The Right Spec: 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
the right spec 2022 chevrolet tahoe

In terms of sales, the Tahoe/Yukon and its larger cousins are the beyond-dominant leaders in the full-size SUV category. Blame (or thank) a robust fleet program that places these brutes in the hands of most security forces across our nation. If you spy a black Tahoe or Suburban parked outside your home … well .. you’ve seen the movies.

This is, in this author’s opinion, part of the cosplay when private individuals buy them for schlepping their family back and forth to school or the soccer game. For the 2021 model year, GM imbued these machines with a dose of new style and more efficient packaging; for 2022, they’ve upped the availability of certain powertrain combinations. It’s the latter that has made Tahoe a great candidate for today’s post.

It’s no secret your author is a fan of the 6.2-liter V8 found in GM’s truck family. The engine has been around for years and, while others have since caught or surpassed it in terms of outright power numbers, the bellow of a NASCAR stocker never gets old. I understand and appreciate the existence of Ford’s PowerBoost hybrid mill – especially with the dandy 7.2kW generator – but an octet of angry cylinders is sound that cannot be replaced.

Fortunately, the crew at Chevy (and GMC) have seen fit to offer the 6.2-liter on a wider number of trims in its full-size SUV lineup. Whereas it was once only available in the bucks-deluxe High Country model, access has been extended to the less-expensive Premier, sporty RST, and – joy of joys – off-road-focused Z71. Similar changes have been made over on the GMC side of the showroom, should one prefer their styling choices.

Four-wheel drive Z71 and RST trims are roughly the same price, within a hair of each other in terms of MSRP at just over 60 large. I’ll choose the off-road variant every day of the week and twice on Sunday, but the color-keyed look of an RST does have appeal if you’re into that type of thing. Selecting the 6.2-liter V8 in either trim also brings Magnetic Ride Control which seeks to smooth out the tarmac and react a bit more appropriately to infernal potholes. In a +1 for the off-roader, Z71 models also get an air suspension and electronic limited-slip diff when the big V8 is installed between the front fenders.

Equipping one’s Tahoe with the $465 Max Trailering Package is one of the easiest decisions you’ll ever make save for choosing to have a second helping of Sunday dinner. It includes an integrated trailer brake controller, better engine cooling, and banzai camera views. Even if you only plan to haul the scattered item, it’s worth the case. I’ve selected the Greywood Metallic which has a slightly greenish tint since you guys are weird and I figured you’d like it.

Expanding the availability of the 6.2-liter to more trims is a smart move by Chevy and yet another vote for not buying a redesigned rig the first year out of its gate. When the world’s supply chain begins to sort itself out and the possibility again exists to order a Tahoe as described above, every security company in the country – plus a few private buyers – should do exactly that.

Please note the prices listed here are in American shekels and currently accurate for base prices exclusive of any fees, taxes, or rebates. Your dealer may (and should) sell for less, obscene market conditions notwithstanding. Keep your foot down, bone up on available rebates, and bargain hard.

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Sep 25, 2021

    Well there are many who do not want a turbocharged V6 engine especially if the vehicle is heavy and will be used for towing and heavy hauling especially for those who want to keep their vehicles for a long time. A turbocharged engine will for the most part not last for 100s of thousands of miles. Eventually there will be no non turbo V8s or any V8s available. Most of the new vehicles that are midsize and below are offering turbo 3s and 4s and that will continue until there are few if any ICE vehicles produced.

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    • Mopar4wd Mopar4wd on Sep 28, 2021

      @dal20402 The Gen V are weird I know a lot of people with them and they are either perfect or nightmares. The worse part is many of the problems are similar to issues with earlier ones mostly cylinder deactivation and oil consumption issues. One would hope they would have fixed those after years of known issues. Oddest thing is the 4.3 (silverado not tahoe) share many design features with the 5.3 but seem to be more reliable.

  • Lightspeed Lightspeed on Sep 28, 2021

    SUVs are not my thing, but the last time I drove a Tahoe was a 2018 rental with the 5.3L and I loved the bloody thing! I can't imagine how much better this is and with a 6.2L.

  • RHD The price will also be a huge factor. Most websites expect it to start at around 50K. Add in the dealer fees, taxes, markup, options and assorted nonsense, it'll probably easily pass 60 grand. A Chrysler Pacifica starts around 38K. The real test will be if anyone with nostalgia for the old VW Van/Kombi/Station Wagon/Bus/Etc. will be motivated to actually buy one. Once the new and unique wears off, its innate excellence (or lack thereof) will determine its long-term success.
  • Carlson Fan I think it is pretty cool & grew up with a '75 Ford window van so I can attest to their utility. $60K is a lot for any vehicle and I'm not convinced EV's are ready for prime time for a number of reasons. It would make an awesome 2nd or 3rd vehicle in a multi-car household but again the price would keep most from considering it.I agree with the other comments that those who have to have it will buy it and then sales will drop off. Offer a panel version for the commercial market, that could have possibilities.
  • Wjtinfwb Panther Black? or Black Panther? Shaped like a decade old Ford detectives sedan? Seems like an odd way to send out your marquee car...
  • Kwik_Shift Instead of blacked, how about chromed? Don't follow the herd.
  • Carlson Fan Nicest looking dash/gage cluster ever put in any PU truck. After all these years it still looks so good.