The Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) that has a lot going for it in a very competitive market. The Tahoe was completely redesigned to make it safer, more powerful, and an absolute pleasure to drive both on and off road. The sport utility market is fierce with companies like General Motors offering the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, but the Tahoe’s new redesign will undoubtedly heat up the battle for buyers in this market niche.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.8-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Tahoe LT, Chevrolet Tahoe LS, Chevrolet Tahoe Limited Touring Edition, Chevrolet Tahoe LZ1
The Chevrolet Tahoe enters the 2000 model year completely redesigned from top to bottom. The redesigned Tahoe has new styling, making it look better than ever. It is also more powerful than ever before thanks to a new family of Vortec V-8 engines. Manual transmission has been dropped, leaving only the four-speed automatic with overdrive. This full-size sport utility vehicle can now accommodate up to nine people with its newly-configured interior design. The new interior features upgraded seats with seatback adjustment, a new dashboard, and brand new door panels. Other improvements to the 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe include Autoride suspension and an Autotrac Active four-wheel-drive system that includes a computer-operated transfer case.
The Tahoe has been redesigned on the new GMT800 platform, so it shares the look and features of other Chevy vehicles like the Silverado pickup truck and the Suburban SUV. The Tahoe has much softer lines with its redesign, giving it a more aerodynamic feel. While the Tahoe was previously sold as both a two-door and four-door vehicle, it is now only available as a four-door. The Tahoe rides a 116-inch wheelbase with 16-inch tires. The Tahoe is about six inches shorter than its rival Ford Expedition at 199 inches long. The vehicle is 79 inches wide and 74 inches tall, roughly the same as the Ford Expedition.
The Tahoe’s body is very durable thanks to its exterior sheet metal and steel that is corrosion protected and dent resistant. While the Tahoe’s redesigned frame and body may not look drastically different than it did previously, the new Tahoe is stronger and firmer than it ever was before. The claim that the Tahoe has been redesigned from top to bottom is no exaggeration. Even the door hinges used in the redesign have more durability. The front end of the vehicle has a unique crush cap, which ensures that the entire front end of the car won’t need replaced in the event of a low-to-moderate crash or mishap with a tree or pole while parking. Buyer options include a rear cargo door that swings out, an aluminum lift gate, and a roof rack that can hold a maximum of 200 pounds.
The old Tahoe had a capacity of six people. The 2000 Tahoe has an innovative optional 50/50 split third-row seat that can boost capacity up to nine occupants. Three people can be seated up front and in the Tahoe’s middle bench seats as well, although buyers do have the option of choosing two front bucket seats rather than the three-place front seat. Cargo capacity can be maximized when the middle and rear seats are removed or folded down. The task of removing interior seating is made much easier since these seats come equipped with integral wheels. The front and middle rows are roomier with Chevy’s redesign. The vehicle has more storage spaces, cubbies, and cup holders, too. One negative to the interior redesign is the fact that total cargo volume has actually decreased from the Tahoe’s old design. That said there is still ample space, especially with options available to maximize cargo volume. The cargo doors are great for loading and unloading.
Performance & Handling
The Tahoe comes with both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive options. The four-wheel drive is GM’s Autotrac system, which automatically engages when necessary. The Tahoe’s ride is smooth and doesn’t feel like a truck. There is very minimal rattle or engine noise. For its size, the Tahoe maneuvers easily and has a great turning radius. The leather seats are roomy and comfortable. Legroom is adequate. Visibility is wonderful since the truck sits high.
NHSA crash test ratings rated the 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe with four stars for both driver and passenger safety in front impact crashes. The Tahoe comes standard with driver and passenger front airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Tahoe: 14/18 mpg city/highway
- Completely redesigned
- Strong durable body and frame
- Good Ride
- Comfortable and roomy
You Won't Like
- Fuel economy
- Backseats are heavy to move
- Somewhat pricey
Chevy tough and reliable, the Tahoe owns the road.
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