A black 2022 Chevy Tahoe High Country is shown from the side driving on an open road.

Which Tahoe Is Right for You? The Z51, Premier, or High Country?

If you’re looking for a vehicle with the power to tow and room to haul plus seating for all, then you don’t have to look much further than the 2022 Chevy Tahoe. The full-size SUV not only fits up to 7-8 people but also has the V8 power you’re looking for. Let your Tahoe take you on your next adventure. Rain or shine, Chevy will get you there.

With the new 2022 Tahoe, Chevy has given drivers six trim options to choose from. So there’s something to fit everyone’s needs, no matter your lifestyle. The Chevy is there for all your needs, delivering the variety you want and need to make your next Tahoe your very own.

But as exciting as all of these options are, they can sometimes be a little overwhelming. Where to start? How to choose? Well, don’t worry. They say variety is the spice of life, so instead of feeling intimidated by it, why not embrace it? Sometimes, narrowing all the choices down to what you really want or need out of a vehicle can help. So we’ve taken a look at three of the most popular Tahoe trim options, the Z71, the Premier, and the High Country, to see what the difference is. Do certain features really make that much a difference when it comes to the overall driving experience? We’re about to find out.

Top Performance

What do we know about the Tahoe in general? It’s large enough to fit 7-8 passengers and gives drivers up to 122.9 cu.ft. of cargo space when you fold all the seats down. Plus can give trucks a run for their money when it comes to overall utility with a standard V8 engine. But when you are looking at top performers like the Z71, Premier, and High Country, how do they compare to each other? What’s the difference when it comes to overall dependability and endurance?

Looking over the Z71 and Premier trim options, we see they come standard with a 5.3L V8 engine, which delivers 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The 5.3L also delivers fantastic towing of up to 8,400 lbs. In contrast, with its standard 6.2L V8 engine, the High Country offers 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. However, this engine has slightly less towing capability at 8,300 lbs. So while you get a little boost with the 6.2L when it comes to overall horsepower and torque, you get slightly better towing abilities with the 5.3L engine. When it comes to fuel economy, there isn’t much of a difference at all between the two engines, with the 5.3L getting up to 17 MPG combined and the 6.2L giving drivers 16 MPG combined.

It’s also important to keep in mind that Chevy has made the Tahoe options flexible, so if you do want a bit more power, you can opt for the 6.2L with the Z71 and Premier trims. And if you’re really looking for tough power, the High Country and Premier have the additional option of a 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel engine with 420 lb-ft of torque. It’s also worth noting the Duramax turbo-diesel offers the best fuel economy of the three engine options at 24 MPG combined.

A gold 2022 Chevy Tahoe is shown from the side driving on an open road.

On the Outside

When you look at a Tahoe, it looks like a Tahoe. It’s hard to tell the difference between trims sometimes if you’re just going by the outside looks of the vehicle. The Premier comes standard with 20″ wheels and all-season tires, and the High Country offers up to 22″ wheels and all-season tires. However, the Z71 offers 20″ wheels and all-terrain tires for off-road performance. All three trims come standard with assist steps. With the High Country or Premier, you can opt for bright roof-mounted side rails or chrome assist steps if you don’t care for the standard black. All three vehicles come standard with a full-size all-season spare tire.

If you’re looking for something to take the frost off the mirrors on those chilly mornings, all three trims have you covered with standard heated side mirrors. However, only the Premier and High Country come standard with auto-dimming side mirrors. Still, you can add this handy feature to the Z71 as an option.

Something else to make your day a little easier is the hands-free power liftgate which comes standard with all three trims. With the hands-free power liftgate, you can easily access the back of your Tahoe when the system senses the keyfob along with a gentle tap of the driver’s foot in a space just below the bumper. To make this even easier, drivers can program the system to remember their height, so the rear gate opens to the perfect height every time.

Speaking of height, both the High Country and the Z71 come with the option of Four-Corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension. Never heard of it? Well, then your ride just got a little better. With Four-Corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension, your Tahoe adjusts the suspension for road conditions, meaning you get a smoother and more comfortable ride. Plus, when you park, your Tahoe can be lowered so that you and your passengers have an easier time getting in or out.

All three trims also come with daytime LED running lamps, head and tail lamps, plus the Chevy Intellibeam system. The Intellibeam system can help take the stress out of night driving by automatically adjusting the headlamps according to the traffic. Oncoming cars, no problem. With Intellibeam, your Tahoe will switch to low beams and then back to high after the cars pass. No extra work on your part. As if that wasn’t enough, coming standard with all three trims are Rainsense automatic wipers that can sense precipitation, turn on and adjust to meet your needs. In the top trims of the new 2022 Tahoe, all you have to do is sit back, relax and drive.

What’s on the Inside?

We all want a vehicle that’s nice to look at on the road. But when it comes down to it, we all also want a vehicle that is comfortable and user friendly, easy to drive, and can keep up with our daily needs. Whether it’s hauling kids and school projects or packing gear for a weekend away, the Tahoe is ready when you are.

The Tahoe was designed to give drivers space to stretch plus all the conveniences they want and need to make their day go a little smoother. This starts with offering generous second and third-row seating for passengers, so there’s never a bad seat in the house. All three trims come standard with keyless entry and start systems. And while the Tahoe has a standard folding second and third-row seat, the High Country and Premier come with power seats that fold at the touch of a button.

When it comes to technology, all three of the trims deliver with a standard 10.2″ Chevy Infotainment touchscreen. Plus, with a Wi-Fi hotspot connection and Google built-in, it doesn’t matter if you need GPS directions or a passenger wants to connect their tablet; it’s easy for everyone to stay connected while on the go. With Google, drivers can go hands-free while receiving or sending calls and texts, plus get live updates on road conditions.

The Tahoe is an extremely safe vehicle as well. No matter the trim, drivers know when they get behind the wheel of a Chevy, they’ve got decades of experience looking out for them. The Z71, Premier, and the High Country all come standard with all Chevy Safety Assist, a package of great features that offer the latest and greatest when it comes to safety. The package includes Automatic Emergency Braking plus Front Pedestrian Braking, both of which are there to help prevent or lessen a potential collision. And in heavy traffic, features like Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and the Following Distance Indicator can help you not only stay safe and sound in your lane but also alert you if you are too close to another vehicle. Chevy is not only looking out for you but also for the drivers you share the road with.

A red 2022 Chevy Tahoe is shown from the front driving through a city.

Evenly Matched

By all accounts, it would look as if the Z71, Premier, and High Country trims were evenly matched. It all comes down to the driver and their needs. All three trims are brimming with great features, allowing drivers to choose the vehicle that best suits them. If you are looking for some rugged off-road fun, then the Z71 has you covered with its all-terrain tires and other rugged upgrades. However, if you’re hauling kids and sports equipment, then the Premier and High Country are ready when you are with all the luxury features you could want. But face it, when it comes to Chevy and the Tahoe, there really is no bad choice.