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If you’re considering buying a brand-new full-size SUV, the 2022 Chevy Tahoe is a common selection. As one of the most popular large SUVs, it’s earned its reputation. For the 2022 model year, the Chevrolet Tahoe is touted as a comfortable model with excellent ride quality, a luxurious interior, and many amenities. However, the lineup has six trim levels, so which should you choose? Surprisingly, there are only two 2022 Chevy Tahoe trims worth buying, the RST and Z71.

Which 2022 Chevy Tahoe should you buy?

A red 2022 Chevy Tahoe RST parked on the street. Experts recommend it over the most popular trim.
2022 Chevy Tahoe RST | Chevrolet

You’ll find a few different answers if you’re searching for the best 2022 Chevy Tahoe trim. Within the lineup, six different trim levels vary significantly in equipment. Moreover, it’s worth noting that the LS base model is a fine choice if you only need a three-row SUV at a lower price. However, buyers hoping to get the most bang for their buck should look elsewhere.

Like many other experts, we don’t think the LS and LT base trims are worth buying. For over $50,000, the features and technology are few and far between. We think opting for the mid-level models, RST and Z71 is the way to go. Higher trims are available in the Premier and High Country models, but we think they’re far too expensive for their value. Almost everything most owners could ask for in a full-size SUV is provided with the two midlevel trims.

Edmunds recommends the Tahoe RST

The 2022 Chevy Tahoe driving on the road
2022 Chevy Tahoe | Chevrolet

According to Edmunds, the 2022 Chevy Tahoe RST is the trim level to buy. “That model gets a unique exterior and special seats, and it’s also the cheapest Tahoe you can get with the potent 6.2-liter V8 and Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension.” With these essential features plus much more, it’s obvious why the $59,995 version of the Tahoe is the one to buy.

Comparatively, the Premier and High Country models cost much more. However, the RST model adds 22-inch wheels, a unique front fascia, black exterior trim, and special RST seats with contrast stitching to an already well-equipped Tahoe. From lower trims, it carries over a hands-free liftgate, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, forward collision mitigation, lane-keeping assist, parking sensors, leather upholstery, Bose audio system, and more.

Car and Driver prefers the 2022 Chevy Tahoe Z71


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Contrarily, Car and Driver like a more expensive version of the 2022 Chevy Tahoe. However, it isn’t much of a price difference for what it provides. The Z71 provides a rugged appearance and some off-road equipment, and C/D says it holds its value better than other versions of the full-size SUV. Adding off-road capability makes it a better trim than most others since it’s better on and off-road.

“We prefer the Z71’s standard four-wheel drive, rugged appearance, and exclusive off-road equipment. We’d also upgrade from the standard 5.3-liter V-8 to the newly available 6.2-liter V-8, which brings an extra 65 horsepower and 77 pound-feet of torque. Our Z71 would also be equipped with the Z71 Signature package, which includes a whole host of desirable features. The highlights include blind-spot monitoring, a heated steering wheel and second-row seats, memory settings, a panoramic sunroof, a power-folding third row, and upgraded towing equipment.”

As you can see, a ton of exclusive equipment comes with the Z71 model. Off-roading gear includes a front skid plate, tow hooks, all-terrain tires, hill descent control, and more.

2022 Chevy Tahoe trims worth buying

In conclusion, only two 2022 Chevy Tahoe trims are worth buying. If you’re looking for a luxurious full-size SUV with excellent amenities, the RST is the simplest and most affordable answer. It’s got much more than lower trims without breaking the bank. Additionally, those interested in a high-performance off-road model with just as much luxury should get the Z71 model. It’s a cheaper version of the fully-loaded Premier or High Country trims.