The all-new, fifth-generation Chevrolet Tahoe launches during the 2021 model year, not the 2020 model year as many initially believed. It means that the current, fourth-generation model gets to live for another model year as the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe, while it was receiving a few minor updates and changes. Let’s find out what those differences on the 2020 Tahoe are.
There are not a lot of changes to the model line or the mechanical side of the full-size SUV. The changes to the exterior are limited to the deletion of the Pepperdust Metallic color as well as the new finishes for the wheels. There are the 22-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels with custom silver accents (SGK) and 22-inch Bright machined aluminum wheels with Bright Silver finish (SIY).
The Tahoe is Chevrolet’s stalwart, a truck-based SUV with a traditional V-8 up front (choose from two), and commanding ride. The Tahoe’s blocky exterior and car-like interior are plain, but refreshingly simple compared to others in its class. The long, two-box look has aged well, and although a redesigned Tahoe is on the horizon, we hope it doesn’t stray too far from the simple look that makes the current version endearing in our eyes.
Inside, the Tahoe is simple and straightforward, and the column shifter should’ve been the first clue. Chevy’s family hauler is steadfast in its M.O. for family detail. Similarly, the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe won’t bring any changes or updates to the interior.
The two remaining changes will impact the two optional packages, as the full-size SUV deletes the All-Season Package and the LT Signature Package. Here’s what each of those now-deleted packages contained. There is the All-Season Package, which was available only on the LS model and included is the 20″ x 9″ polished aluminum wheels, P275/55R20 all-season Blackwall tires, Body-color bodyside moldings, Black roof rack cross rails, Max Trailering Package, All-weather floor mats, and All-weather rear cargo mat.
Included on the LT Signature Package, will be the 20″ x 9″ chrome wheels, P275/55R20 all-season Blackwall tires, Bright bodyside moldings, Grille insert, Polished exhaust tip, Chrome recovery hooks, and Chrome assists step kit. The Tahoe’s standard 5.3-liter V-8 makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque mated to a 6-speed automatic and rear- or all-wheel drive. It’s rated to tow up to 8,600 pounds. An optional 6.2-liter V-8 makes 420 hp, and 460 lb-ft is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission in some models.
Although both engines come equipped with cylinder-shutdown technology, neither one is very fuel-efficient. Similar to the 5.3-liter V-8, the 6.2-liter is rated to tow up to 8,400 pounds, which is more than the Palisade. The Tahoe’s powertrains are stout and robust, offering plenty of passing power in exchange for its thirst at 18 mpg combined in its most efficient form.
That’s what rounds out the changes to the 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe. You may have noticed that these changes are identical to those of the Tahoe’s extended-length twin, the 2020 Chevy Suburban. For cargo, the Tahoe’s 15.8 cubic feet is impressive behind the third row, although the Palisade offers 18 cubic feet and with the second row folded, both open up more space—52 cubic feet in the Tahoe compared to 46 in the Palisade.
You can search the inventory of Chevrolet Tahoe’s at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.