2002 Tahoe New Car Test Drive
Chevrolet Tahoe is the perfect-size sport-utility for many people. It carries a lot more cargo than a compact or mid-size SUV like the TrailBlazer, and does it with or without four passengers. Pulling a trailer is no problem, yet the Tahoe is far more maneuverable than a Suburban, and that's important in crowded parking lots, underground garages, or when parallel parking.
On the road, the Tahoe is smooth and stable, a rock. It has plenty of power and its brakes work well. Its cabin is comfortable and familiar, friendly and functional. Turn off the highway and the Tahoe handles gravel, rugged two-tracks, mud, and snow.
Three models are available for 2002: LS, LT, and Z71. (The base model has been discontinued, in part because of the popularity of the LS version.)
LS has been upgraded for 2002 with more standard equipment, including six-way power driver and passenger front seats, fog lamps, assist steps, heated outside mirrors with ground illumination, a rear heater and rear window defogger and Homelink universal transmitter for opening your garage door.
The LS 4X2, powered by a Vortec 4800 V8, retails for $32,709, or for $35,475 with four-wheel drive.
The more powerful and luxurious LT version comes with a Vortec 5300 V8 rated at 285 horsepower, 10 more than the 4800. The bigger difference between the engines is in torque (pulling power). The 4800 is rated at 290 foot-pounds-feet of torque, while the 5300 is rated at 325 foot-pounds-feet of torque.
The Z71 is powered by the 5300 engine. It is specially equipped for off-pavement driving and comes only as a 4X4.
For 2002, all Tahoes except the Z71 are equipped with a premium ride suspension system. Electronic climate controls are available if you order your Tahoe with a sunroof. The Vortec 5300 V8 can run on either gasoline or on fuel containing as much as 85 percent ethanol content. New preferred equipment option groups have been created in an effort to streamline the process of equipping your vehicle the way you want it.
Also new for the LT version is a Redfire Metallic exterior treatment that includes body-colored bumpers and trim.