Neighborhood Tough Guy

If vehicles were Olympic athletes, your Ferrari’s and Corvettes would be your track stars….Miatas and Boxters would be your downhill slalom skiers, and vehicles like the Tahoe and it’s big brother, the Suburban, would be your weight-lifters.

Yes….the Tahoe is Chevy’s “strongman” in their passenger lineup.

It’s a truck-based SUV that comes on steroids from the start.

Nothing but a big, old-fashioned V8 for power.

You can dress it up….or strip it down…you can get it in 2 or 4 Wheel Drive, and you can get a Hybrid if you like.

But no matter how you dress it out, they’ll all be Silverado-based, V-8 powered tough guys.

With three-row seating, the base Silverado is one of the few vehicles capable of carrying up to nine people…altho’ most will come with two rows of captains’ chairs and a bench in the back best suited for two adults or three kids.

Our top-of-the-line 2 WD LTZ came with everything you’d expect:  Heated and cooled perforated leather front seats with memory,  heated rear seats, heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, power lumbar, power-adjustable pedals, running boards, heated mirrors, power liftgate, nav, sunroof, rear seat entertainment system, heavy-duty trailering package, 20” alloys and more….and topped out at $57,100.

With this much “grunt” on tap, the Tahoe, as you’d imagine, comes with  a 15 MPG city and 21 MPG highway rating.   Tough guys eat steak.     Lots of it.      But the ability to burn regular  helps.    If you go Hybrid, you’ll still have a big V-8, but you’ll bump that mileage up to 20 city and 23 highway.

With cloth seats and not a lot of electronics, you can get into a Tahoe for around 40….altho’ most that you’ll find will be well-equipped models in the 50’s.

If you just need to carry people….aTraverse will do the job for around 10k less and get you better mileage.

But if you want a genuine tough-guy….capable of towing a big boat or ripping tree-trunks out of the ground, the Tahoe or it’s big-brother the Suburban is your ticket.Chevy Tahoe LTZ Side PicCHevy Tahoe InteriorChevy Tahoe LTZ Rear PicChevy Tahoe LTZ Interior again Pic


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