Review: 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71
The best trim you can get a Chevy Tahoe in?
I have had the pleasure of having the keys to a brand new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 for the last week. I am going to tell you what you get when you get the keys, what the Z71 package gets you, and what I thought about the vehicle overall.
What you get
The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 I drove came equipped with a 5.3 liter V8 engine which puts out 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. That V8 is mounted to a 10-speed automatic transmission and makes its way down to the vehicles 4-wheel-drive system.
The Z71 in the name goes to the Z71 Off Road package that's features are sprinkled throughout the vehicle. The Z71 Off Road Package is a $5735 (though a $500 discount gets added on) package that adds magnetic ride control suspension, air ride adaptive suspension, a standard 2-speed transfer case, an enhanced cooling radiator, unique 20 inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires, a front skid plate, and some cool red recovery hooks up front.
The Z71 package is pretty much all exterior, but the interior of the Tahoe comes with a lot of features including a 9 speaker Bose audio system, wireless charging, and this particular Tahoe was equipped with the rear media and nav package which gives you Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 on the 10.3 inch screen which has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as the rear seat media system which is basically seat back 12.6 inch screens for your second row passengers.
For a detailed look at the interior of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71, check out my walkthrough below:
I will start with the praise. The Z71 trim is the best trim available on the 2021 Chevy Tahoe.
I am fully aware that a significant majority of the Z71 Tahoes sold will never get driven off road besides someone's driveway, but in my opinion "off" road packages make "on" road driving so much better.
All those suspension options made to soak up some of the harsh terrain on a trail works wonders when it is soaking up potholed up roads. While on the roads, the Tahoe features a few drive modes to get you driving the vehicle how you want: Normal, Sport, Off Road, and a Tow mode are available at your finger tips.
The Z71 also is the best looking Tahoe as well. Gone is all the chrome you normally find and it its place is a more aggressive front end and even if they may never get used the red recovery hooks look cool.
I think the only gripe I have with the Tahoe Z71 is while I am a V8 guy at heart, the new 3.0 liter diesel they began stuffing in the Suburban and Tahoe isn't available on the Z71 trim. I haven't dug to far into the reason why, but I can only assume it has something to do with that front skid plate wouldn't fit the same with the diesel engine? I think if the only fault I can find is an engine option, the vehicle is well off.