2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • 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 of the 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe

  • Optional trailer brake controller
  • Standard three-passenger third-row seat
  • Two- or four-wheel drive

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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.

New for 2011
The optional towing package includes an integrated trailer brake controller.

Exterior
The Tahoe's large headlights flank a wide grille split by a horizontal bar with a large Chevy bowtie logo. An available Z71 off-road package adds unique exterior details, including large color-keyed fender flares and a chrome front grille insert.

Other exterior features include:

  • 17-, 18- or 20-inch wheels, depending on the model
  • Power-articulated running boards optional
  • Available exterior package with luggage rack, crossbars and fog lamps


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 third row is removable, but it doesn't fold to the floor like in the Ford Expedition.

Interior features include:

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


Under the Hood
Tahoes are powered by a flex-fuel 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter ...

Vehicle Overview

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.

New for 2011
The optional towing package includes an integrated trailer brake controller.

Exterior
The Tahoe's large headlights flank a wide grille split by a horizontal bar with a large Chevy bowtie logo. An available Z71 off-road package adds unique exterior details, including large color-keyed fender flares and a chrome front grille insert.

Other exterior features include:

  • 17-, 18- or 20-inch wheels, depending on the model
  • Power-articulated running boards optional
  • Available exterior package with luggage rack, crossbars and fog lamps


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 third row is removable, but it doesn't fold to the floor like in the Ford Expedition.

Interior features include:

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


Under the Hood
Tahoes are powered by a flex-fuel 320-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 engine that makes 335 pounds-feet of torque on gasoline or 326 hp and 348 pounds-feet of torque on E85. The engine has a cast-iron block on two-wheel-drive models and an aluminum block on four-wheel-drive Tahoes. When properly configured, the Tahoe can tow up to 8,400 pounds.

  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Fuel-saving 3.08 axle ratio
  • Heavy-duty trailering package with 3.42 axle ratio
  • Optional two-speed transfer caseIntegrated 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.

  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Front seat belt pretensioners
  • Available blind-spot warning system

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best all purpose vehicle I have ever owned

by Aniemann from Gulf Breeze on September 29, 2018

It has all of the amenities and acceleration of a luxury car. The only reason I would part with it is to buy a newer model. Read full review

(4.0)

Nice, roomy SUV, Great for Families

by KLB on August 13, 2018

Loved having this spacious vehicle! Great for families and travel. Not so good on MPG. Servicing the vehicle is very well priced and easy to find someone to work on it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe currently has 5 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LS

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

Overall
4 Star
Overall Front
5 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
3 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
4 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
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.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Chevrolet
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 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 warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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