2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST overview | Automotive Critiques
Likelihood is that for those who’ve ever pushed anyplace, watched any political drama, seen any rap video or had a have a look at the livery automotive lineup on the airport, you’ve seen a Chevrolet Tahoe. It has change into one of the vital acknowledged autos on North American roads – particularly parked simply on the shoulder, with a push bar on the entrance – which is a feat as a result of it’s and has at all times been a pickup truck-based, ladder-framed fundamental two-box form. And till the newest mannequin you see right here got here out, it’s had fairly tame styling.
The Tahoe has legions of devoted followers, nevertheless, and people followers have lent a degree of name fairness to its title that you just actually can’t purchase or pay for.
For 2021, although, the Tahoe is all-new with a number of recent options, the objective of which is to make this fashionable SUV much more enticing to patrons.
It begins with the styling – truly, extra particularly, it begins with that grille and people headlights. The headlights themselves are slim to the purpose they really sort of remind me of these on the Chevrolet Camaro, whereas the DRLs are boomerang-shaped, and in tandem with the grille the entire shebang is definitely shared with the Silverado 1500 pickup. The rear fascia, in the meantime, is dominated by big TAHOE scripting, which works nicely and is on-trend with regards to SUVs lately.
Different good particulars embrace my tester’s 22-inch wheels (base Tahoes get 18-inchers; 20-in wheels are additionally accessible). The precise model seen right here is customary on the RST, and so they look nice.
There are additionally some good “Easter Egg”-type particulars as nicely, such because the Chevrolet scripting built-in into the left brake mild, whereas the fitting mild meeting incorporates a refined Bowtie brand. That tailgate, by the best way, is a two-part affair in you can both open up the whole door, or simply the rear window so that you don’t danger shedding gadgets on opening the hatch.
Inside, the truck’s RST trim means a black and purple (formally referred to as “Victory Pink” – okay, then) leather-based. It’s eye-catching to make sure, and it does sort of call to mind extra performance-oriented Chevys such because the Camaro or Corvette, even when the “purple” a part of the equation doesn’t lengthen a lot previous some stitching.
The massive 10.2-inch infotainment display, in the meantime, is all aces and it’s appropriate with Android and wi-fi Apple CarPlay, which is true on and backed up by an enormous wi-fi cost pad that appears giant sufficient for a pill, not only a smartphone. Chevy’s native interface isn’t too dangerous, although I used CarPlay more often than not.
The gauge cluster is somewhat tame-looking, however the TFT show between the 2 predominant gauges shows probably the most pertinent info succinctly and sharply, and will be simply navigated with steering wheel buttons. Which, alongside together with your cruise controls, voice activation controls and heated steering wheel button, is all you’ll discover on the uncluttered wheel.
For 2021, the third row has change into somewhat extra liveable thanks to a different massive innovation for the ’21 Tahoe: unbiased rear suspension, one thing the Tahoe’s predominant Ford Expedition competitors has had for fairly a while now.
The brand new suspension is packaged a lot smaller than the previous solid-axle setup, so it doesn’t infringe as a lot into the cabin, making for simpler loading and extra rear-seat legroom. The end result is definitely a reasonably usable third row due to the house supplied, in addition to options like two USB-C ports, cupholders and storage bins. The seat cushions are nonetheless somewhat on the skinny aspect however that’s normally the case with regards to three-row SUVs. They’re additionally straightforward to entry due to a slide-and-tumble second row, in addition to the passage between the second-row captain’s chairs.
Not solely does the brand new suspension make for extra room inside, it additionally makes for a a lot smoother trip. The Tahoe continues to be a body-on-frame truck, however you don’t get anyplace close to the shuddering by means of the chassis over bumps that you just used to. The underside line is the trip in right here is correctly luxury-spec.
Whereas the massive new add within the energy division for ’21 is the supply of a 3.0L Duramax diesel engine, which my tester featured. Which I do discover somewhat unusual, for the reason that RST is the “sporty” model of the Tahoe, and I don’t essentially affiliate sporty with diesel.
Nonetheless, energy is rated at 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, however due to a close-ratio 10-speed automated transmission (your solely selection for 2021), it feels virtually extra highly effective than that. I by no means discovered myself wanting for extra energy, however whereas usually I’d say “if you wish to tow, get the diesel” that’s not so apparent right here. This model’s 7,600 lb. tow score isn’t that rather more than what’s delivered by the 5.3L fuel V8, which you can even get within the RST.
After all, because it’s a torquey engine that reaches peak torque at a lowly 1,500 RPM so coupled with that nice transmission, I used to be capable of obtain 6.2L/100 km on the freeway. That’s darn spectacular for a 2,500-kg three-row body-on-frame SUV. Plus, it’s obtained a throaty growl that helps reinforce the sensation that this can be a powertrain that may final a superb, lengthy whereas.
It does come at a little bit of a price, although.
At its base, the RST begins at virtually 70 grand for the 5.3L V8 – about 20 grand greater than what the 2WD Tahoe begins at – so these gasoline financial savings shine that a lot brighter.
Then, in fact, you begin including packages: $3,255 for the Luxurious Package deal that provides a power-adjustable and auto-heated wheel, power-folding second- and third-row seats, power-adjustable mirrors and reminiscence seat settings, or the $695 max trailering bundle with its two-speed switch case, or the gloss black wheels (that’s an eye-watering $4,165 extra, please), or the $2,865 rear media bundle, and so forth. Earlier than you recognize it, you’re knocking on the door of $85,000 in your Tahoe RST, and it’s not even the best trim.
The flip aspect of that, nevertheless, is that performed proper, the RST is in a little bit of a candy spot within the lineup, particularly if you’d like your Tahoe to be a little bit of a muscle truck. In spite of everything, it has the styling for that. Most are most likely going to go for the Z71, however the RST supplies a tarmac twist on the Tahoe that provides a compelling different to the Z71’s off-road perspective.
Diesel gasoline effectivity
New rear suspension
We like much less
Doesn’t tow far more than fuel vehicles
Some low cost inside bits
Will get dear
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