Thursday, November 10, 2016

Quickie Used Car Review - Chevrolet Tahoe (2007-2014)

2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

The Good: Lots of power in a manageable size

The Bad: Lots of fuel is consumed, lacks a 4x4 option

The Say: A practical partner while retaining the power.

Go For: 4x2

Price Range: P1,100,000-P1,300,000
Our Rating: ***

Full Review: None as of the Moment

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Vehicle Overview
Competing in the full size SUV market, the Tahoe is basically a smaller version of the Suburban and were released in the 90s as a replacement for the K5 Blazer SUV. It does what its larger brother can do in a smaller package.

Although a shade smaller, it still remains the imposing demeanor and demands your attention. Its small size means a more manageable handling and steering which is complemented by an improved braking and ride quality. The standard 5.3 gasoline engine does its job well especially that half of its cylinders get shut off when driving slow and all are utilized at full speed.

Similar to its contemporaries, all passengers seat facing front and seven people can hop in, as opposed to the USDM's maximum of nine. While interior quality is better than before, some cheap touches remain inside.

What Should I Get
Only a 2WD model is available for the Tahoe but it comes with a 326hp 5.3, six airbags, ABS brakes, stability control, rear parking assist, rear camera, tire pressure monitor, fog lamps, towing kit, roof rails, power front seats, leather upholstery, cruise control, power liftgate, power pedals, alarm, and keyless entry. An update in 2010 had the automatic transmission use six forward gears than the older model's four.

How Much Would It Cost Me
We all know that this SUV is powered by a hulking V8 gasoline engine, which means that fuel consumption is poor than a comparable diesel one, even with the fuel cylinder management. Parts availability, when compared to mass market American vehicles, is on the low side which means going to a parts specialist or importing are best bets. Problem points include electric gadgets and the transmission that tends to lock in a certain gear.

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