Execs: Nicely-rounded; refined magnetic and air suspension; user-friendly tech; nice Duramax diesel choice
Cons: Much less environment friendly and/or highly effective base engine than rivals; bizarre shifter; flat seats
There aren’t many areas the place the 2023 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban stand out from their full-size SUVs opponents, however they’re very well-rounded. Mainly, the standard-length Tahoe and extended-length Suburban each rating effectively in all essential classes even when they aren’t at all times the category finest or most interesting. As an illustration, we would favor the Ford Expedition’s turbo V6 as a base engine and the Jeep Wagoneer’s interior, however the Chevrolets’ complete package deal in the end provides as much as the higher purchase for the most individuals.
That’s to not say there aren’t highlights. The elective Duramax diesel is the large one: it offers the identical torque because the 6.2-liter V8, will prevent cash on the pump (yep, even with excessive diesel costs) and is shockingly quiet. The Tahoe’s number of suspension choices are additionally an enormous deal, particularly the magnetic and air combo that gives superior journey consolation and physique management. The interior’s new Android-powered infotainment system is simple to make use of and pretty future-proof because of over-the-air updates and built-in Google Maps. Lastly, ought to the Tahoe’s type not precisely match yours, the GMC Yukon is principally the identical car. It’s simply as well-rounded.
Now, as ordinary, we’ll level out that it’s essential to contemplate whether or not you really want the added towing capability and big boxy cargo house of a full-size SUV (or the Suburban’s extra usable cargo house behind the third-row). Massive crossovers just like the Kia Telluride or Chevy’s personal Traverse supply practically as a lot inside house because the Tahoe, however might be cheaper to gasoline, present higher dealing with and maneuverability, and include cheaper worth tags.
What’s new for 2023?
Adaptive cruise management is now normal on the Excessive Nation, whereas the Premier and Excessive Nation will in principle be obtainable with GM’s wonderful Tremendous Cruise hands-free freeway driving tech in some unspecified time in the future. Element shortages have precipitated this addition to be indefinitely delayed. The one different modifications are new variations of silver, grey and crimson exterior paint.
Not like previous generations, the present Chevy Tahoe and Suburban get an inside that’s fully completely different than the Silverado. This was once a very good factor, because the current-generation Tahoe cabin was considerably nicer than the comparable Silverado, however final yr’s inside redo of Chevy’s pickup truly tipped the scales in its route. No matter, the Tahoe continues to be a positive place to spend time, with strong supplies and construct high quality for the cash. Controls are usually simple to make use of, and though the push-button transmission selector is somewhat odd, it is ergonomically positioned.
In terms of tech, all however the base Tahoe 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system that runs Android Automotive software program as skinned by GM. This isn’t to be confused with Android Auto, which is a standard automobile function that permits the automobile’s tech interface to regulate apps in your smartphone (Apple CarPlay is its iPhone equal. That is additionally within the Tahoe and Suburban, together with CarPlay.) Although the identify makes it complicated, Android Automotive is principally an in-car tech interface created by Google (Android) that completely different automobile corporations can customise, using the tech big’s varied current options. Amongst these, it integrates Google’s ecosystem properly — Google Maps works effectively because the navigation system. We discovered the voice-activated Google Assistant (the Android model of Siri) requires an odd “warm-up” interval whenever you first begin the automobile that locks you out of utilizing voice instructions for the primary 20-30 seconds. That’s inconvenient whenever you wish to get in and get navigation rolling, however at the least the Google Assistant works flawlessly as soon as it’s lastly prepared. You may watch our evaluate of the system on this GMC Yukon Infotainment System walkthrough video.
A lot of the opposite tech within the Tahoe/Suburban is high notch, because the 12-inch digital cluster is properly laid out with a number of viewing choices, and the massive head-up show is simply as effectively built-in. You will get a pair of 12.6-inch screens mounted on the headrests for rear passengers to devour content material on, too.
