Chevy Tahoe Gas Mileage
The Chevy Tahoe gas mileage spans an EPA-estimated range of 14-16 MPG city and 22-23 MPG highway, depending on your engine and drivetrain configurations. We have drivers in the Lewistown, Bellefonte, and State College areas ask us about this a lot. So, the team at The Lake Dealerships put together this gas mileage guide to show local drivers how to get the most out of every tank in their Chevy Tahoe.
Chevy Tahoe Gas Mileage: Engine Specs
The Chevy Tahoe makes power standard, equipping this SUV with one of two V8 engine options, each of which offers a different EPA-estimated gas mileage rating.
- 5.3L ECOTEC®3 V8 engine: 16 MPG city, 22-23 MPG highway
- 6.2L ECOTEC®3 V8 engine: 14 MPG city, 22-23 MPG highway
The 5.3L engine also generates 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, while the 6.2L engine delivers 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
The reason both engines maintain the same highway fuel economy, despite their differences in power output is due, in part, to the ECOTEC® technology. This includes the Active Fuel Management System™, which deactivates four of the cylinders during highway cruising, when the engine doesn’t need to be working so hard.
Transmissions and Gas Mileage in the Chevy Tahoe
To help keep your gas mileage high, both engines are paired with an automatic transmission that includes overdrive. These upper gears let your engine take a break at cruising speeds and conserves fuel.
The 5.3L engine comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission while the 6.2L engine is equipped with a Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission.
These transmissions include a tow/haul mode that keeps your driving optimized and efficient while pulling heavy loads. They also work to prevent your transmission from “hunting” for gears when travelling uphill while towing.
Chevy Tahoe Drivetrains and Fuel Economy
In the Chevy Tahoe, you’ll find one of two drivetrains. They both achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 14-16 MPG in the city, depending on your engine, but they get different EPA-estimated efficiency ratings on the highway:
- Rear-Wheel Drive (2WD): 23 MPG highway
- 4-Wheel Drive (4WD): 22 MPG highway
While 2WD has a slightly higher towing capacity and will get you a bit further on the turnpike between fill-ups, they’ll both get you equally far in city or campus traffic. The 4WD system also features an Autotrac® 2-speed transfer case.
This actively monitors your driving conditions and automatically switches between 2WD and 4WD as necessary to optimize traction and efficiency. It’s an ideal drivetrain for students who stay local during the school week, but need extra grip-strength for trips to the grocery store in the winter.
Chevy Tahoe Features that Enhance Gas Mileage
While you’re on-the-go, you’ll have several features available to help you monitor your gas mileage in your Chevy Tahoe. On the Driver Information Center, you can keep track of your average fuel economy to learn how efficiently you’ve been driving.
You can also get immediate feedback with the instant fuel economy gauge that tells you how efficiently you’re driving in the moment.
The Tahoe is also equipped with active air shutters that close when travelling at highway speeds to reduce drag and maximize aerodynamic efficiency, by pushing more air around the vehicle and reducing wind resistance.
Get the Most Out of Your Chevy Tahoe Gas Mileage
If you have any other questions about how to maximize your Chevy Tahoe gas mileage around the Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte areas, come to The Lake Dealerships and we’ll walk you through some of this SUV’s most efficient features.
Contact us to learn more today!