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2021 Chevy Tahoe Towing Capacity, Fuel Economy Ratings Released

Christian Wardlaw | May 05, 2020

Chevrolet has published towing capacity numbers for the redesigned 2021 Tahoe, and the all-new SUV’s maximum trailer weight is 8,400 pounds with two-wheel drive (2WD), the standard 355-horsepower 5.3-liter V-8 engine, and the Max Trailering Package. Equip the all-new Tahoe with the optional 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8, and it can tow up to 8,300 lbs.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe RST Red Front View

The new Chevy Tahoe’s tow ratings are slightly less than the previous model’s maximums. The 2020 Tahoe could handle up to 8,600 lbs. with 2WD, a 5.3-liter V-8, and the optional Max Trailering Package. With a 6.2-liter V-8, the previous Tahoe topped out at 8,400 lbs.

Automotive News reports the new Tahoe’s standard tow ratings without the Max Trailering Package are 7,900 lbs. (2WD) and 7,700 lbs. (4WD), higher than those of the 2020 model.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Fuel Economy Ratings

Fuel economy ratings for the 2021 Chevy Tahoe with the 5.3-liter V-8 are 16 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg in combined driving. These numbers apply to both the 2WD and 4WD versions.

Previously, the Tahoe 2WD with the 5.3-liter V-8 was rated at 15 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg in combined driving. The Tahoe 4WD matched these numbers except on the highway, where expectations were 21 mpg.

A Chevrolet spokesperson told Automotive News the increase in city fuel economy is due to the Tahoe’s new standard 10-speed automatic transmission, automatic engine stop-start technology, and Dynamic Fuel Management, a cylinder deactivation system with 12 different operating modes. Highway fuel economy falls due to the Tahoe’s increased size and, presumably, weight.

Chevrolet will offer a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline 6-cylinder engine as an option, rated to make 277 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. It promises an improvement in terms of fuel economy, but the optional engine is expected to cost thousands of extra dollars.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Cargo Capacity Ratings

In addition to exterior size and more standard equipment, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe boasts a new independent rear suspension which improves ride and handling qualities, especially when the SUV is equipped with the MagneRide adaptive damping or air suspension options.

The more compact and sophisticated suspension design dramatically improves interior room, adding more second- and third-row passenger space as well as additional cargo capacity. Chevrolet reports:

  • a 3-inch increase in second-row legroom
  • a 10.1-inch increase in third-row legroom
  • a 10.2 cu.-ft. increase in cargo space behind the third-row seat
  • a 28.2 cu.-ft. increase in maximum cargo space

These improvements give the 2021 Tahoe cargo capacity measurements of 25.5 cu.-ft. behind the third-row seat, 72.6 cu.-ft. behind the second-row seat, and a maximum volume of 122.9 cu.-ft. with the second-row seat folded down.

New Chevy Tahoe vs. Ford Expedition

With its new independent rear suspension, the 2021 Tahoe matches the engineering approach the Ford Expedition has employed for years. However, Ford uses a twin-turbocharged V-6 engine in the Expedition, a different from Chevrolet’s tried-and-true normally aspirated V-8 engines in the Tahoe.

How do these two head-to-head competitors stack up? Let’s take a look:

  • Towing: The Ford tows up to 9,300 lbs., 900 lbs. more than the Chevy.
  • Fuel Economy: The Ford is rated to get between 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, with a combined average of 19 mpg. That’s better than the Chevy.
  • Cargo Capacity: The Chevy holds more than the Ford, offering 6.2 extra cu.-ft. behind the third-row seat, 15.1 more cu.-ft. behind the second-row seat, and an additional 18.3 cu.-ft. of maximum volume

When Does the 2021 Chevy Tahoe Go on Sale?

When Chevrolet first debuted the all-new Tahoe, it said the SUV would go on sale in mid-2020. However, the coronavirus pandemic has likely changed that timing. Chevrolet idled the Arlington, Texas assembly plant that builds the Tahoe, and as of May 5, 2020, had not announced a re-opening date.

The information in this article comes from Chevrolet, Ford, and Automotive News. It was accurate and valid as of May 5, 2020, but details may have changed since that date.

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