For some families, a compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) just doesn’t quite do the trick. Thankfully, there are alternative options available, like the 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe. With a platform based on the full-size C/K series of pickup trucks, the Tahoe is a spacious SUV that’s available with two doors or four and as a two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive model. Sitting in the driver’s seat of is essentially like sitting in the driver’s seat of a Chevy C/K pickup truck. However, the Tahoe’s spacious SUV body means that four-door versions of the vehicle are capable of seating up to five or six passengers. The Tahoe is capable of towing up to 7000 pounds and is available in three trim levels: base, LS, and LT.
Body Styles: SUV, SUV
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8, 6.5-liter turbodiesel V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic w/OD
Models: Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Tahoe LS, Chevrolet Tahoe LT
1999 is the final model year for the current generation of the Chevy Tahoe. With a major redesign looming on the horizon, the automaker introduces only minor changes to the model for 1999. These include a discontinuation of the standard cargo net and the addition of several new color choices.
The 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe takes its masculine styling cues from the Chevy C/K trucks it shares a platform with. Exterior features for the 1999 Tahoe include available running boards, chrome bumpers, rear step bumpers, black bodyside moldings, dual exterior mirrors, 15-inch wheels, available chrome grille moldings, optional camper mirrors, monotone paint, and a trailering hitch.
Inside, the 1999 Tahoe offers standard seating for five. However, there are also seating configurations available for three or six passengers. The base and LS models comes equipped with standard bucket seats with an available option for 60/40-split bench seating that’s standard on the LT. Front seat heating is available for all models as are front armrests. Front driver seats feature four-way controls as standard and available eight-way or four-way power. Front passenger seats for the base, LS, and LT models feature four-way controls while an option for eight-way controls of four-way power for the LT. Standard seat trim for the base and LS models is vinyl with premium cloth or leather available, depending on the model. Premium cloth seating is standard for the LT and leather is available.
p>Base models are equipped with standard features that include power steering, power door locks, and an AM/FM stereo system. Available options for the base model Tahoe include cloth seating, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, privacy glass, and an AM/FM/Cassette stereo.
Standard features for the LS include keyless entry cloth seating, leather steering wheel trim, power door locks, auto-dim rearview mirrors, and an AM/FM/Cassette stereo. Additional LS options include a center console, a power front passenger seat, AM/FM/CD stereo, and AM/FM/Cassette/CD stereo.
The line-topping LT model includes such standard features as keyless entry, front split bench seating, leather upholstery, power driver seat, cruise control, power steering, and an AM/FM/Cassette/CD stereo. Available options for the LT include universal garage door opener, front seat heating, power heated mirrors, and power front passenger seats.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Tahoe delivers a smooth, quiet ride when it comes to cruising down the highway. However, its formidable size makes it more of a challenge when it comes to navigating city streets. But despite its size, the Tahoe is relatively maneuverable. The V-8 engine provides ample power and the automatic transmission delivers neat and even shifting.
Twenty inches shorter than the massive Chevy Suburban, the Tahoe comes standard equipped with a 5.7-liter, V-8 engine that’s rated at 255 horsepower. There is also an available option for a 6.5-liter, turbodiesel V-8 for certain models.
Standard safety features for the 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, center high mounted stop lights, driver and passenger front-impact airbags, and an ignition immobilizer.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Tahoe 2WD 5.7-liter V-8: 12/16 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD 5.7-liter V-8: 11/15 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD 6.5-liter turbodiesel V-8: 13/17 mpg city/highway
- Abundance of cargo space
- Good drivability
- Powerful V-8
You Won't Like
- Brake pedal feels mushy
- Less refined on the road than competing models
- Seatbacks recline at an odd angle
An ideal choice for those who want more passenger or cargo space in a compact SUV.
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