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8.4

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Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety:
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2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Review

Test drivers agreed that the 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe offers composed handling, brisk acceleration and a top-shelf interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Composed handling
  • First-rate interior design and build quality
  • Sprightly acceleration
  • Cramped third row that must be removed to expand cargo area

2012 Chevrolet Tahoe Overview

Powered by a V8 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, test drivers praised the Chevy Tahoe's lively acceleration, even when loaded with passengers or cargo. At an EPA-estimated 15/21 mpg city/highway, the 2012 Tahoe's fuel economy is decent for the class. Test drivers reported that the Tahoe is fairly maneuverable for its size and has composed handling with minimal body lean in turns. They added that it has a comfortable ride. The 2012 Tahoe can tow a maximum of 8,500 pounds.

The 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe earned praise for its top-notch interior materials and upscale design. The Tahoe seats up to nine when equipped with a front-row bench seat. Reviewers said the front seats are supportive and the second row is roomy. They noted that the third row is easily accessible, but said it’s not very spacious for children. The Tahoe comes standard with satellite radio, a USB port, dual-zone climate control and Bluetooth. Available features include navigation, a power liftgate, a rear-seat entertainment system, a nine-speaker Bose stereo system, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, leather seats and side blind zone alert. Reviewers said the 2012 Tahoe’s interior has straightforward dashboard controls and the available navigation system is easy to use. With the second row folded and the third row removed, the Chevrolet Tahoe can hold 108.9 cubic feet of cargo, which is normal for the class, though some rivals offer more space. Test drivers complained about the need to remove the heavy third-row seats in order to expand the cargo area.

Other SUVs to Consider

The 2012 Ford Expedition’s third row of seats folds flat into the floor, which test drivers appreciated. Auto journalists said the Expeditions' third row is one of few in the class with enough space for adults, and the Expedition can tow more than the Tahoe.

The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban has one of the highest cargo capacities in the class. Like the Tahoe, the Suburban gets decent fuel economy for the class, and when it was new, it was named our 2012 Best Affordable Large SUV for the Money.

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