Ever since Chevrolet introduced the Tahoe as a short-wheelbase version of the venerable Suburban a quarter-century ago, the Bowtie brand’s junior full-size SUV has been a market success. Stretching more than 17.5 feet bumper to bumper, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is hardly junior to most SUVs on the road today, but it does fit in more garages than the nearly 19-foot-long Suburban. And it offers the same seating capacity of seven to nine passengers, the same 8,000-plus-pound towing capacity, and 85 percent of the maximum cargo capacity of the extra-long Chevy SUV.
That combination of attributes has helped make the Tahoe the top-selling full-size SUV for decades. But the recent redesign of the Ford Expedition has cut into the Tahoe’s sales lead and exposed the Chevy’s deficits in third-row seat room, load-floor height, ride quality, safety, and infotainment tech. The 2021 Tahoe addresses these issues with an all-new product that’s bolder, more tech-savvy, and a bit larger. The Tahoe lineup for 2021 includes the base LS, mainstream LT, well-equipped Premier, sporty RST, off-road-oriented Z71, and a new range-topping High Country. Prices change little from 2020. Including the $1,295 destination charge, 2021 Tahoe rear-drive models range from $50,295 to $70,895. Four-wheel drive is a $3,000 upcharge except on the Z71, which features standard 4WD.