3 Pros and 2 Cons of the 2023 Chevy Tahoe
Full-size SUV buyers have long trusted the Chevrolet Tahoe as one of the best in the class. Although, like every model, it has its disadvantages. For the 2023 Chevy Tahoe, not much has changed from the previous model year. There are a few things to love and others that might drive buyers away from the popular GM model. Here are three pros and two cons of the 2023 Chevy Tahoe.
Pro: Practical interior with plenty of technology
According to HotCars, the interior of the 2023 Chevy Tahoe is practical and luxurious. As buyers might expect, the Tahoe isn’t an Escalade or Yukon Denali competitor. It falls short of luxury models, but it does so with a lower price and a higher quality interior than many expect. Overall, the inside of the Chevy full-size SUV is an excellent place to spend your time.
Mainly, the posh interior is enhanced by its immense number of standard features. For example, it has electric-powered front seats, a six-speaker audio system, and an eight-inch touchscreen. Moving up in the lineup to the LT trim adds leather seats, a larger 10.2-inch infotainment system, and three more speakers. Optionally, buyers can purchase a panoramic sunroof, memory seats, and a heated steering wheel.
For technology, every Tahoe comes with a few key necessities. Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a Wi-Fi hotspot are always standard. The Premier and High Country trims also come with GM’s Super Cruise technology for hands-off driving on pre-mapped routes.
Pro: Several engine options
Next, the 2023 Chevy Tahoe is available with a few different engine options. It comes standard with a 5.3-liter V8 engine under the hood, good for 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. However, a few alternatives are available on most trims. The range-topping High Country comes with a standard 6.2-liter V8, producing 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. However, it’s also an option purchasable on the RST, Z71, and Premier trims.
Finally, Chevy brought back a diesel engine into the Tahoe lineup. An optional turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel engine making 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque is purchasable on all but the Z71 trim. With so many potent options in the lineup, Chevy ensures all customers will leave with their preferred Tahoe performance.
Pro: Price is lower than many rivals
The 2023 Chevy Tahoe isn’t cheap. However, it is more affordable than many of its rivals. According to Edmunds, the Tahoe Fleet model starts at $52,695 with fees. The LS model starts at $54,295, making it more affordable than some of its closest competitors. For example, the Jeep Wagoneer starts at $67,995, and the Toyota Sequoia at $59,960.
Other models in the Tahoe lineup are more costly but add plenty of equipment. For example, the Premier trim is $68,095 but has magnetically-controlled shock absorbers, a Bose audio system, heated/ventilated front seats, heated second-row bucket seats, blind-spot warning, and more.
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Con: Fuel economy
While it isn’t a unique issue to the 2023 Chevy Tahoe but rather full-size SUVs as a whole, the fuel economy is horrible. The EPA estimates the four-wheel drive version with a 5.3-liter V8 engine averages 16 mpg combined. During Edmunds’ testing route of 115 miles, it determined the figure to be closer to 18 mpg. Unfortunately, owners will visit the pump often and spend a lot to fill its large tank. Fortunately, buying just about any other full-size SUV won’t be any better, so don’t avoid the Tahoe for this reason alone.
Con: Driving experience
According to HotCars, the 2023 Chevy Tahoe can sometimes feel like driving a bus. Although some full-size SUVs tend to drive this way, many no longer do. Some extensive models are as comfortable to drive as smaller variants. However, this is one category the Tahoe struggles with. Experts like Edmunds and Car and Driver mentioned the same problems in their reviews.
“Feels unwieldy to drive,” said Car and Driver, while Edmunds simply listed “low handling limits” as a negative for the vehicle. Many features and tons of technology are important, but at the end of the day, cars are meant for driving. Unfortunately, the Chevy full-size SUV doesn’t do that as well as its rivals.
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In conclusion, there are many things to love about the 2023 Chevy Tahoe, and a few reasons it’s not perfect. All vehicles have their issues. Fortunately, the Tahoe’s most significant problems are almost entirely shared by the full-size SUV segment. Although, we expect its biggest cons, drivability and handling, to improve in the coming model years. It’ll have to take another step toward a luxurious driving experience to take on opponents who’ve stepped up their game. Until then, owners can enjoy pros like plenty of standard technology, a lower price than some rivals, and several engine options.