2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
Many moons ago, giant Sport Utility Vehicles roamed the earth. They were lumbering body-on-frame trucks with a school bus' seating capacity, and enough V8 grunt to tow a small planet. If you were a Scoutmaster, or you had a big boat, the full size SUV was for you. But soccer moms drove them simply because the immense size made them feel safe.
One of the founding members of the BigUV club was the Chevy Tahoe. In the mid 90's, driving a Chevrolet Suburban was a sign of affluence. Problem was, they were too big to fit in most people's garage. So Chevy simply lobbed a few feet off the back of a Suburban, and called it the Tahoe.
Introduced in 1995, the Chevy Tahoe was an immediate hit. Since it was based on an existing truck, GM made a boatload of cash on each one. By 1996, GM had discontinued the Chevy Caprice / Buick Roadmaster / Cadillac Brougham, so they could convert those plants to produce the more profitable Chevy Tahoe. Ford launched the Expedition a year later, and the Big Ute Wars officially began.
By the late 90's, GM & Ford were selling 200k+ full size SUVs per year. But rising gas prices soon put an end to Detroit's profit parade.
The Tahoe soldiered on however, despite the fact that such gas-guzzling displays of excess had become socially unacceptable. People still had things to tow, and people to transport. Buyers of the $39k 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe likely need the 8,500 lb towing capacity, the 109 cu-ft of cargo room, or the 8-butt seating. This is a truck for busy, affluent people. Like it was always supposed to be.
Now don't think that this 90's flashback is out of date, because it's surprisingly cutting edge. The 325-hp 5.3 liter V8 has a nearly imperceptible cylinder deactivation system, which allows this brute to run on 4-cylinders when cruising. Combine that with a 6-speed automatic (how modern!), and this 2.5 ton hauler can achieve a rather impressive 15 city / 21 hwy / 17 combined.
The original Tahoe drove like a U-Haul truck, but the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe is much different. There's coilover shocks/springs on the front, rack & pinion steering, a super-stiff boxed frame, and an optional locking rear diff. This, and the 67" wide front track, allow the 2015 Chevy Tahoe to have a hunkered-down feeling on the road. The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ takes the handling one step further, with an active suspension called Autoride. Using data from wheel & body sensors, the onboard computer instantly adjusts the two-position shocks to provide more grip, or more comfort. A Cadillac CTS-V it isn't. But for a giant toy/people hauler, it's actually pretty good to drive.
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe - Changes
Chevrolet sold 80k Tahoes in 2011, it should be noted, without much advertising. The 2011 Ford Expedition by contrast, only sold 40k copies. So this truck has a following, even though it hasn't been updated in awhile. We guess Chevrolet decided not to mess with success, because they didn't do much to the 2015 Chevy Tahoe.
The only changes are the ability to activate engine braking with the transmission in Normal mode. Previously, you had to select the Tow/Haul mode, if you wanted the transmission to drop a few gears, in order to slow you down on a hill.
And finally, there's a new shade of tan, red, and blue on the color pallet.
In a Nutshell
Although a BigUV is no longer considered a status symbol, the 2015 Chevy Tahoe is still very relevant to a lot of people. And Chevy's done a fantastic job of keeping this dinosaur in the 21st century too. So if you need to tow your pet elephant to the vet, or transport that Scout troop to Camp Mosquito Bite, the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe is your only logical choice.