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2008 Chevrolet Tahoe LT w/3LT 4WD

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  • Stock#:
    9496
  • VIN#:
    1GNFK13058J113672
  • Engine:
    5.3L 8 Cylinder Engine
  • Exterior Color:
    Deep Ruby Metallic
  • Interior Color:
    Morocco brown/ebony
  • Body:
    Sport Utility
  • Transmission:
    Unknown -Call
  • City MPG:
    14
  • Highway MPG:
    19
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2008 chevrolet tahoe

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.4
55 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (64%)
4 Star - (24%)
3 Star - (13%)
2 Star - (6%)
1 Star - (1%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.6
COMFORT
4.8
INTERIOR
4.5
RELIABILITY
4.4
VALUE
5

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

Although it may give up a few points in third-row seat convenience and handling acuity, the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe remains a favorite choice for a large SUV thanks to its handsome, comfortable cabin and strong towing ability.

What's New

After last year's redesign, the Chevrolet Tahoe sees minimal changes for 2008. The 40/20/40-split front bench seat gets built-in storage compartments; side curtain airbags are made standard across the board; and OnStar turn-by-turn navigation is standard on the LT and LTZ trims.

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PROS

Handsome cabin with fine fit and finish, comfortable ride, smooth powertrain, can accommodate up to nine passengers.

Introduction

For families who need a spacious, comfortable and rugged full-size SUV, Chevrolet's full-size entries have long been the go-to vehicles. With their stout, truck-based underpinnings, these vehicles are ideal for towing and off-roading duties. But until recently, their interiors were seriously lacking in terms of build and materials quality, compared to most rivals. That all changed with last year's redesign that introduced a handsome, well-tailored cabin as well as improvements to ride and handling.

Last year's revamp also brought a deceptively aerodynamic body that contributes to a quiet highway ride. And although it's not exactly nimble, the Chevrolet Tahoe is a couple of feet shorter than its otherwise similar Suburban big brother and easier to handle in the cities and suburbs.

The Tahoe's closest rival in the traditional, full-size SUV segment is the Ford Expedition. In a recent comparison test, we ranked the Tahoe second to the Ford. Certainly, both are capable and spacious utes and each offers a few advantages over the other -- the Chevy's got a nicer interior but the Ford's fold-flat third-row seat is much more convenient on a daily basis and its fully independent suspension provides tidier handling. But it's mostly a matter of splitting hairs, as both of these full-sizers are quite capable.

That said, we encourage families to consider their needs carefully. Those who merely need room for kids and cargo will likely find GM's large crossover SUVs, the GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook, or the Mazda CX-9, equally capable and more fuel-efficient. However, for shoppers truly in need of maximum towing capacity and/or a fair degree of off-road capability, the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe, as well as its GMC twin, the Yukon, makes a solid case for itself.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size SUV that's available in two main trim levels -- base LS and more upscale LT -- and a variety of packages. The volume-seller LS should please most folks, as it comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a 40/20/40-split front seat with built-in storage compartments, OnStar telematics, satellite radio, full power accessories, dual-zone climate control, an MP3-capable CD player and a trip computer.

Standard equipment on the LT includes foglamps, color-keyed exterior trim, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, front bucket seats with a console, and a "Turn-by-Turn" navigation feature for the OnStar system. Three major equipment groups are available on the Tahoe LT -- LT2, LT3 and LTZ. The LT2 package adds leather upholstery, a six-disc CD changer, power adjustable pedals, remote vehicle starting and rear parking assist. Stepping up to the LT3 package adds heated front seats (with 12-way driver adjustment) and a Bose audio system. The top-dog LTZ package also features 20-inch alloy wheels, heated second-row seats, a locking rear differential, power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding second-row seats, a third-row seat and the Autoride rear air suspension.

Major stand-alone options for the Chevrolet Tahoe include a navigation system, a rearview camera and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. The third-row seat is also an à la carte extra on sub-LTZ Tahoes. For buyers who plan to drive their Tahoe off-road on a regular basis, Chevrolet offers an off-road suspension package with differently tuned springs and shock absorbers, 18-inch all-terrain tires, a heavy-duty locking rear differential, a high-capacity air cleaner and front tow hooks.

Powertrains and Performance

A pair of V8s sees duty in the Tahoe, and either way the lone transmission is a four-speed automatic. One may also choose between rear-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD). The 2WD Tahoe LS model comes with a 4.8-liter V8 with 295 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. All other Chevy Tahoes pack a 5.3-liter V8 (320 hp and 340 lb-ft); it's optional on the 2WD LS. Fitted with the 5.3, a 4WD Tahoe posts 2008 EPA fuel economy estimates of 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway, figures that are above average for the traditional full-size SUV segment. Properly equipped, a Tahoe can tow up to 8,200 pounds.

Safety

Antilock disc brakes, stability control and full-length side curtain airbags (with a rollover sensor) are standard on all Tahoes. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration frontal crash testing, the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe scored a perfect five stars for the driver and front passenger.

Interior Design and Special Features

In contrast to past Chevy trucks, the newest Tahoe boasts attractive, high-quality materials and tight build quality. Control layouts are simple, and even the navigation system is easy to use. Depending on how you equip your Tahoe, up to nine passengers can be transported, making it a class leader in that respect.

At 109 cubic feet, the Tahoe's maximum cargo capacity bests that of the Nissan Armada and Dodge Durango, and is about the same as a Ford Expedition. Although the Tahoe's second row is available with a power-folding feature, the third-row seats must still be removed manually. We've tried it, and trust us, those seats are a bear to remove.

