Whenever I review a vehicle model that I’m already familiar with, I always myself “how can they improve upon the previous year’s model?” To be quite honest, sometimes it’s a scavenger hunt to find those changes. As soon as I stepped into the driver’s seat of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, I knew I wouldn’t have to look far for those new upgrades. Following in it’s own history, the Tahoe continues to “wow” as a must-own family SUV that can do a bit of everything.
If you’re unfamiliar with Chevrolet’s SUV lineup, they’ve got enough options to impress Goldilocks. If the Suburban is a bit too big, but the Traverse doesn’t fit your family size, then you’re going to fit very comfortably into the Tahoe.
One of the most obvious changes is the size update. The all-new Chevy Tahoe boasts more room than previously, with best-in-class cargo space. Passengers are going to be comfortable no matter where they sit and you’ll have room for your furry friend AND camping gear. Along with the myriad of driver-assistance, entertainment and connectivity options, you’ll quickly realize why the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe beats the competition.
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Review (From A Mom’s Perspective)
As someone that’s quickly approaching the “full-size family” category, with a third baby on the way, I can easily relate to moms who need more vehicle space. It’s amazing how quickly a family can outgrow their SUV with the addition of a baby that’s the same size of a sack of sugar. All of the sudden you’ve got ALL THE GEAR too. If you’re on the hunt to upgrade to a third-row SUV, let me breakdown why the Tahoe should be on your radar.
Interior Updates & Surprising Cargo Options
Compared to the previous year’s models, you can instantly feel how spacious the all-new 2021 Tahoe is. Sliding second-row seats add flexibility for passengers and cargo, while the third-row has an extra 10-inches of legroom that wasn’t there previously. How did the Chevy design team accomplish this?
Design updates include independent rear suspension. In “mom” terms, this means that you’ll be able adapt the seating to fit your needs. Folding third-row seats and a new flatter load floor will make family travel even easier. When you fold the third-row seats, you’ll get an extra 28 more cubic feet than previous Tahoe models (which totals to 123 cubic feet for 2021). Whether you’re picking up extra kids in the carpool line or towing the family across the country – the Tahoe is up for the job.
The new cargo feature that will make all moms giddy has got to be the retractable center console. With the push of a button, you have extra room for that over-sized handbag that you can’t live without. The second best? All of the cup holders. I LOVE IT.
Since you’ll have your hands full filling up your newfound cargo space, take advance of the hands-free power lift gate. A logo projection, on the ground, easily showcases where to kick your foot under the bumper. This allows you to access the rear lift gate without fumbling for keys or putting things down to push a button.
Entertainment & Connectivity Options
Personally, I love when your vehicle has infotainment options and connectivity features for all passengers. So often the second-row and, inevitably, the third-row too, gets left out. Every model is outfitted with a 10.2-inch touchscreen that includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Plus, the Tahoe has enough charging ports to appease all passengers. Jam out with the Bose audio system and let the little ones have control with the rear-seat entertainment system, that has two 12.6-inch displays mounted behind the front seats. All together, your entertainment options are plentiful.
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Driver-Assistance & Safety Features
What is the hardest part of driving when you’re a mom? The backseat distractions. That’s one thing I was never prepared for when I became a mom. Kids have the ability to turn an easy few-mile city drive into a hectic and stressful situation. Anything that assists me when driving, to be safer, is always a win in my book.
Check out some of the safety features that Chevrolet has made available in many of their 2021 SUV models, not just the Tahoe:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
Tahoe Fuel Economy & MPG
With six different trim packages, you’re going to have varying fuel economy, with the most efficient option being the standard 5.3-liter V-8 (which is rated for 16 mpg city, 20 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined). New auto stop/start engine technology has greatly improved the city MPG in all of the trim levels.
I have to admit that I haven’t always been a fan of auto stop/start technology. When you’re sitting at a light and trying to jump in front of the traffic, I’ve always felt there’s a slight delay in acceleration. To my surprise, that delay was non-existent in the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe.
You can easily accelerate into traffic and onto the highway, from a full stop, with smoothness and speed that you’d expect from previous models that didn’t have the new auto stop tech. That equates to an overall better drive quality that I love.
Starting Price: $49,000
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