The 2021 Chevy Tahoe exceeds expectations by having more cargo space, 9 available camera views, and a maximum available horsepower of 420. Chevy is always finding some new way to improve upon its previous models, and the Tahoe is no exception here. The 2021 Tahoe comes in 6 different available trims, which can make it difficult to decide which one is right for you. That’s why we’re here to help. Let’s compare the ins and outs of all 6 trim options to help you better decide which one is the best option for you. It’s important to note that we have limited information on the RST trim because it has a later availability date, but we are including what we know so far.
The 2021 Tahoe is impressive, and all 6 trims come with their own perks. From the most basic, to the most luxurious, to everything in between, your perfect 2021 Tahoe awaits you. Without further ado, let’s check out these 6 awesome Tahoe trims.
We’re actually starting with the highest trim available to the Tahoe. If you’re into luxury and spending large sums of money, the High Country will be the Tahoe for you, starting at $69,600. Its highlights include its 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine with dynamic fuel management, magnetic ride control with available four-corner air ride adaptive suspension, a unique High Country signature grille, sill plates, interior stitching, and 22-inch wheels with all-season tires and wheel locks.
The High Country comes with 5 available packages, which include the High Country Deluxe, the Premium Package, the Max Trailering Package, the Advanced Trailering Package, and the Technology Package.
The Technology Package is only on the High Country, and it includes an integrated trailer brake controller, adaptive cruise control, hitch guidance and view, a rear seat media system, and an advanced trailering system.
The Premium Package includes lots of cool features, including power-retractable assist steps that come with LED perimeter lighting. This is super handy for shorter people, given that the Tahoe sets up high.
The trailering packages include a trailer brake controller, but it is more tailored toward hauling. Some of these packages overlap, so it really depends on what’s most appealing to you.
Another distinction lies in interior color options. The High Country comes in either Jet Black or Jet Black/Mocha perforated leather seating. Overall, this is the fanciest option available, but the main specs are pretty much the same across the line. The different trims are mostly about add-ons and luxury features, rather than the engine and gas mileage.
The Premier trim is only one level lower than the High Country, and it still comes with some pretty cool features. This trim starts at $62,600. Its highlights include magnetic ride control, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, front and rear park assist, and a standard Bose audio system with 10-speaker surround sound.
This one comes with the same packages, minus the Technology Package. However, this one does come with something called the Texas Edition Package. This comes with 22-inch polished aluminum wheels with Texas Edition badging, and 22-inch tires to match. It also comes with Texas Edition badging. The perk of this? Well, that just depends on how much you love Texas. It’s not the most beneficial package unless you’re super proud of being a Texan.
The Premier’s interior comes in either Jet Black or Jet Black/Maple Sugar perforated leather seating. This is slightly different from the High Country’s darker Jet Black/Mocha leather option. Overall, these are the main differences that the Premier has.
The Z71 is definitely a sportier approach to the Tahoe. Starting at $59,200, this trim option is only available as a 4WD. It has several features that make it great for rural driving and towing. Its highlights revolve around its red tow hooks and red skid plate, 20-inch wheels and all-terrain tires, black tubular assist steps, and available four-corner air ride adaptive suspension.
It also comes with 6 package options, one of which is an optional Z71 Signature Package option. This includes memory settings, a power 60/40 split-folding third row bench seat, a power-release second row 60/40 split-folding bench seat, and a panoramic power sunroof. The Rear Media and Navigation Package includes the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium System with connected Navigation and a 10-inch diagonal color touchscreen. It also has a rear seat media system, which is great for keeping young passengers entertained.
This one also includes a Driver Alert package if you want to have this sportier trim, and get the security and assistance perks of the higher trims. This includes all the great safety stuff, plus HD surround vision and heated second row outboard seats. This adds $2,820 dollars to the original price, but it does include 14 extra features, so it’s definitely worth it. All in all, the Z71 is great for sportier drivers and off-roaders.
There’s not as much available info on the RST. We do know that it comes with its own special front fascia and black exterior trim, as well as unique seats. Chevy does describe it as “street-inspired,” and states that it comes with 22-inch rims, which is an upgrade from the standard 20-inchers. Basically, this is the cool sporty version of the Tahoe. This trim will start at $57,100.
The LT is still jam-packed with features for its starting $53,800. Don’t let the base-level trim thing fool you. Its highlights include an auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, wireless charging, a Bose 9-speaker sound system, and a hands-free programmable power liftgate that includes a Chevrolet emblem projection. Its unique package is called the LT Signature Package. This includes memory settings, power 60/40 split-folding third row bench seat, power-release second row 60/40 split-folding bench seat, and a panoramic sunroof.
This is the lowest trim you can get starting at $49,000. It comes with 18-inch wheels, it can hold up to 8 passengers, and it comes with a 10-inch Infotainment system that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also includes forward collision mitigation, which comes with automatic braking and potential collision warnings, for no extra charge. In short, despite being the lowest trim, it’s still packed with awesome features.
The Tahoe Overall
All 2021 Tahoe models come in either two-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD), except for the Z71 which is only available as 4WD. The maximum cargo capacity reaches 122.9 cubic feet, and it can tow between 7,400 and 8,400 pounds. If towing is important to you, it’d be good to add one of those towing packages we mentioned earlier. That will help get you to the highest towing capacity.
Overall, the 2021 Tahoe is a great improvement upon its predecessors, and all trim levels are nice. Really, it depends on how much luxury you want. The main difference engine-wise lies in the High Country. It’s a larger 6.2-liter V8, rather than a 5.3-liter V8 like the other trims.
Each Tahoe comes with 11 exterior color options. These include Black, Satin Steel, Summit White, Shadow Gray, Empire Beige, Midnight Blue, Graywood, and then premium Cherry Red Tintcoat and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat options. You can add several different wheel options to any trim, but that will cost a decent bit extra.
If you’re looking for a dependable new SUV fit to your needs, the 2021 Tahoe is definitely one you’ll want to explore.