The 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe seats up to nine, and with its powerful V-8 engine and a plethora of available options, it’s easy to see why this is the best-selling sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the marketplace. The Tahoe is the somewhat smaller sibling of the Chevrolet Suburban. The Tahoe is based on the Silverado pickup truck. It comes in LS and LT trim levels and a Z71 Off-Road package including a specially-tuned suspension and 17-inch all-terrain tires is available for the 4x4 LS.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.8-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Tahoe LS, Chevrolet Tahoe LT, Chevrolet Tahoe Z71
Only minor equipment changes are seen for the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. A tire-pressure monitor is now standard, and Hydroboost brakes have been installed. The right-front passenger is now gently reminded to put on their seatbelt with a seatbelt reminder. Redesigned wheels are new, and the LT offers a 17-inch tire on five-spoke aluminum wheels.
Most see the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe as having one distinct advantage over the size of its sibling, the Suburban. It has more manageable dimensions, which means easier maneuverability. The Tahoe measure 196.9 inches long and rides a 116-inch wheelbase. This makes is a full 20 inches shorter than the Suburban and nine inches shorter than competing Ford Expedition. It stands about 76 inches tall and has an 8.4-inch ground clearance. A lift gate or swing-out rear cargo doors are the choices of the buyer.
The Tahoe can seat as many as nine people when equipped with the optional three-place 50/50-split rear bench seat. Front bucket seats are available as an option. The middle and rear bench seats are removable or can be folded down to create different cargo configurations. Removal of the middle and rear seats gives the Tahoe 104.6 cubic feet of cargo room; while in place, there is 16.3 cubic feet of storage available.
A 34-function driver information center is standard for the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. Accelerator and brake pedals are adjustable and available with or without a memory function. Entertainment options are available including XM Satellite radio, a rear-seat Panasonic DVD entertainment system, and a family of Radio Data System (RDS) radios.
Performance & Handling
Behind the wheel, consumers will find the 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe is easy to drive and might even qualify as enjoyable. The Tahoe handles better than its outward size might suggest. Its performance is plentiful, and the ride is fairly smooth. It can be a bit rougher when the Tahoe is equipped with the Z71 package.
The LS is equipped with a 285-horsepower, 4.8-liter, V-8 engine. The LT holds a 295-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8, which is optional for the LS. Both are mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Either rear drive or Autotrac four-wheel drive, which automatically engages to regain or maintain traction, can be equipped on the SUV. An optional towing package gives the rear drive model a 7700-pound towing capacity and the four-wheel-drive Tahoe is rated at 7400 pounds.
GM’s StabiliTrak electronic stability system is an option for 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe models equipped with the 5.3-liter V-8 engine. Standard safety features on all models include all-disc anti-lock brakes and side-impact airbags.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Tahoe: 14/18 mpg city/highway
- Strong engines
- Versatile interior
- Roomy interior
- Lots of options
You Won't Like
- Spotty build quality
- Interior materials could use upgrading
A great choice for the larger family on the go.
If You Like This Vehicle
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