The 2021 Chevy Tahoe Isn’t Recommended by Consumer Reports

by Gabrielle DeSantis

While the 2021 Chevy Tahoe is an excellent SUV option to consider with a great new look, there might be a little trouble in paradise. The Chevrolet Tahoe has a low-reliability rating from Consumer Reports, which can be a little nerve-racking. But we will assess the data to see if you should be worried. 

The 2021 Chevy Tahoe has a low reliability rating from Consumer Reports 

2021 Chevy Tahoe | Chevrolet

According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 Chevy Tahoe has a reliability rating of two out of five. This score is below average, so that may raise concerns if you’re considering purchasing this SUV. 

However, the predicted reliability score is based on how models performed in the past to predict how they will hold up in the future. Surveys are sent out to thousands of drivers, allowing them to report on 17 potential trouble spots ranging from the engine, transmission, and electrical system. 

So, the Chevy Tahoe may have a low-reliability score because of problems reported on previous model years, not the current model. If you look at the 17 potential trouble spots, it looks like 2014 – 2017 models have the most issues reported. Meanwhile, 2018, 2019, and 2020 models have fewer issues reported. This could mean that previous problems have been corrected. 

What issues does the Chevy Tahoe face? 

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We went over to CarComplaints to see the specific issues reported on the Chevy Tahoe by model year. This forum goes a little deeper into detail than Consumer Reports, and we can see that the 2015 Chevy Tahoe has the most complaints. 

One of the most popular 2015 Tahoe complaints includes issues with the air conditioning. Owners of this model reported that the AC stopped working once their SUVs reached about 60,000 miles. The air condenser needed to be replaced, which could cost about $1,110 if the warranty didn’t cover it. 

Another common issue includes brake problems. The brakes would be hard to press, make a loud noise, or randomly go out. Some drivers needed the vacuum brake pump replaced before reaching 50,000 miles. 

If you look at the 2016 model year, there are way fewer complaints about the AC listed, but the brakes still racked up 53 complaints. The 2017 Tahoe has one AC complaint and only ten complaints about the brakes. The 2018 Tahoe doesn’t have any problems with the AC system or brakes reported. 

So, the significant issues on previous models seem to be solved for newer models. There are no complaints listed for the 2021 Chevy Tahoe, and the 2020 model has no complaints. This restores our confidence. 

What does Consumer Reports like about the Chevy Tahoe? 

A red Chevrolet Tahoe and dark Suburban on display.
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Chevy Tahoe a road test and gave it a score of 73 out of 100 for its performance. They enjoyed its peppy acceleration, smooth ride, responsive handling, and quiet cabin. 

But they noted that the brakes offer a subpar performance and the fuel economy is a little weak. The Tahoe gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and up to 28 mpg on the highway, but Consumer Reports only got about 17 mpg. 

Also, the Chevy Tahoe makes drivers happy. It has a predicted owner satisfaction rating of four out of five, which is above average. About 75 percent of Chevy Tahoe owners said they would repurchase the same SUV. So, don’t let the low predicted reliability rating stop you from buying a newer Chevy Tahoe, and do your research before getting an older model.

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