2008 Chevrolet Tahoe

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$34,630

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

9

Seating capacity

Rear-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Relative fuel economy
  • Fuel-saving technology (5.3-liter)
  • Interior quality
  • Seats up to nine
  • Towing capacity

The bad:

  • Third-row seat optional
  • Third-row seat doesn't fold flat
  • Powered second-row seats are 1/2 manual
  • No seat-mounted side airbags
  • Cargo volume lags competition
  • Roominess doesn't match exterior bulk

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LS

    $34,630

  • LTZ

    $36,710

  • LT

    $36,710

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Notable features

  • Choice of two V-8 engines
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Curtain airbags now standard
  • 2WD or 4WD
  • Improved front cupholders
  • Hybrid expected this year

2008 Chevrolet Tahoe review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The Chevrolet Tahoe full-size SUV was overhauled for 2007 and exhibits few changes for 2008, apart from the promised arrival sometime in the model year of the Tahoe Hybrid. It marks the first application of GM’s 2-Mode Hybrid system, a technology intended to lead GM into the world of competitive hybrid vehicles. Chevy has coined the term “interim availability,” meaning Tahoe Hybrid supply will be limited. Built in Arlington, Texas, and Janesville, Wis., the Tahoe and its sibling compete with other full-size SUVs such as the Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Toyota Sequoia

Available in base LS, LT and top-of-the-line LTZ trim levels, the Tahoe has available four-wheel drive and seating configurations for up to nine occupants. The best-selling LT offers a selection of equipment groups: LT-1, LT-2 and LT-3. The Tahoe’s sister model, the GMC Yukon, is priced slightly higher to start, but most of its price range overlaps that of the Tahoe.

Exterior
The Tahoe’s large clear-lens headlights flank a wide grille bisected by a thick horizontal member with a large Chevy bowtie logo. Tight body gaps, foam-filled A-pillars and stiff body-on-frame design are claimed to reduce cabin noise.

For 2008, Chevrolet adds two paint colors, a blue and a ruby metallic. The Tahoe LS has 17-inch wheels and black exterior moldings, while LT models add body-colored moldings and fog lights. The Tahoe LTZ features 20-inch wheels, an Autoride damping suspension and a power-operated rear liftgate. An available Z71 offroad package includes unique exterior details, 18-inch wheels and an offroad suspension.

Interior
A curvaceous dashboard and flush-mounted buttons give the Tahoe a carlike interior. The main change to the 2008 Tahoe is the addition of a lock for the large center storage console and improved cupholders. Standard equipment includes a power driver’s seat and an eight-speaker CD stereo. LT models add a rear audio system as well as available leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and a power passenger seat. The Tahoe LTZ packs a long list of luxury features, including rain-sensing windshield wipers and heated first- and second-row seats.

Two rows of seats hold up to six occupants, with a third row optional on lower trims and standard on the LTZ. The second-row seats fold either manually or with an optional power-operated mechanism; they must be raised manually. The third row is removable, but it doesn’t fold to the floor like the Ford Expedition’s. With both rows stowed, maximum cargo volume is 108.9 cubic feet, which beats the Armada, nearly ties the Expedition and falls well short of the Sequoia’s 128.1 cubic feet. With the third-row bench in place, cargo volume falls to 16.9 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
A 4.8-liter V-8 is standard on two-wheel-drive Tahoes. It makes 290 horsepower and 290 pounds-feet of torque. Optional on two-wheel-drive Tahoes and standard on four-wheel-drive versions is a 5.3-liter V-8 with 320 hp and 340 pounds-feet of torque. The larger engine’s fuel efficiency is superior thanks to cylinder deactivation that shuts off four of the eight cylinders under low-load situations such as freeway cruising or downhill coasting.

The so-called flex-fuel 5.3-liter V-8 runs on regular gasoline or ethanol-based E85 fuel.

Both V-8 engines use a four-speed automatic transmission. When properly configured, the Tahoe can tow up to 8,200 pounds. A rack-and-pinion steering system replaced the previous generation’s outdated recirculating-ball setup.

Safety
For 2008, side curtain airbags that protect all three rows of seats in a side impact are now standard equipment on all trim levels, not just the LTZ. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags are not offered. Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard, as is an electronic stability system that features new rollover mitigation technology that senses impending rollovers and applies individual brakes in an attempt to keep the Tahoe on all four wheels.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 4.1
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best vehicle purchase I have ever made

Purchased a 2008 LTZ a couple of years ago from my husband's boss with less than 70,000 miles on it. WE LOVE IT. Very roomy for all of my grandkids, love the DVD player and all the extra room. Drives like a dream and for someone who dislikes driving in the snow, I feel completely safe on the road. The towing is amazing and the handling is as smooth as butter. This has been the best vehicle I have ever owned. Hope to have it many more years.

4.0

Comfortable quiet ride

This is 2nd one I owned always ready to go only issues I have had are sensors are hard to set for tire pressure minor inconvenience

5.0

I love this car it is the best.

This car is what i need it saved me from waiting until an uber came and everything i love it. It is amazing and met all my needs.

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Safety

Based on the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe base trim.
Frontal driver
5
Frontal passenger
5
Nhtsa rollover rating
3

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/100,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
Powertrain
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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