1997 Chevrolet Tahoe

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1997 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

A powerful vehicle, offering comfort and convenience.

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Targeting customers looking for power and luxury, the 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe classifies as a full-size sport utility vehicle that offers increased handling both on the interstate and on city streets. The LS and LT offers a host of luxury conveniences standard. Offering a combined fuel economy of 17 mpg city/highway, the Tahoe gets better gas mileage than other vehicles in its class.

Medium Opal Blue Metallic and Medium Beige Mystique Metallic have been added to the palette of available exterior colors for this year’s models. Taller drivers and passengers can expect the comfort in its spacious interior and smooth steering at low speeds with the addition of the Electronic Variable Orifice. With the addition of a power door lock switch to the cargo area, the Tahoe can easily be locked after unloading cargo from the vehicle.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.7-liter eight-cylinder, 6.5-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Tahoe LS, Chevrolet Tahoe LT

What's New

Features introduced for the 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe include a passenger-side airbag, high-back bucket seats, and an improved automatic transmission. Other new features include variable steering, power door locks in the cargo area, and two new exterior paint colors.


Available in both two-door and four-door body styles, the 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe is based on the full-size C/K platform. The four-door version looks similar to the Chevrolet Suburban, though 20 inches shorter in length. This wide-body SUV includes optional running boards to assist passengers getting into the vehicle, and rear cargo doors come standard, though a lift glass option remains available.


The two-door LS or LT can be equipped with a 6.5-liter, turbodiesel V-8 rather than the standard Vortec 5700 V-8. A very spacious vehicle, the four-door Tahoe seats five to six passengers, and bucket seats come standard in all models. Power door locks provide a standard feature, as well as driver and front-passenger airbags. Air-conditioning remains optional in the base 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe, though it comes as a standard feature in the LS and LT. Vinyl seating comes standard for the base, while the LS includes cloth seating, and the LT offers leather seating.

Performance & Handling

Equipped with a revised automatic transmission for 1997, the Chevrolet Tahoe handles smoothly on the interstate. A wide-body vehicle like this proves more challenging on smaller roads, though much of these difficulties during low-speed maneuvers have been reduced with the addition of the new Electronic Variable Orifice. The 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe’s powerful V-8 engine holds its own against other vehicles of similar size and performance.


Driver and passenger-side airbags come standard on the 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe, as well as four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS). Daytime running lights, for added visibility on the road, come standard on all Tahoes. A rear window wiper comes standard on the LS and LT, along with an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Tahoe: 15/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Electronic Variable Orifice increases maneuverability at low speeds
  • Power door lock switch in the cargo area
  • Availability of aftermarket parts for lower-cost repairs
  • Spacious interior offering comfort for tall drivers and passengers
  • Powerful 5.7-liter engine ideal for towing cargo

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Common transmission problems
  • Cost

Sum Up

A powerful vehicle, offering comfort and convenience.

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