After their full redesign two years in the past, the Tahoe and Suburban gained a major quantity of additional house as a consequence of further size and an unbiased rear suspension that lowered the ground. The latter was key, because it made the Tahoe’s third row liveable by adults, elevated cargo capability and decreased lift-over top. It additionally resulted within the Tahoe and Suburban having the identical quantity of third-row house – it’s solely the quantity of cargo house behind it that differs.
The top result’s the Tahoe and Suburban aren’t fairly as giant as their Ford and Jeep opponents, however the distinction is so small and the house in the end so huge that it doesn’t matter. That third row could also be a bit flat, however even tall adults have a great deal of room to sit down fairly comfortably for prolonged durations of time. We dive deeper into the Tahoe’s newer, larger rear passenger area here.
Behind the third-row seats, the Tahoe has 25.5 cubic ft of house (image above proper). That is theoretically a couple of 6-cubic-foot benefit over the Expedition on paper, however in real-world testing, we discovered the precise distinction to be negligible. The Jeep Wagoneer, in the meantime, has appreciably greater than each. Nonetheless, it is a genuinely giant house for a three-row car. In fact, for those who plan to routinely journey with all three rows stuffed, choosing the Suburban and its added cargo house is a good suggestion. Its cargo house behind the third row swells to 41.5 cubic ft.
What are the Tahoe fuel economy and efficiency specs?
The 2022 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban have three engines to choose from. The bottom engine is a naturally aspirated 5.3-liter V8 making 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. It’s coupled to a 10-speed computerized transmission and obtainable with both rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. The Tahoe returns 15 mpg metropolis, 20 mpg freeway and 17 mpg mixed no matter drivetrain. The RWD Suburban will get the identical, however falls to fifteen/19/16 with 4WD. These figures are worse than these of the extra highly effective Ford Expedition.
Accessible on the Z71, RST, Premier and Excessive Nation is a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8. It makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Just like the 5.3-liter engine, it comes with a 10-speed computerized and both rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. Metropolis and freeway gasoline economic system differs considerably by drivetrain, trim degree and Tahoe or Suburban, however all variations with this engine get 16 mpg mixed.
A novel providing for the GM full-size SUVs is the diesel 3.0-liter inline-six. It’s the one engine prefer it within the class. It makes 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque and also will get the 10-speed computerized. It obliterates the gasoline economic system of the gasoline engines, with 21 mpg metropolis, 28 mpg freeway and 24 mpg mixed for the 2WD Tahoe and 20/26/22 with 4WD. The Suburban is principally the identical. Diesel costs will significantly decide how a lot you’ll save on the pump with this engine, however the gigantic gasoline economic system benefit ought to nonetheless come out within the Duramax’s favor.
Towing capacities are between 7,500 and eight,000 kilos relying on physique type, engine and drivetrain. The diesel is your best option, however solely barely. A tow package deal will increase capability throughout the board and truly ends in the 5.3-liter being barely higher, however once more, the distinction is small.
The longer Suburban, pictured above
There are a big selection of Tahoe and Suburban powertrain and chassis mixtures, and we haven’t pushed all of them, however the variations we’ve pushed have been spectacular. 4 suspension choices can be found: a hard and fast metal spring and shock system; an air suspension; a metal spring suspension with magnetic dampers; air suspension with magnetic dampers. We’ve not sampled the bottom system, however we might nonetheless counsel a Tahoe or Suburban with the magnetic dampers. It offers a glassy clean journey, restricted physique roll, and its managed sufficient to eradicate practically all of the shimmies and shudders that crop up in giant, body-on-frame automobiles.
The air suspension by itself lets these physique wiggles by means of extra, however continues to be nice. Within the default consolation mode, it rides pretty smooth with reasonable physique roll, and the game mode stiffens issues up noticeably, however with out turning into uncomfortable. No matter suspension, you get the identical steering, which is great. It’s properly weighted, and fairly exact. And even with the extra roly-poly base air suspension, the large SUV handles effectively with good turn-in and a steady, composed really feel even over bumpy corners.
