2022 Chevy Tahoe Premier Entry Test

The 2022 Chevy Tahoe is one of the biggest vehicles you can buy. Along with its siblings, the GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade, it’s a capable, comfortable, and rather handsome leviathan.

I had a snowy week with a Tahoe Premier, which is the second highest trim level. With four-wheel drive, the MSRP is $66,100. Our tester had the big 6.2-liter V8 making 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft, a $2,495 option. The Premium Package (heightened towing gear, panoramic sunroof and more cameras and safety equipment) adds $4,485.

Ours had a rear seat entertainment system ($1,995) but lacked stop-start and steering column lock (Thanks to the shortage of chips!) for an off-bundle price of $76,670 with destination. While that might seem like a steep price for a Chevy, the SUV is loaded and offers the same underpinnings and mechanics as a Cadillac Escalade. Seen through this lens, it looks like a good value.

GM’s redesign of the large SUV for the 2021 model year was a step up, adding independent rear suspension, available Duramax Diesel (as tested in the Suburban) and significantly upgraded interiors. Vehicles are more refined, modern and stylish, with a range of new technology and safety benefits.

GM’s overhaul keeps these fearsome beasts up against the Ford Expedition and the Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer in a now strong class of large SUVs. Inside and out, the next-generation SUV is a strong performer for GM, as this Tahoe exemplifies.

Exterior visit

The Tahoe is more sophisticated than ever, and the pleated hood and fenders accented with LED lights set it apart from its blocky, vanilla predecessor. This one has 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, quad exhaust (seriously), and a hands-free power tailgate. Magnetic Ride Control makes everything smooth, even when the winter roads aren’t.

Interior review

The changes for the next-generation Tahoe are most evident inside. More simply an enclosed Chevy truck with the cab to match, the Tahoe gives the Yukon a run for its money with a comfortable and stylish environment. The spec sheet says this one wears a color combination called Jet Black and Maple Syrup, and it’s a nice contrast. The dashboard is anchored by the 10.2-inch screen displaying Chevy Infotainment 3. Powered by Google with Android Automotive, the system is one of the enhancements for 2022 models (with the extended availability of the 6.2 V8 liters) after the 2021 redesign. With optional rear-seat entertainment, perforated leather and attractive trim, the Tahoe Premier is a good option for those who don’t want the flashy Yukon or Escalade. You might also like the cleaner look of the Chevy.

Quick verdict:

The Tahoe competes with the Expedition and GMC Yukon, and it has a more everyday vibe than the posh Wagoneers. The Chevy Suburban is so huge it’s hard to believe you really need that much more room than Tahoe’s cavernous offerings (I camped in the previous generation, which was a little tighter, but still roomy ). During an enjoyable week in this Tahoe, the Premier trim sets the right tone, offering nearly every luxury feature without the pretense. For something descended from the K5 Blazer, ritzy wouldn’t be fair. Inside and out, the Tahoe is solid in every way.

Betty K. Park