1998 Chevrolet Tahoe

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1998 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

An all-time great among SUVs.

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The 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size SUV manufactured by GM and sold under the Chevrolet trademark. The Chevrolet Tahoe was original known as the Blazer, but Chevrolet renamed the vehicle in 1994 in an attempt to stimulate sales. Four years later, the 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe approached the end of its first generation.

The Range

Body Styles: three-door, five-door, six-door SUV
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Tahoe LS, Chevrolet Tahoe LT

What's New

The 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe is fitted with a new, automatic, four-wheel-drive system called Autotrac. This system switches from two-wheel to four-wheel drive automatically, as per the detected road conditions.

Another optional package also made its debut this year for the Tahoe, which features heated, exterior mirrors and heated front seats. The vehicle now comes with second-generation airbags that have a reduced force of deployment.

All models now come standard with a theft-deterrent system, and the available color range was modified slightly in the 1998 model year.


With a wheelbase of 111.5 inches for the two-door version and 117.5 inches for the four-door version, the 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe has a dominating road presence. Drivers note it can take some time to get used to the SUV’s width of 77 inches. However, its low height of around 72 inches makes it more suitable for city driving than off-road adventures.


The interior of the 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe is very similar to the other full-size pickups offered by the company. The four-door model can seat five or six passengers, depending on the arrangement chosen.

The step-up height for the 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe is not very high when compared to the pre-1992 Blazer, but it is still quite tall. Space is not a problem either, considering the large size of the SUV. The Tahoe is wide enough to seat three adults on one bench comfortably, and each row features plenty of legroom and headroom.

The dashboard of the Tahoe is well-designed, with all the controls arranged neatly and within reach of the driver. The instrument gauges are easy to read as well. Rear entry and exit can be a little problematic for the two-door Tahoe, but the four-door version offers free access to the back without any problems.

The 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe has a spare tire located under the chassis, effectively freeing up a lot of space for cargo. However, the three-door versions of the SUV carry their spare tire inside, which takes a toll on the cargo hold capacity.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe uses a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine that delivers 255 horsepower (hp) and 335 lb-ft of torque. The engine is only available with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Despite the large and intimidating size of the Tahoe, the performance it offers is rather civilized, both on and off the road. The V-8 engine offers robust acceleration, giving the SUV the ability to pull heavy trailers with. Fuel economy, of course, is nothing to brag about, although the addition of Vortec technology in recent years has made the engines a little less thirsty.

Although body lean is evident, the Tahoe behaves stably on the road. Pitching and bouncing is minimal when the Tahoe is fully loaded, but the truck tends to jerk sideways over bumps. Steering is precise, even though the steering assistance is a bit excessive.


The Tahoe received three out of five stars for driver safety and four stars for passenger safety during frontal-impact crash tests conducted by the NHTSA.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Tahoe, 5.7-liter V-8, automatic transmission: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful acceleration
  • Good ride quality
  • Powerful towing capacity
  • Lots of interior and cargo space

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Poor ride quality with two-door SUV

Sum Up

An all-time great among SUVs.

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