• (4.6) 21 reviews
  • MSRP: $9,759–$24,483
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 16-18
  • Engine: 295-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Seats: 5-9
2009 Chevrolet Tahoe

Our Take on the Latest Model 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Choice of three V-8 engines
  • Standard three-passenger third-row seat
  • Two- or four-wheel drive
  • Four- or six-speed automatic

2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Available in base LS, LT and top-of-the-line LTZ trim levels, Chevrolet's Tahoe full-size SUV has available four-wheel drive and seating configurations for up to nine occupants. Both the Tahoe and its corporate partner, the GMC Yukon, compete with other full-size SUVs such as the Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Dodge Durango.

The Tahoe is also available as a hybrid model, which is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.


New for 2009
The Tahoe gets an optional 6.2-liter V-8, a six-speed automatic on certain models and a standard three-passenger third-row seat.

Exterior
The Tahoe's large headlights flank a wide grille split by a thick horizontal member with a large Chevy bowtie logo. Base models have black exterior moldings, while LT models add body-colored moldings and fog lights. The Tahoe LTZ features chrome body-side moldings and new chrome accent rear moldings. An available Z71 offroad package adds unique exterior details including large color-keyed fender flares and a chrome front grille insert. At 202 inches long and 79 inches wide, the Tahoe is shorter than the Expedition and Armada but about the same in width. It is close to the Durango in length, but is wider and taller.

Other exterior features include:

  • 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels, depending on the model
  • Power-articulated running boards optional on LTZ


Interior
A curvaceous dashboard and flush-mounted buttons give the Tahoe a carlike interior. Two rows of seats hold up to six occupants, with a third row increasing total seating capacity to nine. The second-row seats fold either manually or with an optional power-operated mechanism, but they must be raised manually. The third row is removable, but 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 and Durango and nearly ties the Expedition. With the third-row bench in place, cargo volume falls to 16.9 cubic feet.

Interior features include:
  • Three-passenger third-row seat standard
  • Optional heated seats in first and second rows
  • Optional ultrasonic rear parking assist
  • Optional rearview camera system with a display screen in the rearview mirror or navigation screen
  • Optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system


Under the Hood
A 4.8-liter V-8 is standard on two-wheel-drive Tahoes. Optional on two-wheel-drive Tahoes and standard on four-wheel-drive versions is a 5.3-liter V-8 with better fuel efficiency thanks to the cylinder-deactivation feature. A new 6.2-liter V-8 with variable valve timing is available on LTZ models. Both of the larger V-8s have the capability to run on regular gasoline or E85. When properly configured, the Tahoe can tow up to 8,400 pounds.
  • 295-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 with 305 pounds-feet of torque
  • 320-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 with 340 pounds-feet of torque
  • 395-hp, 6.2-liter V-8 with 417 pounds-feet of torque
  • Four-speed automatic (4.8-liter) or six-speed automatic (5.3- and 6.2-liter)
  • New fuel-saving 3.08 axle ratio offered on two-wheel-drive models with 5.3-liter V-8
  • Heavy-duty trailering package with 3.42 axle ratio
  • Integrated brake controller for electric-controlled trailer brake systems


Safety
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard, as is an electronic stability system that features rollover mitigation technology, which senses impending rollovers and applies individual brakes in an attempt to keep the Tahoe on all four wheels. OnStar 8.0 features Advanced Crash Response System, making crash data available to emergency services.
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Front seat belt pretensioners
  • Available blind-zone alert


Consumer Reviews

4.6

Average based on 21 reviews

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Best and safest SUV I have ever owned

by Jeff S- sports dad from Plymouth Ma on October 23, 2017

This car is a great SUV wonderful vehicle for kids and the kids friends 3rd row seat easy to get in and out- plenty of power on and off highway- entertainment systems a big plus- huge cargo space as well Read Full Review

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2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Safety Ratings

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NHTSA Ratings

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NHTSA Ratings

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Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/100,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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