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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
a USB port now graces the SUV's center console
because it does not fold flat, the third row would best be removed from the vehicle before a Costco run
unwieldy third-row seats
each section of the two-piece bench weighs 65 pounds—cough twice, please
Car and Driver
As recently as the 1990s, the Chevy Tahoe was a vaguely more sporty version of a rugged SUV, one without too many luxury and entertainment features. Today's Tahoe is so radically changed, it's more luxurious than some of the sedans offered by GM's biggest brand.
The basic Tahoe LS comes with standard features that didn't even exist at the beginning of the century. Bluetooth is standard, and so are a CD player, satellite radio, a USB port, and the usual cruise control and power windows, locks, and mirrors. The Tahoe also comes standard with rear-seat audio controls, steering-wheel audio controls, and a choice of front bucket seats or a split front bench seat.
While the serious towing ability remains, many Tahoes are used first and foremost as comfortable family haulers with great towing capacity. That's why LT and LTZ versions get features like a load-leveling suspension and a heavy-duty locking differential. Chevy also offers pricey options such as a Bose Centerpoint audio system, a nav system with voice recognition, heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, tri-zone climate control, remote starting, power-adjustable pedals, and additional power outlets. A power tailgate is an option, and we'd recommend it for Tahoe buyers, since the hatch is heavy and can be tough for smaller adults to operate.
The Tahoe Hybrid gets many of the same features as the LT, and can be equipped with LTZ features as options.
Its work-truck days long behind it, the 2012 Chevy Tahoe can top $50,000 in plush luxury and Hybrid trims.