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STYLING | 7 out of 10
remains an inveterate reminder of the success of the American SUV
A curvaceous dashboard and flush-mounted buttons give the Tahoe a carlike interior
a classic body-on-frame sport-utility vehicle that blends handsome exterior and interior design
Car and Driver
Thankfully, the current Tahoe raises the disappointingly low bar set by past Chevy SUVs when it comes to interior aesthetics.
The look is a few years old now, and was conservative from the start. Even so, we still can appreciate the well-sculpted lines of the 2012 Chevy Tahoe, since it's not too overwrought--not like some of the vehicles in its own family, or like some of the gargantuan SUVs from other automakers.
The Tahoe's styling is simple to the point of plainness. The grille's split by a wide band studded by a bowtie logo, and it's flanked by a pair of very big headlights, squared off into the fenders. The proportions are classic two-box ute, rounded mildly at the corners and tapered slightly at the tail. There's almost no extraneous metallic trim, only very subtle flaring at the fenders, and really, not much to distinguish the tailgate from a minivan.The Hybrid model is nearly identical, but it gets some subtle add-ons that help the Tahoe smooth out its aerodynamics. It also wears a number of Hybrid badges and, inside, a different display on the console's LCD screen.
The cabin look is rather simple and straightforward as well. There are actually two different instrument-panel looks offered in the Tahoe. A more work-oriented interior is fitted to the base Tahoe, but the well-trimmed LTZ's interior could have been lifted from a premium German sedan. On that one, a wide band of trim runs across the dash and gives the cabin a spacious appearance, and large, well-marked gauges are framed by the steering wheel, with a wide center console alongside, encasing clearly marked secondary controls.
It still looks smart and traditional, but the Chevy Tahoe can get lost among the attention-getters in the class.