2017 Chevy Tahoe – Naperville, IL
The all-new 2017 Chevy Tahoe in Naperville, IL has recently been released, and some are saying it’s the best one produced by GM yet. While the handling and bulk of the Tahoe has remained the same over the years (you can’t change a vehicle’s nature), Chevy of Naperville understands that having that extra bulk is a good thing. In fact, it allows it to have a rugged and imposing design, along with a spacious and well-trimmed interior. Even if the handling is slightly off, the powertrain options and performance of the new Tahoe is exactly what you’d expect — and want — from a large SUV like this. It can tow an average size boat with ease, and the engine has enough get-up-and-go for safe and easy highway driving.
At the end of the day, it’s the next installment for a vehicle that just keeps getting better with age. But, that makes the 2017 model no less spectacular. It will be interesting to see how it does later down the road, especially since it will piggyback on the success and hype of the 2016 Tahoe.
Max Towing Capacity
Models and Trim Levels
Just like the predecessors that sat on the K2 platform, the 2017 Chevy Tahoe continues to be available in a couple of different models, and three trim levels.
Two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive will make an appearance again, but this time around the Tahoe will actually have increased off-road capability thanks to an available two-speed transfer case. Even so, a large SUV typically isn’t a vehicle advised for off-roading. However, it would be a nice addition for muddy backroads, snow, or any other hazardous conditions that might make driving difficult.
The Chevy Tahoe will again come in three different trim levels: the LS, LT, and Premier. It’s important to note though, the top-of-the-line trim level that’s been named LTZ for so many years has been swapped out with Premier. But, it’s just a name change, and the trim will retain all of the features and specs that the LTZ trim would have. Also, the LS badging has been removed from the LS trim.
Powertrains and Performance
A more likely scenario for the single-buyer? Grabbing the 2017 Tahoe for its powertrain and performance. We already know the Tahoe has upgraded off-road capability, so you’re probably wondering if there’s anything new for the upcoming year in terms of performance.
Some of you will be disappointed to know that the answer is no. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We know that Chevy is a fan of the “if it’s not broken, why fix it?” motto for years now. This is proven again with the new Tahoe, which keeps the same reliable 5.3-liter V8 engine found on the 2016 model. This engine produces 355 horsepower and 383 lb. ft. of torque, and is accompanied by a six-speed automatic transmission. Combined, this is a simple yet versatile powertrain, where the Tahoe is right at home towing a heavy load, or passing someone at highway speeds. No wonder why Chevy wanted to keep their trusty V8 around. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and accompanied by a locking differential in the back, while four-wheel drive mated to a single-speed transfer case is optional. That two-speed transfer case I mentioned earlier? It comes with the Max Trailering and Z71 Off-Road packages.
When properly equipped, the 2017 model is able to tow just as much as the 2016 model: 8,600 pounds for the rear-wheel drive model, and 8,400 pounds for the four-wheel drive model. As is the case with all large truck-like vehicles, the fuel economy of the Tahoe leaves something to be desired, with EPA estimates coming in at just 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The new Tahoe’s 0-60 time is 7.1 seconds though, which is strong for this segment, and makes the lacking fuel-efficiency a little easier to handle.
On the outside, the 2017 Tahoe has received very minimal styling changes. The basic design remains the same that it has been for a while now, and that’s okay. It’s still retaining that old SUV rectangular bulky shape, and it’s a nice slice of nostalgia for those who grew up driving the older SUVs. Topping off why this design is still welcomed, is the fact that it’s one of the last (and there aren’t many left) truck-like SUVs on the market.
The minimal changes are made up of mainly new wheels and some additional paint colors. Blue velvet metallic is now a paint option, along with pepperdust metallic. Some colors were taken away, as well, including the slate grey metallic, sable metallic, green envy metallic, and brownstone metallic.
The wheels that are tacked on add some extra flair, and you can pick between two different sets. The 22-inch ultra bright machined aluminum wheels with bright silver finish (only on the Premier trim), or the 22-inch, 7-spoke silver wheels with chrome inserts — which are available on all trims.
While it might not be as noticeable as the wheels and paint at first, the 2017 Tahoe does also benefit from new active aero shutters. These shutters were installed to improve aerodynamics by closing automatically during highway speeds, and then opening when the engine needs more air for cooling purposes, effectively reducing wind-drag.
Finally, roof rack cross rails have been tagged onto the Texas Edition Package and All-Season Package. Giving the Tahoe a slightly more adventurous look than before, which is undoubtedly to visually compliment its newfound off-road capability.
A Spacious and Well-Trimmed Interior
Perhaps one of the most impressive aspects of the 2017 Chevy Tahoe is the interior. Not only is it spacious and well-trimmed, but it also has above-average materials quality compared to other SUVs on the road.
In the first row, tall drivers will have plenty of legroom. Especially on the LT and Premier trims, where a tilt and telescoping steering wheel gives the driver even more room to breathe. In the second row, you can either have a bench or two optional bucket seats. Either way, second-row passengers will experience just as much legroom as first-row passengers do. In the third row, legroom is slightly hindered by a high floor. Taller passengers might have difficulty back there, but children and average-sized passengers should do okay.
The new Tahoe is loaded with plenty of upgraded technology as well. For example, rear passengers will enjoy an upgraded rear entertainment system, which now has a new video voiceover feature for the visually impaired with digital headphones. An HDMI/MHL connector allow you to attach devices to project a video or image onto the in-vehicle screens via Digital Living Network Alliance technology, which is accessed through wi-fi. A second USB port with the capability of charging up to a 2.1-amp is added to the back of the center console.
Because of the ability to seat up to nine passengers comfortably, cargo space is slightly limited. There’s only 15.3 cu. ft. available behind the third row, 51.6 cu. ft. behind the second row, and a max of 94.7 cu. ft. with both rows folded flat.
Overall, it’s a great interior for those who want a durable and rugged way to transport their family or friends. Even then, consumers who are looking for a vehicle to transport just one or two people will appreciate the front-seat legroom, materials quality, and upgraded technology.
Grab your All-New 2017 Tahoe at Chevy of Naperville
While not much seems to have changed with Chevy’s long beloved SUV, that’s not a bad thing. After all, the Tahoe sales are still going strong in 2016, so why tamper with something and risk ruining the hype for the 2017 model? The changes are primarily found on the inside of the cabin with the technology upgrades, and enhancements like the revamped rear entertainment system. Performance and engines are reliable and well-recognized, which provides a sense of familiar comfort in the way the Tahoe is going to drive.
At Chevrolet of Naperville, we’re confident we can show you exactly why the 2017 Tahoe is rumored to be the best one produced by Chevy yet.