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The full-size Chevrolet Tahoe has been completely redesigned for 2007. Interior materials quality is dramatically improved, and the Tahoe now has cleaner exterior styling, more accurate steering and a bit more power.
Chevrolet offers two V8s on the Tahoe in 2007. Standard on all early-build Tahoes is a 5.3-liter V8 with 320 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque. Equipped with GM's cylinder deactivation technology, this V8 earns a 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway EPA rating on two-wheel-drive trucks and a 15/21 rating for 4WD trucks. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard. Maximum towing capacity is 7,700 lbs. Later in the model year, a 4.8-liter V8 with 290 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque will become standard on 2WD Tahoes, with the 5.3-liter available as an option.
Those used to past Tahoes won't recognize the 2007 version with its high-quality materials, fine fit and finish and logical control layouts. Depending on how you equip your Tahoe, anywhere from five to nine passengers can be transported, and maximum cargo capacity stands at 108.9 cubic feet -- around 12 cubes more than a Nissan Armada and roughly the same as a Ford Expedition. (Toyota's Sequoia has 19 more cubic feet of capacity, but only if you unbolt its second-row seats from the floor.) Although the Tahoe's second row is available with a power folding feature, the third-row seats must still be removed manually to optimize cargo space, and based on our experience, those seats are heavy and difficult to maneuver.
Even a 4WD 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 load of passengers. Plus, dipping into the power will quickly pull mileage down to the low teens. There are only so many ways to trick physics: This is a 5,500-pound truck, after all. A new suspension with coil-over shocks up front and a five-link setup out back along with rack-and-pinion steering improve the Tahoe's handling dynamics and ride quality compared to the previous generation. The Tahoe doesn't feel particularly nimble around corners, though its 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.