2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Comfort & Quality

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The Tahoe's big interior room doesn't translate into an easily-accessed third-row seat, but in other positions, most passengers will find good comfort.

It's especially true in front, where the Tahoe's wide, somewhat flat bucket seats are split by a wide console that still leaves plenty of leg and knee room. Head room isn't an issue, either, though we've noticed the big GM SUVs have front seats that don't power down to as low a driving position as we might want. There's an option for a front bench seat, on base Tahoes intended for more rugged daily duty.

A kludgy third-row seat takes away from the Chevy Tahoe's otherwise roomy, useful interior.

The second-row seat can also sit three across, and it's possible for them all to be larger adults, it just won't be quite as comfortable as the Tahoe's size may imply. The available third-row bench is disappointing: it's one of the more difficult of its kind, because the second-row seats don't move forward enough to make access a snap. Not only is it tough to clamber into, but leg and head room aren't great, the seat cushion is low to the floor, and on Hybrids, the battery takes up valuable space under the second-row seat.

When it comes to cargo space, though, the two-row Tahoe is a champion, with 60.3 cubic feet available. Flip up a third-row seat in either version, and the cargo space shrinks to 16.9 cubic feet. There's storage and stowage aplenty, though; all Tahoes have cup holders for all, plus a huge glove box, a wide center console, and lots of door-panel storage.

Interior materials and trims don't quite have the high-end feel and gloss of those used in GM's Cadillac products, but they're among the best, and the Tahoe's interior is well isolated from road and wind noise.

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