The Tahoe 2019 Interior continues to offer top safety scores, remarkable space inside, and all-round versatility; it’s still one of the best small SUVs, and a good value for money.
The LT trim level is our recommendation for the 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe. It comes with a respectable suite of standard features such as a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, an upgraded stereo, and all the standard features from the base LS. What’s more, the LT has a long list of available options to choose from. We like the available upgraded 6.2-liter V8, but it’s a pricey step up on the already expensive Premier trim level.
The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe is built with utility in mind. Unlike a car-based crossover SUV that sacrifices towing capability in exchange for on-road comfort and refinement, the Tahoe is built using a traditional body-on-frame design. It can accommodate as many as nine passengers while offering a tow rating as high as 8,400 pounds.
Strong V8 power is the other contributing factor here. Most Tahoes you come across at the dealer lot will have the standard 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V8. But just last year, Chevy started offering an optional 6.2-liter V8 good for 420 hp. Previously, you could only get this engine on the Tahoe’s corporate siblings, the Cadillac Escalade and the GMC Yukon. It also comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission that helps give this engine nearly the same fuel economy as the 5.3-liter V8.
The Tahoe, however, also has some flaws commonly associated with this kind of vehicle. Cargo space isn’t as efficient as what you get from a carlike crossover SUV, nor is its use of fuel. We’re also not fond of the base V8’s sluggishness. If you need a utility-focused SUV, a better choice might be the Ford Expedition. It’s also a traditional body-on-frame SUV. But it has a higher maximum towing capacity, and it’s all around a more refined and upscale vehicle. And if your towing needs are more modest, we recommend looking at a three-row crossover that’s more comfortable to drive, such as the Honda Pilot or the Chevrolet Traverse.
2019 Chevrolet Tahoe configurations
The 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe is a large three-row SUV that’s available in three trim levels: LS, LT and Premier. The base LS comes with plenty of practical features and a full-featured infotainment system, but few extra creature comforts. The LT is more luxurious, and its many option packages mean it can be customized for different applications. The range-topping Premier includes a full roster of luxury features, along with a few unique optional upgrades.
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A 5.3-liter V8 engine (355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque) is standard, and it is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive and a single-speed transfer case are available for all trim levels. Seating for eight is standard. An optional 40/20/40-split middle-row bench seat increases passenger capacity to nine, but it’s only available on the base LS trim.
Standard features for the LS include 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, remote keyless entry, remote ignition, rear parking sensors, a trailer hitch receiver with a wiring harness, side steps and roof rails. On the inside, you get tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 60/40-split folding second- and third-row bench seats, and a leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel.
Standard tech for the LS includes a teen-driver monitoring system, OnStar communication (including a 4G LTE connection and a Wi-Fi hotspot), a 110-volt power outlet, an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, five USB ports, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio.
The optional Enhanced Driver Alert package adds forward collision warning with low-speed automatic braking, automatic high beams, lane departure warning and intervention, and power-adjustable pedals.
The LT trim includes all of the above, along with a power liftgate, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a telescoping steering wheel, driver-seat memory functions, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a nine-speaker Bose audio system.
The optional Luxury package adds a hands-free tailgate opener, power-folding mirrors, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, foglights, front parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, keyless entry and ignition, heated second-row seats, power-folding second- and third-row seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with heating, and a wireless charging pad.
The Premier trim includes the Luxury package and further equips it with 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, adaptive suspension dampers, ventilated front seats, second-row bucket seats (reducing seating capacity to seven), a navigation system, and a 10-speaker Bose premium surround-sound upgrade.
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The LT and Premier trims are eligible for the Sun, Entertainment and Destinations package that includes a sunroof, navigation for the LT trim and a rear-seat entertainment system. Adaptive cruise control, power-retractable side steps, and a head-up display are also available on the Premier trim.
The RST Edition is an appearance package for the LT and Premier trims that adorns it with blacked-out exterior pieces such as wheels and badging. The RST Performance Edition, available only on the Tahoe Premier, adds a 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque), a 10-speed automatic transmission, a trailer brake controller, a sport-tuned suspension and, on four-wheel-drive models, a two-speed transfer case.
Offered on all trims are 22-inch wheels as well as the Max Trailering package that includes a different rear axle ratio, an electronic two-speed transfer case (on four-wheel-drive models), a trailer brake controller, and an auto-leveling suspension for vehicles without the adaptive suspension. The Z71 Off-Road package is available only on the LT trim and adds all-terrain tires, unique cosmetic elements, tubular side steps, underbody skid plates, an off-road suspension, the electronic two-speed transfer case, hill descent control, front parking sensors, and rubber floor mats.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Chevrolet Tahoe LT (5.3L V8 | 6-speed automatic | 4WD).
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NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2017, the current Tahoe has received some revisions, such as the addition of the optional RST Performance model with the 6.2-liter V8. Our findings remain applicable to this year’s Chevy Tahoe, however.
The best value in Tahoe 2019 Interior is a base model with manual gearbox, but it’s still decently priced after adding fancy audio, leather, and a moonroof.