2013 Chevrolet Tahoe

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Relative fuel economy
  • Interior quality
  • Towing capacity

The Bad

  • Third-row seat doesn't fold flat
  • Power second-row seats are half-manual
  • Cargo volume lags competition
  • Roominess doesn't match exterior size

Notable Features of the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe

  • 320-hp, 5.3-liter V-8
  • Seats up to nine people
  • Two- or four-wheel drive
  • Optional integrated trailer brake controller
  • Available hybrid model

2013 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 people. Both the Tahoe and its corporate sibling, the GMC Yukon, compete with other full-size SUVs like the Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Dodge Durango.

A Tahoe Hybrid, which gets an EPA-estimated 20/23 mpg city/highway, is also available and is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2013
Powertrain grade braking — which uses engine torque to slow the SUV on descents, reducing brake wear — now operates outside of the transmission's Tow/Haul mode.
Exterior
The Tahoe's 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 grille. Exterior features include:

  • 17-, 18- or 20-inch wheels, depending on the model
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Roof rack
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional power sunroof
  • Optional power-retractable running boards

Interior
A sleek dashboard and flush-mounted buttons give the Tahoe a carlike interior. Three rows of seats provide room for up to nine people. The third row is removable, but it doesn't fold flat to the floor like the one in the Ford Expedition.  Interior features include:

  • Available three-person front bench seat
  • Standard three-passenger third-row seat
  • Cloth upholstery standard; leather optional
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Optio...
Vehicle Overview

Chevrolet's Tahoe full-size SUV has available four-wheel drive and seating configurations for up to nine people. Both the Tahoe and its corporate sibling, the GMC Yukon, compete with other full-size SUVs like the Ford Expedition, Nissan Armada and Dodge Durango.

A Tahoe Hybrid, which gets an EPA-estimated 20/23 mpg city/highway, is also available and is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2013
Powertrain grade braking — which uses engine torque to slow the SUV on descents, reducing brake wear — now operates outside of the transmission's Tow/Haul mode.
Exterior
The Tahoe's 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 grille. Exterior features include:

  • 17-, 18- or 20-inch wheels, depending on the model
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Roof rack
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional power sunroof
  • Optional power-retractable running boards

Interior
A sleek dashboard and flush-mounted buttons give the Tahoe a carlike interior. Three rows of seats provide room for up to nine people. The third row is removable, but it doesn't fold flat to the floor like the one in the Ford Expedition.  Interior features include:

  • Available three-person front bench seat
  • Standard three-passenger third-row seat
  • Cloth upholstery standard; leather optional
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Optional power-adjustable pedals
  • Optional Bose stereo
  • Optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system
  • Optional touch-screen navigation system
  • Optional heated steering wheel

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 ethanol. The engine has a cast-iron block on two-wheel-drive models and an aluminum block on four-wheel-drive versions. When properly configured, the Tahoe can tow up to 8,500 pounds. Mechanical features include:

  • Six-speed automatic transmission with powertrain grade braking
  • Fuel-saving 3.08 axle ratio
  • Available heavy-duty trailering package with 3.42 axle ratio
  • Optional integrated brake controller for electrically controlled trailer brake systems
  • Optional locking rear differential

Safety
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard, as is an electronic stability system that features trailer sway control and hill start assist. Additional safety features include:

  • Standard side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Standard side curtain airbags
  • Front seat belt pretensioners
  • Optional backup camera
  • Optional rear parking sensors
  • Optional blind spot warning system

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Totally trouble free with 68000 miles

by Uncle Fatz from Montana/Minnesota/Arizona on September 13, 2018

This car has been perfect for two people, two Labradors Down to AZ in the winter back in the spring. Regular oil with Mobil 1, Michelin MXV tires, better than expected mileage: 21-22 on cruise of ... Read full review

(5.0)

Totally trouble free with 68000 miles

by Uncle Fatz from Montana/Minnesota/Arizona on September 13, 2018

This car has been perfect for two people, two Labradors and a big-assed load of stuff. Down to AZ in the winter and back in the spring. Regular oil with Mobil 1, protective seat covers, Michelin MXV ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe currently has 3 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 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 Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chevrolet

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker