 38.1 inches of headroom and 24.8 inches of legroom.
The two SUVs are similar in many ways regarding passenger room, but the front row is far more spacious for the 2020 Chevy Tahoe.
One of the added benefits of SUVs the size of the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is that it does have an enormous interior, but that interior is not always reserved just for passenger space. Many people find that the cargo space of these SUVs can be very effectively utilized when the seats are put down. They can give you plenty of cargo space, sometimes equivalent to what a pickup truck offers. The SUV, though, offers built-in protection from the elements and prying eyes. Unless you have a camper or tonneau cover for your truck, what you have in your pickup truck bed is open for all to see.
Again, the Tahoe is average in some areas of interior cargo space, but it does excel in others. Behind the third row, you will find 15.3 cubic feet of space. This is roughly the same size as the trunk of some large sedans. When the third row is down, that number more than triples to 51.7 feet. Taking the second row down skyrockets the interior cargo space to 94.7 cubic feet. The total interior space of 94.7 cubic feet is well above the average for this size SUV and is a full 13 cubic feet more than the Explorer.
However, interior space is not just how comfortably people can sit and how much of your required things you can haul around with you. The 2020 Chevy Tahoe has a lot of storage that isn’t immediately noticeable. Large pockets in the doors and the huge center console add significant storage space for smaller items. These little nooks and crannies can be hugely beneficial for families with small children that feel the need to bring every toy they own with them on a five minute drive to the grocery store, or for stashing wipes, trash bags, extra socks and any other small items that parents are sure to need in a pinch.
Speaking of children, SUVs like the 2020 Chevy Tahoe are ideal for such families. Not only do they have the size and stability to be comfortable and safe, but they also have tons of the creature comforts that make your vehicle feel like a home away from home. These can range from infotainment and convenience features for keeping passengers entertained, and they also include safety features to help drivers keep their passengers in the best possible hands.
Some of the infotainment features include an 8-inch touch screen infotainment center. Through this center, you can access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its ease and accessibility keep your eyes off your phone and on the road where they should be. The Tahoe also has Bluetooth connectivity and five USB ports as standard features. You can also upgrade to a rear seat DVD entertainment center, to fully satisfy any children in the back seats.
To help you keep your family safe, the 2020 Chevy Tahoe comes with a slew of standard safety features, with even more on higher trim levels. Standard on the Tahoe is traction control, a backup camera, stability control, and Teen Driver. Teen Driver helps you monitor how your brand new driver is doing, even without you being in the SUV.
While these standard features are found on even the base trim levels, the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is not without its classier options. You can add a moon roof on the LT trim level, and the Premier trim level comes with cooled seats, navigation, and a heads up display. The heads up display is another safety feature that shows basic driving information, such as speed, on your windshield. It is another effort to keep your eyes on the road ahead and use your peripheral vision to look at what you would normally have to look down at your dash display for.
There is something to be said for style versus substance. Far too many of the SUVs on the road today sacrifice the necessary things, like power, space and needed features, for flash and glamour. Some SUVs offer nothing but raw power, while some have nothing going for them but aesthetic appeal. Some concentrate too heavily on luxury appointments, while some only offer the bare minimum in the effort of a low sticker price.
The 2020 Chevy Tahoe is not one of those SUVs. It has everything you need and nothing you don’t. Even at its base trim level, it is one of the most capable vehicles on the road in any class. And if you opt for a few more items, it will not break your bank. Starting at $48,000 MSRP, the 2020 Chevy Tahoe is more than $5,000 less than its Ford counterpart. We won’t even mention that sticker price on the luxury vehicles in this class.