Driving Impressions

Even a 4WD 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe is fairly quick, getting to 60 mph in just 8.6 seconds. However, the Tahoe doesn't feel nearly so quick when carrying a full load of passengers or cargo. After all, there are only so many ways to trick physics: This is a 5,500-pound truck, after all. Braking is about average for this pudgy segment.

A soft ride is the Tahoe's greatest dynamic asset, though the price paid is a somewhat rubbery quality to the steering and handling. But although the Tahoe doesn't feel particularly nimble around corners, its relatively compact 39-foot turning circle makes it fairly maneuverable in the city. When towing a heavy trailer, the Tahoe performs admirably. It's able to maintain speed up long grades, albeit with some gear hunting and rather loud exhaust noise.

Read our Chevy Tahoe Long-Term 20,000-Mile Test

This Vehicle Includes These Added Value Features!

  • Climate Control
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Rear A/C
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Running Boards/Side Steps

Factory Installed Options

  • ENGINE, VORTEC 5.3L V8 SFI FLEXFUEL WITH ACTIVE FUEL MANAGEMENT
    • 8 Cylinder Engine
    • Flex Fuel Capability

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort
  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Keyless Entry
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Luggage Rack
  • Multi-Zone A/C
  • Navigation from Telematics
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Folding Mirrors
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear A/C
  • Rear Defrost
  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Telematics
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
Drivetrain & Engine
  • Flex Fuel Capability
  • Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission Overdrive Switch
Entertainment
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Changer
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Premium Sound System
  • Rear Seat Audio Controls
  • Satellite Radio
Safety
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Adjustable Pedals
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Tow Hooks
  • Traction Control
Seat & Trim
  • Bucket Seats
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Passenger Adjustable Lumbar
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • Seat Memory
Tires & Wheels
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Conventional Spare Tire
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
Trailering
  • Tow Hitch
Truck
  • Running Boards/Side Steps

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features
  • 4-wheel drive
  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and right-front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (right-front passenger air bag status on overhead console) (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. Se
  • Air bags, head curtain side-impact, first and second row outboard seating positions with rollover sensor, includes third row seating positions with (AS3) 3-passenger third row 50/50 split-bench seat or (AW2) 2-passenger third row 50/50 split-bench seat (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for
  • Alternator, 160 amps
  • Assist handles, front passenger and second row outboard
  • Audio system feature, Bose premium 9-speaker system with subwoofer in center console
  • Battery, heavy-duty 600 cold-cranking amps, maintenance-free with rundown protection and retained accessory power
  • Body, liftgate with liftglass, rear door system with rear-window wiper/washer
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc, VAC power
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Door handles, color-keyed (Not available with (Z71) Off-Road Suspension Package.)
  • Engine, Vortec 5.3L V8 SFI FlexFuel with Active Fuel Management capable of running on unleaded or up to 85% ethanol (320 hp [238.6 kW] @ 5200 rpm, 340 lb-ft of torque [459.0 N-m] @ 4200 rpm), iron block (Standard on 4WD models. Available on 2WD models.)
  • Fascia, front color-keyed
  • Fascia, rear color-keyed
  • Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
  • Floor mats, color-keyed carpeted first and second row, removable
  • Fog lamps, front, halogen
  • Glass, Solar-Ray deep-tinted (all windows except light-tinted glass on windshield and driver- and front passenger-side glass)
  • GVWR, 7300 lbs. (3311 kg) (Standard on 4WD models.)
  • Headliner, cloth
  • Heater, rear auxiliary with rear passenger heating ducts
  • Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, odometer with trip odometer, fuel level, voltmeter, engine temperature, oil pressure and tachometer
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
  • Lighting, interior with dome light, driver- and passenger-side door switch with delayed entry feature, cargo lights, door handle or Remote Keyless Entry-activated illuminated entry and map lights in front and second seat positions
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming with 8-point compass and outside temperature display
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, power-folding and driver-side auto-dimming with integrated turn signal indicators, ground illumination and curb-tilt (Mirror caps are color-keyed. Mirror caps are satin chrome with (Z71) Off-Road Suspension Package.)
  • Moldings, color-keyed bodyside
  • Pedals, power-adjustable for accelerator and brake
  • Rear axle, 3.73 ratio (Standard on 4WD models. Available on 2WD models with (NHT) Max Trailering Package or (LY2) Vortec 4.8L V8 SFI engine.)
  • Rear Parking Assist, Ultrasonic with rearview LED display and audible warning
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and front passenger in all seating positions
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with Proactive Roll Avoidance
  • Steering column, Tilt-Wheel, adjustable with brake/transmission shift interlock
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
  • Steering, power
  • Suspension Package, Premium Smooth Ride
  • Suspension, front coil-over-shock with stabilizer bar
  • Suspension, rear multi-link with coil springs
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III
  • Tire carrier, lockable outside spare, winch-type mounted under frame at rear
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (does not apply to spare tire)
  • Tire, spare P265/70R17 (Upgradeable to (4JP) P265/70R17 on-/off-road, blackwall spare tire.)
  • Trailering equipment, heavy-duty, includes trailering hitch platform, 7-wire harness with independent fused trailering circuits mated to a 7-way sealed connector and (VR4) 2" trailering receiver
  • Transfer case, electronic Autotrac with rotary controls (Not available on 2WD models.)
  • Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener, programmable
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, padded with cloth trim, extends on rod
  • Warning tones, headlamp on, key-in-ignition, driver and right-front passenger safety belt unfasten and turn signal on
  • Wheel, 17" (43.2 cm) full-size, steel spare
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down and lockout features
  • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
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