The Chevrolet Tahoe has been one of the most popular vehicles in existence for years. It first came on the scene as a slightly smaller, more compact version of the immensely popular Chevrolet Suburban. Since that time, people have largely fallen in love with the vehicle for a number of reasons. It is slightly more compact than the Suburban, but not too compact. In short, it's a little bit easier to park in a tight space and the gas mileage is slightly better, but for all intents and purposes everything else feels like you're driving a Suburban. It's also a vehicle that's large enough to haul most of the cargo that you need to haul without any issues and even big enough to tow a boat or a relatively small RV. The newest 2023 version promises some interesting changes, but it's important to realize that there are still some things that are up in the air about this model that could dramatically affect some of the features that Chevrolet is offering.
One of the more interesting features to come along with some Chevrolet vehicles in recent years is something called super cruise. Essentially, it's basically like combining cruise control and a driver assist function that allows you to set the speed that you want your vehicle to travel and then allow it to do all of the work while you take your hands off both the wheel and the pedals. It might sound a little bit intimidating, especially if you are one of those people that feels an absolute need to be in control at all times. That being said, you probably wouldn't be interested in purchasing a vehicle that incorporates this option if you have no intention of ever using it. Therefore, a lot of people consider super cruise to be something worth having and Chevrolet has initially promised that the 2023 version of the Chevrolet Tahoe will incorporate it.
That being said, there is currently a shortage of the semiconductor chip that is needed to make this a reality and apparently, even Chevrolet doesn't know if it's a problem that will be rectified in time. When pressed about whether or not this would ultimately be a problem, Chevrolet has said that they will cross that bridge when we get to it. Basically, they're hoping that it will indeed be available for this particular model year but if it's not, then they will simply push it to the 2024 model year as opposed to including it for 2023. That might be a problem for individuals who are interested in purchasing such a vehicle because without this new feature, the 2023 version of the Chevy Tahoe won't offer much that's different from previous models aside from a few new colors. Once again, if you're not particularly interested in the thought of letting go of the steering wheel while traveling down the interstate at 75 miles per hour, this potential semiconductor shortage might not bother you at all. In that particular case, maybe you are indeed interested in finding a new Chevy Tahoe that's a different color.
Color Is Everything
For some people, the color of the vehicle really is everything. If that is the case for you, then you'll be glad to know that while Chevy is discontinuing some of its less popular colors that have been available in recent years, they're also adding three new colors to the fray- Radiant Red, Sterling Gray and Silver Sage. The last two options are available in metallic finishes and if you want the radiant red paint scheme, you'll have to pay an additional $495 in order to get it. That might sound like a lot, but the truth of the matter is that anyone who is considering purchasing one of these vehicles, which easily sells for well over $25,000, an extra $495 probably isn't going to cause them to back out of the decision.
Newest Features Only for Buyers of Top Trim Options
It’s definitely worth noting that super cruise and other types of features are only available on the uppermost trim options available for this particular vehicle. That means that if you buy a base model, you're probably going to be disappointed because you only have a couple of new color options available and super cruise, when it is finally available, will not be an option for you anyway. That will leave you with what is more or less a 2022 model with an updated front grille. That's largely because aside from super cruise, three new colors and a front grille that's slightly different, Chevrolet has decided to keep the remainder of the Tahoe almost exactly the same as the previous model year.
At the end of the day, a lot of people that would otherwise jump at the chance to purchase a brand new Chevy Tahoe are feeling just a little bit confused about whether or not they should decide to do exactly that, especially with the semiconductor shortage. The fact that Chevrolet either can't or won't provide a straight answer about how they plan to handle this shortage moving forward is problematic to a lot of people. There's no doubt about the fact that they plan to offer it on the 2024 version, but what about their promise to offer it on the 2023 model? Provided you purchase one of the more expensive trim options and you're willing to pay the additional $2,500 it costs to install super cruise, Chevrolet might be willing to make that adjustment on the vehicle that you purchase even if it's not available at the time you actually buy it. On the other hand, they could also change their mind at the last minute and decide to make it available exclusively on future models. The moral of the story here is that if you really want a brand new Tahoe and you're interested in the way the new design looks, then you shouldn't hesitate to get one. On the other hand, if you're making the purchase solely based on the promised availability of super cruise, you should probably wait and see what actually happens with the situation as it develops.
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