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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe

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$8,050 — $20,370 USED
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Sport Utility
5-9 Seats
16-17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2008 Chevrolet Tahoe exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Choice of two V-8 engines
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Curtain airbags now standard
  • 2WD or 4WD
  • Improved front cupholders
  • Hybrid expected this year

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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-opera...
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

What drivers are saying

4.3
42 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(4.0)

Great family hauler

by Ram44 from Charlottesville, Va on August 17, 2018

Fantastic car,very reliable. Styling was top notch and looks better than a lot of newer SUV's on the market today. Interior is a little cheap, lots of plastic and vinyl. Door handles are chrome plated ... Read full review

(5.0)

Tahoe in Excellent Shape!!!

by PA Greg on August 5, 2018

I love this car, this is my 7th Tahoe!! Only selling it to upsize to a diesel truck to tow a new large camper trailer. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2008 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
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 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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