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2025 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban: Smoother Super-Sized SUVs

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Competes with: GMC Yukon/Yukon XL, Ford Expedition, Jeep Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer, Toyota Sequoia, Nissan Armada

Looks like: The current Tahoe and Suburban with a smoother front end

Powertrains: 355-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8; 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8; 305-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel six-cylinder; 10-speed automatic transmission; rear- or four-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late 2024

Chevrolet has updated its Tahoe and Suburban SUVs for the 2025 model year and given us a very early peek at what’s coming. While they’re still a full year away from hitting dealerships, the brand wants to show us what it’s working on to keep the popular full-size SUVs current in the face of increased competition. Chevy has given the Tahoe and Suburban a mild update with some freshened styling, a bump in power for one of the three available engines and, most notably, a significantly revised interior aimed at making the brand’s biggest and most profitable products even more comfortable and user-friendly.

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Smoother Face

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You might be forgiven for not immediately noticing what’s different about the styling of the 2025 Tahoe and Suburban, but rest assured that the front end is definitely new to the big SUVs. It’s smoother and has rearranged headlights — the ones up top are decorative daytime running light LEDs, while the projector-style headlights are lower in the front end. Out back, there’s a new rear-end treatment and taillights, but the Tahoe and Suburban keep one of the unique features of these full-size SUVs: a separate glass hatch that can open independently of the liftgate, which is something you don’t see much anymore except on models like these.

Other styling updates include optional 24-inch wheel designs that are available on the RST and High Country to give your Chevy some of the bling normally reserved for the Cadillac Escalade.

Underhood Refinements

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There isn’t a major upheaval under the hood for this mid-cycle refresh, but that doesn’t mean Chevy left the greasy bits alone. The suspension and steering have been refined, according to Chevy engineers, for better body control, improved steering feel, a smoother ride and more comfort for passengers. We’ll have to reserve judgment on that until we’ve had a spin behind the wheel, but it seems like a reasonable claim. The optional adaptive air suspension and Magnetic Ride Control have been retained, as well, but like the rest of the underpinnings, they have reportedly been massaged for more comfort and control.

The powertrains have largely been left alone, with one exception. The two gasoline engines — standard Ecotec3 5.3-liter V-8 with 355 horsepower and 383 pounds-feet of torque and optional 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 460 pounds-feet — are unchanged. But the optional turbo-diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine has been reworked and now produces 305 hp and 495 pounds-feet of torque, which is a nice bump over the current diesel’s 277 hp and 460 pounds-feet. A 10-speed automatic transmission is now the only transmission across the lineup, regardless of engine or drivetrain.

Towing is a big reason people buy a Tahoe or Suburban, and it will still be a big reason, with the 2025 Tahoe and Suburban maintaining their respective 8,400 and 8,200 maximum towing capacities. The brand is updating the SUVs’ towing technology, too, via the upgraded onboard multimedia system. Trailering features now include a trailer tire health monitor, load rating info via a mobile trailering app, forward path indication with guidelines on the 360-degree camera system, Boat Ramp Assist for boat trailering and trailer navigation in the new Google-based onboard navigation system that calculates routes based on input trailer size.

Spiffy New Digs Inside

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The biggest, most obvious change for the Tahoe and Suburban is inside, where you’ll be met by a new interior that’s meant to be more upscale and user-friendly than before. Front and center is an 11-inch digital display gauge cluster, but the big news (literally) is the massive 17.7-inch touchscreen display on the center console that runs GM’s latest Google-based operating system. That’s bigger than the 13.4-inch screen you’ll find in the Silverado pickup truck. Despite that new touchscreen, however, Chevy is not yet moving to all touch-control buttons; there are plenty of actual buttons and switches throughout the interior, allowing for operation of things like climate control without having to hunt for the right panel or touch a screen just right to activate something.

The top trim levels of the new Tahoe and Suburban also feature some truly premium materials, with real leather and wood trim inside the High Country trim (a first for the two SUVs) and an exclusive Jet Black/Mocha color combo. There’s more sophisticated decor throughout the lineup, as well, with more liberal use of piano-black and chrome trim and more soft-touch and wrapped panels in the first and second rows. The RST variant gets a unique interior with red stitching, while the Premier trim gets a unique Jet Black/Sky Cool Gray color combination. As before, both the Tahoe and Suburban can seat up to eight people when the second-row bench seat is specified; second-row captain’s chairs are also available.

Even More Safety Equipment

Chevy hasn’t slacked on adding new and improved safety equipment either, with the 2025 Tahoe and Suburban’s main role as people haulers understood by the brand as needing the latest and greatest tech to keep passengers safe. A new Connected Cameras feature ties in all the vehicle’s interior and exterior cameras and provides a 360-degree view of the exterior from a mobile app. The feature also includes crash recording, security recording, live view, dashcam functionality and industry cloud storage (an OnStar subscription will be required, of course). The Chevy Safety Assist system will still come standard on both models, too, and brings automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, lane departure steering assist with departure warning, automatic high beam headlights and more.

New for 2025 is the AutoSense power liftgate that detects the presence of someone standing at the back of the vehicle with a key fob in their pocket and automatically opens the liftgate without any need for fancy footwork under the bumper or touching the rear door. Additionally, GM’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous hands-free driving system will now be available on LT and RST trim levels, as well as on the Premier and High Country (but not on Z71, as the required sensors aren’t present in the off-road-style bumpers).

Pricing and Availability

Pricing for the new 2025 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban is not yet available and will come closer to the vehicles’ arrival in late 2024.

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