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If you’re looking for the right company to insure your Chevrolet Tahoe, the process of comparing car insurance quotes can be overwhelming. Many drivers just stick with the same auto insurer for the sake of convenience, or choose a car insurance company based on a friend or family member’s recommendation. While these can be good strategies if your priority is saving time rather than money, it can pay to do your research.
J.D. Power and Associates, a consumer ratings agency, finds that some companies provide much higher levels of customer satisfaction than others, but not necessarily at an elevated cost. Also, some companies offer unique discounts and coverage options that are not universally available. You can compare rates for your Chevrolet Tahoe from different car insurance companies by entering your zip code in the box, but you should read this article first to find out how the Tahoe performs compared to the competition.
History of the Chevrolet Tahoe
The Chevrolet Tahoe is one of General Motors’ close-knit family of popular full size SUVs. Chevrolet’s full size Blazer SUV was renamed “Tahoe” and upgraded to a 4-door model in 1994. Shortly before that in 1992, GMC rebranded the very similar Jimmy SUV as the GMC Yukon, so Chevrolet had to rebrand the Blazer in order to compete.
Today, Chevrolet’s Tahoe and GMC’s Yukon are General Motors’ base model SUVs, and each is available with an extended wheelbase in the form of the Suburban and Yukon XL, respectively. General Motors’ flagship luxury SUV is an upgraded version of the Yukon XL, called the Denali. The Tahoe and the Yukon are mechanically very similar, but reviewers say the Chevrolet Tahoe has received some exterior styling updates that leave the Yukon looking a bit plain.
Sales of the Chevrolet Tahoe peaked in 2002 at 209,767, compared to a peak of just 86,571 for the GMC Yukon in 2004. Sales of both the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Yukon have declined steadily since the mid-2000s, although the Chevrolet Tahoe did see a small spike in sales in 2010.
Chevrolet Tahoe Special Service Vehicle
One unique feature of the Chevrolet Tahoe is its available “Special Service Vehicle” (SSV) package, which equips it for use as a police vehicle. The 4-wheel drive Chevrolet Tahoe SSV is not approved for use in high-speed pursuits because its high center of gravity increases the likelihood of rollovers, but it is preferred by police forces that frequently operate in adverse weather conditions or off-road. The 2-wheel drive Chevrolet Tahoe SSV is approved for high-speed chases, and is the only special service SUV to have this distinction.
Awards and Honors for the Chevrolet Tahoe
In U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 ranking of affordable full size SUVs, the Chevrolet Tahoe tied with the Chevrolet Suburban for first place, and also took the prize for “Best Full Size SUV for the Money.” With a starting MSRP of $37,570, the base model Chevrolet Tahoe is about $1,000 less than the base model GMC Yukon. The 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe also garnered an “Editor’s Choice” award from Car and Driver, as well as a “Best Bet” designation by The Car Book and a “Car of the Year” award from Truecar.com.
To contrast, the more expensive and less stylish Yukon ranked fifth out of eight full size SUVs on U.S. News and World Report’s list. The vehicles that ranked below the Yukon were the Yukon Hybrid, the Tahoe Hybrid and the Nissan Armada.
Chevrolet Tahoe Performance
The Chevrolet Tahoe gets 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. While this is not impressive fuel economy by any stretch of the imagination, it is superior to that offered by competing full size SUVs like the Ford Expedition, the Toyota Sequoia and the Nissan Armada. The Suburban and the Yukon offer identical fuel economy ratings.
The Chevrolet Tahoe’s 5.3 liter V8 engine delivers 320 horsepower and up to 8,500 pounds of towing capacity for the 2-wheel drive version. The 4-wheel drive model can tow up to 8,200 pounds. When it comes to acceleration and handling, reviewers like Edmunds, Motor Week and Consumer Guide say that the Chevrolet Tahoe performs exceptionally well for a vehicle of its size. Motor Week calls the Tahoe’s maneuverability “amazing,” and Consumer Guide says the acceleration is “fine” at all speeds.
Safety Features and Ratings for the Chevrolet Tahoe
The Chevrolet Tahoe comes equipped with reassuring standard safety features like 4-wheel antilock brakes, roll mitigation, traction control, electronic stability control and side curtain airbags to protect passengers in all three rows.
The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe has not yet been crash-tested by the federal government, but the mechanically similar 2010 model did undergo some testing. It received three out of five possible stars in rollover crash tests, which is comparable to the performance of the competing Ford Expedition 2-wheel drive model. However, the 4-wheel drive Expedition and both 2- and 4-wheel drive Toyota Sequoia models earned four stars in rollover tests. The 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe did perform quite well in frontal crash tests, earning five stars.
Chevrolet Tahoe Car Insurance
Before you decide which full size SUV you’re going to purchase, it’s a good idea to research cost-of-ownership estimates. The Chevrolet Tahoe stacks up well against the competition in this category, since Kelley Blue Book estimates that it costs more than $4,000 less to maintain for five years than the average full size SUV.
The average Chevrolet Tahoe driver reported paying about $1,250 per year to insure the vehicle, but your rates could be much lower or higher depending on where you live. To get the most accurate quotes, enter your zip code into the box.