Chevrolet Tahoe PPV 2013 Review
We all love cars in general and here at Diesel Station we also really love super cars. Who doesn't really? I personally don't know anyone in my life that hates super cars. Nevertheless we are also quite serious when it comes to responsible driving, and that's probably because we do know how dangerous reckless driving can be. That being said, we figured out we should take a small break and have a look at one car in particular that has been designed from the very start to be a Police Pursuit Vehicle, and we're talking about the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV 2013.
Despite the fact that the Tahoe was the first SUV to be designed from the very start as a law enforcement vehicle, there are quite a few differences between the PPV and the version you see in dealerships, beyond the police colors and the addition of flashing lights.
In fact the Police Tahoe features a stiffer suspension system that also brings the SUV closer to the ground, improving handling especially at high speeds. The PPV is powered by a Vortec 5.3 liters V8 engine that is able to develop 320 horsepower and 335 lb-ft of torque. The Vortec power plant benefits from an Active Fuel Management system, that way the PPV is able to deliver 6% higher fuel efficiency and also gives the possibility to run on 85% Ethanol. The engine is mated with a heavy duty Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission whose job is to send the engine's power to the front wheels.
Although the Police Tahoe is evidently a pretty large SUV performance figures are not really that bad. The PPV can go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, from 0 to 100 mph in 21.08 seconds, it has a stopping distance of 133.8 feet and has a top speed of 139 miles per hour.
Safety features in the Police SUV includes StabiliTrack electronic stability system that greatly reduces the risk of rollover, tire pressure monitoring system and four-wheel-disk brake system featuring ABS.
In order to protect the underbody the PPV comes with a Skid Plate Package that includes a front underbody shield designed to protect the SUV's vital parts.
Other standard equipment that is to be found includes a 160-amp alternator, extended-life spark plugs, a 25-gallon fuel tank and a 660 CCA battery with run-down protection.
Bottom line is, the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV 2013 is good at what it's doing, it's one of the most efficient PPVs and you should think twice before deciding to make a run for it. Just don't do it.
- Single or dual 660-CCA batteries with 80 amp hour rating
- Higher GVWR and payload ratings
- Exterior colors: Champagne Silver Metallic and Blue Ray Metallic (late availability)
The Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV) was the first SUV designed from its inception as a law enforcement vehicle. It is ideal for standard patrol, HAZMAT, K9, medical first responder and tactical operations. It joins the Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle, Impala Police Vehicle, Chevrolet Tahoe Special Service and Chevrolet Express Prisoner Transport Van in Chevrolet’s lineup of law enforcement vehicles.
The 2WD Chevrolet Tahoe PPV has a number of features that sets it apart from its civilian counterpart. Tahoe PPV is lower to the ground, delivering improved handling, especially at high speeds. The front and rear suspensions feature stiffer springs and shocks, and there’s also a stiffer jounce bumper more ideally suited for police loads.
The Tahoe PPV is also a comfortable place for officers, with an ergonomic rating that tops all other police vehicles – including the Explorer-based Ford Police Interceptor Utility – according to Michigan State Police testing. The agency ranked vehicles in 28 categories, ranging from front seat comfort and ease of entry/egress to outward visibility, control accessibility and more. The Tahoe scored higher than the Ford utility in 25 categories and tied it in two others. It also ranked higher than the Taurus-based Ford Police Interceptor and Dodge Charger.
Tahoe PPV is powered by the Vortec 5.3L V-8 engine delivering 320 horsepower (238 kW) and 335 lb.-ft. of torque (452 Nm). The Vortec 5.3L features Active Fuel Management™ technology, resulting in improved fuel economy, and can operate on fuel that contains up to 85 percent ethanol. The 5.3L V-8 is mated to a fuel-efficient, heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission.
To support the high speeds sometimes required by law enforcement pursuit vehicles, the Tahoe PPV wears V-rated, P265/60R17 blackwall Goodyear RSA steel belt radial tires, mounted on 17-inch, steel wheels. Tahoe PPV also receives heavy-duty cooling – thanks to a higher capacity radiator and engine oil cooler – and heavy-duty brakes with ABS. StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with Proactive Roll Avoidance and traction control is standard. The system also incorporates electronic trailer sway control and hill start assist.
For underbody protection, Tahoe PPV features a Skid Plate Package that includes a front underbody shield that starts behind the front bumper and runs to the first cross-member. The Skid Plate Package protects such vital vehicle components as the oil pan and other drivetrain parts.
Additional standard equipment on Tahoe PPV includes a 26-gallon fuel tank, 160-amp alternator, a 660 CCA battery with run-down protection and extended-life spark plugs. Dual 660 CCA batteries are also available. A fully integrated electrical system makes it easier for upfitters to install such police-specific equipment as light bars and police radios. This helps save time and money associated with vehicle upfits.
