Trucks & SUVs

The 2021 Chevy Tahoe Has Disappointing Tech

The 2021 Chevy Tahoe has a high price tag, making us wonder if it includes enough tech to be worth buying. We know that the Chevrolet Tahoe isn’t an ultra-luxurious option like the Cadillac Escalade, but it should still include some goodies. 

How is the tech in the 2021 Chevy Tahoe? 

The AutoBlog gang took a deep dive into the new Chevy Tahoe to discover how well the tech performs. This will help potential buyers determine if going all-in on the Tahoe is worth it since the base model starts with a steep price of around $49,000. Imagine all of the Iphones, PS5s, and other tech you can buy for that amount. 

But let’s jump to a higher trim model. The 2021 Chevy Tahoe RST model equipped with premium and rear-seat entertainment packages add over $5,000 to the RST’s $60,000 starting price. It actually ends up being around $68,485. 

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST | Chevrolet

One aspect that’s interesting is the limited touchscreen options. The 10.2-inch touchscreen is the single option across the board. Meanwhile, the 2021 Ford F-150 adopted a 12-inch screen like the Ram 1500. 

Instead, you can add a digital cluster display and an entertainment system for the second-row passengers, including screens that are mounted to the back of the front seats. Also, wireless charging is still optional with this upgrade. 

How does the system perform? 

AutoBlog was immediately frustrated with the amount of padded trim that sits between the air vents and the system. It’s pretty bulky and makes it difficult to touch buttons on the screen. But on a positive note, the shortcut buttons remain at the bottom of the screen at all times. 

The system has a layout that feels stingy, but the good news is that you can reach the screen from the driver’s seat. Also, a mid-cycle refresh will easily take care of the odd design in a few years. 

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Overall the system is easy-to-use and very responsive. You can quickly find the menu settings you need and easily return to the home screen. The graphics are pretty pleasing to the eye as well. 

Edmunds mentioned that the optional surround-view camera system looks very sharp. It simplifies backing this beast into smaller parking spaces. Also, hitching to a trailer becomes much more convenient. 

What comes standard? 

Let’s explore what comes standard on the base model 2021 Chevy Tahoe. You get the 10.2-inch infotainment screen and a Wi-Fi hotspot, but you don’t get the heads up display or adaptive cruise control. Also, you get the HD rear camera. 

You also have to pay more for blind-spot warning, lane change alert, lane-keeping assistance, and lane departure warning. Rear cross-traffic alert, and pedestrian alert cost extra too, but at least teen driver technology is standard. 

The Chevy Tahoe is a full-size SUV.
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe | Chevrolet

It seems like for the high price of the Chevy Tahoe, and a little more options could be included. The tech functions well, but other options provide more. Also, other base models have more standard safety features. For an SUV that approaches luxury prices, the quality of the interior and layout could be improved as well.