We’ve additionally now pushed Tahoes/Suburbans with each obtainable engine. The 5.3-liter V8 offers completely sufficient acceleration, nevertheless it’s no match for the Ford Expedition’s silky clean and much more highly effective turbo V6. The 6.2-liter is a significantly better contender and does liven issues up a bit, although we nonetheless wouldn’t name it quick. Finally, we predict the Duramax diesel is your best option. It definitely will not be quick, both, however its advantages are many. Its peak torque matches the 6.2-liter, however happens at 1,500 rpm quite than 4,100. That makes it well-suited to towing and ends in acceleration that feels stronger off the road. It’s shockingly quiet, each inside and out of doors, missing the anticipated, obnoxious diesel clatter, and is essentially the most environment friendly engine providing.
What different Tahoe and Suburban evaluations can I learn?
Our most substantial drive of the Suburban, plus our first impressions of the brand new Duramax diesel choice.
The swap to an unbiased rear suspension has profoundly elevated third-row seat house for 2021. There are a number of different new options, which we spotlight on this submit with video. Riswick’s canine additionally makes an look.
The unbiased rear suspension makes an enormous distinction for cargo house, particularly behind the third row. We take a more in-depth look and evaluate it to the Ford Expedition.
We have talked a ton concerning the many advantages of GM switching the Tahoe and Suburban to an unbiased rear suspension. Now, on this deep dive evaluate, engineer Dan Edmunds explains the “how” of the brand new suspension design plus different particulars about its obtainable air suspension with magnetic dampers.
Autoblog Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore takes you contained in the Tahoe’s Premier trim degree.
We take our first drive within the new Tahoe and discover that it drives effectively and has a top quality inside.
Contemplating that GM repeatedly elevated Tahoe and Suburban pricing final yr, it’s definitely believable that some or the entire beneath costs will change in some unspecified time in the future within the coming months. All costs embody the hefty $1,795 vacation spot cost. 4-wheel drive provides $3,000 to all costs however the Z71, which incorporates it as normal.
Excessive Nation: $74,895
Excessive Nation: $77,595
The bottom LS (pictured beneath left) comes with principally each function you’d ever want, however contemplating few folks purchase a Tahoe or Suburban as a result of they actually want one, we’re guessing the LT’s key extras like leather-based seating, heated entrance seats, 10.2-inch touchscreen, digital instrument panel, Bose stereo and wi-fi charging will make it the go-to start line.
From there, the lineup forks in several instructions. The RST is provided corresponding to the LT, however will get darker and body-colored exterior trim. Mainly, it’s seems sportier. The Z71 seems extra rugged (pictured above) and it is extra rugged because of all-terrain tires, a skid plate, a novel entrance fascia that gives a greater method angle and clearance, and the choice of the height-adjustable air suspension (additionally obtainable on higher trims). Issues then get more and more luxurious with the Premier and Excessive Nation (pictured beneath proper), with the latter coming normal with the 6.2-liter V8, magnetic and air suspension setup and 22-inch wheels to go together with each luxurious, comfort and security function on the menu.
The Tahoe and Suburban come normal with computerized emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping help, entrance and rear parking sensors, computerized high-beam headlights and a rear seat reminder. Non-compulsory security options that come normal on some greater trim fashions embody reverse computerized emergency braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors and adaptive cruise management. GM’s Tremendous Cruise hands-free freeway driving system can substitute adaptive cruise management as an choice on the Premier and Excessive Nation, however its availability is delayed as a consequence of chip shortages.
The Tahoe and Suburban acquired 4 out of 5 stars for total crash safety from the NHTSA, together with a four-star frontal score, five-star aspect score and three-star rollover score. The Insurance Institute for Freeway Security has not examined the newest era.