For 2013, the capabilities of the Tahoe PPV are greater, with a higher GVWR of 6,800 pounds (3,084 kg) and higher payload of 1,500 pounds (680 kg).
Two new exterior colors are available for 2013: Champagne Silver Metallic and Blue Ray Metallic (late availability).
Tahoe Police performance
Tahoe Police is an SUV that offers acceleration and braking performance comparable to many police cars. During Michigan State Police’s annual benchmark evaluation of police vehicles (2012 models), the Tahoe turned in the following performance numbers:
- 0-60 acceleration of 8.01 seconds
- 0-100 acceleration of 21.08 seconds
- Top speed of 139 mph
- 60-0 stopping distance of 133.8 feet (40.8 m)
Tahoe PPV exterior features
- Black assist steps are standard
- Available headlamp/taillamp flasher system
- Available daytime running lamps and automatic headlamp delete
- Radio suppression (braided brass straps attached at several body locations) is standard
- Recovery hooks are standard
- Available left- and right-hand spotlamps
- Exterior color choices: Black, Summit White, Black Granite Metallic, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Silver Ice Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, Concord Metallic (late availability) and Blue Ray Metallic (late availability).
Tahoe interior standard and available features
With its second-row seats fully upright, Tahoe PPV delivers 60.3 cubic feet (1,708 liters) of cargo capacity for such items as gun cases, hazardous materials equipment and other gear and materials that law enforcement officers may require to perform their tasks. The second-row seats may be individually folded forward, adding even more cargo capacity. Tahoe PPV delivers 108.9 cubic feet (3,084 liters) of cargo capacity.
Additional interior features include:
- Air conditioning is standard
- AM/FM stereo with CD and MP3 playback compatibility is standard
- Cruise control is standard
- Inoperative inside rear door handles, door locks and windows are available
- 100-amp main power supply wiring at the instrument panel and cargo area is standard
- Remote keyless entry fleet package, including six additional remotes, is available
- Remote vehicle starter is available
- Auxiliary wiring for grille lamps, siren, etc. is available
- Front bucket seats are standard
- Front 40/20/40 split-bench seat with center fold-down armrest with storage is available.
Tahoe PPV powertrain
The Tahoe PPV is powered by the Vortec 5.3L V-8 that balances power and efficiency. Variable valve timing helps the 5.3L optimize performance, efficiency and emissions, while GM’s Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivating technology helps improve fuel economy in certain light-load driving conditions. It is also E85-capable and matched with GM’s Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission.
The variable valve timing system allows linear delivery of torque, with near-peak levels over a broad rpm range, and high specific output (horsepower per liter of displacement). It also helps reduce exhaust emissions. Because it manages valve overlap at optimum levels, it eliminates the need for an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system.
GM's Active Fuel Management technology increases fuel economy approximately 6 percent under the federal government's required testing procedure and potentially more in certain real-world driving conditions. AFM temporarily deactivates four of the engine’s cylinders under light load conditions and seamlessly reactivates them when full power is required. The transition takes less than 20 milliseconds and is virtually indiscernible.
E85 is a clean-burning, domestically produced alternative fuel composed of 85 percent ethanol alcohol and 15 percent gasoline. Ethanol is renewable and produces fewer greenhouse gases during the combustion process.
Tahoe PPV chassis and suspension
The Tahoe is built on GM’s full-size SUV platform, incorporating a fully boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension, multi-link with coil springs rear suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. The stiff frame reduces vibrations transmitted to the passenger cabin, while the strength and accuracy of the fully boxed frame also enable precise mounting and tuning of chassis and suspension components.
Wide front and rear tracks – 68.2 inches (1,732 mm) front/67 inches (1,702 mm) rear – enhance handling and vehicle stability for a more confident road feel. A heavy-duty four-wheel disc brake system is standard.
Additional features include:
- 3.08 axle ratio
- A locking rear differential is available
- A Skid Plate Package that includes a front underbody shield that starts behind the front bumper and runs to the first cross-member. It protects the oil pan and other underbody/chassis components.
Tahoe PPV safety and crash avoidance features
Chevrolet Tahoe has a strong body structure that is designed to absorb crash energy and provide a protective “safety cage” around occupants. Head curtain side air bags with rollover protection for both seating rows are standard, as are seat-mounted side-impact air bags for driver and right-front passenger that provide thorax and pelvic protection. The roof-mounted head curtain air bags include design features that provide increased rollover protection and occupant containment.
Additional safety features include:
- Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system helps reduce the risk of rollover crashes by keeping the vehicle in the driver’s intended path by applying throttle, braking or a combination of both
- Standard four-wheel-disc brake system with ABS featuring smooth, quiet operation, longer pad life and more resistance to brake pulsation
- Pretensioners minimize forward movement during a collision and are standard on the front safety belts. Load-limiting retractors cinch the belt more tightly
- Standard tire pressure monitoring system.