2690 Crater Lake Hwy Medford, OR 97504 541-973-2070
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Though its luster is dulled slightly by less-than-sharp handling and unwieldy third-row seats, the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe still shines as a top pick for a full-size SUV, thanks to its attractive cabin and unstoppable towing ability.

vehicle overview

Though hybrids and small cars are media darlings right now, there are still plenty of Americans who need a vehicle with large passenger-hauling and trailer-towing capabilities. In cases like this, only a traditional full-size SUV will do. And for the past few years, Chevrolet's Tahoe has been a very popular choice to fill this role.

Of course, with gas at around $4 a gallon, there's a reason everyone's fretting about fuel economy these days. Yet there are some large SUVs that tread more lightly than others when it comes to fuel mileage. The Tahoe fares decently in this regard, especially for 2009. A new six-speed automatic transmission is fitted to just about every Tahoe, making it slightly more fuel-efficient on the highway by lowering rpm.

There are a few other notable changes this year as well. For the first time since the current-generation Tahoe debuted for 2007, a larger engine is available. It's a 6.2-liter V8 and very similar to the one you'll find in the Tahoe's upscale siblings, the Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon Denali. In the Chevy, it makes 395 horsepower and boosts both acceleration and towing capacity.

The Tahoe's brawny truck-based underpinnings give it the sort of ruggedness that's a natural fit for recreational use. Yet it would be remiss to review the Tahoe without mentioning the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia, its two most worthy rivals in the full-size-SUV dust-up. The Tahoe trailed the Expedition in our most recent comparison test. Each offers unique strengths; the Chevy's cabin is more inviting, but the Expedition's fold-flat third-row seat gives it the edge when it comes to convenience. The Sequoia is equally impressive due to its refined nature. In the end, though, all three vehicles are quite competent and worthy of a recommendation.

However, before parking a Tahoe in your garage, it's worth asking yourself if you really need a full-size SUV to begin with. If your main interest is passenger and cargo space, there are large crossover SUVs -- such as the GMC Acadia, Saturn Outlook and Mazda CX-9 -- that will get the job done in a more fuel-efficient manner. However, if you need an SUV that can tow huge loads and barrel confidently off the paved path, the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe shines as an excellent choice.

2009 Chevrolet Tahoe models

The 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size SUV that's available in four trim levels -- base LS, midlevel LT1 and LT2 and upscale LTZ. The LS should please most folks, as it comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a 40/20/40-split bench front seat with built-in storage compartments, OnStar telematics, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, full power accessories, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, dual-zone climate control, an MP3-capable CD player with an auxiliary audio input, a 50/50-split bench third-row seat and a trip computer.

Additional standard equipment on the LT1 includes foglamps, front bucket seats and a turn-by-turn navigation feature for the OnStar system. The LT2 trim adds a six-disc CD changer, power-adjustable pedals, remote vehicle start, tri-zone automatic climate control and rear park assist. Stepping up to the LTZ trim adds premium leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats (with eight-way driver adjustment) and a Bose audio system. The top-dog LTZ trim also features 20-inch alloy wheels, heated second-row seats, a locking rear differential, a power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, second-row bucket seats and GM's Autoride air suspension.

Major stand-alone options for the Chevrolet Tahoe include a navigation system with real-time traffic updates, a rearview camera and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. LTZ Tahoes offer an optional Side Blind Zone Alert system that uses radar to detect vehicles in the SUV's blind spot. This year's tow package also includes a trailer brake controller.

For buyers who plan to drive their Tahoe off-road on a regular basis, Chevrolet offers an off-road suspension package with differently tuned springs and shock absorbers, 18-inch all-terrain tires, a heavy-duty locking rear differential, a high-capacity air cleaner and front tow hooks.

2009 Highlights

For 2009, the Chevrolet Tahoe receives a few mechanical and feature-related changes. Almost all Tahoes are now equipped with a new six-speed automatic transmission that promises improved fuel efficiency. There's a new optional engine, too, a 6.2-liter V8 with 395 horsepower. Feature updates include a standard third-row seat for all models, real-time traffic information for the navigation systems and an enhanced version of OnStar. New Tahoe features this year include an integrated brake controller, Bluetooth connectivity, heated and cooled front seats and a blind-spot alert system.

Performance & mpg

A trio of V8s sees duty in the Tahoe, and two transmissions are offered. One may also choose between two-wheel drive (2WD), which sends power to the rear wheels, and four-wheel drive (4WD). The 2WD Tahoe LS comes standard with a 4.8-liter V8 with 295 hp and 305 pound-feet of torque; a 5.3-liter V8 good for 320 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque is optional. All other Chevy Tahoes come standard with the 5.3-liter V8. A 6.2-liter V8 that boasts 395 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque is optional on LTZ models. The 4.8-liter V8 is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission, while the other two engines are mated to a six-speed automatic.

Fitted with the 5.3, a 4WD Tahoe posts EPA fuel economy estimates of 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway and 16 combined, figures that are above average for the traditional full-size SUV segment. Properly equipped, a 4WD Tahoe can tow up to 8,200 pounds.

Safety

Standard safety features for all Tahoes include full-length side curtain airbags, antilock disc brakes and stability control. In government crash testing, the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe garnered a perfect five stars in both frontal- and side-impact evaluations.

