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2006 Chevrolet Tahoe Review
Space, performance, and lots of options.
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The 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe classifies as a full-size SUV manufactured by General Motors. The Tahoe nameplate appeared in 1995, when Chevrolet changed the name of its full-size SUV from Blazer to Tahoe and introduced a four-door version. The Tahoe later became ?Truck of the Year? according to Motor Trend magazine in 1996. Like the Blazer, the Tahoe provides a rugged SUV. When it first launched, Chevrolet described the vehicle as a rugged and multipurpose family vehicle that feels at home both on and off the road. More than a decade later and after a complete redesign in 2000, the 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe still efficiently handles on-road and off-road adventures.
The 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe belongs to a redesigned generation of the vehicle which began in 2000. This new generation uses the GMT800 platform, which full-size pickups share as well. The manual transmission left the lineup in 2000 (replaced by the automatic transmission) along with the old 5.7-liter, small-block V-8 from the previous generation.
The Tahoe has been a strong seller for Chevrolet. Based on the Chevrolet Silverado, the Tahoe serves as a smaller version of the huge Suburban. The 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe now includes relocated catalytic convertors and a manually adjusted parking brake as an option.
Engines: 4.8-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Tahoe LS, Chevrolet Tahoe LT
The 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe comes with an OnStar security system and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls as standard features. The tire pressure monitoring system and StabiliTrak stability control system have also been introduced as standard features for this model year.
The 2006 Tahoe sits on a wheelbase of 116 inches and stretches to an overall length of 196.9 inches. This makes it 22 inches shorter than its sibling, the Chevrolet Suburban, and nine inches shorter than its prime competitor, the Ford Expedition. The shorter dimensions are important, because it makes the Tahoe more maneuverable and easier to drive and park than the Expedition and, most importantly, its large Suburban sibling. With a ground clearance of 8.4 inches, the 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe 4WD also makes a great off roader.
The 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe offers a simple interior layout that drivers easily figure out. The analog instrumentation looks easy to read, and the seats feel nicely cushioned for a comfortable but firm ride. The controls inside prove user-friendly too, although many materials inside lack a certain finish. Many plastics inside the SUV feel and look very cheap, and this can be an eyesore for such a large and magnificent SUV. Bucket seats are optional for the second row along with leather upholstery, and the DVD entertainment system remains available as an additional option. The third row splits to 50/50, and when fitted, it allows the Tahoe to hold up to nine occupants. Without the third row installed, the second-row seats fold to allow for 104 cubic feet of cargo space.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 Tahoe LS comes with a 4.8-liter, V-8 engine as a standard, delivering 285 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. An optional 5.3-liter, V-8 engine provides an option, and it can deliver 295 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque. The 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe comes with a four-speed automatic as a standard, along with a two-haul mode for improved performance while carrying heavy loads. The four-wheel drive Tahoes come fitted with an Autotrac transfer case, which allows for changing from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive. The 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe reaches a maximum towing capacity of 7700 pounds with the right equipment installed.
Both V-8 engines available in the 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe offer a powerful performance. For those who pull trailers or often tow vehicles, the 5.3-liter engine makes a better choice because of the higher torque it provides. The suspension on the Tahoe offers a smooth and stable ride, whether on or off the road. The steering feels surprisingly light for such a large vehicle, allowing easy maneuvering even in tight situations.
The 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe comes with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and a stability control system as standard safety features. All models offer side-impact airbags in the front as an optional safety feature, although full-length side curtain airbags remain absent from this list. The 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe scores four out of five stars for front-occupant safety in frontal-impact collision tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA).
EPA Fuel Economy
- Powerful engines
- Roomy interior
- Many optional features
You Won't Like
- Inconsistent build quality
- Some low-class interior materials
Space, performance, and lots of options.
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