2004 Chevrolet Tahoe

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Easy to drive
  • Interior space
  • Maneuverability
  • Seat comfort
  • Resale value

The Bad

  • Exterior dimensions
  • Fuel economy
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Ride comfort of Z71
  • Poor rear visibility due to cargo doors

Notable Features of the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe

  • Two V-8 choices
  • Autotrac 4WD available
  • Maximum nine-passenger seating
  • 7,700-pound towing capacity, when properly equipped
  • Side-impact airbags

2004 Chevrolet Tahoe Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Minor equipment changes mark the 2004 models of Chevrolet’s strong-selling Tahoe full-size sport utility vehicle, which is based on the company’s Silverado pickup truck. The Tahoe is the less-gargantuan kid brother of the king-size Suburban. GMC produces a near twin called the Yukon. Both models compete against the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia.

A tire-pressure monitor is now standard, Hydroboost brakes are installed, and the right-front passenger gets a seat belt reminder. Traction assist and a locking rear differential are available for 2004. The wheels have been redesigned, and 17-inch tires on new five-spoke aluminum wheels are offered for the LT models.

The Tahoe still comes in LS and LT trim levels. A Z71 Off-Road Package that includes a specially tuned suspension and 17-inch all-terrain tires is available for the 4x4 LS.

Exterior
To most shoppers, the four-door Tahoe has one clear advantage over the Suburban: more manageable dimensions. The smaller measurements translate to easier maneuverability. The Tahoe rides a 116-inch wheelbase and measures 196.9 inches long overall — that’s 9 inches shorter than Ford’s Expedition and more than 20 inches shorter than its Suburban sibling. The four-wheel-drive Tahoe stands more than 76 inches tall and has a ground clearance of 8.4 inches. Buyers get the choice of swing-out rear cargo doors or a liftgate.

Interior
As many as nine people can fit inside the Tahoe when it is equipped wit...
Vehicle Overview
Minor equipment changes mark the 2004 models of Chevrolet’s strong-selling Tahoe full-size sport utility vehicle, which is based on the company’s Silverado pickup truck. The Tahoe is the less-gargantuan kid brother of the king-size Suburban. GMC produces a near twin called the Yukon. Both models compete against the Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia.

A tire-pressure monitor is now standard, Hydroboost brakes are installed, and the right-front passenger gets a seat belt reminder. Traction assist and a locking rear differential are available for 2004. The wheels have been redesigned, and 17-inch tires on new five-spoke aluminum wheels are offered for the LT models.

The Tahoe still comes in LS and LT trim levels. A Z71 Off-Road Package that includes a specially tuned suspension and 17-inch all-terrain tires is available for the 4x4 LS.

Exterior
To most shoppers, the four-door Tahoe has one clear advantage over the Suburban: more manageable dimensions. The smaller measurements translate to easier maneuverability. The Tahoe rides a 116-inch wheelbase and measures 196.9 inches long overall — that’s 9 inches shorter than Ford’s Expedition and more than 20 inches shorter than its Suburban sibling. The four-wheel-drive Tahoe stands more than 76 inches tall and has a ground clearance of 8.4 inches. Buyers get the choice of swing-out rear cargo doors or a liftgate.

Interior
As many as nine people can fit inside the Tahoe when it is equipped with the optional three-place 50/50-split rear bench seat. The front and middle bench seats also hold three passengers each. Front buckets are optional. The middle and rear seats fold down and can be removed.

The Tahoe holds 104.6 cubic feet of cargo when the middle and rear seats are removed and 16.3 cubic feet when the rear seat is in place. Adjustable brake and accelerator pedals with or without a memory feature are available. A driver information center works with 34 functions. Entertainment options include XM Satellite Radio, a rear-seat Panasonic DVD entertainment system and a family of Radio Data System (RDS) radios.

Under the Hood
A 285-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 engine goes into the LS, while the LT gets a 295-hp, 5.3-liter V-8. The 5.3-liter power plant is optional for the LS. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The Tahoe may be equipped with either rear-wheel drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive, which engages automatically to regain or maintain traction on slippery surfaces. Optional trailer packages give rear-drive models a 7,700-pound towing capacity, while the four-wheel-drive Tahoe can haul 7,400 pounds.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes and side-impact airbags are standard. GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system is optional on models equipped with the 5.3-liter V-8 engine.

Driving Impressions
From behind the wheel, both the Tahoe and its Yukon cousin come across as tolerable in size for most journeys. Not only is the Tahoe easy to drive, but it can actually be enjoyable. It is roomy and comfortable inside.

The Tahoe maneuvers better than its external dimensions suggest. Its performance is abundant and the ride is reasonably smooth, but the action gets harsher if a model is equipped with the Z71 Off-Road Package. In offroad treks and trailer-towing tasks, the Z71 delivers a wholly satisfying experience.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 8/27/03

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great family vehicle, Perfect for road trips

by Scotidee from Austin, Texas on September 22, 2018

I feel so extremely safe in this vehicle. It is a very comfortable vehicle. My whole family enjoys taking it on road trips seats seven with room to spare for luggage. Read full review

(5.0)

Inhereted Vehicle when my Father Passed Away

by calais9980 from Ann Arbor, Michigan on July 20, 2018

This car has continuously met all of my needs. I just wanted something smaller since I already had a large 3/4 ton truck I use to haul my horses. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe currently has 5 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe LS

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
Driver's
4 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Tahoe received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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