Driving

For a 5,500-pound SUV, the Tahoe does pretty well when it comes to acceleration. Even 4WD models with the 5.3-liter V8 are able to get from zero to 60 mph in an impressive 8.6 seconds. Load it up with passengers and cargo, though, and the Tahoe's pudgy curb weight becomes more of a liability. Braking is about average for this porcine segment.

Those who favor a soft, forgiving ride will appreciate the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe, but the downside of that cushy comfort is steering and handling that feels somewhat rubbery. The Tahoe may feel less than agile around corners, but its tight turning circle -- measuring just 39 feet -- makes it relatively easy to pilot in the city.

Interior

Thankfully, the current Tahoe raises the disappointingly low bar set by past Chevy SUVs when it comes to interior aesthetics. Slide inside the cabin and you'll find attractive materials and outstanding build quality. The Tahoe's controls are intuitively laid out, and even the navigation system is a snap to operate. It's also able to transport up to nine passengers, so it's at the top of its class when it comes to seating capacity.

The Tahoe offers 109 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity, besting that of rivals like the Dodge Durango and more or less equaling that of the Ford Expedition. One notable shortcoming concerns the Tahoe's standard third-row seats. These seats must be removed manually, and their hefty weight makes the process laborious.


Source: Edmunds' Expert Review



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Vehicle Options

  • 4-wheel drive
  • Alternator, 160 amps
  • Assist handles, front passenger and second row outboard
  • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
  • Battery, heavy-duty 600 cold-cranking amps, maintenance-free with rundown protection and retained accessory power
  • Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface) with specific steering wheel controls
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, VAC power
  • Daytime Running Lamps with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Door handles, color-keyed
  • Engine, Vortec 5.3L V8 SFI FlexFuel with Active Fuel Management, capable of running on unleaded or up to 85% ethanol (with gas-320 hp [238.6 kW] @ 5200 rpm, 340 lb-ft of torque [459.0N-m] @ 4200 rpm, with E85 ethanol-326 hp [243.1 kW] @ 5300 rpm, 350 lb-ft of torque [472.5 N-m] @ 4400 rpm), iron block (Standard on 4WD models. 2WD models require (K5L) Heavy-Duty Trailering Package.)
  • Fascia, front color-keyed
  • Fascia, rear color-keyed
  • Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
  • Fog lamps, front, halogen
  • Glass, Solar-Ray deep-tinted (all windows except light-tinted glass on windshield and driver- and front passenger-side glass)
  • GVWR, 7300 lbs. (3311 kg) (Standard on 4WD models.)
  • Headlamps, dual halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control and flash-to-pass feature
  • Headliner, cloth
  • Heater, rear auxiliary with rear passenger heating ducts
  • Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, odometer with trip odometer, fuel level, voltmeter, engine temperature, oil pressure and tachometer
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats
  • Liftgate with liftglass rear door system with rear-window wiper/washer
  • Lighting, interior with dome light, driver- and passenger-side door switch with delayed entry feature, cargo lights, door handle or Remote Keyless Entry-activated illuminated entry and map lights in front and second seat positions
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Moldings, color-keyed bodyside
  • Pedals, power-adjustable for accelerator and brake (Includes memory function with (AN3) front bucket seats.)
  • Rear axle, 3.42 ratio (Standard on 4WD models. Required with (K5L) Heavy-Duty Trailering Package on 2WD models.)
  • Rear Parking Assist, Ultrasonic with rearview LED display and audible warning
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with traction control
  • Steering column, Tilt-Wheel, adjustable with brake/transmission shift interlock
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
  • Steering, power
  • Suspension Package, Premium Smooth Ride (Not available with (Z71) Off-Road Suspension Package.)
  • Suspension, front coil-over-shock with stabilizer bar
  • Suspension, rear multi-link with coil springs
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III
  • Tire carrier, lockable outside spare winch-type mounted under frame at rear
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (does not apply to spare tire)
  • Trailering equipment includes trailering hitch platform, 7-wire harness with independent fused trailering circuits mated to a 7-way sealed connector and (VR4) 2" trailering receiver
  • Transfer case, electronic Autotrac with rotary controls (Not available on 2WD models.)
  • Universal Home Remote, includes garage door opener, programmable
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors padded with cloth trim, extends on rod
  • Warning tones headlamp on, key-in-ignition, driver and right-front passenger safety belt unfasten and turn signal on
  • Wheel, 17" (43.2 cm) full-size, steel spare (Not available with (XFE) XFE - Xtra Fuel Economy.)
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down and lockout features
  • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
  • Condition Report


    Mechanical Condition
    Body: Excellent
    Electrical: Excellent
    Brakes: Excellent
    Tires: Very Good
    Engine: Excellent
    Suspension: Very Good
    Paint: Excellent
    Transmission: Excellent
    Interior: Excellent
    Exhaust: Excellent
    Cosmetic Condition
    Cleanliness: Clean
    Odor: No Odor
    Dings:
    Dents:
    Paint Chips:
    Windshield Chips:
    Vehicle Condition
    Title Status: Clean
    Vehicle Rating: Extra Clean
    Vehicle History: No Accidents

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