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Roadfly Magazine
Issue Five
Feb. 24, 2003
Detroit Auto Show
Detroit Auto Show Photo Gallery
Daytona 24 Hour
Chevy Tahoe
Saab 9-5
Contest Winners
Classifieds
Coming Next Issue
Bentley Arnage R
Cayenne School
Daytona 500
Bose Headphones
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2003 Chevrolet Tahoe:
Minor Updates - Building On A Sure Thing, continued

Chevy Tahoe

Chevy Tahoe Interior

With the 5.3L, 285 horsepower Vortec V8 speed isn't much of a problem. While the Tahoe isn't fast, it is quick. It climbs to highway speeds effortlessly, and rarely shifts above 4,000rpm - with over 320 foot-pounds of torque available at 4000 rpm and thanks in part to a flat torque curve, the engine never left us wanting for more power. Around town, the engine delivers very smooth power with equally smooth shifts from the 4L60-E 4-speed automatic transmission. At highway speeds, you'll find the mid-size V8 quietly working at a leisurely 2,000 rpm, with plenty of power available for an uphill pass, if necessary.

Need to tow something? We didn't, but we did it anyway, just to see how the Tahoe handles pulling duties. Our LT came equipped with a towing package, which made hooking up and configuring a trailer very easy. It also pulled our trailer without any effort at all - we rented a U-Haul two-axle trailer, loaded up a staffer's car and proceeded to tow it a few hundred miles. I must admit, I thought the 5.3L V8 might not be up to the task of pulling a 6,000lb load, but it did it without any problems or complaints. In fact, I often found my speed climbing to the high side of seventy miles per hour without even noticing it. Suffice it to say, the 2003 Tahoe and its 7400lb rated towing capacity should be able to pull most common loads effortlessly.



Gas mileage is typical for a large SUV/Truck - we averaged right around 15 mpg over our one-month time of possession. This included lots of heavy-footed driving, towing and around-town tooling about. Oddly, even when pulling a trailer, gas mileage didn't suffer as much as we would have expected - our logs show 13 mpg averaged over a 300-mile trailer pulling commute.


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