While much of the Chevrolet sport utility vehicle lineup focuses on roadway driving and comfort, the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe provides a pragmatic, functional alternative to the Chevrolet Suburban. While it does not have the amenities the Suburban offers, the Tahoe offers power and performance. The Chevrolet Tahoe makes a good offroad vehicle and a good roadway driver—a fairly odd combination. For the price, the Tahoe offers a solid value for the performance-minded SUV driver.
Outside performance, the Chevrolet Tahoe does not offer much beyond a large amount of interior space. The optional third row of seats improves the passenger capacity, but the Tahoe proves more suitable for hauling cargo through rough terrain than hauling people. The excellent roadway performance, oddly enough, marks the big selling point for a lot of off-road drivers. Many other offroad-oriented SUVs handle horribly on roadways, so the relatively agile Chevrolet Tahoe provides a nice change of pace for some drivers.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.8-liter eight-cylinder, 5.3-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Tahoe
The 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe offers OnStar as standard equipment and two new color options.
Measuring 196.6 inches long, 78.9 inches wide, and 76.5 inches tall, the Chevrolet Tahoe represents one of the larger SUVs out there. The extra size allows a larger volume of cargo to be carried, which proves useful for some off-road driving situations. However, it may have some trouble getting through tighter areas as a result of the extra bulk. Steel wheels, chrome bumpers, and trailer wiring come standard on the Tahoe.
The Chevrolet Tahoe has a large interior, but that marks the extent of the built-in comfort. An optional third row of seats offers more passenger room, but otherwise the Tahoe focuses more on performance than comfort. Power locks and an AM/FM radio comprise the amenities in the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe. Drivers looking for a more luxurious Chevrolet SUV with solid performance generally opt for the Chevrolet Suburban instead.
Performance & Handling
Performance marks the strong point for the Chevrolet Tahoe. It handles quite well offroad and on roadways and highways. Offroad, the powerful engine, four-wheel drive, and solid ground clearance let it get through most difficult terrain with ease. It does not serve as the top-tier model in this area, but it outperforms most of the SUV market in this regard. On roadways, the Tahoe still handles quite well. The powerful engine gives it a nice burst of acceleration and a good top speed. In addition, the turning on the 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe is exceptional; it turns about as well as some of the larger sedans on the market.
The 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe has dual-front airbags, side curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, an engine immobilizer, and child seat anchors as standard equipment. Traction control remains available as an optional feature.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Tahoe 4.8-liter eight-cylinder: 13/18 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3-liter eight-cylinder: 13/16 mpg city/highway
- Powerful engine
- Massive interior
- Four-wheel drive
- Optional third row of seats
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Weak build quality
- Tough competition
A legendary SUV.
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