2006 Chevrolet Tahoe

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Exterior dimensions
  • Fuel economy
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Ride comfort of Z71

Notable Features of the 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe

  • Two V-8 choices
  • Available Autotrac 4WD
  • Maximum nine-passenger seating
  • 7,800-pound towing capacity, when properly equipped
  • Considerably shorter than Suburban

2006 Chevrolet Tahoe Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet's strong-selling Tahoe full-size sport utility vehicle is based on the company's Silverado pickup truck. The Tahoe is the kid brother of the king-size Suburban. GMC produces a similar SUV called the Yukon.

Little has changed for the 2006 model year: a standard tire-pressure-monitoring system, relocated catalytic converters and a manually adjusted parking brake are now available. Additionally, all 2006 models now offer an optional 295-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 that runs on gasoline or up to 85 percent ethanol. V-8 models also feature General Motors' StabiliTrak electronic stability system. LS and LT trim levels are available.


Exterior
To many shoppers, the four-door Tahoe has one clear advantage over the Suburban: It has more manageable dimensions. These smaller measurements translate to easier maneuverability while driving and parking. The Tahoe rides a 116-inch wheelbase and measures 196.9 inches long overall — that's nearly 9 inches shorter than the Ford Expedition and more than 22 inches shorter than its Suburban sibling. The four-wheel-drive Tahoe stands 76.7 inches tall and has a ground clearance of 8.4 inches.

Interior
Nine people can fit inside Tahoes equipped with an optional three-place 50/50-split rear bench seat in the third row. The front and middle bench seats also hold three passengers each. Front buckets are optional and limit seating to eight people. The middle and rear seats fold down and can be removed.

The Tah...
Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet's strong-selling Tahoe full-size sport utility vehicle is based on the company's Silverado pickup truck. The Tahoe is the kid brother of the king-size Suburban. GMC produces a similar SUV called the Yukon.

Little has changed for the 2006 model year: a standard tire-pressure-monitoring system, relocated catalytic converters and a manually adjusted parking brake are now available. Additionally, all 2006 models now offer an optional 295-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 that runs on gasoline or up to 85 percent ethanol. V-8 models also feature General Motors' StabiliTrak electronic stability system. LS and LT trim levels are available.


Exterior
To many shoppers, the four-door Tahoe has one clear advantage over the Suburban: It has more manageable dimensions. These smaller measurements translate to easier maneuverability while driving and parking. The Tahoe rides a 116-inch wheelbase and measures 196.9 inches long overall — that's nearly 9 inches shorter than the Ford Expedition and more than 22 inches shorter than its Suburban sibling. The four-wheel-drive Tahoe stands 76.7 inches tall and has a ground clearance of 8.4 inches.

Interior
Nine people can fit inside Tahoes equipped with an optional three-place 50/50-split rear bench seat in the third row. The front and middle bench seats also hold three passengers each. Front buckets are optional and limit seating to eight people. 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 pedals are standard in LT and Z71 editions and optional in the LS. A multilingual driver information center is installed. Entertainment options include XM Satellite Radio, a Panasonic rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a family of Radio Data System radios. A single antenna now serves the OnStar communication system and XM Satellite Radio.


Under the Hood
Either a 285-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 or a 295-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 can be installed in the Tahoe. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission. Tahoes can be equipped with 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 7,800-pound maximum towing capacity. A flex-fuel version of the 5.3-liter V-8 is available.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are standard, and side-impact airbags for front occupants are optional. StabiliTrak is standard with V-8 engines.

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.

This roomy and comfortable SUV maneuvers better than its external dimensions suggest. Performance is abundant and the ride is reasonably smooth, but the action gets harsher on Z71 models. In offroad treks and trailer-towing tasks, the Z71 delivers a wholly satisfying experience.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

GREAT TRUCK

by Julian from Modesto on September 16, 2018

I HAD THIS TRUCK FOR OVER 5 YEARS IS RUNS GREAT ONLY SELLING CAUSE I GOT NO OPTIONS AT THIS TIME. VERY RELIABLE. GREAT FAMILY CAR FOR TRAVELING. Read full review

(5.0)

Great vehicle

by Archi on May 13, 2018

I?ve driven my Tahoe for many years now. It has been great. No major issues, handles great, comfortable, and reliable. Great gas mileage for a big suv. I expect to get over 200k on it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe currently has 4 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe LS w/1WT

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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