Large vehicles are presently in great demand. As such every automobile manufacturer is looking to gain supremacy with the introduction of their latest SUV models. Among the many companies fighting for glory is the American company Chevrolet. To be competitive amongst the other great manufacturers Chevrolet released the Tahoe RST and it is one of the best SUVs you could get from Chevrolet. Let’s take a look at some of its features.
Exterior At first glance, you can immediately recognize the Tahoe thanks to the wide grille at the front and the unmistakable Chevrolet logo in the middle of the grille. Overall the shape of the SUV is boxy making it look bulky and huge. From the rear, the Tahoe RST looks like a regular Tahoe with some minor changes to the badging. But the road presence of this vehicle cannot be denied. You take it outside and people will notice. The major defining factor of the Tahoe RST is that the vehicle has a black grille, black windows, black 22-inch wheels. The RST version is basically a visual upgrade to the vehicle.
Interior On the inside, the Tahoe has a decent appearance. There is a nice touch of leather on the dash and steering wheel while wood accent paneling can be seen in specific places. The cabin is spacious with lots of headroom and legroom for the driver and the first passenger. Space is equally ample in the second row of the vehicle. The dashboard has a modern infotainment system that allows you to access navigation, radio, stereo and make calls. The infotainments system has a touchscreen but there are a few buttons and knobs provided for the driver for quick access to the various functions. Just below these functions is the Air-conditioning setup. This part of the center console stretches out to run over the transmission tunnel. On that transmission tunnel, you get cup holders and small storage space all covered and out of sight. Bigger storage space is also provided between the two seats for large items.
If you have more people in the vehicle and you are on a long trip, you can always access the overhead screen. This screen is huge and like a TV and can be accessed via special buttons on the roof of the vehicle. We talked about storage space in the Tahoe. You should keep in mind that the Tahoe has more than necessary storage space. The third -row seats are foldable to add more space but if you want more, the second-row seats can also fold down for maximum benefit.
Engine & Performance Under the hood of the Tahoe RST is the basic 5.3-liter V8 that that makes 355 hp. However, if you have a higher-end Tahoe like the premium version then an RST Performance upgrade can also be opted for which replaces the 5.3- liter engine with a 6.2-liter V8 that creates 420 horsepower and 623 Nm of torque. This setup costs an extra $2820 on an AWD model and it is worth it. The RST package engine is teamed up with a 10-speed automatic transmission. You can also opt for other packages as well to improve the performance of your Tahoe RST, like the Performance Front Brake Kit, Sun, Entertainment and Destination package.
The vehicle rushes from 0-100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds. That is better than the standard Tahoe and even better than rival vehicles like the Ford Expedition and Cadillac Escalade. The Tahoe RST has thick and huge tires which are perfect for desert driving. The P285/45R-22 Bridgestone Duelers make it easy for the vehicle to conquer sand dunes as well as tarmac. When it comes to performance the Tahoe RST lacks a bit of juice. The vehicle is huge and has a higher center of gravity so you should expect the SUV to have a bit of understeer and expect it to lose some grip on tight corners. But on straight roads and on off-road conditions the vehicle performs remarkably well. After all, you won’t be taking the Tahoe RST on the track anytime soon.
Conclusion The Tahoe RST is the SUV that a family would want. This vehicle is spacious on the inside right up to the third-row seats. Seldom do any other SUVs have space in the third-row. Furthermore, there are extra entertainment options like the pop-up tv screen that is not found in most other SUVs. The powerful engine is a big plus as well for those dads that are looking for a bit of fun after dropping their kids at school. In short, the Chevrolet Tahoe RST is a complete package for the family.