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2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

A good option despite handling that could be better and third-row seating that doesn’t fold down flat.

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The 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe is a favorite pick for many reasons, including its attractive interior and towing ability. Additionally, it is known for its comfortable ride and the ability to seat up to nine people. The huge seating, storage, and towing capacity make it beneficial for just about anyone.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.3-liter V-8, 5.3-liter V-8, 4.8-liter V-8, 6.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic, four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Tahoe LS, Chevrolet Tahoe LT1, Chevrolet Tahoe LT2, Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ

What's New

The 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe makes some notable changes, such as a larger engine with a 6.2-liter V-8, making 395 horsepower, and improving its acceleration and towing capability.


Its109 cubic feet of cargo space makes the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe a sizeable competitor. The base LS trim is especially pleasing with many options such as 17-inch alloy wheels. In addition to the LS features, the LT1 trim adds fog lamps. The LTZ trim is loaded with all the previous features and adds 20-inch alloy wheels. An optional tow package including a trailer brake controller is offered. Customers that regularly go off-road have an option to add a suspension package with tuned shock absorbers, all terrain 18-inch tires, a rugged locking rear differential, a high volume air cleaner, and tow hooks.


The 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe does not disappoint, with the use of quality attractive materials and the quality craftsmanship. The navigation system is easy to operate, and the interior controls are conveniently laid out. The ability to transport up to nine passengers makes it second to none when it comes to seating capacity. The LS trim comes with a split bench front seat with storage, Bluetooth connectivity, OnStar telematics, full power accessories, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, duel-zone climate control, CD and MP3 players with auxiliary audio input, a split third row seat, and a trip computer. The LT1 trim adds turn-by-turn navigation system with the OnStar system, and front bucket seats. The LT2 trim adds a six disc CD changer, remote vehicle start, power adjustable petals, and tri-zone automatic climate control and rear park assist. Some of the major options include a navigation system with real-time traffic updates, a rear seat DVD entertainment system, and a rearview camera.

Performance & Handling

For recreational use, the 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe is a great pick with its rugged, truck-based underpinning. Customers have the choice of two transmissions, and additionally have a choice between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. A 4.8-liter V-8 is standard on the LS trim with an option of 320 horsepower. The other trims have a standard 5.3-liter V8. A 395-horsepower engine is optional on the LTZ trim. A four-speed automatic transmission is paired with the 4.8-liter V8, and the other two engines with a six-speed automatic transmission. The acceleration is impressive, when considering the 5500-pound weight going from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds. Additionally, its tight turning circle enables easy city navigation.


The 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe safety features include full-length side curtain airbags, anti-lock disc brakes, and stability control. An option offered for the LTZ is a Side Blind Alert system that uses radar to detect vehicles in the blind spot. Government crash testing awarded five stars in front and side impact crash tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet Tahoe: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Handsome cabin design
  • Fit and finish are both impressive
  • Comfortable ride quality
  • Smooth powertrain

You Won't Like

  • Inability to fold third-row seat down flat
  • Suspension is soft
  • Handling could be better

Sum Up

A good option despite handling that could be better and third-row seating that doesn’t fold down flat.

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